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1979 Rival 32

Burnham-on-Crouch, United Kingdom


The Rival 32 is considered to be a modern classic and one of the finest all-round cruising yachts of their time, offering similar long-distance capability to the Nicholson 32 but with a fin and skeg-hung rudder more akin to a Contessa 32 for easier marina handling and improved performance. 'Mannanan' has an impressive inventory ideal for serious cruising. Highlights include new standing rigging and furling system in 2021, a modern freshwater-cooled engine, Monitor windvane self-steering, solar panels, diesel heating, and even a dinghy and outboard! 

Viewing by appointment only via our Essex office (01621) 785600

Basic Boat Info

Boat Name: Mannanan
Make: Rival
Model: 32
Year: 1979
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Builder: Marcon Ltd
Designer: Peter Brett
Construction: Fiberglass
Keel Type: Fin Keel


Length: 32 ft
Length Overall: 31'10 ft
Waterline Length: 24'6 ft
Beam: 9'8 ft
Max Draft: 4'8 ft
Displacement: 5,284 kg
Ballast: 2,000 kg

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Sole
  • Rope Cutter: true
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 27hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Bronze
  • Year: 2011
  • Engine Hours: 680
  • Engine Location: Center
Cruising Speed: 5.5 kn
Maximum Speed: 6.5 kn


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 90 L
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 90 L



Essex - Clarke & Carter
Burnham Yacht Harbour Foundry Lane
Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, GB, CM0 8BL
Tel:+44 (0)1621 785600


The Rival 32 accommodation offers up to six berths in two cabins with approximately 6' max. headroom.

FORECABIN:  Fitted with a V berth with infill to form a double with stowage beneath, storage shelves, and an opening hatch to the foredeck.

HEADS: Full-width heads compartment with marine toilet and fold-down washbasin to port, and a large hanging locker to starboard.

SALOON:  Fitted with a U-shaped settee with dining table (which drops to convert to a double berth) to port, settee berth to starboard, and ample storage in a range of lockers and cupboards. 

GALLEY:  Aft to port is an L-shaped galley equipped with an Aqua Chef stainless steel two burner gas cooker with grill, sink, and good storage.

CHART TABLE:  Aft to starboard over a quarter berth, equipped with a range of navigational instrumentation, and useful storage areas. 

GENERAL EQUIPMENT: Diesel-fired warm air cabin heater with dedicated fuel tank. Tan upholstery with cream leatherette headlining and blue curtains throughout.

Mechanical Systems

Located abaft companionway, Sole three-cylinder 27hp diesel engine (new 2011). Fresh water cooled via heat exchanger. Single lever engine controls with electric start. Stainless steel 90L fuel tank. Shaft drive (stern gland repacked and stern tube re-bedded 2021) with Ambassador rope cutter (requires servicing and new strike plate) to a three-bladed fixed propeller.

The engine appears to be in good cosmetic condition, was last serviced in January 2023, and has run for 679.7hrs from new equating to optimal average usage of around 60hrs per season. 

Electrical Systems

2 x 12v 80ah Batteries (both new 2022) charged via the engine alternator. Shorepower system with battery charger. Victron battery management system. 2000w Inverter (new 2023). 2 x Solar panels. Electrical distribution panel and battery switch. Full cabin lighting.

Sails & Spars

Masthead bermudan sloop. Anodised aluminium deck stepped single spreader mast and boom. Spinnaker pole. Stainless steel standing rigging (new 2021). Inner forestay (new 2021). Plastimo headsail furling system (new 2021). Terylene running rigging (replaced when required). Most lines led aft via jammers. Gibb 16 self-tailing halyard winch at companionway. 2 x Gibb Sheetmaster sheet winches. 2 x Gibb ancillary winches. 

  • Mainsail, furling Genoa, storm jib, and spinnaker
Deck Equipment
  • Spade self-setting anchor with chain and warp
  • Lofrans manual anchor windlass
  • Stainless steel pulpit, pushpit, stanchions, and guardwires
  • Teak coachroof grabrails
  • Sprayhood, bimini, mainsail cover, and cockpit dodgers
  • Outboard bracket
  • Removable cockpit cushions
  • Various warps and fenders
Navigation Equipment
  • Bulkhead mounted compass
  • Standard Horizon Eclipse DSC VHF radio (new 2023)
  • Standard Horizon handheld VHF radio
  • NASA Clipper depth sounder
  • NASA Clipper wind instrument
  • Lowrance Hook 4 GPS chart plotter
  • Raymarine ST1000+ tillerpilot in a protective cover
  • McMurdo Smartfind M10W Class B AIS transponder with wifi
  • Comar AST200 VHF antenna splitter
  • Monitor wind vane self-steering system
  • Sony stereo system with speakers
  • LED masthead navigation lights (new 2021)
  • Decklevel navigation lights
Safety Equipment
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fire blanket
  • Horseshoe lifebuoy
  • MOB recovery system
  • Jackstays
  • Cockpit harness points
  • Way Point four-person coastal liferaft in valise (requires servicing)
Additional Equipment
  • Takamex inflatable dinghy (new 2023) with Suzuki 2.5hp 4-stroke outboard engine

Rival 32 designed by Peter Brett, moulded by Marcon Marine Construction in 1976 and finished to her first owner's specification, first commissioned 1979. White GRP hull, superstructure, and light grey decks with moulded non-slip surfaces. Long fin keel with encapsulated ballast. Tiller steering to skeg hung rudder. Self-draining aft cockpit with teak grating.

In March 2021 various works were professionally undertaken including checking and replacing where necessary seacocks and skin fittings and repacking the stern gland.


The company normally acts as brokers for the vendor who unless otherwise stated is not selling in the course of a business. Whilst every care has been taken in the preparation of these particulars the correctness is not guaranteed and they are intended as a guide only and do not constitute a part of any contract. A prospective buyer is strongly advised to check these particulars and where appropriate and at his own expense to employ a qualified marine surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability on our part.

General note on safety equipment: Any safety equipment such as liferaft, fire extinguishers and flares etc., are usually personal to the current owner(s) and if being left on board as part of the sale of a used vessel, may require routine servicing, replacement, or changing to meet a new owner’s specific needs.