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78' Burger 1981



WILLAWAY is a classic Burger cockpit motor yacht built in 1981 that has been essentially rebuilt and redesigned with all common areas and Master stateroom on the main deck.

In 2017 and 2018, the yacht was completely stripped, sanded, primed and repainted and everything on it was either rebuilt, replaced, or updated with new equipment. New composite, non-skid decks were installed, as was all new canvas throughout, and all hand rails and teak was varnished. All windows have been resealed. Both engines were rebuilt in 2004 and, along with both generators, have been completely inspected and up-dated by Martins Diesel in 2017. Nearly everything about WILLAWAY is new, remanufactured, painted, or reconditioned; a practically new yacht in an original hull.

Designed with a custom galley-up arrangement and newly redecorated custom on-deck king Master with his/her ensuite head & shower, WILLAWAY has accommodations for nine owners / guests and two crew. It features the latest in electronics, a new dinghy, two generators, a water maker, bow and stern thrusters, Naiad stabilizers, satellite TV, new décor throughout, a new Bimini top with 3-side enclosure, and new galley fixtures and appliances. A Novurania 13’ hard bottom inflatable with 50 hp. Yamaha is included.


 Boarding amidships from the dock via a new Tide Ride ladder is easy and comfortable. From this central location, entrances port and starboard lead into the Pilothouse which has been completely refinished with a new console, new electronics, and a new 3-person seat and gives access to the flybridge by ladder or a custom elevator seat. Going aft is the main salon and custom galley, which has been moved forward into the pilot house. Galley features include new under counter refrigeration and cook top, a wrap-around bar with 3 bar stools, and a starboard side cabinet with large retractable Samsung TV. The main salon, just aft of the galley, is furnished with two large easy chairs with power lifts, a sofa and cocktail table. A central aft salon door leads to the cockpit and swim platform.

Forward of the pilot house and down a few steps is the main deck king Master Stateroom with ensuite his/her head & shower. Aft of the Master are three staterooms: the full-beam VIP with queen berth and two guest staterooms with twin berths, all with private head & shower. In the bow through a custom entrance, the crews quarters provide two berths, a head & shower, and small galley.

Main Salon

All new décor

2 easy stand electric chairs

Sofa and coffee table

Levelor blinds in built-in boxes

Starboard side cabinet with retractable large Samsung TV

New head liner and LED lights


New custom galley which is part of the salon

Moved forward to access room in the pilot house for under counter refrigeration and 4 burner cook top

Pass thru to the pilot house

New solid surface counter tops with 3 bar stools

Magic Chef 4 burner range

Twin under counter U-Line refrigerators

Electrolux ice maker

Fisher/Paykel dishwashers (2) units under counter

Solid surface counter top with molded-in sink & Blanco faucet

GE microwave

Overhead exhaust fan over cook top

U-Line freezer in cabinet

Master Stateroom & Bath

King size berth on center line, electric raising, head and foot sections

Double entry doors

Large wall mounted Samsung TV

Walk-in hanging locker

Desk on starboard side

New levelor blinds in oak boxes

New headliner and LED lights

Forward entrance to crew quarters and possible nurse accommodations

Ensuite His & Her heads and shared shower

New Raritan heads

New counter tops & sinks

Twin medicine cabinets

VIP Stateroom & Bath

Queen berth

Ensuite head & shower

Hanging lockers (4)

Samsung flat screen TV

Samsung Blu-ray player

Desk on port side

Drawers on starboard side

New head liner & LED lighting

Guest Stateroom & Bath

Twin berths with night stand w/drawers between

Hanging locker

Ensuite head & shower

New solid surface counter tops w/sink

New Head liner & LED lights


Large Samsung TV in the main salon retractable in cabinet

Large Samsung TV in Master Stateroom

TV in crews quarters

Sony stereo on Fly bridge


New helm station for electronics w/ canvas cover

2 Stidd helm chairs, reconditioned

U-shaped seating w/new cushions, canvas cover & sink in the center

Bimini top, new with 3 side enclosure & 3 U-zips

Large hatch to pilot house with power lift chair

Sony stereo


New helm console & electronics

New 3 person riding seat with new cushions

New chair lift to fly bridge

New Texaline front window cover

Pilothouse Electronics

Garmin GPS MAP XSV touch screen

Garmin radar, GPS, Plotter & bottom recorder

Garmin auto pilot


Glendinning engine control, synchronizer

Bennett trim tab indicators

Wesmar Bow & Stern thruster

ACR spotlight


Intellian SAT TV

Naiad stabilizers

Sirius weather

Electronics (Upper Helm)

Garmin GPS MAP XSV touch screen

Garmin radar, GPS, Plotter & bottom recorder

Garmin auto pilot


Glendinning engine control, synchronizer

Wesmar Bow & Stern thruster

Crew Quarters

Entrance from main deck and forward private hatch

2 Cabins each with locker and cabinets

1 large head & stall shower

New Raritan head

GE washer & GE dryer, new

Sinsui TV

Small galley, LG microwave oven

Avanti under counter refrigerator

Sink & storage

Deck Equipment

Marquipt tender lift 1000lb

Novurania 13’ hard bottom inflatable w/50 hp Yamaha

Maxwell VWC4500 – 24 volt anchor windlass, new motor

2 Anchors, 1 CQR & 1 Navy

All windows re-sealed and most replaced

Interior oak wood refinished and replaced as needed

Spare propellers

Danforth anchor: 300' x ¾" rode

Marquipt sea stairs

Fender trolley system

Wash down

MANA Germ Head Treatment system

Custom crew entrance

Bow seat with new cushions

New Bimini top and 3 side enclosure

New non-skid decks, teak removed, composite fiberboard laid & glassed

Complete Awlgrip paint

Swim platform

Retractable shore cord 100 amp in bow

Retractable shore cord 100 amp in cockpit

2 rod holders in cockpit

Custom stairs in CP to salon

2 lights in cockpit and 2 overhead LED lights

Name boards

Electrical System

(2) 100 amp services at bow and stern

(2) 100 amp Charles ISO boost systems at each service

(2) 100 amp Glendinning Cablemaster

100 amp shore power cord, new breaker and wiring

Glendinning TV/phone Cablemaster at bow

48V AGM batteries for bow/stern thrusters

Ships service newly converted from 32v to 24v

All batteries have been replaced with AGMs

Replaced all battery chargers with solid state

Replaced all 110 wiring with new 110 wiring

Labeling on electrical panel

Low voltage lighting throughout

Direction spotlights in cockpit

Nav, Stern and Mast light (lens) have all been replaced

Starting batteries - New 2015

AC and DC electrical panel with power source selectors

DC battery switch panel

New 24 volt lighting throughout yacht


Detroit Diesel 12V71TI’s recent overhaul 2011 and work by Martins Diesel 2017

New turbo’s both engines

New risers both engines

New freshwater pumps, new impellers

Replaced fuel lines both engines

Cleaned heat exchanges both engines

Cleaned aftercoolers both engines

Rebuilt alternators & new belts

Westerbeke 32 KW generator with sound shield, new 2012

Westerbeke 20 KW generator, over hauled in 2009 engine & electrical 2013

Wagner hydraulic steering system

Racor 75-1000 fuel filters w/vacuum gauges

Electrocatalic hull protection system

Sea Recovery water maker, new membranes, plumbed for dockside water

Horns, air and electric

Bow & stern thruster rebuilt

New Headhunter freshwater pump

New 100 amp transformer

Naiad stabilizers re-sealed


Transom door

Swim platform & boarding ladder

Shower in cabinet

Bench seating with cushions on port & starboard side

Courtesy lighting

Hatch to lazarette with hydraulic steering, trim tabs and rudders


2 Rod holders

2 Lights lower cockpit

2 Lights (LED) over cockpit

Custom stairs to aft salon


Novurania 13’ Hard Bottom inflatable w/50 hp Yamaha

Salesman's Comments

WILLAWAY is a classic, 1981 Burger completely up-dated in 2017 & 2018 and designed for owners who prefer having the Master stateroom and common areas on the same, main deck level or, especially, for those with limited mobility.

Nearly everything about WILLAWAY is new, remanufactured, painted, or reconditioned;  a practically new yacht in an original hull. If you missed owning a Burger in the 80’s, now is your chance to relive this classic yacht and moment in history. It is well worth the time to visit and inspect.


MK Yacht Sales would love to guide you through a personal showing of this 78' Burger 1981. This yacht for sale is located in United States and priced at $795,000. For a showing please contact us by filling out the form on this page and we will get back to you shortly!





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Engine Details:

Detroit Diesel DDA 12V71TI

Engine 1:

360.00 HRS 675.00 HP

Engine 2:

360.00 HRS 675.00 HP

Engine Fuel:

Inboard Diesel

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The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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