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  • Manufacturer: Rival
  • Location: Chatham
  • Year: 1979
  • LOA: 37'6" (11.43m)
  • Beam: 12' 1'' (3.68m)
  • Berths: 7
  • Draft: 1.68
  • Keel: Long keel
  • ID no.: 38365
  • Cabins: 3
  • Heating: yes
  • Heads: 2
  • Showers: 2
  • Watertank Size: 341 Litres
  • Engine Make: Yanmar
  • Horsepower: 39hp
  • Drive Type: Shaft drive
  • Fuel Type: Diesel
  • Fuel Tank Size: 181 Litres
  • Engine Hours Port: 3100

Broker Remarks

1979 Rival 38A
ďIslay of LornĒ is a particularly fine example of this well-known cruising yacht. Clearly, she has been most carefully maintained since new as shown by the remarkable condition of the hull and deck gelcoat. The interior woodwork is a joy to behold. The interior layout is ideal for two couples with separate en-suite facilities fore and aft.


The Rival 38 offers 7 berths in 3 cabins. Below, there is full headroom throughout. The saloon has an extendable teak table, a double and a single settee berth, and two strong and comfortable roll-away pipe coats, which make excellent sea berths. Most berths are fitted with lee cloths. There are two dorade vents, and fans and LED lights throughout. There is a large navigation station to starboard, with full-sized chart table, ample chart storage, bookshelves, and instruments.

The practical galley is fitted with a 12v seawater cooled fridge and freezer, a stainless-steel gimballed Force 10 cooker with 2 burners, oven and grill, and a double sink with electric and manual water supply. Hot water is provided by a stainless steel calorifier, and there is a safety strap for rough weather.

The aft cabin has two roomy single berths, and the adjacent aft head is fitted with a Blakes Zenith sea toilet and a shower.

The forward head has an 12v electric Blakes Zenith sea toilet, a sink and a large hanging locker.

The forepeak is currently used as sail stowage and workshop. This could easily be used as a cabin with the addition of bunk cushions, with a considerable amount of stowage throughout. Heated throughout via an Eberspacher D2.

The deep, secure cockpit has a comfortable helming position and plenty of seating and locker space, with a roomy lazarette. There is a removable varnished teak cockpit table, a sunbrella sprayhood with Strataglass windows, and a removable bimini on a strong frame, which also supports two 130w solar panels.

Mechanical and Rigging

Sails and Spars

The Rival 38 is rigged as a masthead Bermudian sloop, anodised deck stepped mast and boom with spinnaker pole. Slab reefing with stackpack (North), furling headsail (Profurl NC42). Stainless steel standing rigging (2014)


5 x Sheet winches (2 x Lewmar 46, 2 x Lewmar 43, 1 x Lewmar 10 all self-tailing)

3 x Halyard winches (2 x Lewmar 16, 1 x Lewmar 16 all self-tailing)


1 x Mainsail (Quantum N.Z 2007 excellent condition last valeted 2018)

1 x Genoa (Lyttleton 2014 excellent condition last valeted 2018)

1 x Staysail (North Sails and year unknown, very good condition)

1 x Cruising chute (make and year unknown, very good condition)

1 x Spinnaker (make and year unknown, very good condition)

Mechanical Systems

The Rival is powered by a 3-cylinder 2009 Yanmar 3JH4E 39hp diesel engine (3100 hours), indirect cooling, the engine was overhauled in 2018, and new engine mounts and bearers fitted. Engine last serviced July 2021 by the owner. Shaft drive to 3 bladed feathering propellor (2019) with rope cutter. 181 litre stainless steel fuel tank. Cruising speed of approximately 6 knots. Drive shaft and R&D flexible coupling, cutlass bearing replaced 2015, last out of water maintenance July 2021.

Electrical Systems

3 x 12-volt AGM 100Ah domestic batteries, 1 x 12-volt AGM 100Ah engine battery. Charging from modified 80Ah engine alternator for Maxcharge Smart regulator. 2 x 130-watt solar panel, Sterling Pro-Charge 40-amp battery charger, shorepower socket, Dolphin all in one RCD unit, AC Master 300-watt inverter. 4 x 240-volt sockets, Xantrex LinkPro battery monitor.


Deck Equipment
  • Main anchor: 45lb Bruce, with 88m.of 8mm chain and further length of 3-strand warp spliced on. Managed by Lewmar Horizon H2 windlass, mounted in anchor well, with remote control.
  • Kedge/Stern anchor: Fortress FX28. Substantial length of 25mm three strand warp, with 3m of 8mm chain spliced on, stored in bag in lazarette.
  • Spare anchor 45lb CQR
  • Several anchor chain snubbers,
  • Anchor chum
  • Anchor buoy
  • Lifeline gates
  • Boom awning
  • Sprayhood
  • Bimini/cockpit canopy
  • Named cockpit dodgers
  • Boarding ladder
  • 6 x fenders
  • 8 x Mooring warps
  • Outboard motor bracket
  • Outboard motor hoist
  • 2 large ball fenders, 4 other fenders
  • 3.7kg propane cylinder in cockpit gas locker (space for up to 3 further cylinders)
  • Remote gas solenoid
  • 2x 20l diesel jerry cans
  • Solar shower
  • Wind scoop
  • Hosepipe
  • Shorepower cable and adapters
  • Numerous spares, including pumps, hoses, 12v.elecrical fittings, service kits, engine spares, shackles, rigging hardware, ropes etc.

Navigation Equipment
  • Compass (Rigel)
  • ICOM M-423 fixed VHF with cockpit speaker
  • ICOM M-35 Handheld VHF with charger
  • ICS Navtex (integrated with instruments)
  • EmTrak B100 Class B AIS transponder
  • Xetec cd/radio
  • Raymarine E95 Chartplotter, with Navionics charts for the UK & the Med.
  • Raymarine I50 depth
  • Raymarine I60 speed
  • Raymarine I60 wind
  • Raymarine HD digital radome
  • Autopilot (Raymarine ACU40 plus P70 controller)
  • Windvane self-steering Aries Circumnavigator
  • Navigation lights
  • Masthead light (LED)
  • Clock/Barometer

Safety Equipment
  • Horseshoe Lifebuoy
  • Galerider drogue
  • KIM MOB rescue sling
  • Throwing line
  • Lifting block & tackle
  • Emergency boarding ladder
  • EPIRB (will require registration and service)
  • Zodiac Racing 4-person liferaft in cannister on deck cradle (requires service)
  • Fire extinguishers 1 x 2kg, 2 x 1kg
  • Echomax Radar transponder on mast
  • Plenty of harness attachment points in cockpit, on deck and below
  • Emergency Tiller
  • 2 Webbing jackstays
  • 2 x Bilge pumps (manual & electric)
  • Radar reflector
  • Radar target enhancer Echomax

Owners Comments

'Islay of Lorn' is a fine example of the aft cabin version of the Rival 38. She returned to the UK in 2018 after an extended circumnavigation, during which she proved herself to be a comfortable live-aboard yacht, and a reliable and safe passage-maker in all conditions. She is very strongly built, with elegant and purposeful lines, and has an easy motion at sea with a light and responsive helm. The cockpit is deep and safe, with ample handholds and strong points for harnesses. She sails well under cruising chute or spinnaker in light airs and handles severe weather confidently under triple reefed main and reefed staysail, and when the going gets rough will heave-to securely. She is well set up for safe shorthanded sailing, with a powerful autopilot and a comprehensive integrated suite of modern electronic aides. She is equipped with an Aires 'Circumnavigator' windvane, the best version of the famous steering gear. She has proved equally at home charging down the Pacific NE Tradewinds, cruising the Mediterranean and motoring through French canals.

History and Construction

The Rival 38A designed by Peter Brett, built by Southern Boatbuilders of Southampton. White GRP hull (original gel coat) blue deck and coachroof with teak toe rail. Traditional full long encapsulated keel with skeg hung rudder and Whitlock Cobra wheel steering.


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