Have four friends who own valiants. A live aboard couple from the cheasepeake with likely over 100,000m on their boat. A retired Union plumber with multiple rough passages including a hurricane. Hit land and rode out the tail at anchor. A retired couple who snowbirded to the eastern carribean over a dozen times. A gentleman who has done both coasts ( and caribe) of the U.S.
These boats have seen multiple storms, anchored thousands of times including bad weather. At times ridden hard and put away wet.
These boats looks brand spanking new.
Like you most everyone on this thread can quote stories to document your attacks of Bob is bogus and unsubstantiated in fact or history.
The ultimate test of strength is not how they ride out a hurricane at anchor, but how they fair when the anchor drags, and they end up aground in a storm. I have read about how they survive a storm in an anchorage, leading anchor rodes to as many cleats as possible because no one is strong enough by itself. My mooring bitts are good for 90 tons sheer strength. Valiants do have good chocks ,built into the bulwarks, stronger than most anchor rodes. Lowering the bow roller into the bulwarks would be a huge improvement . However, most stock plastic boats don't, including Bobs later designs.
They put storm boards over the windows to protect them. A good window needs no storm boards, and are strong enough by themselves. They do the same with hatches . A proper hatch needs no such reinforcing.
In Don Shores book "Viski Around the World" he mentions hitting the reef leaving Suva , in his 36 ft Brentboat, and pounding across 300 yards of coral reef, then being pulled back over it in big surf, by a tug, with no serious damage. A Valiant would have broken up in minutes on hitting the reef. What on a Valiant would you loop a hawser from a tug over? A valiant would have no chance being dragged over a reef in big surf. Do you have any examples of a Valiant surviving big surf on a coral reef?
peter Kinsey hit a Fijian coral reef in his steel Laurent Giles design 50 footer Tavake.No harm done, amid the litter of stock plastic boats surrounding him. in pieces.
There are none!
Yes, as stock plastic boast go,a Valiant is one of the better ones, but nowhere near as good , in practical terms , as a steel origami boat, in terms of proven toughness. Yes, they can be improved, in the points I have made ,but nothing will make them as reliable as my boats.