Founded in 1973, Built in Washington & Texas
Naval Architect Robert Perry designed the first Valiant 40 in 1976 with the builder Uniflite Corp. in Washington State. When the Valiant was first built the design was considered rather radical by bringing features of racing designs together with the design of cruising yachts. The Valiant 40 is associated with introducing the group of "performance cruisers". Valiants were the first bluewater cruising designs to have a modified keel to reduce weight. The Valiant gained popularity in the sailing community in the 80's when several Valiant 40's successfully competed in long ocean races.
Valiants are strong and rugged built with high quality materials and five-star workmanship. The hull is hand laid solid glass and the decks are solid glass. The structural bulkheads, stringers, and furniture are all glassed into the hull.
In 1984 Uniflite Corp. went out of business and Rich Worstell, a Valiant owner & dealer purchased the molds and began the production of Valiants out of Texas. In 1992 the Valiant 42 was introduced as an updated version of the Valiant 40. Valiant Yachts has also manufactured 32 foot, 37 foot, 39 foot, 47 foot, and 50 foot models. The Valiant 40 was named the "Cruising Sailboat of the Decade" and was elected into the Sailboat Hall of Fame in 1997. Production of new Valiant Yachts ended in 2011.
2001 Valiant 50
2001 Valiant 42'
1992 Valiant 42'