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$500k sounds about right for the last of the Valiant 42s. I have a quote somewhere or other from the factory on one of the last ones and I seem to recall mid-400s without sails and key upgrades (refrigeration, etc).Owl:
In the mid 70's the buyers of these boats could be a couple of school teachers. Financing was easy and you did not have to be wealthy to buy a cruising boat. I don't recall prices except one. When the Valiant 40 was introduced as I recall the base price was $63,500 but to really sail it away was around $74,000. I think I paid $63,000 for my Esprit 37.
My buddy Bernie got one of the last Valiant 42/40's built and I think he had almost $500,000 into it.
"Strange times Archie, strange times."
Why did I not get involved building the boat and selling them? I had many chances to do this but I never wanted to be a boat salesman.