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Sailing the Rival 34

Just for the record, we’re closing the deal on our third sailboat this week– a 1973 Rival 34 that was built in Southampton. It’s a solid, off-shore capable boat that happens to be easy enough to daysail but sea-kindly enough to not scare our kids if a gale blows up (which is remarkably common on the English Channel and Solent).

Her name is Southern Rival (based on the name of her builder– Southern Boatyard, and the name of her design– Rival). Her decks are gray, as she was when new, because the color reduces glare from bright sunlight on long ocean passages. It’s relatively common for these boats to cross the Atlantic and some have circumnavigated.

We had an excellent test sail out of Brighton yesterday with the owner, and we’ll finalize the paperwork this week. If all goes well, we’ll be spending more time with the boat next weekend.

For pictures from the test sail, see

Southern Rival

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