The Valiant 50, an aft-cockpit cutter, was designed by Bob Perry and built in the USA by Valiant Yachts. The addition of the bowsprit distinguishes the 50 from the Valiant 47.
Underwater Profile: Fin keel with skeg-hung rudder
Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)
Length Overall: 50'8" (15.4m)
Waterline Length: 40'3" (12.3m)
Beam: 13'10" (4.2m)
Draft: 6'3" (1.9m)
Rig Type: Cutter
Displacement: 35,550lb (16,125kg)
Designer: Robert Perry
Builder: Valiant Yachts (US)
Year First Built: 1997
Year Last Built: 2011
1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 14.3
2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 30.9
3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 243
4. Comfort Ratio: 38.3
5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.9
1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of just 14.3 suggests that the Valiant 50 will need a stiff breeze to get her going. In light conditions, unless you've got plenty of time on your hands, motor-sailing may be the way to go.
2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 30.9 means that a sailboat like the Valiant 50 (which doesn't have its ballast concentrated in a bulb at the foot of a deep keel), is likely to benefit from being reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze.
3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 243, tells us the Valiant 50 is a moderate displacement cruiser, which means she'll carry all your cruising gear without it having a dramatic effect on her performance. Most of today's sailboats intended for offshore cruising fall into this displacement category.
4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 38.3 suggests that crew comfort of a Valiant 50 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a moderate bluewater cruising boat - a predictable and acceptable motion for most seasoned sailors.
5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.9 tells us that a Valiant 50 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0.
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