Originally Posted by robert sailor
There is nothing terribly special about a Valiant 40, its very moderate.
Came here for this, wasn't disappointed... :-). Haters love to hate.
The thing about the Valiant is that's it's a magnet for sailors. Our Catalina
never drew people in an anchorage, but people regularly drop by the Valiant to check her out and talk about her. They stop and check her out in the slip. Our finger has Munger's giant catamaran
at the end of it that is a full party barge, and people will stop and ask about her. I guess I look like the help because invariably the first question is either "is this your boat?" or "is the owner around?" But I think it's fun, and I've heard several good tales from old timers about times they'd been out on sisterships.
Originally Posted by Robert sailor
Of course today there are many boats in that size range that might be considered much better than a Valiant for sailing offshore but the Valiant was a first and will always have a special place in sailing history.
I think you'll find that the Valiant has special place in sailing present. It's not perfect, and it's not the best, but it's the best that a guy like me can afford. The Admiral doesn't care about displacement
, or SA ratios, hull thickness, tankage, pans, tabbed bulkheads, or any of that crap. Yet the Valiant was her favorite of all the boats we looked at (ok, so it came in second to a Moody 42CC, but at three times the price
it was out of our reach). It has the highest "yes, I'll take my son out in that" wife rating around...
I look at it like my truck. I drive a ten year old dual cab Tacoma. There are trucks that are bigger, faster, haul more, and tow more. But nothing in the price range even comes close to the overall utility of my old Tacoma.