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Rival 38A


ashore West Sussex


Southern Boatbuilding






37' 7"

Sail area

747 sq ft

Brief details


29' 6"



The Rival 38A is one of the classic Rival range of long-distance cruisers. The 38 was built in two models, the more common 38A with an aft cockpit, and the quite rare 38CK with centre cockpit and a raised coachroof section aft of the cockpit. The Rival 38As share the "look" of the smaller Rivals, although with more length a gentler yet still distinctive sheer line is used. Whilst clearly looking like a Rival the 38A has enough space to allow a stern cabin to be fitted under a raised companionway. This particular yacht is definitely well-traveled she has circumnavigated twice, as well as making at least one Atlantic circuit. As such she is well set up for long-distance sailing.


11' 3"


saloon plus 2


5' 4"


max 8


17,196 lbs


Mercedes-Benz diesel


6,720 lbs



Keel type

Fin and skeg with encapsulated ballast


Southern Boatbuilding produced a series of yachts under the Rival name, all designed by Peter Brett. The first boats were the Rival 31, 32 and 34, these all being fin and skeg hulls with a striking sheer. The next Rival built was the larger Rival 41, and in 1977 the Rival 38 was launched to fill the gap between the 34 and 41.


The 38 was built in two models, the more common 38A with an aft cockpit, and the quite rare 38CK with centre cockpit and a raised coachroof section aft of the cockpit. The Rival 38As share the "look" of the smaller Rivals, although with more length and a gentler yet still distinctive sheer line is used. Whilst clearly looking like a Rival the 38A has enough space to allow a stern cabin to be fitted under a raised companionway.

All Rivals were always designed and built as serious offshore cruisers, and the designer Peter Brett's own Rival 34, Wild Rival won the 1976 OSTAR single handed transatlantic race in one of roughest OSTARs on record, with only 76 finishers from 126 entries.

At least 63 Rival 38s were built, mostly finished in the factory, though some hulls were also sold for home completion. This particular boat is believed to be factory finished, although she has a non-standard aft cabin layout. The standard layout has two single berths, one on each side, whilst this boat has a double to port, with the heads to starboard.

Ashore October 2020

Yachtsnet photographs October 2020

Ashore quarter

The brackets fitted to the hull at each top transom corner

are for deploying the Jordan series drogue on the inventory

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Forecabin berths

The forecabin has a small vanity basin to port. The forecabin berths are 6' 3" long "on the vee".

In the photo below, the black panel on the saloon bulkhead is a chalkboard for notes or messages

to crew. Saloon settee berths are 6' 0" long, with the option of fitting canvas pipe cots 6' 3" long

above each berth. Saloon headroom is approx 6' 1".

Saloon forward
Saloon aft
Fridge box top Fridge box front

The galley has a Corian-type worktop, and a very large fridge/icebox
with both a top-opening and front-opening access.


The aft cabin access is via the door by the galley, which leads into the heads compartment, with a second door leading into the aft cabin.

Below: The aft cabin has an opening hatch, seen here with blind down, which opens into the cockpit, and a double berth to port 76" x 45". Headroom in the aft cabin is 5' 11"

Aft cabin
Ashore port

The engine is a 42 hp Mercedes OM636 - which is a marinised version of the engine used in hundreds
of thousands of older German taxis and vans. They are simple all-mechanical engines with no electronics,
and generally very long-lived and reliable. A new prop was fitted in 2017.


The fin and skeg hullform of the Rival has a long enough keel to give steadiness at sea, whilst avoiding the lack of close-quarters manoeuvrability of a older type long keel hull. You might not choose a Rival for daysailing in good weather out of a marina berth, but for serious passagemaking few other designs have a pedigree to match the Rivals


AShore beam

In the early 2000s a previous owner made a four year circumnavigation in this yacht. The next owners used her for European cruising and also made a transatlantic circuit in her in 2007.

We sold this yacht to the present owners in 2013, at which time the hull was painted a lighter shade of blue. Between 2014 and 2016 the present owners made a two-year circumnavigation, via The Mediterranean, Caribbean, Panama and on to the Galapagos, Marquesas, Australia, Mauritius and South Africa, and returning to the UK via South America.

Under sail - photo 2015

The hull was repainted a darker blue in 2016.

Ashore 2020
Bow deytail

Yachtsnet photographs October 2020

An electric windlass
is fitted in the
anchor locker

Deck aft
 Cockpit and bridgedeck
Cockpit aft
Cockpit forward


Engine details

Mercedes OM636 42 hp 4-cylinder diesel, fresh water cooled

Fuel tank capacity

254 litres


Three bladed - new 2017


Separate battery banks for engine start and domestics

Battery charging/electrics

Engine alternator, solar panel and wind charger. Link 10 battery monitor. A 3.5 KW diesel generator is also fitted but is non-functional.

Sails and deck equipment

Rig details

Alloy spars with S/S standing rigging, rigging age mostly 2013 but new lower shrouds 2015


Hyde Sails 2013


Hyde Sails 2013

Genoa furling

Profurl 350 - new 2010


with pole and gear

Other sails

Asymmetric 'ghoster' on furler

Primary winches

2 x Lewmar 43

Secondary winches

2 x Lewmar 40

Other winches

2 x Harken 16 on mast, plus Lewmar reefing winch on boom

Bower anchor

45 lb CQR with 70 metres chain

Kedge anchors

Danforth with chain and warp

Anchor windlass

Lofrans Tigres electric windlass - new 2013




Raymarine Linear Drive Type 2 with P70 controller - new 2013


Aries windvane steering

Steering compass

Plastimo Offshore 105 on binnacle

Warps & fenders

5 warps and 6 fenders


Cockpit sprayhood, dodgers, bimini, cockpit cover, cockpit table

Navigation Equipment and instruments


Raymarine - new 2013


Raymarine E7 Hybridtouch colour plotter - new 2013


Raymarine ST60+

Depth sounder

Raymarine ST60+


Raymarine ST60

SSB radio

Icom M801E MF/HF transceiver with DSC

VHF radio

Raymarine Ray55E with DSC

VHF radio (handheld)


Radio receiver

Sony radio/cassette

Safety/emergency equipment


Jordan series drogue with mounting brackets fitted on trasom quarters


Crewsaver ISO Ocean 6-man canister, new 2014, serviced to mid-2020 only.


Horseshoe with floating light and danbuoy

MOB equipment

2 x PLBs and Lifesling

Radar reflector

Mast mounted

Bilge pumps



Gas detector


Cabin layout

Forecabin, saloon, heads and aft cabin

Cabin heating

Eberspacher blown hot air diesel heating


6 fixed berths plus option of two pipe cots

Water tank capacity

300 litres


Katadyn 80E 4 gallons per hour watermaker


Thetford Nelson two-burner, grill and oven


Larger top and front opening refrigerated coolbox


Jabsco with 25 litre holding tank





Sunsport 320 ARIB vee-hull inflatable with airdeck - new 2013


Mercury 4.5 hp - new 2014

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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