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I'm thinking about buying a Valiant 32. I've poured over all the reports of Uniflite/Valiant blistering. I've heard most of the horror stories. My question is this: after being in the water for 35 years, would this boat sink out from under me? Or can the Uniflite blisters just be ignored? I love the design...but maybe I should just get over it and move on....

(It reminds me of my second wife....I knew I should have walked away, but she was so good looking...)

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Re: Valiant 32

Bob Perry is a regular contributer here. Maybe he will chime in or you could send him a message.

As for blisters .... have you inspected the boat yet ? Seems odd to me that if it was blistered that after 35 years she hasn't been sorted.

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I haven't inspected it yet. The seller says there are several small blisters above the waterline and "none" below. ...I just wonder if after all these years it reaches a point that it stabilizes in its shitty condition, and no longer degrades. I hate to bother Mr. Perry with this, its been brought up so many times before.
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It's no bother at all.
The blisters are a cosmetic PITA. But I have never known a Valiant to be debilitated by them. There are fixes but they are costly. The V-32 is built like a brick S%^t house so there is no worry there.
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bobperry, Thanks for that response. Im pretty sure this boat has spent it's life in the cold water of the Pacific Northwest, but my plan would be to take it south. Ive heard that warmth may make this blistering problem worse. But maybe 'worse' is relative. I only have about 25 years left...I only need it to last longer than me.
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Re: Valiant 32

A friend has one of the blistery V40s.. quite severe on the cabinsides and though somewhat unsightly, as BP says, I doubt there's any structural issues. Could be that tropical heat might make those kinds of blisters worse, but still cosmetic.

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Yes, the heat will probably make the blisters worse but that boat will be around long after you and I are gone. You nhave 5 years left? Quit bragging.

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25 years if I can give up the cigars....and find a new liver.

I am assuming there must have been varying degrees of this blistering problem. Could it be that there are "none" under the water line? Or is this wishful thinking? I can handle "cosmetic" flaws....I've had to live with my own for a long time.

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