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Rival 32

Brief Notes


hulls moulded by Marine Construction (Woolston) Ltd., many fitted out by Southern Boatbuilding.

The Rival 32 is a solid traditional cruiser, with longish fin keel and skeg hung rudder. The Rival 31, 32 and 34 are very similar, all being very well respected as seagoing cruisers. Many Rivals have made long ocean passages

Length OA

31' 10"

Sail Area

405 sq ft

Length WL

24' 6"




9' 8"




4' 8"




11,200 lbs

Engine type



4,400 lbs

Engine bhp

20 - 30

Keel type

Fin & skeg

Rival 32

The Rival 32 was designed by Peter Brett in around 1971, all the 200 hulls produced being moulded by  Marine Construction (Woolston) Ltd., many being fitted out by Southern Boatbuilding.

The design was a longer counter sterned development of the 1967 designed Rival 31, and later evolved into the better-known Rival 34 - although actually more Rival 32s than 34s were built.

In around 1977 the range expanded to include the Rival 38 and 38A, and the 41 and 41A, the A indicating versons with an aft cabin under the cockpit. In 1980 the Rival 36 was also added to the range. Although earlier Rival hulls were moulded by Marcon, Southern Boatbuilding took over the work in 1979, when Marcon ceased trading.

The saloon has the trademark Rival "keyhole" bulkhead leading through from the galley and chart table to the saloon.  (This particular yacht has a rather mis-shapen 'keyhole', being fitted out to a very slightly non-standard layout)

Rival 32

The very traditional layout has the chart table to starboard, with a quarterberth aft of it, the end of the berth forming the chart table seat

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The saloon table drops to form a double berth to port, with a single convertible settee/pipe cot to starboard.  Forward is the heads compartment, with hanging locker opposite, and then the forecabin, with vee-berth convertible to a double.

Rival 32

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