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Design No. 0104
Built for: Jack Rawlings
Builder: Sussex Shipbuilding Co. Shoreham, England
Date designed: 1949
Principal Design Data
L.O.A: 55’ 0” (16.76 m)
Datum: 43’ 0” (13.11 m)
Beam Max: 11’ 5½”( 3.49 m)
Draft: 8′ 8” ( 2.64 m)
Displacement tons: 16.35
T.M.: 23.90 tons
Ballast ratio: 48.8%
Sail Area: 1100 sq. ft
Rig: Bermudan cutter

The fourth and largest of Giles’ nine Myth of Malham type offshore racing yachts, at 55’ Gulvain was in 1949 the largest British offshore racing yacht to be built since the end of the Second World War. Her novelty aluminium hull, with full reverse sheer, reverse transom counter and sweeter bow overhang represented the logical development of the remarkable cluster which began in 1947 with Myth of Malham and culminated three years later with the diminutive Sopranino
She too was considered one of the most advanced experiments in yacht design and included many innovative developments in gear: Rod rigging, and the aluminium mast was extruded in three lengths and riveted together. Halyards were internal and another novel experiment was the use of tufnol (tough phenol – a synthetic resin bonded paper) . She was built in less than six months, launched just in time for the Dinard race, which she won easily, gaining the accolade of being without doubt one the fastest ocean racers to have been built. Much use was made of veneered plywood in her outfit however she had a teak laid deck and cast iron, rather than lead keel


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Individual Drawing Copies

Please download and print the drawings list for Gulvain, Individual plan copies cost $85.00 which includes standard airmail. Please contact us using the link for information on how to order.

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Study Notes

18 page A4 format colour booklet containing many small scale drawings and photographs as well as technical data and an abridged specifications of Gulvain and the Myth of Malham cluster

Model Plans

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Full set of Stock Building Plans

1046 General Arrangement Plan low res

A replica of the Gulvain can be constructed from the original 1949 drawings, or if preferred using strip plank construction for which full construction, rigging and outfit drawings will be provided.

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