Miss Red | Valiant 50 2001

Charleston, SC

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Bernie Jakits & Kate Christensen

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Yacht Name: Miss Red
Builder: Valiant
Model: Cutter
Year: 2001
Location: Charleston, SC
Hull Material: Fiberglass

Huge Price Reduction!! Enroute to Annapolis!!!Great News for you! The famous Valiant 50 that was the cover girl of the Valiant 50 Brochure is offered for sale! She was the red one, launched in 2001, commissioned and rigged for a circumnavigation by her first owners, a serious sailing couple. She was outfitted with a wonderful Leisurefurl in-boom furling system and is upgraded with new Navtec rod rigging and a new suite of sails. Her bottom was sand blasted to baby smooth with new barrier coat and new bottom paint. She has been lightly used for the past six years and constantly maintained and upgraded.

The Leisurefurl in boom furling system and a dozen other advantages to make sailing easy and safe. In 2009, she received the award from Valiant Yachts for being the first to circumnavigate on a Valiant 50! She was restored to perfect condition by her first owner with a new paint job that is stunning. Her second owner is rightfully so proud of Miss Red, as she is called. He has loved and upgraded her with new rod rigging, new electronics, new sails and storm sails as well as all the safety gear.

For the first few years, Miss Red, cruised New England in the summer roaming from Annapolis to Newport to Block Island and Nantucket and all the lovely spots. In 2014 she and her captain and crew were getting ready for the Newport to Bermuda Race! This was the really big adventure and in preparation, Miss Red received the royal treatment and lavish expense account. She easily passed the rigorous safety inspection required for entry. She made a good passage and was definitely noticed! After a double hand return to the shore of Massachusetts in early June, 2015, she made the trip to Nova Scotia! It’s true what they say…the fog is mostly off the coast! Miss Red enjoyed the whole summer up there. The sail back was exciting with 25 knot winds in fog with 40 degree weather. Miss Red performed flawlessly and everything worked from the new B&G navigation system to the mechanicals. She was flawless.  In 2016, Miss Red again made the trip to Bermuda, completing the journey in four days with winds of every variety from storm force to the infamous light and variable “Bermuda High”. Miss Red sailed beautifully through it all and we are not surprised!  Miss Red sailed from Bermuda to Charleston, SC, where she is presently lives.

Where ever she goes, Miss Red is noticed! They call her Big Red! Up in Nova Scotia at the NS Royal Yacht Squadron, she drew crowds both on and off the water. In Bermuda, many crew from other boats and even staff from the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club came to visit and “take a look”. Just look at the pictures. She is amazingly spectacular!

We especially love this Valiant 50 because she has served both her owners so very well. This is a rare opportunity to own a famous Valiant 50 that is absolutely proven. She circumnavigated with hardly a hiccup while other cruisers suffered failures and breakdowns. I guess this is why Valiant is the choice for solo sailors and for live aboard cruising couples. It is because safety and dependability are the foremost reasons that couples choose Valiant. It’s quality! Valiant construction is second to none! This is one of the strongest boats you could possible own. The equipment installation is superior and maintainable anywhere in the world. It’s Performance! The Valiant 50’s speed and sailing characteristics in all conditions are proven beyond doubt. The Valiant 50 is a magnificent powerful sailing vessel that faster and more comfortably than its sailing companions including many other high caliber vessels. It’s proven! This proven design and hull shape with its classic Bob Perry cruising fin keel and skeg hung rudder has proved a well mannered race horse. She tracks straight and true. She is easily balanced and steered by her auto pilot. In her previous life, she sailed around the world steered by the autopilot in all conditions even flying the spinnaker for days on end. Sailors on other boats had to hand steer at the least pleasant of times!

She’s easy to sail. Sailing short-handed, means one person must to feel comfortable and secure in all conditions, whether taking friends for a cruise or sailing the coast as a couple, or circumnavigating the world when two small people easily sailed the boat in all conditions without crew on any passage. Miss Red is equipped with an in-boom furling mainsail Leisurefurl system and Schaefer roller furling headsails the boat is properly rigged with an electric winch and she is extremely easy to sail.

Highlights and Recent Upgrades

  • New standing rigging! 2015 Navtec rod rigging, which all Valiant have
  • New B&G electronics with Zeus 12 and Zeus 7 Touchscreen displays 2015
  • B&G Radar
  • AIS installed 2014
  • Iridium sat phone 9575
  • New Hood Yankee Jib and Hood staysail 2016
  • New Hood Asymmetrical spinnaker 2015
  • Storm sails Aten storm jib and storm trysail 2014
  • New running rigging 2015
  • New electrical and charging system
  • All new Gel batteries in 2014
  • New Balmar 150 amp alternator
  • New Prosine Freedom Inverter-Charger
  • Smart Gauge battery sensor
  • Leisurefurl in-boom furling mainsail system
  • Electric winch for managing the mainsail and other duties
  • Rigged for ease of single-hand sailing with all control lines in the cockpit
  • Complete cruising gear and everything you need including the water maker!
  • Complete navigation and communication equipment
  • Current redundant equipment for ultimate safety voyaging
  • Winslow life raft recertified in 2014
  • Grab Bag with all new flares and essentials
  • MOM8 Man overboard system
  • Dinghy and outboard
  • Ground tackle appropriate for a round the world voyage
  • New cockpit cushions
  • Beautiful interior with two staterooms perfect for a couple with visitors anywhere in the world

Valiant is the standard against which blue water boats are measured and other Valiant can be measured against Miss Red. She is absolutely gorgeous attracting attention wherever she sails. Without a doubt, this is an incredible opportunity for you to own the ultimate blue water voyager, ready to go now!

Full Specs


The Valiant 50 Miss Red is a very special vessel designed and built by a couple to voyage around the world. It works! She has a beautiful owner’s aft stateroom on the port quarter which is the very best place to sleep. With the aft head and stall shower at the companionway, and famous pantry, galley and nav next forward, she is a perfect passage maker. The forward stateroom is extra special with port side upper and lower berths with storage and vanity to starboard. This layout also provides a great storage area forward in the forepeak. The layout was specified for ocean voyaging for a family of four and it totally works! The layout offers the ultimate passage making comfort for a couple and kids or crew. It offers luxurious living space for a small family or for a couple with guests aboard anywhere in the world. With the galley located adjacent the nav station on the port side and the head aft, it is brilliant at sea or at anchor. The vessel has stowage and load carrying capacity for absolutely everything you need on your extended voyage.

The salon is bright and spacious for living aboard and makes a truly comfortable home anywhere. If you do have crew on a passage, thesalon has two perfect sea berths; and the port side dinette makes a big double berth. The main salon is so comfortable; you will believe you are in a living room. With the new red upholstery, it is beautiful and it is literally brand new. With the traditional centerline table opened, you can seat eight in spacious comfort. The galley just aft to port sets the standard for galleys. It is incredible at sea and wonderful at anchor, or at the dock. The head and separate shower are functional at sea as the location is close to the cockpit and comfortable in a seaway. The aft cabin to port is spacious and offers the most comfortable berth at sea and at anchor and as such it is the master cabin on this ocean going vessel. For the cruising couple, this is the perfect passage maker. She is comfortable, fast and easy to sail. This is a perfect layout with the off watch person is always very close by within easy distance of the cockpit. This aft cabin is very comfortable with drawers under the berth; a cedar lined hanging locker, and a dressing seat with storage under.

Valiant is special having NO wood outside! Down below there is a cherry forest and the quality is immediately evident when you see the fine craftsmanship demonstrated in everything from the cabin sole, to the cabinets, to the furniture and fixtures. The interior woodwork is American Cherry wood with a hand rubbed oil finish that is absolutely lovely, so lovely, you could never imagine that she has sailed around the world! The cabin sole is teak inlaid with basswood strips coated with satin Varithan. The interior is beautiful woodwork including the bulkheads, cabinetry, and the doors, and dovetailed drawers, and cherry trim. The interior is all beautiful warm wood! Where is makes sense, in the head, galley, and cabin sides, and ceiling panels, light cream Formica is a refreshing counterpoint to the warmth of the woodwork. Ash battens line the hull sides warmly glow with soft satin finish. The cabin interior is light and bright and well ventilated with many opening ports and hatches. At night the lighting is provided with dome lights and reading lights at the settees and berth with additional LED and Alpenglow lighting. The upholstery is brand new red upholstery. It is warm, comforting and gorgeous.

  • Comfortable at sea and at anchor
  • Two cabin, one head layout
  • Master stateroom aft at the companionway where you want it on a passage
  • Guest cabin forward to port with port side upper and lower berths, with starboard side custom cabinetry and vanity with sink
  • Sleeps four in two cabins, and three in the salon for a total of seven
  • Large salon with L shaped settee to port (makes double) straight settee to starboard offering a nice sea berth
  • New red upholstery
  • Centerline drop-leaf table to make dinette that seats eight
  • New cream colored curtains
  • Entertainment center with flat screen TV cabinet forward on starboard
  • Custom storage areas, bookshelves and storage outboard settees
  • U-shaped galley to port with Corian counters and built-ins as well as all amenities
  • Nav station to starboard is large and comfortable, and well equipped
  • Large head and separate shower to starboard at the companionway
  • Brass reading lamps and Alpenglow cabin lights
  • Cherry wood with hand rubbed oil finish
  • Stainless steel Lewmar opening ports with screens and curtains
  • Large Lewmar opening hatches with beautiful cherry screens
  • Cherry interior hand rubbed to a soft glow, very pretty
  • Teak and basswood cabin sole with oriental carpets
  • Entertainment system: Stereo with TV, DVD, CD, IPod with interior and exterior speakers
  • Weems and Plath clock and barometer
  • Air conditioning system with reverse cycle heat can be run with the generator at anchor
  • Taylor diesel heater bulkhead mounted
  • Cabin fans as well as many opening ports and hatches for ventilation (great ventilation)
  • Comfortable cockpit with new cockpit cushions and bimini for shade
  • Cockpit table
  • Cockpit shower


Bob Perry definitely designs a boat that “cooks” in more ways than one, start with the sailing and go to the galley! The Valiant classic U shaped galley to port is considered one of the best galleys on any sailing vessel. It is extremely workable with ample counter space with Corian countertop. Outboard to port is the Broadwater propane stove with four burners and large oven. There is built in dish storage and storage outboard the stove with the microwave just aft outboard. Storage abounds in cupboards and a deep storage locker, but that is not the best part. The best part is the perfect Valiant pantry with its slide out shelves is in easy reach. The well insulated ice box with fridge and separate freezer section has a great Sea Frost 110v refrigeration system at the aft side of the galley against the bulkhead. On the forward side there is immense counter space with deep double stainless steel sinks near the center line facing forward into the salon. Outboard, there is a huge locker for dry storage and pans and pans. The galley will make any chef pretty happy.

  • U-shaped galley to port
  • Broadwater propane four-burner stove with oven and broiler with solenoid switch
  • Microwave oven installed
  • Well insulated refrigerator with Sea Frost 110v cold plate refrigeration system
  • Separate freezer with two large cold plates
  • Pressure water system
  • Filtered water system for drinking
  • Hot Water heater 110v and engine
  • Manual foot pump for fresh water
  • Manual salt water pump foot pump (not currently connected)
  • Double deep and large stainless sinks amid ship
  • Manual fresh water pump
  • Good counter space and it is beautiful Corian
  • Ample cupboards for supplies
  • Drawers
  • Trash bin
  • Spice rack
  • Liquor storage
  • Propane, two tanks


  • Wonderful water capacity with 200 gallons in two tanks, one is epoxy lined aluminum under settees, not in the bilge

  • Spectra 400 water maker, 400 gallons per day! 14 gallons per hour installed in engine room

  • PAR pressure water pump

  • Large head with stall shower located at the companionway on the aft starboard side

  • Standard marine toilet with holding tank

  • Y Valves for overboard discharge offshore

  • Aft head has a holding tank 35 gallon, plastic

  • Macerator pump for offshore discharge as well as deck pump out inshore

  • Sink and vanity with storage outboard, and under storage

  • Clothes hamper

  • Stall shower with teak grate, sump and seat with wet locker outboard

  • Cockpit shower


  • Two 20lb tanks

  • Pressure gauge and solenoid

  • Vented propane stern lockers holds one tank in each locker 

    Navigation and Communications Systems

    The Valiant 50 has a wonderful navigation station that is your ship's office. The large chart table is entirely finished in cherry wood. The instrument panel is customized for your instruments and yet it is easily modified when things change. The electrical panel and all the monitoring systems are right there, all in one place, in the ship's office. Miss Red's new electronics package includes everything you need for a circumnavigation with plenty of redundancy.

    Navigation instrument displays are mounted in the cockpit where you want them with additional displays at the nav station.

  • New B&G electronics with Zeus 9 and Zeus 7 Touchscreen displays
  • New AIS Vespar Marine compatible with B&G electronics
  • Radar and chart plotter in the cockpit under the dodger
  • B&G sailing instruments; wind/speed/direction, log, and depth displays in the cockpit under the dodger starboard side
  • Danforth 7" illuminated compass is on the cockpit pedestal
  • VHF Radio Icom 602 with DSC in the cockpit and at the nav station
  • Two VHF hand held radios
  • ICOM 710 SSB radio with an ICOM AT130 tuner for long distance communications and weather
  • New Iridium Satellite phone
  • Weather fax
  • Insulated backstay and copper grounding for SSB
  • Alpha 3000 autopilot at the helm
  • Windpilot Pacific windvane steering system (has a separate emergency rudder)


Mechanical Systems:

When it comes to systems installation, the build quality of Valiant Yachts is evident. One of the requirements for a blue water voyaging vessel is access to everything, and Valiant passes the test. The engine room houses the Westerbeke 63 HP with a V drive to accommodate the sleek underbody. The Valiant factory does an outstanding job of organizing and labeling every component, every thru hull, ever wire, and every hose. So you everything is done right and most everything is labeled. This is a vessel that is easy to maintain anywhere in the world, and Valiant Yachts will still ship parts anywhere in the world if you need them! In fact other people will stick close to you!

  • Step in engine room with work bench and storage area

  • Westerbeke 63 HP main engine with only less than 3400 hours

  • Aluminum fuel tanks with fuel in four fuel tanks outboard of cockpit lockers for a total of 156 gallons (easy to replace if you ever need to, which likely you would not as they are not in the bilge)

  • Fuel manifold system

  • Dual Racor 500 fuel filters

  • Remote oil filters for engine and genset

  • Electric oil change pump

  • Wema gauge for water and fuel tanks

  • Fuel transfer pump for the forward extra fuel tank under forward berth

  • Deluxe engine instrument panel

  • Single lever control at pedestal

  • New cutlass bearing 2016
  • PYI drip less shaft seal

  • Line cutters on the shaft

  • Autoprop, three-blade feathering propeller

  • Many spare parts

  • Maintenance log

  • Emergency tiller


    Steering system:

  • Wheel steering at pedestal

  • Edson cable and quadrant system

  • Alpha 3000 Autopilot with remote


    Electrical System:

  • Westerbeke 8KW Genset with an estimated 4000 hours located behind the engine with access from cockpit and engine room

  • Solar panels – two SM55 Siemens and two Solara SM40 – total is 190 watts arch mounted and on hard dodger

  • New Balmar alternator 150 amp!


    12 Volt System:


  • New Batteries – house bank of six new gel batteries totalling 510 amps

  • New start batteries for engine

  • Batteries very well installed under the aft berth

  • Main engine alternator is a New Balmar upgraded to 150 amp

  • Battery selector switch

  • Link battery monitor

  • Smart Gauge Battery sensor

  • DC breaker panel

  • Nav lights,

  • LED tricolor with strobe (including LED Anchor light)

  • Nice mast wiring junction box

  • Steaming light

  • Stern light

  • Cabin lights including Alpenglow low amp lights

  • Cockpit lighting, red and white lights under hard dodger with switch at companionway

  • Electric bilge pump

  • 12 volt outlets (three)

  • Cabin fans12v


    110V System:


  • New Prosine Freedom Inverter charger

  • Shore power connection

  • 50 amp 110v and 50 amp 240v with transformer

  • 30 amp, 110v service

  • Cruise Air marine air conditioner - two 16K BTU units

  • 110 v outlets - 9

  • SeaFrost 110v refrigeration system

  • Generator! 8KW Westerbeke


  • 240 Volt System:


    Transformer – 5000 watt allows you to connect in pretty much any country in the world!



Sails and Rigging:

The Valiant 50 is a powerful sailing machine and yet she is easily managed in all conditions. Miss Red’s current owners have gently cruised New England frequenting the posh mooring fields and restaurants from Newport to Nantucket. While Miss Red has graced many a harbor in New England in the summer, this boat has been there and done it. In 2014 she completed the Newport Bermuda Race and cruised Nova Scotia. In 2016 she sailed to Bermuda and south to Charleston. She sailed around the world in four short years! They all say is easy! She is generally first to every port! Her captain and crew arrive rested. The boat is a perfect passage maker, rigged for easy sailing and she has a really comfortable layout that does not wear out her crew. Our V50 circumnavigators reported few serious upwind passages during which the boat just shouldered into the weather and leaped over the waves. But mostly it was downwind and the boat sailed effortlessly under spinnaker or a poled out jib day and night! Any time the wind did wind pipe up you just reef her down and sail swiftly and in comfort and safety. The best part is that the boat is so manageable with the Leisurefurl mainsail, it is easy to sail short handed.



  • True cutter rig
  • Keel stepped aluminum double spreader mast and boom painted white
  • Leisurefurl Main Sail System and electric winch
  • Topping lift set for proper boom furling angle
  • New Navtec Rod rigging
  • Hydraulic backstay system
  • Solid hydraulic Navtec vang system
  • Insulated backstay
  • Running backstays
  • New running rigging
  • Valiant mid-boom preventer system port and starboard led to cockpit with Antal line stoppers
  • Schaefer furlers for both headsails #3100 for genoa and #2100 for staysail
  • Whisker pole mast mounted with line control winch
  • Mainsail has mid-boom sheeting with the Schaefer traveler forward of the dodger
  • Topping lift with line stopper on the mast




  • ALL Lewmar self tailing Ocean Series winches
  • Lewmar #44 CSTE electric winch on the cabin house for main halyard Leisurefurl system
  • Primary sheet winches #66 CST
  • Staystail sheet winches #44 CST cabin house
  • Halyard winches on the mast, two #44 CST Lewmar with stoppers
  • Series sheet winches


Sail Inventory


  • Cutter rig with genoa, staysail and mainsail
  • New Leisurefurl Quantum full batten mainsail in 2011
  • Hood genoa 2016
  • New Hood staysail 2016
  • New Hood Asym Spinnaker 2016
  • Big drifter with snuffer and turtle bag
  • New Aten storm Jib and Aten storm try’sl
  • Mains’l sheets to mid boom traveler with sheet lead to electric Lewmar 44 winch on the cabin house




Impressive! It is amazing that the original Valiant 40 design from Bob Perry was the first "performance cruiser". Now 35 years later Valiant 50 is the same proven design “on steroids” with the classic Bob Perry long fin cruising keel, skeg hung rudder, and rounded rear end giving her that long handsome lengthy waterline, with superb buoyancy and straight true tracking. The Valiant has proved the design over and over in winning single hand BOC races and taking couples around the world with the autopilot (or windvane) steering easily in all conditions! The Valiant 50 is proved to be super fast and comfortable and very well mannered. Cruising couples choose this performance cruiser because she is built to take you to sea and bring you back again! Valiant construction sets the standard for a solidly robust and well built vessel that meets rigorous standards set by the ocean! In production for thirty-five years, the Valiant factory built every boat by hand the way real boats are built with hand laid layers of fiberglass matt, woven roving and Isophthalic resin. The laminate schedule of 20 layers at the base of the keel stub and 11 at the waterline and six at the sheer result in a hull with structural integrity and impressive strength. With all the bulkheads and furniture tabbed into the hull sides on the inside, the boat is like one monolithic structure. It sure makes you feel secure in the middle of the ocean. The boat sails incredibly well. With her long waterline of 40'3" and beam of 13'10" she is very stable. With her lead keel with 31% ballast and draft of 6'3" she is stiff and solid and carries sail well. Her long cruising fin keel makes her track true and steer easily with her Alpha autopilot. Steering by hand, you find finger tip control.


  • A proven Bob Perry design
  • Hand laid solid fiberglass hull construction
  • Completely sand blasted to remove all old bottom paint with new epoxy barrier coat and baby smooth bottom!
  • Proven Valiant hull shape with rounded stern adding waterline and ease of steering in all ocean conditions
  • Deck cored with closed cell foam for reduced weight and stiffness with all areas for deck hardware made of solid glass to prevent moisture intrusion to the coring
  • Isophthalic resin, matt and roving
  • Long cruising fin keel that makes it so easy to balance the boat with the autopilot or windvane steering
  • Lead encapsulated ballast mounted with 18 3/4" keel J-bolts and glued with 5200
  • Skeg hung rudder overbuilt with solid steel rudder post and internal steel core
  • Solid glassed in bulkheads
  • Glassed in furniture to increase strength and rigidity
  • Hull insulation from waterline up
  • Substantial waterline increases as the boat heels to 15 degrees
  • Massive rub rail with stainless steel striker makes it so incredibly easy to board from the dinghy (we call it the step!)
  • Recently painted Imron red topsides with clear coat on top
  • White cove stripe with Valiant logo
  • Large boot stripe in white with white pin stripe above and below
  • Valiant stainless steel fabrication: massive bow pulpit and anchor roller, stern rail solid stainless steel extended to the boarding gates on either side, stainless steel antenna arch and flag holder


  • Valiant bow sprit and massive anchor platform
  • Pearl grey nonskid white fiberglass
  • Aluminum toe rail to attach blocks anywhere you need them
  • Red Imron painted eyebrow
  • Stainless steel handrails
  • Two dorades with stainless steel guards on fiberglass boxes
  • Stainless steel ports, 14 opening ports with screens
  • Many opening hatches with screens, great ventilation
  • Stainless steel stanchions
  • New double lifelines
  • Stainless steel boarding ladder
  • Custom stern rail solid SS tubing to boarding gates, awesome!
  • Davit system with 6:1 purchase
  • Outboard lifting crane
  • Motor mount on stern rail
  • Dinghy 2011 ABS 9.6 stows on deck or on davits
  • Mercury 9 hp with lifting crane and motor mount


  • Valiant signature hard dodger with linen Sunbrella
  • Safe secure dodger handholds
  • Bimini
  • Bimini connector piece
  • Enclosure with sides and sun curtains
  • New dodger canvas in 2008
  • Valiant stainless steel arch with solar panels
  • Dinghy davit system
  • Comfortable deep cockpit
  • White cockpit cushions in beautiful condition
  • Solid stern rail to boarding gates
  • Pad eyes fore and aft in the cockpit for tether
  • Cockpit seats you can sleep on
  • New cockpit cushions
  • Wide combings make great spots to sit
  • Combing boxes
  • Pedestal with wheel steering
  • Pedestal cover in Sunbrella Linen
  • Cockpit table of starboard (always beautiful)
  • Drink holders
  • Four large cockpit drains
  • Motor mount
  • Motor lifting crane
  • Davit system
  • Engine controls
  • Autopilot controls
  • VHF at the companionway
  • Navigation instruments at the helm with displays under dodger
  • Pedestal cover
  • Swim ladder
  • Shower in cockpit
  • Manual bilge pump


  • Valiant bow pulpit and double anchor roller system
  • Lighthouse 1500 electric windlass
  • Divided chain locker
  • Anchor wash system
  • Primary Anchor: Spade 65 lbs with 300' HT 3/8th chain
  • Secondary, storm anchor: 70 lb Fisherman with some 50 feet chain and 250' 5/16" rode
  • Stern anchor: Fortress with 25’ chain and 250’ rode, with proper stowage and roller
  • Gale rider with 300’ nylon line
  • Dinghy davits


Dinghy and Outboard:

  • Dinghy 9.6 ABS
  • Outboard15 hp Yanmar


Other and Safety Equipment

  • Flares (current)
  • Fire extinguishers (four)
  • Horn
  • Winslow, six-person raft in cockpit locker recertified 2014
  • New MOM 8 system
  • Grab bag fully loaded
  • Handheld Icom VHF
  • Custom life raft storage
  • Bermuda pin installed on the mast step and through the mast
  • Manual bilge pump in the cockpit
  • Horseshoe and pole
  • Wind vane steering system with emergency rudder system
  • Emergency tiller
  • CO detector
  • GFI outlets
  • High water bilge alarm&


Length: 50
Engine Hours: Bernie and Kate