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Rival 38 Centre Cockpit

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Boat REF# 171402
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 11.46m (37'7")
Year 1977
Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Berths 6
Engine 1 x Diesel 45hp, Perkins 4108 (unknown year)
Lying Medway kent


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Extra Details

Designer Peter Brett
Builder Southern Boatbuilding
Lying Medway kent
Fuel capacity 409.1 ltr (90.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 409.1 ltr (90.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Last survey 23/10/2007


Engine 1 x Diesel 45hp
Engine make and model Perkins 4108 (unknown year)
Engine Hours Not Recorded
Engine Cooled Direct
Steering Wheel
Drive saildrive
Prop(s) Fixed 3 blade
Fuel consumption (approx) Not Recorded
Cruising speed (approx) 5 knots
Max speed (approx) 8 knots


LOA 11.46m (37'7")
LWL 8.99m (29'6")
Beam 3.43m (11'3")
Draft Min 1.63m (5'4")
Draft Max 1.63m (5'4")
Displacement 7,799kg (17,196.0lbs)
Headroom 1.80m (5'11")
Storage Ashore


10% discount on rigging

Cutter rigged Aluminium spars (unknown year) with stainless steel standing rigging (unknown year)


Discounts available from our Preferred Partners
Mainsail Hyde - Inmast (unknown year)
Headsail Hyde - Furling (2003)
Other sails Roller stay sail by Hyde (2003)
Heavy storm Gib with removable inner Stay (unknown year)

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 5 batteries charged by: engine, wind generator


Discounts available from our Preferred Partners
Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Finish Gelcoat finish

There are two models of the Rival 38 - the 38A with an aft cockpit, and the quite rare 38CK with centre cockpit and a raised coachroof section aft of the cockpit.

Rival sailing boats were designed and built as offshore cruisers. 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.
The Rival 38 has a fin and skeg hull which provides a blend of good performance, handling, sea-keeping qualities and benefit of dry out safely on a reasonably long keel base.

Approximately 63 Rival 38s were built and many have ventured all around the world. This particular Rival 38 CK has been cruised extensively by her current owners. They are reknown to be very sturdy. Although this vessel could do some tlc - she still appears to have many more years in her.


Total # of berths 6
No. of double berths 1
No. of single berths 4
Cabin(s) 3
Handbasin 2
Shower 1
Heads 2 heads (Sea Toilet)
Cooker tick
Grill tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Icebox tick
Fridge tick
Curtains tick
Cabin heating tick
Manual water system tick
Pressurised water system tick
Hot water system tick
Fresh water wash tick

The interior benefits from an aft-cabin, decent sized galley, comfortable saloon which also provides additional berths. practical nav station, and a forward cabin. This particular Rival 38 has a half keyhole style interior- this maybe due to a particularly tall owner at one time - but the real reason is not known by the current owner.

2 burner gas cooker

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
Speed tick
Log tick
Radar tick
VHF tick
VHF DSC radio tick
SSB tick
GPS tick
Chart plotter tick
Autopilot tick
Navtex tick
Stereo tick
Clock tick
Barometer tick
Navigation lights tick
AIS Receiver tick
Echo sounder tick
Radar Reflector tick

Active Radar Reflector

Deck Gear

Sprayhood tick
Spray dodgers tick
Cockpit cover tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick
Swim Ladder tick
Instrument Covers tick
Cockpit Enclosure tick

2 halyard winches
2 sheet winches
windlass (with remote control)
3 anchors
(CQR, Danforth,Fortress Kedge)
50.00m (164'1") of chain
Aries Serviced 2003 windvane self-steering system
Plastimo dinghy (2008)
2.5hp outboard, Yanmha (2011)

Safety Equipment

10% Discount on courses
LPG Detector tick
Liferaft tick
Danbuoy tick
Boarding ladder tick
Emergency steering tick

3 bilge pumps (2 manual / 1 Electric)

Broker's Comments

These boat details are subject to contract.
I am a fan of the Rival sailing boats and have spent many a season on board a Rival 32 - sailing to the Channel Isles and beyond with my children on board when they were very young. I was never worried about the vessels sea-keeping qualities and always found the Rival to be a delight to handle. This Rival 38 has a very good inventory for potential Blue-Water sailors and will appeal to those of you who are capable of carrying out some upgrades regarding the rigg and a degree of tlc. However I do think that she has many years ahead of her and on that basis is a cost effective way of making a blue water cruise dream come true.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Rival 38 Centre Cockpit has been personally photographed and viewed by Suzzanne McDonald of Boatshed Medway. Click here for contact details.
Disclaimer The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not and shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Boatshed, who act as agents for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars and, where considered appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out structural and/or mechanical and/or electrical surveys and inspections in order to assess the actual condition of the vessel before purchase.

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