Originally Posted by carlylelk
I'm in the market for this general type and size. I like the Valiants for liveaboard
use, but after reading this thread, and what I heard at the recent boat show
, the reduction in the value for being "Uniflite" built is not worth the risk for me.
What risk? Firstly, not all Uniflite built Valiants are blister boats. They all are, however, old. The age issue is way more risky than the blisters
Secondly, the blister issues are very well understood by the owners and others on the Valiant owners list. Why not do a do a bit of research
where the facts are, instead of the random guy at the boat show? Why not ask several blister boat owners, or at least read the archives
and see what they experienced?
Thirdly, there isn't any risk in buying
a blister boat because the depreciation has already occurred. No blister Valiants have been lost
to the blisters
, and they're 35-39 years old. If it was going to happen, it would have happened by now. You aren't risking resell value you didn't pay in the first place.
Our Valiant predates the blistering resin mix. Even so, I would have no issues buying
and sailing one so afflicted.