SailNet Community - View Single Post - Looked at a Valiant 40 Today
View Single Post
Old 01-30-2012
night0wl's Avatar
night0wl night0wl is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Fort Lauderdale
Posts: 1,434
Thanks: 0
Thanked 19 Times in 19 Posts
Rep Power: 10
night0wl is on a distinguished road
Wouldn't underestimate the costs of restoring a 1970s era valiant. By now, that engine is probably nearing 40 years of age. Think about a car or truck engine that old!! Repower on a yacht like that is probably easy $15k.

Rigging may look good, but I've seen more than one blog of catastrophic failure of chainplates on older Valiant...or not the chainplates, but the knees themselves. All appeared fine on the surface, but the issues were subsurface cracking and substandard metal. On a 40 year old boat, those should be replaced anyway...they've well outlasted their useful life if original.

Why look at the low-end of the market? Why not try and cherry pick a valiant thats gone through an extensive re-fit at a reputable facility and has had owners plans that have changed. A boat like this (or similar like Baba/Tashiba/Panda, Pacific Seacraft, Nordic/Norstar) comes up about once a year. Just be ready with cash to pounce on it with a near full price offer!
S/V Jendai
Beneteau 343
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook