39' Valiant 1997



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39' Valiant 1997 Itasca


ITASCA is a fine example of extremely capable and seaworthy Valiant 39. Designed by famed naval architect Bob Perry, ITASCA is built to the highest Valiant standards. Her hull is laid up in one piece of solid glass, hand laminated with alternate layers of mat and woven roving. Isophthalic resin is used throughout, from the gel coat right on into the laminate. With this high standard applied to every aspect of her construction, ITASCA is ready to safely take her new owners wherever they may wish to sail in comfort and style.


  • Highly-regarded Bob Perry design
  • Solid hand-laid fiberglass hull
  • Monitor wind vane mounted on the canoe stern
  • Spectra 12V 8.5 GPH water maker
  • 6 New Trojan Group 31 AGM Batteries and Xantrex 30 Amp Charger






Cruise Speed:


Max Speed:


Range NMI:



11' 6"

Engine Details:

Westerbeke 35B

Engine 1:

3000.00 HRS 32.00 HP

Engine 2:

3000.00 HRS 32.00 HP

Engine Fuel:

Inboard Diesel

Fuel Capacity:

90 GAL

Water Capacity:

134 GAL



  • 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
  • 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
  • Double boot stripe



The interior layout features an enclosed forward v-berth, followed immediately aft by a double settee salon featuring a center-line double folding table. Aft of the salon, on the starboard side, is the u-shaped galley then the enclosed aft cabin. On the port side is the full navigation station followed by the enclosed head w/separate shower. The head, aft cabin, and galley are all very conveniently located at the base of the main companionway steps, making utilization of these areas much easier while at sea. Interior teak joinery in good condition. Courtesy lights in the salon. Stainless steel opening ports with screens an hatch covers. 




  • Refrigerator/Freezer - Vitrifrigo/Danfoss DB35F - water cooled
  • Force 10 propane stove, four burners and an oven
  • Pan storage under stove
  • Double deep stainless steel sink with storage under
  • Pressure hot/cold water/Seaward 10 gallon water heater
  • Fresh water foot pump
  • Deep dry goods storage outboard of the sinks
  • Under sink storage
  • Three deep drawers inboard of the sink
  • Roll out trash bin with draw above and counter space
  • Famous Valiant cook-pleasing pantry slide out shelves
  • Storage cabinet on bulkhead aft

ITASCA is fully equipped with a high-end Furuno navigation package, a dual station VHF and an Icon SSB transceiver.

  • Furuno Networked NavNet MFD-8F GPS Plotter
  • Furuno GP33 stand alone GPS
  • Furuno NavNet digital radar
  • Furuno NavNet711 autopilot
  • Furuno NavNet Depth sounder/fish finder
  • Standard Horizon GX 2100 VHF
  • Icom IC-M802 B SSB transceiver and tuner with Pastor modem
  • Sirius XM satellite weather receiver
  • Rogue wave long-distance wifi antennae
  • Pioneer stereo system


The engine room is a dedicated space with access both through the aft of the toilet or by removing the companionway engine box. One of the requirements for a blue water voyaging vessel is access to everything and Valiant passes the test. 

Main Engine

  • Westerbeke 35E 3-cylinder diesel
  • Balmar 150 amp alternator and smart regulator
  • Hurth V-drive transmission
  • 3-blade MaxProp folding propeller
  • Large Racor primary fuel filter



  • True cutter rig
  • Full batten mainsail with three reef points and lazy jacks
  • Slab reefing at the mast
  • Headsail furling system for the genoa
  • Removable inner forestay for staysail
  • Running backstays
  • Jib car tracks inboard with staysail tracks on the cabin house
  • Navtec rod rigging
  • Navtec insulated backstay for SSB
  • Navtec hydraulic backstay adjuster
  • Sheet winches for genoa and staysail.
  • Spinnaker halyard
  • Three winch handles
  • Topping lift

Sail Inventory: 

  • Quantum Full Batten Mainsail 2009, with three reef points
  • Quantum 130% furling genoa with foam luff 2009
  • Quantum Hank on staysail/storm jib and removable inner forestay (lightly used)
  • Asymmetrical Spinnaker with ATN sleeve  (used once)


  • Lewmar Ocean Series winches
  • Lewmar primary sheet winches on the combing
  • Lewmar winches on mast port and starboard
  • Antal line stoppers for optimal sail control



Valiant deck features – no wood! All stainless hand rails

  • Hood stainless steel ports and Lewmar hatches with covers
  • Screens for all ports
  • Two dorades w/ chrome cowls, fiberglass boxes and dorade guards on the foredeck
  • Lewmar deck hardware
  • Aluminum toe rail for attaching blocks
  • Stainless steel 31 inch stanchions with double life lines
  • Stern rail is solid to boarding gate and integrated with stainless steel bimini  mount for solar panels,
  • Outboard mount on stern rail
  • Outboard engine lifting crane
  • Swim ladder w/ teak treads mounts on either port or starboard at boarding gate
  • Dodger  with isinglass dodger windows with protective storing covers
  • Bimini and connector panel
  • Sunbrella pedestal cover
  • Custom cockpit table
  • Edson pedestal steering with excellent access to the steering quadrant
  • Binnacle guard with instrument nav pod for Navigation display
  • Lewmar folding wheel


  • Valiant fabricated bow roller system
  • Double rollers with hass pipes
  • Chain locker forward accessed from V berth
  • Custom secondary chain locker aft under berth
  • Lighthouse  windlass
  • Primary bow anchor Maason Boss 35  mounted on Valiant anchor roller with w/ 250' 5/16’ high test chain 
  • Stern anchor -  Fortress alloy and 200 ft 5/8" nylon rode
  • Lighthouse electric windlass


Plumbing - Large aft head with separate stall shower 

  • Vanity with sink and large cabinets outboard
  • Storage under sink in the head
  • Hamper storage bin has many brilliant applications
  • Wet locker outboard of shower stall
  •  Raritan PH-2 marine head with 32 gallon plastic holding tank 
  • Y Valve for direct overboard flush offshore or holding tank inshore



DC Electrical System

  • 5 DC 115 AGM house batteries
  • 1 DC 115 AGM engine start battery
  • Battery selector switch
  • Valiant custom electrical panel with digital meters; DC volts, DC amps, AC volts
  • Link 10 battery monitor
  • 3 Auriaco 50 watt solar panels with controller
  • Bonded and lightning grounded.
  • DC breaker panel
  • Chart table light (hi/low, red/white), adjusting reading lights in bunk areas
  • Dome lights throughout
  • Alpenglow overhead lights in salon
  • Reading lamps port and starboard in salon, V-berth and in aft cabin
  • Locker lights with door switches
  • Navigation lights port and starboard at the bow and stern light
  • Steaming light
  • Tri-color light on masthead 
  • Anchor light
  • Compass light
  • Cockpit lights under the bimini (Red and White)
  • Deck light midway up mast
  • Radar, plotter, VHF, SSB, AIS, Furuno NMEA 2000 sailing instruments
  • Pumps – fresh water pump, shower sump pump, anchor wash down pump, macerator pump 

AC Electrical System

  • Shore Power connection - Marinco 50 amp to 110V shore receptacle
  • Try charge110V/20 amp battery charger
  • Shore power cord 50' x 30 amp
  • 110V outlets located throughout interior, galley


  • Monitor wind vane for long passages mounted on the canoe stern.
  • Hard dinghy splits in two for easy stowage.
  • Luhrs propane outboard.


  • Flares 
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Horn
  • Emergency tiller - modified Valiant
  • Winslow 6=personLife Raft  in canister mounted on deck
  • Electric bilge pump below decks with float switch
  • Throwable cushions


The Valiant 39 is the progressive advancement of the Valiant 37, sharing the look and styling of its legendary predecessor. Significantly, the Valiant 39 deck features a cockpit that is completely wrapped with an offshore coaming for both comfort and safety. Seating areas are fully guttered. An expanded, recessed propane storage system is included. The frontal portion of the cabin trunk is contoured in its transition to the foredeck. The deck design provides for maximum flexibility, while the below deck volume is increased and there are no predetermined locations for the hatches, port lights and companionway. There are enough variations within the interior arrangements of the Valiant 39 to offer an almost unlimited choice to the customer. The Valiant 39CE or "Center Entry," provides for a more open interior, and yet allows for a true three-cabin layout. The head is located aft and the two separate staterooms greatly enhance below-deck livability. The Valiant 39 features a double spreader rig, which is matched with a short bowsprit to maximize sailing efficiency. Among the critical components built into every Valiant yacht are an externally-ballasted, lead keel; one-piece, hand-laid hull; and externally flanged, through-bolted hull-to-deck joints. From the first Valiant we ever built, only U.S. Navy specifications have been used to lay-up our hulls and decks. This lay-up schedule produces a solid fiberglass hull that is the strongest one-piece hull in the world. The deck lay-up includes end grain balsa core with high-density foam in certain specific areas. The entire boat, including all of the bonds, cockpit hatches, engine bed stringers and floor timbers is laid up of 100 percent isophthalic resin of the highest quality. All of the resin used in Valiants is hand-batched in one gallon increments to eliminate any possibility of improper machine catalization.


Here's a excerpt from a Cruising World review of the Valiant 39:

Construction details read like a primer on how to build a boat so it won’t fall apart. The hull is laid up in one piece of solid glass, hand laminated with alternate layers of mat and woven roving. Isophthalic resin is used throughout, from the gel coat right on into the laminate. Floor timbers are built up of heavy layers of mat and woven roving over PVChigh-density closed-cell foam; these reinforce the underbody and extend into the sump, a sturdy element rendered with up to two inches of solid glass. The keel consists of 7,000 pounds of external lead bedded to the bottom of the sump with 3M 5200, and secured by no fewer than 11 3/4-inch stainless J bolts topped with 1/4-inch stainless backing plates and stainless nuts. The deck utilizes Baltek balsa core for stiffness and weight reduction, with structural foam in areas of major stress; it is affixed to the hull on an inturned flange with 5200 and stainless bolts on 4 1/2-inch centers. Whoa.

The rig is a keel-stepped, high-aspect masthead affair with two sets of spreaders, fore-and-aft lowers, and an inner forestay brought to the stem aft of the bowsprit for cutter work. Standing rigging port and starboard terminates at chain plates secured with stainless bolts and backing plates to hefty structural knees bonded into the hull.c


This listing is presented to you courtesy of a member of the International Yacht Brokers Association and may be centrally listed with another broker. It is offered as a convenience by this broker/dealer to its clients and is not intended to convey direct representation of a particular vessel.

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.

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