1997 Valiant 42


YACHT DETAILS: 1997 Valiant 42








Deltaville, VA
$229,000 USD
42 ft
12.75 ft
57.92 ft









(1) 125|gallon
(1) 122|gallon
(1) 31|gallon


The Valiant 42 is the quintessential cruising boat.  Designed by Robert Perry for short-handed, long-distance sailing/cruising, its superb sailing characteristics are well-known. It is extremely well-balanced and sails fast and flat with little leeway.

It has several features that make it desirable for people planning to ‘live the dream’ either permanent or seasonal. The exterior is low maintenance and safe. Decks are fiberglass with non-skid; the toe-rails are aluminum; hard-top dodger with heavy duty stainless steel supports and isinglass windows; lines come back to the cockpit; cockpit is deep and separated from the rest of the deck by the elevated coaming & excellent drainage; the canoe stern deflects water in following seas.  The interior has extensive storage, comfortable accommodation with a 2-cabin 1-head layout; a sea-safe galley; large chart table with electronics array easily accessed; hand-holds throughout; head, with shower; excellent ventilation through 6 hatches and 11 opening portlights.

‘Seiche’ (hull # 126) has been cruised extensively, with refurbishments in 2011 and 2016, as well us upgrades since 2022. It was sailed from Canada to Trinidad – and places in between – by its first owners. Over the past 2 years the current owners have sailed ‘Seiche’ on the East Coast of the US between Beaufort, NC, the Chesapeake Bay and Maine.

Seiche has the following equipment:

Westerbeke 55HP engine w/ approx 3800 hours (see Engine & Mechanical)
New MaxProp (2023)
Balmar 150A  Smart Alternator
Lewmar ST46 Electric Secondary Winch (2022)
Electronics updated 2016:
  *Datamarine Wind, Depth & Speed
  *FURUNO Chartplotter
  *FURUNO Radar
  *Alpha 3000 Autopilot
ICOM IC M700 SSB w/ tuner 
Monitor Wind Vane
Spectra 12V Watermaker (9.6 GPH)
Sci-Tex  AIS transceiver with WiFi
Solar Panel and Controller (Shell, 84W)

HOOD Sails  – Mainsail, Genoa, Staysail
4 Spare Halyards
Hardtop Dodger (Factory installed)
Solid S/S Stern rail to gates
Outboard motor lift
Bruce 66lb and Bruce 44lb Anchors w/ chain & rode (anchors and chain re-galvanized 2016)
Electric windlass

If you are looking for a tried and tested blue-water cruising boat, look no further than ‘Seiche’!


The sought after side entry which allows a larger aft cabin to port companionway leads down to a short vestibule with three, large storage lockers  to starboard and the aft cabin. The honey colored interior teak is what is what first catches the eye. The varnish glows and the joinery is superb. The teak is contrasted with white headliner, cabin-sides and galley bulkhead and the large stainless steep portlights. 

The aft cabin has a double Pullman-style berth, storage below the berth, lockers with shelves, situated above double doors that provide engine access.  There is plenty of room to stand, an overhead hatch and 2 opening portlights for ventilation and a door that leads into the vestibule.

The engine compartment can be entered through a hinged door behind the companionway stairs. This allows remarkable space to access the engine as well as the starting battery and much of the equipment associated with the electrical, electronic and mechanical systems.

Forward of the vestibule, to starboard is the forward facing nav station with full sized chart table, cushioned bench with storage beneath, electrical panel and  electronics on the hull side.  To port is the well appointed, U-shaped galley with separate fridge and freezer (SeaFrost 110v/engine driven), sinks, stove, counter workspace and custom storage cabinets.

Forward of the galley is the L-shaped settee which can pull out to form a double berth.  There is a water tank below the settee and storage above and behind.  The sturdy salon table is centerline with leaves that fold up. To starboard is a straight settee with water tank below and storage above and behind.

The forward bulkhead has a door which leads to the head and V-berth. The storage to starboard includes a cedar hanging locker in the vestibule and locker with shelves in the cabin. To port is the head, with basin, Groco toilet and shower.

The V-berth and thus the forward section of the boat was lengthened by 6 inches to accommodate a longer berth and more storage, which includes cabinets & bookshelves at the aft ends of the V-berth and cabinets down each hull side. The hull sides between bunk and cabinets is lined with ash strips .  An overhead hatch and the large portlight to starboard provide provides ventilation and a door at the foot of the bunk gives access to the chain locker.

  • Force 10 4-burner Propane stove w/ oven & broiler
  • Seafrost Refrigerator w/ holding plate (Engine/110V)
  • Seafrost Freezer w/ holding plates (Engine/110V)
  • Double S/S sink w/ mixer faucet
  • Salt water foot pump (2023)
  • Fresh water foot pump
  • Formica Countertops with Teak fiddles
  • Teak spice rack above sinks
  • Extensive storage in drawers & cabinets
  • Tilt out trash can
  • ‘Pantry’ storage with slide out shelves in locker behind chart table 
  • Propane tank recertified; regulator, hoses and pressure gauge replaced (2023)
  • Propane shut off/solenoid
  • 110V/12 V Electrical system
  • Four Winds 2 Wind Generator w/ controller
  • 1 x Solar panel (84W) w/ controller
  • Magnum 2818 3000W Pure Sine Wave Inverter/Charger (2016)
  • Xantrex LinkLite Battery monitor 
  • Seaward 6 Gal water heater
  • Spectra 12V 200C (9.6 GPH) Watermaker (decommissioned)
  • 1 x 110V Shore power outlet
  • 1 x Gr 31 AGM 12V Start battery (2016)
  • 3 x Lifeline AGM House batteries (2016)
  • 30A Shore power cable 
  • 3 x Alpenglow LED Cabin lights  – includes red/white over Nav Station (2016)
  • All other interior lights are LED
  • Courtesy lights below decks
  • LED Navigation and Anchor lights
  • 4 x USB fast-charging outlets
  • Alpha 3000 Autopilot (2016)
  • Datamarine Depthsounder, Knotmeter, Wind Instrument (2016)
  • Furuno GP37 GPS (2016)
  • Furuno MFD8 Chartplotter (2016)
  • Furuno Radar 24M, 3D w/ closed array Antenna (2016)
  • Standard Horizon Explorer VHF w/ RAM at companionway (2016)
  • Si-Tex AIS Transceiver w/ WiFi (2023)
  • ICOM IC-M700 SSB w/ ICOM AT-130 Tuner & insulated backstay.
  • Kenwood Stereo w/ JL Audio amplifier & Boston Acoustics speakers in salon (2016)
  • Insignia TV (2016)
  • Shakespeare TV/FM antenna on mast & splitter at nav station (2016)
  • Hood Mainsail. Fully battened w/ 3 reefs (inspected, repaired & washed 2021)
  • Hood Vectran 130% Genoa (inspected, repaired & washed 2021)
  • Hood Vectran Staysail 
  • Tides Marine mainsail track & slide system (2011)
  • Profurl NC42 Forestay furler (new bearings and refurb 2016)
  • Profurl NC32 Staysail furler (new bearings and refurb 2016)
  • Aluminum Whisker Pole
  • Keel stepped mast
  • Mast steps (folding)
  • New mast boot (2021)
  • 1 x Lewmar 40ST mast winch
  • 3 x Mast Cleats
  • Spare Mainsail & Jib halyards
  • 2 x Spinnaker Halyards
  • Standing Rigging – Rod Rigging (inspected 2016)
  • Running backstays
  • Navtech Hydraulic backstay adjuster
  • Running Rigging – varying ages
  • Lazy Jacks (2022)
  • Westerbeke 55A 55HP engine (upgrade) w/ 3478 + 300 hours 
  • Drive train replaced 2023:
    V-drive transmission
    PSS dripless shaft seal
    Cutlass bearing
    Engine mounts
  • 3-blade MaxProp (2023)
  • Engine control panel replaced (2021)
  • Racor fuel filter 
  • Balmar MC614 150A Smart Alternator w/ battery temperature sensor (2016)
  • Flag Blue Imron hull (2011)
  • Fiberglass decks – non-skid repainted 2021
  • Rubrail w/ stainless steel striker
  • S/S Bowsprit w/ double anchor roller
  • Bruce 66lb Anchor w/ 200′ 5/16 HT G4 Chain & 200′ 5/8 Rode (re-galvanized 2016)
  • Bruce 44lb Anchor w/ 100′ 5/16 HT G4 Chain & 200′ 5/8 Rode (re-galvanized 2016)
  • Danforth stern anchor w/ 50′ Chain & 200′ Rode (re-galvanized 2016)
  • Lighthouse 1501 Electric Windlass (serviced 2016)
  • Anchor Washdown pump
  • Aluminum toe rails
  • S/S Handholds on cabintop
  • Wide side decks
  • Stanchions – 31″ w/ double lifelines
  • Port & starboard ‘gates’ w/ S/S folding boarding ladder at starboard gate
  • 2 x S/S Vetus Dorades on cabintop
  • Liferaft mount forward of companionway ‘garage’ (starboard cabintop)
  • Hard top Dodger w/ Sunbrella & Isinglass panels
  • Bimini & solid Sunbrella Connector 
  • Additional Connector w/ viewing panel
  • Rear sunshade attaches to back of Bimini
  • Textaline cockpit cushions
  • Lewmar 58ST Ocean Series Primary Winches on coamings
  • Lewmar 46STE Ocean Series ELECTRIC Winch – Starboard cabintop (2022)
  • Lewmar 48ST Ocean Series Furler Winch – Starboard coaming 
  • 3 x Lewmar 40ST Ocean Series secondary winches – port cabintop
  • Cockpit shower (cold)
  • Teak folding cockpit table
  • Teak (removable) cup holder
  • Binnacle w/ wheel & compass
  • Outboard motor lift
  • Monitor Wind Vane on stern
  • Double S/S Stern rail carries forward from stern to gates
  • 1 x 20lb side mounted Propane tank (2016)
  • 1 x Seaward 6 Gal Water heater
  • 4 x Aluminum Diesel tanks = 125 Gal
  • 2 x S/S Water tanks = 122 Gal
  • Groco Manual head refurbished (2016)
  • 1 x 31 Gal Holding tank
  • Spares – a list is available
  • 2 x 5 Gal Jerry jugs
  • Windscoop
  • Viking 4 person Life Raft w/ canvas cover (needs to be recertified)
  • EPIRB 406 MHC
  • Jacklines attach to pad eyes on deck & in cockpit
  • 4 x Harnesses w/ tethers (2 inflatable)
  • Heaving line
  • Horseshoe buoy
  • LifeSling
  • Spares… for serious buyers a list can be provided
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CO detector w/ alarm
  • 3 Flares in date (many out of date)
  • Life Jackets
  • Fenders
  • Docklines
  • Disclaimer
    The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

    Jon and Anne Hutchings
    YaZu Yachting
    Deltaville, VA 23043


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