Bluewater Sailboat Tour-INSIDE a Valiant 40 -(Our Tiny Home)2 Of 3 Patrick Childress Sailing #31

Bluewater Sailboat Tour-INSIDE a Valiant 40 -(Our Tiny Home)2 Of 3 Patrick Childress Sailing #31

Valiant 40 Part 2 Hello I’m Patrick Childress on the sailboat Brick House … welcome aboard today is part two of the valiant 40 tour
down below so let’s turn the cameras around we’ll go through the hatch board
and take a look at one time all the trim around the companionway was teak now
it’s very low maintenance polyethylene bottom wash board that’s
also solid polyethylene very low maintenance very sturdy so let’s go down
below we’ll take a very quick tour of this valiant 40 and then we’ll come back
and look at some of these items in much closer detail on the right side the
starboard side is a hanging Locker for all the foul weather gear and we also
keep our flares in there just forward of that is the pantry with several shelves
and very deep storage for lots of food storage and on the port side is the aft
cabin which we often call just the bedroom and the port side of course is
the galley and we’ll come back and take a closer look at the galley in just a
few minutes. On the starboard side is Rebecca’s domain the nav station she
installed a lot of these electronics and she maintains the electronics since she
does all the navigating for us makes it easy for me she just tells me to turn
right turn left how far up ahead to go and in the next video she’ll actually do
a little orientation on the electronics what we have and how useful they are on
the starboard side is a water tank under the settee that one is about 60 gallons
capacity there’s a tons of storage behind the backrest they go all the way
out to the hull and we have the stereo cabinet up here behind that white door
and then there’s another 60 gallon water tank underneath this settee on the port
side and in the next video I’ll go through what we did to save these
aluminum tanks they were very heavily pitted and it was gonna cost a fortune
to rip these out and try to fit something else in so we have a remedy
that has worked for all these years and we’ll go into that next video up
here on the left is even more storage and there’s also lots of ventilation in
this boat lots of hatches and port lights so we really don’t need wind
directors to force more air through these hatches this is a hanging Locker
on the starboard side and more clothes storage in shelves just forward of that
on the port side is the head it’s just the right size it’s not too big not too
small so we’re not too cramped some people have problems with their Jabsco toilet. We just don’t have problems with ours and I have a few tips I think that
might help you out which we’ll cover in the next video but I like the size of
this head we have a shower curtain that goes around to contain water when we’re
taking a shower it has all the amenities that we need to be comfortable on this
boat. Stored up forward is the Barracuda sewing machine very similar to
the Sailrite, a lot of the parts are interchangeable. and the v-berth is not
for personal storage this is where all kinds of parts and supplies are stored
stainless steel nuts and bolts fiberglass, fiberglass resin, glue, all
kinds of extra stainless steel parts are stored up in these shelves sandpaper,
tools you name it so we are pretty self-sufficient out here if something
should break and the same for the storage up here on the starboard side in
all these shelves and a way up in the chain Locker we’ll
get to that in the next video we have a hundred and fifty feet of chain that we
store up there and then in that PVC tube that comes out of that is a is where the
other hundred and fifty feet of chain goes to down below the V Berth – we like
to keep as much chain as low and aft as possible. To the hanging Locker and we’ll
get started there oh there’s one other thing I forgot to mention we’ll also be
taking a look at the main bilge pump underneath this floorboard and we’ll
take a look at the emergency electric bilge pump that is much farther forward
way up underneath one of these floorboards and of course we have the
high capacity hand operated bilge pump in the hanging Locker normally we try to dry the gear before
it goes into this locker but even if it did go in here wet any water would just
drip down into the bilge work its way there there’s a nice big shelf up here
another shelf a little further down plenty of storage space and this is also
where we keep all of our flares and emergency signaling equipment. This is
also where the emergency hand operated bilge pump is located. What was in this
space originally was a Whalegusher 25. It wasn’t installed properly the
discharge went directly out over the side of the boat without a high loop so
it was very easy for sea water or rain water just to back right down
that discharge hose and settled inside of the pump. A proper discharge loop starts
at the discharge thruhull going out the side of the boat and then goes up
just as high as possible before it goes back down to the pump so
when I went to rebuild this it was so heavily corroded inside it just wasn’t
repairable so we replaced it with a very high capacity Edison pump it’s a
tremendous pump it’ll pump one gallon per stroke if I had two inch hoses on
there but because of area restrictions in the hose run I could only put in one
and three-quarter inch hoses so it’s a little bit less than one gallon per
stroke. On the discharge side I have a very high loop but also one of these
see-through check valves certainly it’s not the best idea to have a check valve
in any kind of a discharge bilge pump but at sea water no other water is going
to be backing up and just sitting in this pump it’s going to be fully
functional if we ever need it down here is where all the water in the boat
collects in a stainless steel sump that measures six inches by eight inches
across so it’s a very tight squeeze putting the pump and the float switch in
here but I can squeeze it out, take it all
apart and clean it out occasionally because muck does at times keep the
float from going up and down properly is over here this is the sump discharge
from the shower so the shower pan goes through that green pipe and comes out
into the sump here and then gets pumped overboard the important part though is
to put a screen on the end of that discharge otherwise you get all
of this muck they hear the soap scum everything you would go into the sump it
helped to clog up the pump so this way we capture it in the screen I can take
it out dump it into the garbage can wash out this little plastic screen and then
slip it back on keep all that hair and gunk from clogging up the most important
bill bilge pump on the boat now I’ll take you up forward and show you the
emergency backup bilge pump that has never seen water and hopefully it never
will. in this forward bilge area, this is an area that just never should ever get wet so water has to get
in this bilge up to this float switch of course before it’ll finally turn on so
that’s pretty darn high in this bilge area when it does turn on we have that
round alarm this is the largest bilge pump I could possibly fit in this area
and you can see there’s no way that I could attach it at the base like you
normally would it’s held in place with this PVC pipe
that I just cut the section out of to make a ring that hole slips over the top
and then this PVC horizontal piece is attached to that ring and then to each
side to the vertical piece attached to the frame of the boat to finish up in the hanging locker this
is where we store the hatch boards we have these two teak twist locks that
securely hold them in place and then the hatch screens get stuffed on the far
side of those and they’re wedged in nice and securely… and this is the pantry it
was way back in here this is the single sideband radio and of course the control
head for that radio is at the nav station the next shelf down is more food
and then the very bottom shelf is a lot of hand tools which are always getting
used as they’re in a very convenient spot along with over here in the galley
we have all these drawers but this drawer is dedicated not to silverware
well it’s not aware that I like to use more than all the other, because we’re
always using all kinds of screwdrivers all the Phillips head or on that side
and the flat heads are on this side these are always being used I can’t be
digging out things from the engine room or some other storage space all the
time but one thing I changed very quickly on this boat were these little
finger holes with the latch behind I could only imagine my finger breaking
out in the middle of an ocean and in fact a commenter on one of the earlier
videos on galley tips said that’s exactly what happened to him he was
reaching in to unlatch the door the boat hit a wave and his finger broke 90
degrees in anticipation of something like that happening I did away with
those latches and I installed these twist lock latches up here I’m actually surprised that they’ve
lasted over 12 years now this is 2019 but just as a backup we have
this little latch down here in fact in rough weather when things might be
coming out and slamming against the door we always put on these extra security
latches at the top of the door to help hold these open especially in rough
weather are these Springs so the door can’t close push and now it’ll close
easily so we don’t have to fight with the door along the ocean so to close the
hatch you just pop the spring thumbs down real quick and easy any
water that becomes a waterfall down this companionway which has happened out in
bad storms will come down and eventually work its way down to this grating and
then just simply runs down into the bilge.. another great idea.. oh hey there
Lily she just woke up from her little hiding spot way in the back of the boat. I
really like the layout of the aft cabin. Underneath this cushion is the V Drive
and the transmission so it’s very accessible this white panel pulls out
and up here is the storage cabinet and the bunk is 6 feet 10 inches long in
four feet wide the only problem that I can really see is this side deck in this
location the person sleeping on the outside can have a little difficulty
crawling over the person on the inside. (but that could be a nice thing!)
Underneath this area it’s all storage it is full of stuff all kinds of spares
there’s no personal storage here there’s all kinds of electrical supplies wires
in the back section is the hot water heater the regulators for the hooker and
the scuba tank are stored way down in here just all kinds of repairs and
Spares. and of course way down underneath here are the batteries we have six
Trojan batteries golf cart batteries (T-105) one day I’d like to get caught up with
modern technology and get some lighter batteries that have equal if not more
amperage capacity I like the way the galley is laid out
and actually the nice close U shape so you can’t really bang around too far
you can always brace yourself against something while you’re working around
the galley it’s a really good idea also on this boat we have a galley strap so
we can lean against it while we’re cooking
or at another position we can actually lean forward and keep from
being thrown into the stove these countertops are solid plastic it was
originally Formica and this work was done in Cartagena Columbia by a man
named Eder who does a lot of this work and he did a pretty good job it is in
Corian quality but it’s the next best thing and for $800 for doing
everything here I think we got a pretty good deal this is a soap dispenser this
is fresh water foot pump saltwater foot foot pump and this is the product water
for the reverse osmosis system that we never use we just don’t need it we get
all of our fresh water from the faucet on shore from the rain and sometimes a
very clear stream but for washing dishes we use the salt water we rinse in salt
water and then rinse in the fresh water we hardly ever use the pressure water we
only use the pressure water really at the sink occasionally because we have a
filter down below to filter the water that comes out of the fresh water tank
and Rebecca likes to use that I’m not nearly as fussy about the water I drink.
and back here is a big storage bin way down to the bottom of the boat all kinds
of pots and pans we don’t have anything out here because I try to clean up for
our ‘company’ and threw it all down here to hide it out of the way like throwing
it under the carpet yeah we don’t normally live like this… and over here is
the refrigerator yeah we got the freezer here it goes down very deep normally we keep these exercise mats on top of
the refrigerator to help with insulation a lot of this is covered in video number
22 which is galley tips and you’ll also get a very good look way down inside of
the freezer how we defrost it and the things that we put in there to help aid
the airflow in the freezer also in video number 20 about provisioning we go
through a lot of these lockers pull things out and show a lot of different
foods and how to store items on your boat and what to buy what not to buy
while you’re out cruising long distance there’s tons of storage back here
Bob Perry did a great job of using all the storage capacity on this boat and I’ll
show you more of it as we move around these cabinets are full of dishes and
cups all kinds of silverware so we’re not lacking at all for storage capacity
well I hope other people have had better luck with their gourmet II princess
stove than what we have had. we installed the stove in 2012. right from the get-go
we had problems with rust it was rusting just way too fast and
then up on the burners there was always a yellow flame and the company just
wasn’t that helpful with us trying to figure it all out but eventually after
trying so many different things we discovered that it was the caps that
were not manufactured quite right and so when we got new caps and put those on at
her own expense through a different source that took care of the yellow
flame and now we have some nice blue flames the way they were supposed to be the original pot supports for this stove
seem like in no time they started flaking off hunks of rust so we had to
have new ones made out of 304 stainless and these are holding up far better
sinks this sink on the port side was originally made far too deep seawater
would back up through the drain hole and flood the sink when we’re just slightly
heeled over to port. when this sink was about 38 years old I just couldn’t
patch it up anymore on the bottom it was just rusting through so much that
Davao City Philippines we had this one made to replace it and I only made it
about an inch and a half less deep I probably should have gone to two or
maybe even three inches less deep just to make sure that we are well above the
waterline but it’s been adequate but this is simple to make the old one
actually I cut out with an angle grinder starting from one side work down the
bottom and brought up it was very simple to do and then just took it out and the
people at the sheetmetal shop used that as the template for making this new one
so it’s very simple to make with the curved sides and the very flat back and
the flat front and it does have the flanges on each side for mounting up
underneath these sink on the starboard side of the galley this is 43 years old
now and it’s rusting on the bottom I haven’t had a patch it up just yet but
when we haul out in Durban South Africa in a couple of months we’ll have a new
one made there the sink on the port side was this 304 stainless hopefully in
Durban they’ll have some 316 stainless to make this new sink. Once again time
has really gotten away from me I just keep seeing more and more things to
point out as we go through the boat so certainly there’s gonna be a part 3 part
4 maybe even a part 5 we’ll just keep it going until we run out a boat hey but
thanks a lot for all of the positive comments that you have been making
that’s great encouragement to keep doing what we’re doing
also of course if you can click on the thumbs up button down there and
especially the subscribe if you haven’t done already that’ll be a big help so
thanks again and we’ll see in a couple weeks for the
next part of the Valiant 40 Tour – down below

60 thoughts on “Bluewater Sailboat Tour-INSIDE a Valiant 40 -(Our Tiny Home)2 Of 3 Patrick Childress Sailing #31

  1. Great video, thanks for the ongoing tour it gives me ideas for my upgrade projects. I really like the spring locks (?) on the locker doors. Online I think I found them. Are they called hatch springs?

  2. A video on what to put in a ditch kit and first aid kit would be good as a lot of people don't put much thought into it

  3. Hi Patrick, i want to thank you so much for youe videos, knowledge and willingness to share it all.I learn so much and you also validate my skillset and inspire me to learn more and more.CHEERS, Scott
    SV Windchime

  4. I delivered one of these in and was impressed how she handled some rough conditions & no slow boat to china either , faster then i imagined , strong & seaworthy, terribly wet down below owing to 'all' hatches leaking like a sive – new rubbers fixed that . great vid T/Y.

  5. Thanks Patrick another great vid. Like the idea with the screen over the shower hose in the bilge, saves having to worry about a separate sump.

  6. Excellent suggestions. Keep it up Capt!!! 😜👍👍 oh, do you know where I can find a beautiful woman…with a boat…that wants to take off? Again, great job! Can’t wait for Rebecca’s electronics tour.

  7. Just wondering if you’d consider talking about (since you were a delivery capt) what a potential cruiser should buy/look for. I love Robert Perry’s Bw cruisers….but age…so many variables. I debate with my brother about “deals” that have been sitting for years vs paying a little more for a boat that’s had a recent refit. I know the debates are endless but any insight in future videos would be invaluable. Btw, not talking unlimited funds but in the $50k to $100k range…or what you think is reasonable for a bluewater cruiser…before spare parts, etc. One more??? Excluding your beautiful boat, what would be your next boat? Sorry for taking his time Rebecca 🙂

  8. Thanks again Patrick, interesting to see another V40 down below.
    Maybe a video some time on engine room, electrics, tanks and steering?
    Would love to get your thoughts on the technical stuff down below.

  9. Oh, I know who you are now, thought the name sounded familiar. Catalina 27, round the world. Patrick, what year is this Valiant. Was it built in WA or TX? Sad to hear Valiant is not building anymore, just servicing boats at their Texoma plant now.

  10. Lovely video; "The secrets of the Childress" congrats see the first adverts showing… will follow and click see what goodies they bring into the wallet..

  11. Thank you for an amazing video, there was no 'fat' in the production and I wanted it to go on for longer loved it 🙂 inspired thank you. After almost 2 years of saving I hope to have my boat by August of this year.

  12. Your yacht has s amazing layout I’m in the process of downsizing and purchasing a 32ft union cutter I certainly will be able to incorporate some of your ideas into this boat thanks and keep the videos comming cheers

  13. Great tour. I’m 100% with you on bilge pumps. I like that Edson pump and will get one of those. The high capacity electric pump is also a great feature I will install the same. I’ve decided to instal an interior end to end sea water supply line to cut down on the number of through hull fittings. I can reduce 4 to one and improve its function with better filtering and monitoring. I love the gangway grate. I thought that through for a boat I was designing, but having bought a boat instead…thanks for the reminder… will instal one in the new boat. Your use of PVC and PE sheet as a build material is spot on too.

  14. Patrick, i am new to your channel, and noticed your stern had Middletown on it and was wondering if that was in Rhode Island, and sure enough with a little google search, i see you are from my home town! I grew up there and lived on Walcott Ave on Eastons point pretty close to Second beach! Really enjoy your channel, and am planning to do a lot of sailing in the future. I used to sail J24s out of ida lewis.

  15. I'm a little nervous about the crowded bilge. When all hell breaks loose, that bilge will fill up with wet paper scraps and everything else that you can think of… blocking pump….not sure how you can make it a better set up.

  16. Hi Patrick
    Nice job adding detail improvements to your V40. Especially the titanium chainplates. I'm quite familiar with the design— actually owned a yacht building business that occupied the factory where your boat was built and employed several old boys that worked for Valiant back in that era.

    Three suggestions:
    1- The hinges and particularly the hasp that closes the cockpit locker are mickey mouse. Should you ever seriously have the spreaders in the water it is likely that it will be ripped off— and then you will have a serious flooding problem.
    2- Since you've converted the fo'c'sle into a storage space, it's time to move the windlass and chain locker back where it really belongs— alongside the fwd bulkhead of the head.
    3- Throw away the CQR. It always was nearly useless, so why use it to weight down the bow? If you want a second anchor get a 75# Spade or Mantus that not only works but can be broken down for storage.

  17. A great informative video- Thanks Patrick, Have Subscribed. Some really great work and ideas there, your boat looks amazing. Hanging out for your next video- I’m waiting to hear what you did with your Aluminium tanks as we are facing a similar problem with old water tanks!

  18. You remind me Christian Williams. I have read his sailing books and watched all of your videos, great stuff, thanks for sharing

  19. very well laid out tour, well explained and of a really neat boat – good editing too, 'give the Edit Dept. a nice tip
    ok, 'on to more of your videos

  20. Just found your site enjoyed very much your videos, practical information and priceless personal experience, THANK YOU for sharing.

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  22. Hi Patrick, great series of videos. I hope you'll be stopping in Cape Town when you come through SA, would love to buy yourself and Rebecca a drink. Fair winds 🙂

  23. Thank you for your most informative sailing videos. I have never sailed around the world, or across oceans oceans for that matter. However, I used to sail the inside passage from Vancouver, North to Prince Rupert, British Columbia. A most beautiful 2-3 week trip with no shortage of anchorages. Your tips on buying provisions was most informative. It’s always good to hear from someone who’s been there, and done that without sounding preachy.

  24. Hi Patrick and Rebecca,
    We are in Durban, not sure if you have already been here but I suspect not? It would be so lovely to meet you both.
    We only recently found your you tube channel and are enjoying it thoroughly, especially as we are still building our Tiki 38 and do not have much cruising experience. If you are still arriving in Durban, you welcome to contact me on 0829200902, my husband can help you find anything you may be needing so long for repairs on Brick House. Wishing you both well, Noreen and Chris

  25. you might think about getting a silverware organizer or something of that idea for your screwdrivers in that galley drawer. might just help a little to make it easier finding what you need in a hurry ….. heaven forbid you actually need to find it in a real hurry.

  26. As always some great tips. One can learn so much good and bad ways to do things. Glad to learn from experience

  27. Jesus H… can you ever pack the crap away you old hoarder … any lost children you don't know about?? Dad?? 🙂  Id be way worse HAHA … Great vids!

  28. Always interesting and detailed video describing everything. In particular I love the translation in brackets (italian language). Well done!

  29. Another great one! Looks like a lovely boat with great storage and interior space.

    Got a Sparkman and Stephens 34 (and 6 inches to be exact) design my self, built by Bianca in Denmark. Boat type is a Bianca 36 built from S&S Design #2008. Love the boat, superb sailing characteristics. Berths are a bit too short, she is a child of her time with the IOR rule which limits the interior space some (compared to more modern 34-35 footers as well as non IOR class boats) but other than that she has plenty storage and good living space.


  30. Excellent info.  Definitely, not too long.  The music is a tad distracting because you have so many good tips and I don't want to miss a thing.  We have friends who circumnavigated on a Valiant 42.  Great boat.  Thanks for these videos.  (Nice job on the article in Sail.)

  31. Great part 2 video – the latches and spring locks are a super cool upgrade as well as the other features you have added to the boat to make it safe and functional. Enjoyed the "under the hood" video of Brick house and onward to part 3! Fair Winds Patrick and Rebecca!

  32. Great info. Will incorporate some of your ideas on our1978 27 ft Cherubini Hunter. Is the pedestal mounted drink holder made from plastic boat board or is it white finished teak? I have seen a Pacific Seacraft boat in Mazatlan that the owner had done a beautiful job of finishing all of the deck brightwork, then covered it with multiple coats of white finish to prevent the sun from eating the clear finish. What type of white finish did you use on your cabin roof handrails? Did you sand the teak down to wood before applying the white or put it over a clear finish?

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