Bon Vivant | Valiant 42' 1992

Annapolis, MD

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Yacht Name: Bon Vivant
Builder: Valiant
Model: Raised Salon
Year: 1992
Location: Annapolis, MD
Designer: Robert Perry
Hull Material: Fiberglass

This is a very special offering! One of just a few Valiant 42 raised salon vessels. Bon Vivant was initially rigged with two headsails and she circumnavigated in the 90s. She has been completely restored and upgraded with a new 55hp Volvo diesel, new transmission, newly painted mast and boom, new rod rigging, new epoxy bottom, new bottom paint,and the interior updated with new salon windows, varnished cabin sole, new sinks and stove,  and so much more. She is a must see vessel!

The Valiant 42 Raised Salon is and amazing vessel. She was built in 1992 by the Valiant Yachts Company in Texas. There were a number of Valiant 40s that were built in the Pacific Northwest where people really get to enjoy sailing a whole lot more with a raised salon pilothouse sailboat. In 1992 Valiant Yachts launched the Valiant 42 and built two of these raised salon vessels. To some people living "down below" is just not that appealing. The raised salon offers sailors an opportunity to enjoy 360 views and get out of the weather, be it too much rain or too much sun.

This is what Valiant had to say in the original brochure…” The Valiant 42RS incorporates the same proven offshore hull form (as the Valiant 40) with a structural skeg mounted deep rudder and powerful long fin cruising keel. This powerful combination insures excellent control and tracking on and off the wind. And the external, bolted on lead ballast provides excellent defense against accidental grounding, while it also allows for a low stabilizing center of gravity which optimizes performance and safety.”

Indeed the Valiant 42 Raised Salon is a Valiant first and foremost. She is a true cutter rig with a unique double headsail rig which is wonderful for sailing downwind. The traditional mainsail is easily managed. She is a great sailing Valiant with all the pedigree and well dissevered reputation. In addition to how the boat sails, she is also built like a tank! A very well thought out tank. The Valiant is incredibly tough, robustly dependable, and entirely possible to maintain anywhere in the world. The solid hand laid fiberglass hull is robust and literally everything about the boat is seriously overbuilt which gives you and your mate great confidence in all conditions. The teak interior is built into the hull with solid bulkheads and a system of robust longitudinal and latitudinal structural members. The lead keel is bolted to the solid glass keel stub and glued with 5200. The 5’8” draft makes this vessel appealing everywhere from the coves of New England to the Intercoastal to Florida and the Bahamas. The mast height is 58’7 above the waterline so she is easily ICW friendly. The systems installations are top notch with everything properly engineered and installed in a way that makes it easy to maintain the boat anywhere in the world. You can actually access every single piece of the boat. The engine access in the RS is magnificent which makes her ever so easy to maintain. The new Volvo is a 55hp with the Max Prop pushes the boat nicely at hull speed.  Every piece, tanks, engine, everything can come out the companionway the way it came in!

The Valiant 42 Raised Salon interior is extremely livable. You have everything you need! You have a really beautiful navigation station to starboard with a wonderful large galley to port, the salon is spacious with an L shaped dining area to port and straight settee berth to starboard, up forward of the main bulkhead is a huge pilot berth to starboard with a large head with stall shower adjacent to port. Forward is an amazing large owners cabin with a V-berth arrangement with tons of storage. The mechanical space where the new upgraded engine is located is wonderfully accessible under the cabin sole of the raised salon.  She’s a wonderful home and the best world cruising voyager you could ever wish for.

Bon Vivant has been lovingly cared for and upgraded. She is in excellent condition and has received many upgrades including the following highlights:

  • Updated interior with new stove and sink, new salon windows, new Leds and low amp Alpenglow lights, with beautiful teak joinery in lovely condition and a beautiful newly varnished teak and holly cabin sole.
  • New electronics with Furuno Navnet 2 with the radar and plotter display both at helm and nav station
  • New VHF radio with DSC and a full function cockpit mic
  • New Force 10 Stove
  • New refrigeration compressor
  • Espar diesel heat
  • New spade anchor 45lb with 250 chain
  • New engine and transmission with only 750 hours
  • New B&G autopilot control head with remote at the helm to control Alpha autopilot RAM
  • New Avon hard bottom inflatable with a Yamaha 8hp outboard
  • New port lights and salon windows
  • Newly painted mast and boom repainted
  • New new barrier coat and new bottom paint, zincs and max prop with prop speed
  • New rod rigging 2001 with inspection and reheading as needed in 2014
  • All the pumps rebuilt
  • Updated LED masthead light
  • Recent sails with new 130% headsail and lightly used full batten mainsail
  • Solent headsail with Profurl furler, not currently installed
  • Inner cutter rig forestay with quick release and a hankon staysail
  • New blocks and running rigging in good condition

Bon Vivant is a unique and special Valiant looking for a new home. She's ready to take you anywhere. Don't wait because she is one of a kind! Call now.

Builder: Valiant
Designer: Robert Perry
Keel: Fin
LOA: 42 ft 0 in
Beam: 12 ft 9 in
LWL: 34 ft 6 in
Maximum Draft: 6 ft 0 in
Displacement: 25000 lbs
Ballast: 9500 lbs
Bridge Clearance: 61 ft 0 in
Engine 1:
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel

Ballast: 9,500 lbs lead


Bon Vivant is a wonderful cruising home with the spacious main salon with the large windows you can see out. From the companionway it is just a few small steps down to the raised salon. The large galley is to port and it is really really large. The nav station to starboard is perfectly located at the base of the companionway which is on the starboard side of the cockpit. The main salon is raised with bright windows and a large L-shaped dinette to port and a straight settee - sea berth to starboard aft of the nav station. The engine space is beneath the cabin sole of the raised salon and there is incredible storage also. The owner's quarters are up forward just two steps down with the large head to port and an incredible pilot berth, child's stateroom or just storage to starboard! It is huge with a pipe berth above also. Adjacent the pilot berth to port is the large head with amazing storage and a huge stall shower and locker. The spacious forward cabin has a large berth, a true vee berth, with a custom mattress and the insert to make a full queen berth. There are drawers on the port side and access to storage under the berth. The chain locker is forward of the berth.

This Valiant is so unique in terms of the space and storage it is remarkable. A family of five circumnavigated aboard years ago in the 90s! Bon Vivant has been enjoyed and lightly cruised by her current owner for 16 years. His cruising was mainly to Block Is the Elizabeth Islands, and Nantucket. Mostly her owner enjoyed caring for the boat and upgrading her. What a lucky boat she is and what an amazing home she will be for some lucky sailors. The raised salon provides excellent visibility and a sense of spaciousness. The windows are non opening 1/2' thick Lexan portlights installed just like airplane windows. There are two large opening portlights with tempered glass on the forward side of the cabin so you can have the breeze blowing through the boat. There is no feeling of being "down below"!

  • Spacious raised salon for panoramic views
  • Large navigation station with a pilot berth aft
  • Huge pilot berth, storage, or cabin for a kid forward to starboard
  • Large galley with much storage
  • Huge storage under the salon sole including the engine room
  • Easy steps down the companionway
  • Beautiful 6'8" headroom
  • Salon fixed port lights with Sunbrella snap on covers
  • Two large opening hatches with covers
  • Large dinette converts to double berth for occasional guests
  • Starboard settee is a beautiful sea berth with a foot well to make it seven feet long
  • Pilot berth that is long and perfect on the starboard side forward of the salon
  • Salon seats eight for dinner
  • Quarter berth for storage or sea berth aft of the nav station
  • Sunbrella upholstery in good condition with crew covers for passages
  • Oiled teak and varnished interior
  • Teak and holly sole newly varnished and beautiful
  • Carpets
  • Owner's cabin forward with spacious v berth
  • Custom mattress for v berth
  • Custom drawers for under the berth
  • Large head with stall shower
  • Fans (two)
  • Sleeps seven! 

Galley & Plumbing

The U-shaped galley is one of the most important aspects of a great cruising boat and the Valiant 42 has a galley coveted by all cruisers because it has everything you need including the Valiant pantry!

The galley is quite amazing and more spacious than on any other Valiant model. There are cupboards galore and wonderful counter space. The galley is complete with all amenities.

  • Engine driven refrigeration compressor
  • Two cold plates
  • Separate freezer
  • Well insulated box 
  • New Force 10 three burner propane stove with oven 
  • New double stainless steel sinks amid ship
  • Pressure water with hot and cold mixing faucet
  • Manual hand pump  fresh water in the galley and the head
  • Manual foot pump in the galley for sea water offshore
  • Trash bin
  • Extensive well organized storage for ships stores
  • Huge cabinet over the galley sink
  • 216 gallons of water in four tanks and 6 gallon hot water heater
  • Hot water ss heater 6 gallon 110v and engine hot water with mixing valve
  • Large head and with sink and mixing faucet
  • Manual fresh water foot pump at the sink in head
  • Separate stall shower
  • Excellent storage in the head
  • Extra large (house sized) Groco marine toilet
  • Y Valve for direct overboard off shore
  • Holding tank, 30 gallon plastic
  • Deck pump out and overboard discharge offshore
  • Vented propane locker
  • Two aluminum propane tanks, 20 lb and 10 lb
  • Regulator, pressure gauge and solenoid installed
  • Cabin solenoid control switch and indicator light
  • LPG warning labels
  • Runs stove 

Electronics & Navigation

Bon Vivant is equipped with updated electronics and navigation aids you need to sail anywhere. 

  • Furuno Navnet 2 Radar/Plotter  at the nav station and in the companionway
  • ICOM VHF radio
  • ICOM M600 Single Side Band radio with insulated backstay
  • B&G Network sailing instruments for speed and depth
  • B&G Wind instrument for wind speed and direction
  • B&G Autopilot controller with Alpha autopilot RAM and remote control
  • Richie Powerdamp compass
  • Clock and barometer and temperature gauge
  • Monitor Windvane steering system (not installed)

Rigging and Sail Inventory

The Valiant 42 RS is the same great sailing boat that the Valiant 40 and 42!

  • Keel stepped double spreader Aluminum mast, newly sanded and painted
  • Aluminum boom, newly sanded and painted
  • Rod rigging replaced in about 2001 and inspected with mast down four years ago (2014) with several shrouds reheaded
  • Hydraulic backstay adjuster
  • Rigid boom vang
  • Downwind pole mounted on mast track
  • Chocks on deck for second pole
  • Bridge clearance 61 with antennas
  • Currently sailed as a sloop without the solent headsail or the staysail
  • Solent jib forestay and Profurl in storage with all the rigging on the mast and deck
  • Cutter rig forestay with quick release and hank on staysail not currently installed
  • Chainplates inspected and reheaded
  • Valiant 42 stainless steel fabricated bowsprit and anchor roller
  • Bow pulpit with integrated step for med mooring bow to
  • Total Sail Area 818 as currently rigged with only the mainsail and genoa
  • Block and tackle preventor system
  • Lazy jacks system for traditional full batten mainsail raised at the mast
  • Profurl roller furler for genoa (staysail furler removed)
  • Sail Inventory:
  • New 130% Genoa on Profurl furler
  • Roller furling solent headsail on Profurl not currently installed (good condition)
  • Hank on staysail on cutter rig inner forestay , not currently installed
  • Fully battened laminated mainsail in excellent condition (inspected and stored at Quantum)
  • Storm staysail (hankon) never used
  • Primary sheet winches are Lewmar 52
  • Staysail sheet winches
  • Line stoppers

Systems: Mechanical & Electrical Systems

Mechanically and Electrically Bon Vivant is ready for voyaging. She has a brand new Volvo Penta 55hp D55 diesel installed with only about 750 hours on it! 

  • New Volvo Penta 55hp D55
  • 155 gallons of fuel in two tanks providing a range of about 700 miles
  • Engine installed under raised salon
  • Very good engine access
  • Dual alternators
  • Racor fuel filter
  • Refigeration compressor for engine driven system
  • Dual lever engine controls
  • Engine instrument panel, new with tach, oil pressure, temp and voltmeter
  • Digital hour meter
  • New engine mounts
  • One and 1/2 inch SS shaft
  • Three blade 18" Max Prop, pitched 20 degrees
  • New cutlass bearing
  • Wheel steering via chain and cable to aluminum quadrant on stainless steel rudder stock
  • Bronze rudder stock packing gland
  • Engine room fire suppression system
  • Four gel cell batteries installed under aft q berth
  • DC voltmeter 
  • Battery Swicht - one two position battery switch and one battery combine switch
  • DC electrical breaker panel with 23 labeled breaker positions
  • Nav lights
  • Steaming light
  • Tricolor, LED
  • Anchor light
  • Stern light
  • Foredeck light
  • Cabin lights - LED and Alpenglow
  • Cabin fans
  • 12 v outlet at nav  and Bosh 12v outlet in each cabin
  •  Electric bilge pump
  • Bilge counter
  • 110 Volt Electrical System:
  • 30 amp shore power connections
  • 30 amp shore power cord, 50'
  • New True Charge 40+ amp automatic battery charger
  • AC Breaker Panel
  • AC Main Breaker with six 110v labeled circuits and two spares
  • AC 110v outlets with GFI protection
  • Portable gasoline generator 

Hull, Deck & Ground Tackle

Bon Vivant is hull number two of the Valiant 42 RS model built of hand laid solid fiberglass from the same mold as the Valiant 40 and more recent 42s. She has the distinctive stainless steel bow sprit and anchor roller. The deck mold was specific for the raised salon of which only a few were built. The deck has a slotted aluminum toerail which is great for connecting blocks as needed.

  • Solid fiberglass hand laid construction with robust layup schedule
  • Structural grid system for strength with bulkheads and furniture glassed in
  • Bronze through hulls with sea cocks
  • Deck construction is fiberglass laminate with balsa core for decking with nonskid
  • Hood ports opening ports, fixed salon windowswhich have all been replaced, and two opening portlites at the forward end of the cabin house for ventilation
  • Screens for all opening ports and hatches
  • Two dorades w/ chrome cowls, fiberglass boxes and dorade guards
  • Lewmar hardware
  • Aluminum slotted toe rail 
  • SS Stanchions
  • Bow pulpit with med moor step
  • Double life lines with boarding gates port and starboard
  • Stern rail
  • Motor mount on stern rail
  • Outboard engine lift
  • White non-skid deck
  • Swim ladder w/ teak treads
  • Small dodger 
  • Sunbrella pedestal cover and hatch covers
  • Teak cockpit table with sunbrella cover
  • Valiant fabricated bow rollor system
  • Double rollers with haas pipe to chain locker below decks
  • Primary bow anchor - Spade 45lb with 250 feet of chain
  • Bruce 45lb with chain and rode
  • Fortress FX16 as stern anchor with spare rode

Additional and Safety Specifications & Items
  • Avon RIB Dinghy 9' 2006
  • Yamaha 8 hp 1991
  • Engine and equipment manuals
  • Charts
  • Horn
  • Man Overboard Equipment
  • Flares
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CO detector
  • Propane solenoid swich
  • Thermal fire blanket
  • Hand bearing compass
  • Manual bilge pump in cockpit
  • Emergency bilge pump mounted on a board for below decks
  • Jack lines
  • Lee cloths for salon starboard berth
  • Winch handles and bilge pump handles (two each)
  • Emergency tiller
  • Tapered wooding plugs
  • Docklines and fenders
  • Some mechanical tools
  • Some spares
  • Hose and nozzels

Note: The following items are stored at the owners home.

  • 45# Bruce anchor
  • Monitor Wind Vane steering system
  • Two pipe berths
  • AvonLite RIB dinghy
  • Yamaha 8hp Two Stroke outboard
  • Edson 30 gpm manual pump
  • Volvo alternator - new spare
  • Volvo water pump
  • Second head stay (rod rigging) for solent jib
  • Profurl NC 42 for furling system on solent stay
  • Staysail and storm staysail
  • Offshore Edson steering wheel (slightly smaller)
  • B&G Hydra 2000 spares including masthead unit, full function display, analog wind angle meter, pilot display, paddle wheel, spares kit, main processor unit, pilot computer unit


Length: 42'
Beam: 12' 9
Draft: 6'
Engine Hours: Bernie and Kate