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Wind River
Valiant Esprit 37
$110,000 USD
37ft 0in

Wind River represents a great opportunity for someone to head offshore immediately in a proven Bob Perry Valiant Esprit, fully updated in the last two years.  

Under the previous owners, hull# 136 (then named Thistle) sailed from the Pacific Northwest to New Zealand and back, plus two round trip circumnavigations of Moresby Island in Haida Gwaii combined with three full circumnavigations of Vancouver Island.  

The current owners recognized the excellent capabilities and care taken with the Esprit, and purchased her in 2021 for a long term cruise. They completely updated the boat and prepped it for serious cruising and renamed her Wind River. Circumstances changed for these owners and the cruise had to be cancelled.  

The boat spent its early life in Maine. When the previous owners bought it in 1993, they shipped it to the Valiant factory in Texas, where builder and Valiant Yachts owner Rich Worstell oversaw a refit, bringing it up to the current standards. It was then shipped to the Pacific Northwest.  

Bob Perry “drew the boat for myself. It’s the boat I wanted.” He owned hull number 1, Ricky Nelson, for three years on Puget Sound. On the heels of the Valiant 40, the Esprit quickly established a reputation as a good all-around performer and a seaworthy passagemaker. 

Because Bob Perry designed it for himself, two of the interior highlights are 6’7” headroom and a spacious galley. The quality interior joinery provides a warm and comfortable feel. Lockers and floorboards are all securely fastened for comfort at sea. 

Name of vessel Wind River
Model Valiant Esprit 37
Year 1980
Builder Valiant Yachts
Designer Bob Perry
Price $110,000 USD
Location Seattle, WA
Length (feet) 37
Beam (feet) 11.5
Draft (feet) 5.8
Displacement (pounds) 17000
Ballast (pounds) 6700
Engine model Volvo MD 2040
Engine horsepower 40
Engine hours
Fuel tank capacity (gallons) 40
Water tank capacity (gallons) 130
Holding tank capacity (gallons) 20


Starting forward, the V-berth features 6’8” berths with a seat between that serves as a good step-up point. The hull sides throughout the boat are lined with teak. Shelves are to port and starboard with removable rails. There is a locker with shelves to starboard and a hanging locker just aft of it. To port there are four drawers, providing plenty of storage for personal gear. 

Moving aft to port, the head has a separate shower stall with a seat, rare for a boat of this size and vintage. The keel-stepped mast nestles unobtrusively next to the fold-down table. 

The main salon features an L-shaped dinette to port, plus cabinetry and a settee to starboard. For extra accessible storage space during passagemaking, Wind River has a divider that holds gear inside the “L.” There are hinged leeboards both to port and starboard, lying flat under the cushions when not being used.  Lockers line both hull sides. 

The U-shaped galley is to port, with generous storage in lockers for dishes and dry goods. An approximately 10 cubic foot refrigerator is on the aft side of the galley, while the sink and dry goods lockers are on the forward side. Every inch of space is used, including three drawers facing inboard and a small locker tucked in the aft outboard corner of the galley. The navigation station is to starboard along with the 6’5” quarterberth 

Wallas 30 Dt diesel heater, forced airducts in V-berth and main salon 

Gas Systems Regal 2 4-burner gimbaled propane  

Wind River is equipped for offshore with self-steering gear, solar panels, and an intermediate stay with runners, among a full complement of cruising gear.stove with oven 

(13) Marinebeam LED interior red/white dome lights 

PYI floor anchors for 6 cabin sole bilge-access boards 

Hinged teak leeboards in settee berths and quarter berth, canvas lee cloths in V-berth-port, starboard, and centerline 

Saltwater foot pump in galley 

Fresh water foot pumps in galley and head 

Adler Barber Super ColdMachine CU-200 refrigeration (2022) 

(12) teak retaining fiddles for shelves and other storage 

130 gallons fresh water in 2 stainless tanks, 65-gallons each, with removable inspection ports. 

Double galley sinks 

Seagull IV fresh water filter in galley 

Pressure water to head, shower, and galley with accumulator tank 

Raritan PHII head with 20-gallon holding tank and Y-valve 

New sanitary plumbing (2022) 

6-gallon hot water heater (engine or shore power) 

Katydyn PowerSurvivor 40D Watermaker (2022) 

Separate shower stall in head 

Shower sump pump discharge over board with strainer 

Salt water washdown pump with deck hose access 

50-foot fresh water hose 

20-lb propane tank in cockpit lazarette with overboard drain 

Xintex S2-A propane detector/solenoid access panel in galley 

(3) Fixed mount bilge pumps(3), all with separate through hull discharges (no T- junctions) 

Rule 2000 electric bilge pump with float switch 

One manual bilge pump in cabin 


Electronics and Navigation 

Autohelm ST5000 autopilot integrated with Sea-Talk navigation instruments 

9.5” NavPod SystemPod at helm 

NMEA 2000 backbone (2022) 

Raymarine SeaTalk NG Converter 

Raymarine Quantum 2 Q24D CHIRP wifi radome 

Vesper Marine XB-6000 AIS transponder (2022) 

Raymarine Axiom 7 MFD at helm (2022) 

Raymarine i50 multi-data, wind, depth and speed (2023) 

Raymarine ST 60 autopilot control mounted in pedestal pod 

Standard Horizon GX-2100 VHF fixed mount with AIS at navigation station 

West Marine submersible handheld VHF radio 



Ampere Time 12V 300AH Lithium LiFePO4 Battery (2022) 

2 Renogy 100-watt Solar Panel & controller (2022) 

Renogy 50 Amp DC dual input multi-stage charger (2022) 

One 70-amp Volvo alternators 

One flooded group 27 starting battery (2022) 

Original Sam Dick Industries electrical panel with 18 DC circuits and 7 AC circuits 

Cole-Hersee battery bank selector switch 

Protech 1240i Plus AC battery charger 

120-watt solar panel welded to dodger top, with charging voltage regulator 200-watt Whisper inverter 

Cigarette lighter DC plugs in cockpit and navigation station 

Guest model 260 12-volt searchlight 

30-amp SmartPlug AC inlet in cockpit with galvanic isolator 

50’ shore power cord 

Extension cord and shore power adapters 



As part of the preparation for offshore voyaging, Wind River’s Volvo was pulled out of the boat in 2022, thoroughly examined and painted, and reinstalled with new seals.  

Volvo MD 2040 D 40hp diesel with 1600 hours (repowered 2005) 

Volvo 130-S-A saildrive, 2.47:1 reduction  

Max-prop 18″ 3-blade feathering prop(18x11L) (2005) 

Single throttle control on pedestal 

(2) Racor 500 FGSS primary fuel filters in parallel 

Vetus water lift muffler 

H2 Out full tank vent system 

Engine compartment blower 

Engine spares including filters, belts, starter, glow plugs, impeller et. al. 

Spare hull, shaft, and prop zincs 

36-gallon aluminum fuel tank with 6″ removable access port and companionway gauge 

Enclosed storage space for 16 5-gallon jerry jugs secured below decks 


Hull and Deck 

The hull is solid, hand-laid glass and the deck is balsa-cored for lightness and strength. While osmotic blistering has been a problem in some of these boats, Wind River’s hull was refurbished at the Texas factory in 1993 and then peeled and re-glassed at Northwest Marine Center in 2020. 

The deck was fitted with Vetus “Happy Elephant” nonskid in 2016.The side decks are wide and easy to move around on. There are genoa tracks on the side decks and on the cabintop for smaller headsails. The cockpit is comfortable and secure for offshore passages. 

CapeHorn wind vane self-steering system with spares 

Edson pedestal chain/cable quadrant steering 

Yacht Specialties 36” wheel 

Emergency tiller with pedestal clearance 

RitchieGlobemaster5″ binnacle compass 

(2) Lewmar Ocean Series hatches 

(6) Hood custom opening ports 

(4) Diamond Sea Glaze cabin windows 

(4) Dorade deck vents and caps 

Original teak companionway boards 

Heavy ¾” plexiglass offshore companionway boards 

(9) mosquito screens 

Vetus “Happy Elephant” non skid tread on deck 

Artful Dodger frame, canvas replaced 2022 

Detachable cockpit awning, zips to aft edge of dodger 

Sunbrella mainsail cover and staysail bag 

Manual bilge pump in cockpit 

Simpson Lawrence 555 Seatiger two-speed manual windlass 

CQR 45-lb plow anchor with swivel 

275 feet 5/16″ HT G4 chain in forepeak locker beneath windlass 

Nylon three-strand snubber 

300 feet 5/8″braided nylon rode 

150 feet ½” nylon three strand with 20 feet ¼” chain Fortress FX-16 anchor and swivel 

Spare anchor shackles and swivels 


Rigging and Sails 

The single spreader Spartech mast is extremely well stayed, and has an intermediate forestay and runners for utilizing a double headstay rig or small storm sail when conditions demand. The Tides mainsail track combined with Harken Battcars slide make hoisting and dropping the mainsail a smooth operation. A new suite of Precision Sails were added in 2022 with a previous suite of Hasse sails as spares. 

The chainplates were pulled, inspected, polished and reinstalled in 2022 in anticipation of offshore passagemaking. 

Spartech mast & boom 

Navtec rod rigging (2022) 

Harken mechanical backstay adjuster (winch handle fitting) 

Mast has separate trysail track to starboard 

New gooseneck (2022) 

Inner forestay with pelican hook and tension adjuster 

Running backstays with 2 padeye positions on each side deck 

Telescoping whisker pole mounted on mast track 

Steaming light 

Deck light 

Masthead tricolor light 

Anchor light 

Tides Marine mainsail track system with Harken Battcars 

Mid-deck Lewmar traveler with mainsheet and control lines to cockpit 

Mainsail reefing lines and winch at the mast 

(4) Preventers, two mid-boom to rail and two boom end to stem 

Yacht Tech solid boom vang 

(2) Andersen 52ST primary winches 

Lewmar 40ST on mast 

Lewmar 40 on mast 

(2) Barient 21 on cabintop 

Barient 23 on cabintop 

Lewmar 14 ST for furling line 

(5) winch handles 

(4) Harken and Schaeffer snatchblocks 

Rigging spares including sail repair kit and replacement stay 

Precision Sails mainsail with 2 reefs (2022) 

Precision Sails 120% furling genoa (2022) 

Precision Sails 90% hanked staysail (2022) 

Hasse (Port Townsend Sails) fully battened main 

Hasse 120% jib  

Schaeffer 2100 roller furler 

Hasse asymmetric spinnaker with ATN “Snuffer” sleeve 

Schattauer storm trysail with wire tack pennant sheeting to quarters with boom and dodger clearance, on separate mast track 

Mariner staysail, pistonhanks, sheeted to cockpit   

Lazy jacks on mainsail 


Miscellaneous and Safety

Flares and emergency smoke signals 


LifeSling Horseshoe buoy 

MOB pole 

(4) adult life vests 

Folding stainless boarding ladder (mounts either side) 

Emergency rope ladder, rail mount 

Davis radar reflector on spreader halyard 

Halon fire extinguisher in engine compartment 

(3) Conventional fire extinguishers 

Carbon monoxide alarm 

Smoke alarm 

(2) handheld bilge pumps 

8’ Achilles LSI 260E hypalon inflatable 

Folding grapnel anchor for dinghy 

(8) fenders 

(8) docklines 

West Marine Bosun’s chair 

(8) 5-gallon fuel jerry cans, fitted to specific storage areas 

West Marine fuel funnel filter 


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