About Us / History

Laurie Willard founded Willard and Sons, Inc. in 1984. Willard and Sons was the first company in Marblehead to allow mooring permit holders to purchase and own their mooring tackle, instead of renting it. Ultimately, this proved to be a better value for the customer and has been adopted by all other mooring companies today. In 1987, we built our work barge Mooring Busters which was re-powered in 2015 with new engines and hydraulic systems.

Laurie's son Ben joined the company in 2001 and has been running the harbor side of the business while Laurie continues to run the office and day to day operations.

In 2012, we moved to a new location on Barnard St. in Marblehead. Our new shop gives us more space to work and store materials and is only a block away from the harbor.

Our focus has always been on customer service and offering the best quality products available. Marblehead Harbor is no joke in a storm and we do our best to give our customers peace of mind that their boat will be safe.

Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or comments. We look forward to seeing you on the water!






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Fitting the wheelhouse,
March 1987

Laurie and Ben Willard in the
unfinished wheelhouse, March 1987

Barge during construction,
March 1987

Sea Trials, Spring 1987

Emperor's Cup Race Committee,
Summer 1989