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Rival 34




Southern Boatbuilding, Woolston, Southampton






34' 0"

Sail area

548 sq ft main and genoa

Brief details


24' 10"



The Rival 34 is one of the classic fin and skeg cruiser-racers from the 1970s and 80s, though geared more towards long-distance cruising than the contemporary Contessa 32. This 1979/80 deep keel example is a deep lead keel version built to Lloyds +100A1 in 1979, and is both in remarkably good condition for her age, and very well equipped including windvane and autopilot self-steering, good sails, radar and heating.


9' 8"


Saloon and forecabin


5' 10"




11,900 lbs


Bukh DV20 diesel


4,700 lbs



Keel type

Fin and skeg - deep lead keel option

Designed By Peter Brett in 1972, the Rival 34 was an extended version of the already very successful Rival 32, the Rival 34 having a a slightly deeper afterbody and longer overhangs to give steadiness in a seaway. There were two basic hull versions, one with a deep lead keel at 5ft 10ins, and a shallow iron keel at 4ft 8ins draft. 174 Rival 34s were built in all, though we are not certain when the last production boats were built, probably some time in the mid to late 1980s.

The designer's own boat, 'Wild Rival' won the OSTAR singlehanded transatlantic race in 1976, and many other Rivals have gone on to race and cruise long distances. The design has a distinctive sheerline, and the interior, although small in comparison with most modern 34-footers, is particularly well fitted out for serious seagoing. The boats are strongly built, and have become a favourite of long-distance sailors.


In around 1977 the Rival range expanded to include the Rival 38 and 38A, and the 41 and 41A, the A indicating versions 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 last Rival 34s were produced after Bowman took over production of the the Rival designs from Southern Boatbuilding and became Rival Bowman.

* Plan at left shows shallow fin keel version, this yacht for sale is a deep keel version


Rival 34 for sale

Yachtsnet photographs early 2014 before decks were cleaned and sealed:
there are also some later 2014 owners photos showing the deck after cleaning

Rival 34 for sale

It is rare now to see a Rival 34 with as good an interior condition as this yacht - one of the problems with yachts such as the Rivals, that are good boats to cope with serious weather, is that they often tend to get a very hard life.

The original design for the Rival 34 had pipe cot canvas seaberths under the side decks forward of the 'keyhole' bulkhead: this yacht appears to have been fitted out from new with lockers and bookshelves instead.

The heads compartment has a pull-out washbasin over the Lavac marine WC

Rival 34 for sale

The saloon table can lower and form a double berth with the fold-out seat extension

Rival 34 for sale

The cooker is a Wallas 96D diesel-fired hob and oven, meaning there is no gas system on board.

The Bukh DV20 engine has had new injectors fitted in 2013, along with a new Volvo drip-free stern gland.



Rival 34 for sale - deep keel version

The underwater hull was epoxy coated about ten years ago. The topsides gelcoat is in remarkably good condition for her age.


Rival 34 for sale

The sprayhood seen in these photos is the 'old' one, though perfectly serviceable.
There is a new unused sprayhood in the same material yet to be fitted.

She has a Rutland 503 wind generator fitted on the tall pole at the stern, and an Atoms servo-pendulum windvane self-steering ( under green cover) plus a Raymarine ST4000 electronic autopilot.

Equipment List:

Engine details

Bukh DV20 twin-cylinder diesel, new injectors 2013, shaft drive with Volvo shaft seal new 2013. Engine last serviced end 2014.

Fuel tank capacity

25 gallons


two bladed bronze


110AH engine start battery and 2 x 110AH services batteries (services batteries new 2012)

Battery charging/electrics

60 amp engine alternator, KISA mains battery charger (new 2014) and Rutland 503 wind generator. Mobitronic battery monitor.

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

Sloop rig, silver anodised alloy spars with S/S standing rigging believed 10-12 years old, rigger checked 2014 with minor alterations, removable inner forestay for storm jib.


Sanders Sails


Crusader Sails - new UV strip November 2014

Genoa furling



Cruising chute with sock

Storm jib

Hanks on to removable inner forestay

Other sails

3 x older hank-on headsails

Primary winches

2 x Lewmar 42 self-tailing

Secondary winches

2 x Lewmar 30

Bower anchor

25 lb CQR with 50 metres calibrated 8mm chain

Kedge anchors

Fortress with chain and warp

Anchor windlass

Simpson-Lawrence manual windlass




Atoms servo-pendulum windvane self-steering


Raymarine ST4000

Steering compass


Warps & fenders

6 warps and 6 fenders


New and old sprayhoods, cockpit table, fender board, dedicated winter cradle, some engine spares.

Navigation Equipment and instruments


Raymarine RLC70 monochrome LCD radar/chartplotter


Raymarine RLC70 monochrome LCD radar/chartplotter


Raymarine ST60

Depth sounder

Raymarine ST60


Raymarine ST60

VHF radio

Simrad RD68 with DSC

VHF radio (handheld)

handheld VHF with waterproof case


NASA Target Pro Plus


Oregon Scientific weather station, plus clock and barometer on bulkhead

Radio receiver


Safety/emergency equipment


McMurdo 406MHz


EV 4-man, requires service


2 x horseshoe with floating light and danbuoy



Bilge pump



Cabin layout

Forecabin and saloon

Cabin heating

Eberspacher D4 blown hot air diesel heating with timer/programmer control



Water tank capacity

35 gallons


Wallas diesel-fired hob and oven


Coolbox with Engels refrigeration



These particulars are believed to be correct but cannot be guaranteed and are subject to confirmation by the purchaser subject to still being available.

For further information or to arrange a viewing,

please contact Yachtsnet on 01326-212234


The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not a part of any contract or offer, and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be conducted via Yachtsnet Ltd., who are acting as brokers for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars, and where appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out surveys, structural and/or mechanical & electrical checks or tests

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