Petite Ourse | Valiant 40 1990

Annapolis, MD

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Bernie Jakits & Kate Christensen

Hi, I'm Bernie Jakits. After 20 years of owning and running a successful brokerage in Annapolis, my partner Kate Christensen and I have merged our company with David Walters Yachts. We are happy and excited to be a part of something bigger and continue to live our passion that started long ago. When I was an engineer in the aerospace industry I had lots of time to read every sailboat review and follow every development in the industry. I dreamed of one day owning a distinctly different brokerage firm and it all came true when in 1997 I started RogueWave Yacht Sales It came out of a passion for the sea and love for the beautiful vessels that sail on her. My vision was to create a new kind of brokerage dedicated to honesty and integrity and desire to help people be successful and achieve their bluewater sailing vision. Kate Christensen joined me in 2001 to share that vision and bring her talents and expertise in business and marketing as well as her passion for sailing her Bristol Channel Cutter. Over 20 years, we built an incredible brokerage and consulting firm specializing in ocean going vessels and live aboard cruising sailboats. We have advised and guided over 800 Clients worldwide from as far away as Hong Kong, Brazil, Australia, Europe and everywhere between, so that they too can also achieve their dream of owning and cruising with a capable bluewater vessel to find and reach their own horizons. We have the experience and expertise required to really help people.

For over 45 years, I have sailed, delivered and worked on hundreds of different types of vessels. Representing many clients, I have sailed in the North Sea to Med, across the Atlantic, and in the South China Sea and the, Pacific, the Caribbean Islands and also both Coasts of the USA. Having owned and maintained over 3 million dollars worth of sailing vessels, I have vast experience with incredible sailing vessels from the Hallberg Rassy 53 or a Valiant 40 & 42, a Norseman 447, a PSC34, and a BCC28. I've sailed to many foreign ports and also lived aboard while raising a family. Kate and I have had the opportunity to have incredible sailing adventures aboard our boats from the amazing Bristol Channel Cutter to the Hallberg Rassy 53 and finally our Valiant 42 that we built new in 2008 when we were Valiant Dealers in Annapolis. We have sailed far and lived aboard; we have led the Caribbean 1500 to the Bahamas. We have raced to Bermuda. We have delivered boats from the North Sea to the Med and from Guatemala to Annapolis and of course from the Caribbean to Annapolis many times. Through that experience we can help cruising couples make the right decisions. I have decommissioned and shipped many vessels and put them back together again, for myself and also for our clients. I have upgraded each vessel we owned installing every system imaginable, and maintaining every boat properly. I have taught and advised clients so that they themselves will have a pleasant and rewarding experience. Being a fellow boat owner and having personally experienced both sides of being a buyer and a seller, I understand your concerns.

With these many years of experience I have come to know and appreciate what a truly high caliber blue water sailing yachts is and should be. As a licensed & bonded professional yacht broker, please give me the pleasure of helping you define your requirements and help choose your next passage making/offshore capable sailing or power yacht. My experience is gained from having had a 100 Ton USCG Master License, being a Captain on several ocean races, having been a Marine Surveyor, and of course my background as an MSME Mechanical Engineer. And most important of all, I have sailed over 100,000 offshore miles, on my own boats and delivering countless boats for client to about everywhere.

Now as the RogueWave Division of David Walters Yachts, Kate and I carry on the RogueWave traditions as Your Choice for Bluewater Boats! We continue to specialize in the bluewater boats we love; the vessels of quality, style, and substance. We are skilled in understanding the unique requirements of each individual to find them the right boat. Our mantra of Honesty, Integrity, Love for our Ocean, and Appreciation for the Beautiful Vessels that Sail on Her, remain the passions that we share with all of you. Sailing isn't a hobby to us, it's a lifestyle. And we remain your choice for bluewater boats.

We are very proud to be part of the unique and talented team of David Walters Yachts as the RogueWave Division in Annapolis MD the sailing capitol of the world. Please feel to reach out to me, anytime, I'm always available 24/7 on my cell 443-742-1792.

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Yacht Name: Petite Ourse
Builder: Valiant
Model: Cutter
Year: 1990
Location: Annapolis, MD
Designer: Bob Perry
Hull Material: Fiberglass

Every once in a blue moon, there comes an incredible opportunity to own a Texas built, Valiant 40! Every once in a while there is a newer Valiant 40 that is well equipped, well loved and ready to cruise anywhere.  This is a 1990 Valiant 40 is one of the last 40s built; they stopped building the V40 in 1992. We are proud to offer Petite Ourse a wonderful Valiant 40. She has just completed a circumnavigation and her knowledgeable owners have maintained her as their home and provided many upgrades over their cruising tenure of the last ten years.

Petite Ourse has all the cruising equipment you need and I mean everything… new engine, Northern Lights generator, davits, arch, windvane steering, New solar, New wind, complete electronics with SSB and AIS and the topsides are newly Awlgripped!

This is one Valiant 40 you must really check out carefully. Valiants like this one don’t come along often. She was a great lightly used Valiant in 2006 when her owners bought her with their circumnavigation in mind. They have added all the modern equipment you would want and also safety features and creature comforts. They have used her as she was meant to be as a safe and comfortable voyaging home. We have sold many Valiants that are proven circumnavigators and we can tell you that the best boats are the ones used and loved as they were meant to be.

Just Some of the Highlights include:

  • New Volvo D2-40 diesel  2014
  • New Northern Lights generator 2016
  • Radar solar arch with davit system 2008
  • Kyocera solar panels on the arch 2008
  • Seafrost 12v refrigeration in addition to the 110v system 2008
  • Wabasto diesel heater
  • New hatches!
  • Lighthouse windlass with remote
  • LED lights
  • Raymarine Chart Plotter
  • Vesper Marine AIS
  • Icom 802 SSB
  • Wifi booster
  • Iridium Go
  • Spectra Watermaker factory reconditioned with brand new membrane
  • Airbreeze Wind Generator
  • Newly Awlgripped 2000 topsides 2017
  • New dodger and bimini 2017

The owner’s of this Valiant 40, Petite Ourse, can confirm that the Valiant 40 lives up to its reputation. A reputation earned over 35 years! In the early 70s, when Bob Perry designed the first “Performance Cruiser" the Valiant 40 was thought to be pretty radical in design. Since the 90s Bob Perry’s long fin “cruising” keel and skeg hung rudder have become the definition of a stable fast ocean going sailboat! The modern production boats are downright flimsy compared to the Valiant 40 that is solid hand laid fiberglass with a robust layup schedule.

The Valiant 40 remains one of the very best ocean sailing vessels you can buy and at a great price. 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 fiberglass 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 in Texas and well beyond the blister years! She is one of the last Valiant 40s built and as such, she is a highly desirable boat.

Having owned and sailed a Valiant 40, we can safely say we love the boat. Petite Ourse is a sistership to our Valiant 40 Solstice and we highly recommend you give this Valiant your consideration. The Valiant 40 is a great sailing boat that is also solid and safe. She is a capable cruising vessel that is also affordable! If you are thinking about it, call now! I don’t think she will wait long!

More pictures will be coming as soon as she arrives in Annapolis! 


Length: 40
Beam: 12' 3
Draft: 6'