Rivals are/were built as standard to Lloyds +100A1 spec (part of Rival Bowman Group now I think).
Pretty much designed for blue water liveaboard
from the top of the mast
down to the bottom of the keel
. Very solid, dependable boats.
I was thinking of getting one, as a friend had the 36, and it was a tremendous boat. It's one of those boats that if you have a thought as a liveaboard
, "Wouldn't it be nice if . . . ?" then you find the Rival already has it. But a few years back even old ones were way out of my reach (I really liked the 32, but my friend said just get the 36). Should add, this "Rival already has it" is down to basic darned good stuff to have fitted, not in respect to desirable but unnecessary 'bling' that some may hanker after.
I've always hankered after one.
Maybe one day.
eta: My friend's assessment of Rivals, was they are the sort of boat, when everyone else is rushing into harbour because of the weather forecast
, you don't even have to think about leaving harbour, you just go.
Perhaps that's the best compliment they can have.
Now I can't vouch for that capability personally (I've never been in that situation with one), but it is something I have heard echoed elsewhere over the years.