Originally Posted by Polux
The Valiant 42 is basically a Valliant 40 a bit bigger, a 40 year old design, a great one at that time but vastly outdated in many aspects. The Outbound 44 is a 13 year old great design only slightly outdated. There is no possible comparison between the two boats, the Outbound is a much better cruising boat
. They are separated by 30 years of yacht design evolution.
A Valiant 42 is a Valiant 40 with a sprit. Same mold
. Differing layouts available but the same hull
. There was some discussion about the mast
having been moved a touch, but I don't remember the verdict.
They were the first "performance cruiser" and way ahead of their time. Still, it's an older design that like all boats has its quirks. Ours has a tiller, which is great not only for sailing and ease of vane attachment, but really opens up the cockpit
. Personally, I think the wheels in the Valiant cockpit
just take up too much of the already reduced space.
The double ender and massive storage
create a boat
that while 40 feet long, is really best compared to a 35-36 footer for livability. I may get stoned for that opinion, but it's what I've seen when comparing our boat to others.
The Valiant is its own beast. If you don't love it, I wouldn't recommend buying
it. It can sometimes be frustrating enough to deal with its quirks while loving her. Although, I guess that could be said of all boats. But, oh man... when the sails
fill and she leans over just a touch and starts gliding, there's not many feelings able to compare.
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