A Valiant 40 is a great boat to sail.
In 5 knots, it will do 3 knots sog.
In 10 knots it will easily do 5 knots.
It loves 15 to 20 knots. All sails
At 25 I start to reef. Roll up a little jib
At 30 knots you reef the main to 2nd reef( I have 3 reefs).
At 35 knots I roll up the jib
At 40 knots I add 3rd reef in main.
At 45 knots I ease the staysail and main but carry on to 50 knots.
At 50 plus the main goes down. The staysail is your storm jib
above 55 and definitely at 60 the storm trisail alone.
If the waves make sailing dangerous at anything above 40 knots, heaving to, works for me if I have the sea room.
condition is variable. Maybe running with a staysail in 50 knots is still in control... Maybe not. Your the captain
and you decide what is out of control or not depending on wave conditions and sea room.
All I know is that a Valiant will take a heck of a lot more weather
than I will. It is very seakindly. Many crew never get seasick on our Valiant but they will on other boats. It rides the waves beautifully. It is 14 tons empty and the ride is smooth.
It is called a performance cruiser. The keel
is a modified fin with a skeg hung rudder
. Not a full keel
so it points well.
I am not telling you this to impress you with my sailing skills. I'm just telling you about what the boat sails
There are much better, more experienced sailors, than I am.
Every boat is a compromise. The Valiant 40 is solid gold as far as boats go but it doesn't have a shower
stall (Traditional side entry version) or pedastall center queen size bed
but it has great sea berths a great gallery, nav station and a ton of storage
Mine is a blister variety Number 203. I fixed and repainted and they came back. They will always return. They can't be fixed permanently, only temporarily. So spend the extra thousands and get a blister free one. It will save you money
and aggrevation in the long run. If "Miss Ellie" sunk tomorrow I'd look for another one. Only a blister free one next time. The difference in price
is not as expensive as fixing the blisters
. The blisters
are like a kid with acne. Won't kill him but look like hell.
The blisters on a Valiant are only cosmetic. Valiant 40s are on the market at some great prices. You get alot of boat for the money
. Before you buy one take one for a sail.
The 42 and the 40 are the same hull
. The only difference is the 2 foot bow sprit. I have even seen some guys put a bow sprit on a 40. doesn't work as well as a 42 because they repositioned the mast
on the 42. Weather helm
hasn't been much of a concern on our boat maybe if I added a bow sprit it would be.
I'd look at a Texas built ,non blister Valiant 40. Side entry traditional layout. Some of the last 40's ,before the 42's, even have a separate shower
stall. I think it was around 1983 or 4 ?
I hope this helps you understand why people like Valiants. They are well built, safe and good looking.