Auxiliary Power/Water (orig. equip.)
Uniflite Corp. built the first 159 VALIANT 40s from 1975 to 1984. During this period, (between hull numbers 120 and 249) resin mixtures were changed to include a special, fire-retardant additive. (At the time, this was a requirement for boats they were building for the military.) This was thought to have caused the blistering that later appeared on the specified hulls, resulting in a class action law suit. Uniflite went out of business in 1984. Rich Worstell, a Valiant owner and dealer, bought the molds. After building some boats in Washington, he moved his operation to Texas. (The first boat built in Texas was hull number 267). Production of the VALIANT 40 continued, on a limited semi-custom scale, until 1992 when an updated version called the VALIANT 42 was introduced. Despite the blistering that appeared on some of the early boats, the VALIANT 40 is one of the most highly thought of designs of this type and extremely successful, with more than 200 built. Rig Notes: On later boats the length of the boom was shortened to E=13.6'/4.15m. See VALIANT 40-1 (200-).