We just got back several days ago from a trip to the Dallas area. During our visit we had a factory tour of the Valiant factory at the Cedar Mills Marina at Gordonville, TX.
The bottom line is that we were very impressed. We definitely have their 42 on our list.
While we have not sailed in quite a while, i.e., newbies for all practical intents and purposes, we have substantial research
under our belts. Our view is that the Valiant folks make a bullet-proof blue water
boat. IIRC, they make some 9 to 12 boats a year on a semi-custom basis. Only two models: the 42 and the 50. Most of their employees have been there a while. They make just about everything on site, except for sails
, and so forth. I note that they make dodgers and biminis.
My opinion is that they do not cut corners. As for the blistering problem, we actually saw an older one on the hard
being worked on. No structural problems, just a lot of blisters
. It appears that there were some blistered boats quite a while back, but I believe none have been made in Texas since the mid 80's.
We believe that their national sales manager, Mr. Rick Lemon, did a great job on our tour and would not hesitate to go back to him when our time comes to purchase
and we decide on a Valiant.
Regards to all,