Ri­val 36

PRICE £35-£45,000 YEAR 1980-1997

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Not un­like the Ni­chol­son 35 in both hull lines and rep­u­ta­tion, the Ri­val 36 is a tough, solid yacht de­signed for pas­sage­mak­ing in vir­tu­ally all weath­ers and sea con­di­tions. The 36 slot­ted be­tween the slightly cramped 34 and the larger 38 ketch, with 78 in to­tal be­ing launched. Pos­si­bly a squeeze on such a tight bud­get, but you get a lot more space in the R36 than the older R34, and there’s a good chance you could find one that’s al­ready equipped for blue­wa­ter cruis­ing.

She was of­fered as a mast­head sloop or with a cut­ter rig op­tion. Keel choice was be­tween a deep lead-bal­lasted fin, a shal­lower Scheel keel or a cen­tre­board (R36C). Un­der sail she’s pre­dictable and eas­ily han­dled, al­though like her pre­de­ces­sors, she’s not the fastest boat around. As with most heavy dis­place­ment cruis­ers, she’s de­signed more to get you safely across oceans than to race around the cans.

Wheel or tiller-steered, she has a large, deep cock­pit with high coam­ings and ex­cel­lent stowage for deck gear. Ac­cess along the wide side decks is good, as­sisted by high teak-capped gun­wales and long handrails on the coachroof, and the fore­deck big enough for han­dling the head­sails and ground tackle, which can be se­curely stowed in the large, deep an­chor locker when sail­ing.

Be­low decks, she is warm and woody and re­tains the trade­mark Ri­val ‘key­hole’ bulk­head sep­a­rat­ing the su­perbly de­signed and well-ap­pointed gal­ley and nav­i­ga­tion ar­eas from the sa­loon. The twin-leaf sa­loon ta­ble has fid­dles and can seat six for a meal, while the set­tees are straight and make com­fort­able 1.91m-long sea berths with lee cloths. Most had a pipe cot above as well. Max­i­mum head­room is 1.91m/6ft 3in and stowage is good, thanks in part to the wa­ter­tank be­ing above the keel.

With no dou­ble cabin aft and only a quar­ter­berth, the fore­cabin pro­vides a com­fort­able vee berth with am­ple floorspace to dress, plenty of lock­ers to stow your cloth­ing and even a dress­ing ta­ble. The heads/shower com­part­ment is also roomy, and Jack and Jill doors of­fer ac­cess from both sa­loon and fore­cabin.

A heavy dis­place­ment boat, the Ri­val 36 is ca­pa­ble but not sporty

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