Grebe | Valiant 40' 1975

Cruising The West Coat, USA

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Bernie Jakits & Kate Christensen

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Yacht Name: Grebe
Builder: Valiant
Model: 40
Year: 1975
Location: Cruising The West Coat, USA
Hull Material: Fiberglass

This is a great opportunity to own a Valiant 40 at an affordable price. This Valiant 40, Grebe, is one of two that I know of that have tiller steering and boom end sheeting. She has a completely rebuilt Perkins 4-107 40 hp engine, stainless steel arch, solar panels, Wavestopper hard dodger, Aires windvane steering system, Simrad plotter, Raytheon radar, and electric autopilot. She’s had a complete rigging inspection and now has a new mast step, new chain plates and new masthead sheaves. The white hull is pretty and practical as well! She has new bottom paint and she’s ready to go.

The Valiant 40 lives up to its reputation earned over 35 years! As the first “Performance Cruiser" the Valiant 40 was pretty radical in the 1970s. Nowadays Bob Perry’s long fin “cruising” keel and skeg hung rudder has become the definition of a stable fast ocean going sailboat! The Valiant 40 designed 35 years ago still provides something cruising boats just didn't have; the ability to sail fast and while she sails fast, she also sails safe. She is robust, rugged, solid, safe, capable cruising vessel that is also affordable!

Today the Valiant 40 remains one of the very best ocean sailing vessels you can buy and at a great price. This is an ocean sailing vessel that is incredibly built, with virtually no weaknesses in the build or the design. Proven over and over, tough and hardly, the Valiant remains a couples cruising vessel of choice as well as a favorite for solo sailors. She is your “all ocean SUV" of the sailing world. No frills. All function!

There is a reason that serious sailors choose a Valiant. The build quality is among the best there is. From the hand laid solid glass hull, to the hull deck joint is bolted and glued with 5200. The deck is built of a sandwich of fiberglass over marine ply coring with deck hardware is attached securely with robust backing plates. This Valiant 40 was built BEFORE the blister years!

Regarding the Valiant blister years, here is an excerpt from Mark Schrader’s review of the Valiant 40 in Cruising World 2002. Of course Mark made the Valiant famous with his success in the BOC round the world race of the early 80’s. He chose a Valiant 40 based on the impressive track records of several earlier Valiant successes in the OSTAR transatlantic races.

 Uniflite built 159 Valiant 40s from 1975 to 1984, when Rich Worstell, a Valiant owner and dealer, bought the molds. After producing some 40s in Washington, he eventually moved the operation to Texas. The first "Texas" Valiant 40 was hull number 267. Sometime during the Uniflite operation, between hull numbers 120 and 249, resin mixtures were changed to include a fire-retardant additive. Although conclusive proof was never established, there was a high correlation between the fire-retardant additive and the blisters that later developed on boats between those hull numbers. Blisters developed on most (but not all) of the boats produced between 1976 and 1981. Lots of those "blister" boats are out there with happy owners. Blistered boats represent great dollar value, but may also require costly repairs.”

Read the article by Mark Schrader at

Having owned and sailed a Valiant 40, we can safely say we love the boat. Grebe is a good boat, she is not new, but you can have a serious ocean going sailboat for not a lot of money! You can also buy the slip lease in Santa Barbara CA! Or better yet, just sail away!


Length: 40'
Beam: 12' 4
Draft: 6'
Engine Hours: Bernie & Kate