The Valiant 40 has a long history. In 1972 Nathan Rothman decided to start a boatbuilding business and approached old friend Bob Perry to design the ultimate cruising yacht. At that time Rothman and Perry were young, poor, relatively inexperienced, and full of ideals. Perry accepted the offer without even asking to be paid right […]
Being a team of diehard do-it-yourselfers, we decided to try our own hand at devising a workable solution to defeating line chafe. After fiddling with canvas, old fire hose, and even messing around with some Kevlar, we settled on leather—an old riggers standby.