Miles Away | Valiant 42' 2003

Annapolis, MD

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Bernie Jakits & Kate Christensen

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Yacht Name: Miles Away
Builder: Valiant
Model: 42
Year: 2003
Location: Annapolis, MD
Hull Material: Fiberglass

We are pleased to present our newest Valiant offering, Miles Away. She is a lightly sailed 2003 Valiant 42 with a queen berth forward. She was built  in Texas during the years when Valiant Yachts was building so many Valiant 42s and 50s. She’s a 12 volt boat, ahead or her time, but in today’s world, with solar power, and 12 volt everything and a big battery bank. I like it  

Miles Away is properly rigged for ocean passage making for safely and comfort with all the sail control in the cockpit!  If you are a solo sailor or cruising couple with serious cruising in mind, you should consider this Valiant!

If you and your loved one are looking for a cruising boat, you will want to know why the Valiant 42 has remained the first choice for cruising couples and solo sailors. This is a boat that will take of you if by yourself, or with your mate. She is easy to sail single hand, or double hand and she is the first choice for a sensible cruising couple. The cutter rig provides a divided sail plan with furling and reefing in the cockpit. The sail plan makes everything is of  a manageable size for actual people. On deck, everything is designed and planned for safety at sea everything from the hard dodger to the solid stern rails and the winches within easy reach of the helm provides well thought out functionality that translates to comfort and safety.

Maybe even more important at least to some of us is the fact that the Valiant is built like a tank; she a serious ocean going vessel, which is to say she is built for the ocean, incredibly tough, robustly dependable. The solid hand laid fiberglass hull is literally overbuilt and literally everything about the boat is seriously upsized for strength which gives you and your mate great confidence in all conditions. The systems installations are top notch with everything properly engineered and installed in a way that makes it easy for you to maintain the boat anywhere in the world. You can actually access every single piece of the boat. Every piece, tanks, engine, everything can come out the companionway the way it came in!  The Valiant is pretty much alone in this class of sailing with self-sufficiency.

The Valiant 42 center entry queen layout is extremely livable for a cruising couple. You have everything you need and just enough storage. The queen berth up forward is very large. The salon provides sea berths port and starboard. And the aft cabin makes a cozy and comfortable off-watch sleeping berth close to the cockpit which always made me feel more secure.  Remember, the ideal boat serves sundowners for six, dinner for four, and sleeps two! It’s cozy and perfect. The Valiant 42 layout gives you the amazing Bob Perry galley and famous pantry with roll out bins. There is a large forward facing sit down ships office and nav station. And over course the perfect bathroom with stall shower just at the companionway to starboard. To port the aft stateroom is your off-watch berth right at the companionway and it is your generous garage or a lovely guest room. The Valiant 42 is a wonderful home and the perfect couple’s world cruising voyager.


  • Beautiful crafted vessel with cherry interior and all the furniture and joinery throughout
  • Teak and holly sole
  • Berths for sevens people – if you must!!! I hope not.
  • Large Queen V-Berth stateroom forward with cabinets outboard and  cedar-lined hanging lockers
  • Double berth in aft stateroom
  • Sea berths on port & starboard settees
  • Port settee converts to double berth!!! Rare and wonderful.
  • Vented wet locker with drain
  • Cherry interior with ash battens along interior hull sides
  • Formica headliner with cherry ribs (removable) with cherry trim
  • Drawers with dove-tail connections and cedar bottom
  • Cedar lined lockers with LED courtesy lights
  • Solid cherry drop-leaf dining table
  • Nice grey upholstery
  • Stall shower
  • Wet locker
  • Water filter system
  • Low engine hours!
  • Lighthouse 1500 windlass electric
  • Valiant hard dodger!
  • Espar diesel heat!
  • TV and DVD Stereo system
  • Great electronics and safety gear


Length: 42'
Beam: 12' 9
Draft: 6'
Water Tank Capacity: 55 Gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity: 90 Gallons
Holding Tank Capacity: 40 Gallons
Engine Manufacturer: Westerbeke
Engine Model: 44
Power: 44 HP
Number of Engines: 1
Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 2300 Hours


The build quality is robust, crafted with the rigors of the ocean foremost in mind. You will see the heavily built quality everywhere from the locking floor boats to the cabinetry. The cabin interior is light and bright due to the Formica panels trimmed in teak on the ceiling, overhead and the many opening ports and hatches.

While everything is strong, you'll also see it all very well executed. The drawers are solid teak facings with cedar bottoms and dovetailed corners and roll out on easy-going slides. The lockers have courtesy lights that come on when you open the door. All the cabinets and lockers securely lock with one hand. The Hood stainless steel opening ports and Lewmar Ocean hatches that provide wonderful light and ventilation as the breeze seems to blow right through the boat.

The Owners Stateroom

The Queen Berth layout is the most popular layout by far. The chain locker is all the way forward with space to pull the extra chain back under the berth area. There is a bulkhead aft of the chain locker at the foot of the owner’s queen berth. There is a huge opening overhead hatch as well as opening ports in this stateroom. Under the berth there are three large drawers, and hanging lockers port and starboard with one dressing seat.  There is generous under berth storage for those seldom needed spares. The bi-fold door provides privacy with dressing space in the cabin.

Main Salon

Just aft of the main bulkhead is the main salon with a centerline drop-leaf table and generous settees port and starboard. It is a spacious and comfortable salon with wide settees that make excellent sea berths seven feet long. The teak and holly cabin sole is beautiful, warm and comfortable. The centerline drop-leaf table provides a fine dining space for four and even six people. There is lovely shelving and cabinetry outboard of the settees. Below the settees, the water tanks high and dry.

The main salon is light and well ventilated with six opening ports and a large deck hatch as well two smaller hatches above the nav station and in the galley. The Hella cabin fans and dorades. The salon has beautiful cherry joinery with built-in furniture and cabinetry. The teak and holly cabin sole finished in satin Varathane. Ash battens line the hull sides and add a soft glow with a nod to heritage. All the interior lighting is upgraded with totally new Alpenglow and Hella LED fixtures. The cabin sides and overhead are a soft cream Formica with cherry trim. The Hood stainless steel ports are all opening ports. Lewmar hatches provide excellent ventilation. With a fan in each cabin the ventilation is superior. Updated upholstered cushions are soft and comfy and are in very good condition. And there is a flat screen TV, DVD BluRay player stored inside the starboard side cabinetry so you can be entertained while lounging around.



The 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 sea-kindly U shaped galley to port has the double sinks facing aft at the bulkhead near the companionway. There is a large cupboard above the sink as well as three drawers below the inboard counter and additional storage under the sink. The Force 10 three-burner stove is located outboard with storage above. The dish storage outboard is well designed with additional cupboard above and the built in stainless steel microwave. To the left of the stove there is deep dry storage outboard for pots and pans and dry goods Best of all the Valiant pantry has roll out shelves that make it really easy to organize provisions.

  • Large refrigerator box with separate freezer
  • Frigoboat 12v refrigerator/freezer system with keel cooler
  • Princess propane stove, three burners and an oven
  • Pan storage under stove
  • Microwave oven
  • Double deep stainless steel sink with storage under
  • Beautiful mixing faucet with sprayer
  • Pressure hot/cold water
  • Fresh water manual foot pump
  • Cherry cabinetry outboard with cupboards and with dish storage
  • Formica countertops
  • Deep dry goods storage outboard of the sinks
  • Awesome storage for pots and pans
  • Under sink storage
  • Three deep drawers inboard of the sink
  • Roll out trash bin with draw above and counter space
  • Spice rack
  • Famous Valiant cook-pleasing pantry behind the nav station adjacent the galley sink has four roll out drawers for food storage
  • Dining table with centerline storage compartment and can seat six
  • Propane system in port aft propane locker vented, with large 20lb tank and a spare 20 lb tank on the starboard propane locker


Navigation Station

On any cruising boat, the navigation station is another room in the house and the Valiant nav station is a large, functional, sit down, forward facing, navigation station; "room with a view” of the instruments and ships controls. This is a real ships office with new Garmin electronics, Icom VHF and SSB with Pactor 4 modem.

Electronics are circa 2012 

  • Garmin Radar mast mounted radome with display at the nav station GPSMap 4008
  • AIS Garmin 600 Class B
  • Garmin GPS Map Chart Plotter at the helm station
  • Garmin Sailing instruments (Wind, Speed, Depth)
  • Ritchie binnacle compass
  • VHF Radio Icom 502 with CommandMic in cockpit
  • SSB Icom M802 with AT 140 auto tuner
  • Pactor 4 7800 Modem for all things data at sea
  • Iridium satellite antenna – Iridium Go 2011
  • Autopilot – Alpha 300 heavy duty hydraulic ram oversized
  • Clock and Barometer
  • ACR 406 EPIRB
  • Electrical panel AC and DC distribution panels at the nav station
  • Energy monitor and inverter/charger control
  • Edson binnacle guard with Ritchie SP5 Compass
  • Sailing instruments display – wind speed and depth!
  • Starboard cockpit table folds on the binnacle
  • Mast head Windex
  • Autopilot control panel at companionway
  • Monitor windvane steering system


Aft Guest Cabin/Sea Berth/Garage

An aft cabin meets all your requirements to have guests aboard anywhere on your travels. More importantly, when cruising shorthanded, this is your sea berth for your off watch crew. Located beside the companionway on the port quarter, the off watch crew member can be peacefully sleeping in a comfortingly restricted space just three feet from the cockpit. Even more importantly, you have a great stowage spot that we call a garage, where you can put important gear including your ditch bag and a great place for extra provisions for the Bahamas or your ocean passages or inshore, maybe even cockpit cushions. When you have guests, this cabin can be made into a nice private cabin with a double berth and a dressing seat, hanging locker and two large drawers. Good ventilation is provided by two opening ports and an overhead hatch and two Hella fans. Under the berth the new AGM batteries and refrigeration compressor are installed.


Head & Shower

With the V42, Valiant definitely got the head right! The head is located just down the companionway on the starboard side where it is easy to use in a seaway. The stall shower makes a perfect wet locker on a passage with a hanging locker outboard of the shower. At anchor the stall shower is so wonderful you'll use it even in a marina because it is so well ventilated with a hatch overhead and a port and it is so easy to keep clean being of fiberglass with a seat and sump pump. The oval stainless steel sink is on a large counter space with a great deal of storage under it and in the cherry cabinets’ outboard. There is even a clothes hamper, something seldom seen on any boat! Access to the engine room is provided through the head in addition to the companionway access.


Dedicated Engine Room

This is one of the most important features of a Valiant; one of the best engine rooms on any sailing vessel. It is accessed through the head behind the toilet. The companionway stairs can also be removed to get at every corner of the engine. Even better, the mechanicals space is separate from the living areas of the boat. Valiant was designed to be easily maintained by the owner anywhere in the world.


Entertainment & Creature Comforts

  • Beautiful cherry interior sleeps six
  • Salon port settee converts to a double berth
  • Designed for the ocean with handholds everywhere
  • Pioneer stereo system
  • Interior speakers and cockpit speakers
  • Iridium Go antenna for all things connectivity at sea
  • Espar diesel heat is great although it needs service.
  • Samsung flat screen TV with BluRay DVD player
  • Ventilation – opening ports and hatches with screens
  • Hella fans
  • LED courtesy lights
  • LED cabin lights
  • Dorades
  • Water filter system
  • Water maker



  • Large aft head with separate stall shower
  • 88 gallons of fresh water plus the hot water heater
  • Tank gauge
  • Water maker 12v AquaMaxx 55 gph (needs service)
  • Raritan marine toilet with 40 gallon holding tank
  • Y Valve for direct overboard flush offshore or holding tank inshore
  • Holding tank pump out offshore with manual Whale pump or shore side through deck fitting for dock pump out
  • Valiant stall shower which is great
  • Huge locker outboard the shower
  • Water and holding tank gauges



The engine room is a dedicated space with access both through the aft of the toilet or by removing the companionway stairs. One of the requirements for a blue water voyaging vessel is access to everything, and Valiant passes the test. The dedicated engine room provides the mechanical space for the engine, generator, water maker, and holding tank.

  • Westerbeke 44 HP  with about 2300 hours
  • Main engine amp alternator
  • Fixed three blade bronze prop
  • 1-1/4” SS prop shaft 1-1/4” v-drive
  • PSS dripless shaft seal 2016
  • Racor fuel filter
  • Fuel tanks outboard port and starboard for 84 gallons diesel total
  • Edson steering system
  • Emergency tiller



Complete DC systems including Solar Panel and large battery bank, with 12v refrigeration! Complete shore power system 30 amp service with 110v hot water heater and AC charging via shore power with 500 amp hour house bank. Bonded, grounded and lighting protected.

DC Electrical System

  • House batteries (2016) Gel cell
  • Balmar high output alternator on main engine
  • Balmar Duo-charge with temperature
  • Balmar smart regulator
  • SOLAR: 85 Watt Aurinco solar panel mounted on the hard dodger
  • MPPT controller for solar panels
  • Battery selector switch
  • Valiant custom electrical panel with digital meters; DC volts, DC amps, AC volts, AC amps, AC watts
  • DC breaker panel  
  • 12V connection at nav station
  • LED courtesy lights and locker lights
  • Locker lights with door switches
  • Cabin Lights LEDs
  • Four 12v fans
  • Navigation lights – LED
  • Port and starboard at the bow and stern light
  • Steaming light
  • Tri-color on masthead
  • Anchor light
  • Compass light
  • Deck light midway up mast
  • 12 volt electronics
  • Bilge pump counter
  • Lightening protection system
  • Victron isolation transformer with auto switch voltage
  • Pumps – electric bilge pump, fresh water pump, shower sump pump, deck washdown pump

AC Electrical System

  • Shore Power connection - Marico 30 amp to 110V shore receptacle
  • Magnum 2812 Pure Sine Wave 2800w Inverter/Charger
  • Magnum ME-RC-50 Remote Panel
  • 30 amp shore power cord with adapters
  • AC breaker panel (and DC panel also)
  • 110V outlets located throughout interior
  • Big Inverter!


Sails & Rigging

The design of the Valiant 42 is the modernization of the Valiant 40 designed by Robert H. Perry. The Valiant 40 earned its reputation for safety and performance when, in the 80s, Francis Stokes placed second in the BOC around the world race under all the great capes. Mark Schrader aboard the Valiant 40 "Resourceful" became the first American to complete the nonstop round the world voyage single handed below all five southern capes! By the mid eighties the Valiant had proved to be a capable offshore voyager that could be sailed solo around the world. She was an ocean race boat!

The Valiant 42 sails even better than the Valiant 40 with added mast height and added sail area and ballast. She's a sail animal, but…even more important to all of us couples, is comfort, safety, and complete lack of drama. More couples choose to sail a Valiant than any other cruising boat for very good reasons. The true cutter rig, easily managed divided sail plan, powerful well placed winches, and safe cockpit with secure hard dodger are all elements all make it possible for a couple to cruise safely and feel secure sailing with just two people aboard. The boat is easily driven and sails delightfully in light winds; in heavy air, reef her down with a double reef in the main and the staysail and she'll track like a freight train with the autopilot guiding her effortlessly. She sails fast so you get there! She is weatherly and carries sail so you are not constantly reefing. She is robust and strong so you feel secure in the ocean.

  • True cutter rig
  • Aluminum keel stepped mast with double spreaders
  • Navtec rod rigging
  • Divided sail plan with mainsail, genoa, and staysail
  • Both headsails on Profurl furlers
  • Total sail area 849 ft
  • Control lines led aft to the cockpit
  • Antal line stoppers and cabin top winches with line bags
  • Lewmar traveler
  • Running rigging new in 2014 and well cared for
  • Insulated backstay for SSB
  • Hydraulic backstay adjuster
  • Spinnaker halyards
  • Topping lift
  • Running backstays
  • Mast height – ICW compatible about 62 feet with antennas
  • Lazy jack system
  • Jacklines
  • Lewmar traveler with mid boom sheeting
  • Downwind pole stowed on the mast track
  • Rigged for spinnaker
  • Profurl genoa furling system
  • Inboard genoa car tracks
  • Staysail on Profurl furler with car tracks on the coach roof

Sail Inventory

  • Quantum sails!
  • Mainsail with three reefs from the cockpit
  • Genoa furling
  • Furling staysail
  • Sail covers – UV navy.


  • 44 ST Lewmar winch for the main mainsheet on cabin house
  • Two 44 ST staysail sheet winches on cabin house
  • Two 58 ST Lewmar primary sheet winches on the coaming rebuilt 2016
  • 40 ST Lewmar winch on the mast
  • Antal line stoppers for optimal sail control
  • Winch care on schedule


Hull & Deck

The construction of the Valiant is bullet proof. Valiant craftsmen are incredibly proud of their product. The construction makes the Valiant is one of the very best blue water boats you could choose to own. This is why the Valiant remains the vessel that most couples choose for circumnavigation or long distanced passage making.

  • Hand- laid solid fiberglass hull with extra layers at the keel and bow
  • Robust layup schedule of fiberglass mat and woven roving
  • Isophthalic resin catalyzed in one-gallon batches
  • Massivestructural rub rail – teak with stainless steel striker
  • The deck cored with structural foam and fiberglass laminate
  • Deck is solid glass where hardware is mounted
  • Double life lines with boarding deck
  • Boarding ladder
  • Deck is non-skid paint in original Valiant light grey
  • Latitudinal stringers of structural foam laminate glassed in solid glassed in bulkheads
  • Horizontal and vertical elements are fiber glassed to the hull sides and to the ceiling when the deck goes on
  • Hull deck joint through bolted on four and half inch centers and glued with 3M5200.
  • Chain plates through bolted with backing plates
  • High quality stainless steel
  • Hull insulated with closed cell engine room insulated with Sound Stop
  • External lead keel
  • 17 J bolts of 3/4 inch steel
  • Skeg of laminated structural foam attached with J bolts as with the keel
  • Backing plates on all structural elements
  • Solid stainless steel rudder shaft steel rudder core
  • Cast bronze protective rudder shoe
  • Bronze sea cocks
  • Topsides white with blue whale stripe and boot stripe
  • Epoxy factory barrier coat

The deck layout and construction is one of the most important aspects of any sailboat. Valiant builds a robust, low maintenance vessel, and all the toughness shows. All of the deck hardware is the best quality, from the Hood stainless steel ports (12), to Lewmar Ocean hatches, to Lewmar winches and custom Valiant stainless steel work. The toe rail is aluminum giving you the ability to attach blocks as you need to. The toe rail is bedded with 5200 and through bolted to the hull deck flange. Stainless steel stanchions are bulwark mounted, the way you want them, and support 31 inches high with double life lines and boarding gates port and starboard.

The Valiant Yachts company has fully used its wonderful stainless steel fabrication capabilities to create the amazing Valiant bow sprit completely of stainless steel beautiful sculpted and welded. It is a piece of art. In addition to the bow sprit, Valiant also manufactures all the dorade guards and the hand rails. Miles Away has the signature Valiant hard dodger which is as useful as it is substantial! The rigid hard dodger is solid and gives great security in the cockpit with its hand rails on both sides and the cockpit side of solid stainless steel. Solar panels are mounted atop the dodger. It even has a white lights on port and starboard, under the dodger. You feel very safe in a Valiant cockpit.

The Valiant cockpit is also comfortable with the pedestal mounted wheel steering and wide comfortable seating and cockpit combings. The cockpit is long enough to lie down. The combings are high and comfortable with a flat top so you can perch on them. The cockpit lockers port and starboard and aft lazarettes have deep gutters for drainage. Cockpit drains (four) are large to drain quickly. There is excellent access to the steering quadrant through the aft lazarettes, port and starboard.

  • Valiant deck features – no wood!
  • Valiant hard dodger with extra aft handhold with sunscreens
  • Bimini frame and canvas with sun screens and also plastic side curtains for rain
  • Dodger bimini connector
  • Hood stainless steel ports
  • Lewmar hatches
  • Two dorades w/ chrome cowls, fiberglass boxes and dorade guards on the foredeck
  • Lewmar deck hardware
  • Pad eyes for jacklines
  • Pad eyes in the cockpit
  • Aluminum toe rail for attaching blocks
  • Stainless steel 31 inch stanchions with double life lines
  • Outboard mount on stern rail
  • Outboard engine lifting crane
  • Pearl gray non-skid deck
  • Stainless steel Swim ladder mounts on either port or starboard at boarding gate
  • Sunbrella pedestal cover
  • Starboard cockpit table
  • Edson pedestal steering with excellent access to the steering quadrant
  • Manual bilge pump in the cockpit


Ground Tackle

  • Valiant fabricated bow roller system
  • Double rollers with hawse pipes
  • Chain locker forward accessed from sail storage area forward of queen berth
  • Lighthouse 1501 windlass – electric up and down full factory rebuild in 2014 with port and starboard chain gypsies and port rope gypsy
  • Bruce 66 pound anchor with 250 feet of chain
  • Fortress with chain and 200 feet of rode
  • Anchor washdown system


Additional & Safety

  • Dinghy 2003 Zodiac 270
  • Stows on deck
  • Yamaha 3.5hp motor mount on the stern rail
  • Life raft – Beaufort 4 person offshore raft needs cert.
  • PFDs – three Mustang inflatable with harnesses
  • Jacklines
  • Flare kit perhaps not current
  • Bilge pump counter – sought after
  • Fire extinguishers –multipurpose
  • Horn
  • CO detector
  • EPIRB 406 service 2016
  • Electric bilge pump below decks
  • Manual bilge pump in the cockpit
  • Pad eyes and jack lines
  • Lee cloths on sea berths
  • Rig tension gauge
  • First aid kit
  • Engine spares


Valiant Construction

Valiant Yachts builds each Valiant by hand the way high quality boats are built.

Hull Construction

The hull is hand laid of solid fiberglass in a female mold. The gelcoat is sprayed first into the mold and then the layup of the fiberglass completed. The layup schedule of fiberglass mat and woven roving is robust. The Valiant hull is the strongest hull imaginable as you will agree when you hold a cross section in your hands. Only Isophthalic resin is used on the premises. It is catalyzed in one-gallon increments and dyed red to ensure the proper wet out of the fiberglass. Valiant’s massive rub rail is structurally part of the hull. The hull is reinforced the entire length of the rub rail with structural high density foam and it is molded with an indentation to accept the sacrificial teak rub rail with a stainless steel strake.

Deck Construction

The deck is constructed in the same manner as the hull in a female mold. Structural foam is used in any high stress areas and end-grain balsa core is used elsewhere as its properties allow it to soak up the resins and adhere to the laminate fiberglass. The deck is solid glass in all the areas where deck hardware will be mounted. Valiant’s semi-custom construction process allows you to select your hatch placement and the hatches are wonderfully constructed and installed using a hatch boss system. The hatches are perfect and where you want them.

Structural Members

After the hull is complete, the next stage is the construction and installation of the floor timbers, the latitudinal stringers. These stringers are constructed of structural foam laminated with fiberglass and glassed into place inside the hull. All the bulkheads are built into the boat using high quality marine plywood tabbed and fiber glassed into the hull sides and floor members. All the furniture is built into the boat and all the horizontal and vertical elements are fiber glassed to the hull sides creating a monolithic structure. This type of construction makes the boat very, very strong.

Hull Deck Joint

When the finished deck is lowered onto the hull all the furniture and bulkheads are then fiber glassed to the ceiling (deck). The Valiant hull to deck joint is through bolted glued with 3M5200. Then when the aluminum toe rail is installed, it is glued with 3M 5200 to the flange and then through bolted through the flange on four and half inch centers! This is serious construction and it is never coming apart.

Valiant Commitment to Building a Strong Boat

Every construction element is designed and executed with the established mission of building the strongest boat possible, a boat that can take what the ocean can dish out. The chain plates are stainless steel are through bolted with backing plates on the solid fiberglass structural knees. And you should know the quality of the stainless steel is as good as can be found! No compromise.

Equipment Installation

Valiant attention to detail is apparent in the installation of every component from plumbing to wiring to all mechanical and electrical equipment. Every sea cock is labeled as is every valve. Wire runs are orderly and finished with wire bundles properly tied. The construction is finished with attention and care. Nothing is left incomplete. The cabinets are finished inside so everything looks complete and proper. The hull is insulated above the waterline with closed cell foam to eliminate moisture from condensation and also to provide sound insulation. The engine room is well insulated with one inch Sound Stop lined foam.

Keel, Skeg, and Rudder Construction

The Keel is constructed of solid molded lead with ¾ inch, stainless steel J bolts. There are 17 of these massive 3/4 inch J bolts. A bolt pattern is made for each keel and used to ensure that each hole through the keel stub is drilled in the perfect position. The keel is bedded with 5200 and the 17 J bolts are secured with backing plates inside the boat. It is never coming off! The skeg is constructed of laminated fiberglass. It is through bedded in 3M 5200 and through bolted to the hull in the same way as the keel with 10 stainless steel bolts and backing plates. The rudder is constructed of a solid stainless steel rudder shaft with a steel rudder core which is then encased in structural foam laminated with fiberglass. The rudder has a cast bronze protective shoe

Hull Exterior Finish

The hull is in excellent condition. The Valiant hull top sides are finished with Imron polyurethane in blue with red, blue and gold boot stripes. Imron is used because it is easy to repair. The hull bottom is finished with epoxy barrier coat and marine anti fouling paint. Valiant has a ten year bottom warranty against osmosis. And you should also know that Valiants' blister issues were caused by flame retardants in resins used on the Valiants built at Uniflight before 1986. This old history has nothing to do with Valiants built in Texas!

Valiant Pride!

The construction of the Valiant is bullet proof. Valiant craftsmen are incredibly proud of their product. The construction makes the Valiant is one of the very best blue water boats you could choose to own. This is why the Valiant remains the vessel that most couples choose for circumnavigation or long distanced passage making.

  • Hand- laid solid fiberglass hull with extra layers at the keel and bow
  • Robust layup schedule of fiberglass mat and woven roving
  • Isophthalic resin catalyzed in one-gallon batches
  • Massive structural rub rail – teak with stainless steel striker
  • The deck cored with structural foam and fiberglass laminate
  • Deck is solid glass where hardware is mounted
  • Latitudinal stringers of structural foam laminate glassed in solid glassed in bulkheads
  • Horizontal and vertical elements are fiber glassed to the hull sides and to the ceiling when the deck goes on
  • Hull deck joint through bolted on four and half inch centers and glued with 3M5200.
  • Chain plates through bolted with backing plates
  • High quality stainless steel
  • Hull insulated with closed cell engine room insulated with Sound Stop
  • External lead keel
  • 17 J bolts of 3/4 inch steel
  • Skeg of laminated structural foam attached with J bolts as with the keel
  • Backing plates on all structural elements
  • Solid stainless steel rudder shaft steel rudder core
  • Cast bronze protective rudder shoe
  • Imron polyurethane topsides
  • Epoxy barrier coat – factory applied