Myth of Malham

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Design No. 0064

Built for: Commander. J. H. Illingworth
Builder: Hugh McLean & Sons, Gourock, Scotland
Date designed: 1947

Principal Design Data

L.O.A: 37’ 7¾”  (11.47 m)
Datum: 33’ 6”   (10.21 m)
Beam Max: 9’ 3″  (2.82 m)
Draft: 7′ 3”  (2.21 m)
Displacement tons: 7.85
T.M.: 11.5 tons
Ballast ratio: 50.4%
Sail Area: 626 sq. ft

Rig:  Bermudan Cutter


From its inception in 1925 and in the years prior to 1947 the chief criticism of The R.O.R.C. rating rule was that relative to the old classes of boats that carried large spreads of canvas it produced slow boats. Initially there were two classes: Class I and Class II with a handicap rule calculated to provide a more even playing field for boats of varying types and sizes. 1948 bought changes to the formula and the fleet was to be divided into three classes to give yachts that had not been designed or built as ocean racers the opportunity of competing with some chance of winning prizes. It was in Class II that a radical new phenomenon was to emerge.

John Illingworth telephoned Jack Giles towards the end of 1947 and Giles is quoted after that telephone conversation “John is back and wants a ‘flat-out’ for the Fastnet; minimum size, rather light displacement, no sheer or doghouse and very short overhangs”.

Myth of Malham was conceived with long overhangs however later in the design stages and to the disappointment of the designer Captain Illingworth insisted that Laurent Giles cut these off at the extremities of the waterline.


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Individual Drawing Copies

Please download and print the drawings list for Myth of Malham, 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

14 page A4 format colour booklet containing many small scale drawings and photographs as well as technical data and an abridged specifications of Myth of Malham.
Model Plans

Model Plans

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Full set of Stock Building Plans

Myth of Malham Sail Plan low res

A replica of Myth of Malham can be constructed from the original 1946 drawings, or if preferred using strip plank construction for which full construction, rigging and outfit drawings will be provided.

Poster & Art Prints

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