Originally Posted by Livia
Our first question to the sellers of course would be the blister issue, but if that isn't a problem with this hull - and assuming a good survey - this seems to be in our budget and a fit for our sailing goals (and tastes). Am I crazy?
I've been considering Valiant 40s from that time period, but the blister issue is one that can be hard to accomodate.
For example, I was on a Valiant 32 that had the small blisters on both the decks and the hull. They were pretty obvious, and most likely cosmetic, but they also seemed to pose two questions in the future. First, resale value. Second, what if they become worse.
It would be one thing if the "cosmetic blisters" were simply that, but that wouldn't necessarily explain why a fair number of Valiant 40 owners have done full peel jobs on their boats. I've seen Valiant 40s listed for around $115 that had extensive peel jobs. There's one listed now for $140k that had a full, factory done refinish job.
So, it's just a concern. One may pick up a Valiant 40 with minor blisters and use it for years with no problems and then sell it for a reasonable price, but it's worth noting that other owners have been through extensive restoration jobs. Also, if not done correctly, the restoration work can be worse than letting the blisters stay. I've been on a boat (not a Valiant) with blister problems even though it had been peeled and restored two years before. Ugh!