1981 Valiant 47

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Yacht Overview

Make: Valiant

Model: 47

Year: 1981

Length: 47′

Located In: Brunswick, GA

Engine/Fuel Type: diesel

Hull Material: Fiberglass

YW#: 8705854


Terrapin is a cutter-rigged sailboat that was designed by Bob Perry and manufactured by Uniflite in Seattle, WA in 1982. Baxter and Molly are the third owners, purchasing her in 2013 in Waukegan, IL. The first owner commissioned her and the second owner sailed her for many years with his family, on trips to Bermuda and kept her in fresh water on Lake Michigan.

Terrapin has a genoa head sail, a staysail and a mainsail, all on furlers. This allows her to be configured to be sailed in light wind as well as heavy weather, while being short-handed from the cockpit. In addition, a custom spinnaker was made with the Terrapin logo. All sails were built in 2016 by Ullman sails in Deltaville, Virginia.

Terrapin is very comfortable offshore with a cockpit enclosure that allows for access to all navigation and piloting controls, 360 views around the boat as well as a vent for the Webasto forced-air heater. In warmer climates, the canvas can be removed for comfortable air flow and venting. The cockpit has 3 inch cushions for all seating areas as well as pfifertex covers for all cubbies. In addition, Terrapin has two autopilots – one electronic Raymarine autopilot as well as a mechanical Monitor autopilot.

Terrapin is designed primarily as a 12volt boat, relying very little on access to 110 shore power or to an additional inboard generator, though a Westerbeke generator and inverter is installed and readily accessible. The current owners designed Terrapin for self-sufficient cruising with an AirBreeze wind generator, Solar panels which would maintain sufficient power to keep the batteries charged. In addition, a portable RainMan watermaker is on board to fill the fresh-water tanks, powered by a small Honda generator. (included in the sale)

Terrapin has a 88lb/44 kilo Rocna anchor, which sets well and provides peace of mind in strong conditions. In addition, dock lines and moorings are easy to manage with strong flush-fitting cleats and howsers that can be closed when not in use for walking space on deck.

Terrapin’s interior is comfortable and has good amenities with a new propane 3-burner stove, a galley that provides secure space while offshore and ample storage for spares while crossing oceans.

Terrapin has two cabins, each with a full head and shower. In addition, there are multiple hanging closets, drawer storage and lockers in each cabin for storage.

The salon is comfortable with a table that folds away and can be used on starboard or port. The settees can be expanded to become additional beds for passengers.

The current owners have sailed Terrapin comfortably on two Atlantic crossings and adventures from the Arctic Circle in Norway and south to the Cape Verdes islands off the coast of Africa. Their travels are documented on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/@sailingterrapin/videos) as well as many of the upgrades to Terrapin.

Recent Additions:

  • Reverse Cycle AC/Heat (2017)
  • Dickinson Bulkhead mounted diesel heater (2021)
  • Webasto Forced Air Heater (2017)
  • Raritan Heads Fwd & Aft (2017)
  • Inverter (2017)
  • Mastervolt 3-bank Battery Charger (2018)
  • New Running Rigging (2016/17)
  • New Genoa Cars (2017)
  • Ullman Sails (Main, Staysail, Spinnaker, Genoa) (all 2016)
  • Custom stainless spinnaker bow sprite (2017)
  • Cockpit Cushions (2016 – new foam 2022),
  • Interior cushions covered in Ultrasuede (2021)
  • Cockpit Canvas (2016)
  • Monitor Windvane (2016)
  • Icom SSB (2016)
  • Weems & Plath Barometer & Clock (2016)
  • Replaced Standing Rigging and all chainplates (2014)
  • Staysail Furler (2014)
  • Interior carpet (2013)
  • Yanmar Diesel Engine (2013 – aprox. 2000h)
  • New Hull Paint (2010)
  • Replaced Deck Hardware (2010)
  • Interior varnish (2010)
  • Hull sanded down to gelcoat and repainted with new barrier coat and two coats of bottom paint (11/2022)


  • Raymarine E7 Chartplotter (2013)
  • iPad Repeater with Navionics and Raymarine View & Raymarine Control at Nav Station
  • Raymarine ST50 (2016)
  • Raymarine ST60 at Navstation and Owners Cabin
  • Raymarine Autopilot (2017)
  • AIS Transceiver (2016)
  • Standard Horizon VHF w/cockpit mike and navstation mike
  • Xantrex battery monitor display (2013)
  • Ritchie Compass


  • Dickinson Mediterranean 3-burner stove and oven (2021)
  • Frigoboat Refrig & Freezer
  • Power Generation
  • Airbreeze Wind Generator w/shutoff switch (2016)
  • 350 watt Solar Panels w/blue sky controller (2014)
  • 7KW Westerbeke house generator


  • Isotherm Hot Water Heater
  • Accumulator Tank
  • Two 50 gallon fresh water tanks; One 30 gallon fresh water tank
  • Two 50 gallon fuel tanks


  • Profurl Genoa Furler
  • Furlex Staysail furler
  • Hydraulic Backstay (rebuilt 2014)
  • Hood In-Mast Furler with electric cockpit winch (rebuilt 2017)
  • Replaced Standing Rigging and all chainplates (2014)
  • Staysail Furler (2014)
  • Running Rigging (2016/17)


  • Winslow Life Raft (repacked 2018)
  • Jacklines 1?2?tublar webbing
  • Lifesling
  • Three electric bilge pumps
  • Two manual bilge pumps


  • Hard Dodger
  • Sunbrella partial cockpit enclosure 2016
  • Sunbrella Bimini 2014
  • Sunbrella spray cloths 2014
  • Sunbrella grab rail covers
  • Sunbrella hatch covers
  • Sunbrella liferaft cover 2014
  • Sunbrella mainsail cover 2016

Additional Included Equipment

  • Honda 2000i portable generator
  • Rainman Watermaker
  • AB RIB (outboard NOT included in the sale)
  • Extensive spares for engine, generator and vessel systems

Full Specs

Boat Name



LOA: 46.5
Beam: 13.67 ft
Maximum Draft: 6.25 ft


Engine Brand: Yanmar
Engine Model: 4JH5E
Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Power: 36|horsepower
Engine Type: Inboard


Fresh Water Tanks: 1 (130 Gallon)
Fuel Tanks: 1 (100 Gallon)


Number of single berths: 4
Number of cabins: 2
Number of heads: 2

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.