“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.
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
Main 258.50 ft2 / 24.01 m2
Genoa 346.79 ft2 / 32.22 m2
Air draft 14m + hull to waterline
Designer Peter Brett
Builder Southern Boat Building Co Ltd (Rival Yachts Ltd)
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.