“Appealing especially to the experienced long-range cruising yachtsman. The Rival 38 combines excellent sailing performance with the space and comfort normally found in much larger yachts. Safe and easy to handle, even with a small crew.”

That’s the way the brochure read in the 1970s; ‘sea-kindliness’ is another expression. A long fin keel and deep canoe underwater body reduce slamming through waves, providing a comfortable and satisfying sail.


She is a comfortable four berth boat spread over two cabins. There’s room for two more bunks in the saloon which provides a comfortable dining area for six or seven. The interior is finished in solid teak and teak ply.

Those used to mighty saloons and spacious double berths in today’s yachts might think her a little cramped now, but in the opinion of many blue water cruising yachtsmen, too much space can be undesirable under way. A robust boat ideal for offshore passage making.


Principle Dimensions

LOA                              38 ft / 11.45 m
Beam                           11.25 ft / 3.43 m
Draught                      5.33 ft / 1.62 m
Ballast                         3048 kg
Displacement            7076 kg

Sail Areas

Main                     258.50 ft2 / 24.01 m2
Genoa                   346.79 ft2 / 32.22 m2
Air draft               14m + hull to waterline


Hull                    GRP          
Deck                   GRP
Designer           Peter Brett
Builder             Southern Boat Building Co Ltd (Rival Yachts Ltd)

Technical Details

Fully battened mainsail with 3 reefs. Sloop rig. Furling gear to genoa.
Spinnaker pole with mast track and spinnaker sail

Mercedes Om 636: 28 – 32 kW (42 hp @ 3500 rpm)
Fresh/sea water cooled, four-cylinder diesel engine.
Shaft drive to 3-blade fixed pitch propeller.