Murray mod Snow

Fuller bow than standard Murray, more veed aft sections, but still pretty flat. Very low rocker 2705 Flat Stanley. Flat Stanley was the 1980 World Champion.

From 1981 to 1984 there were no new Cherub designs, due to a package of rule change proposals under consideration. These were adopted by the UK Class Association (but not the Australian or New Zealand Associations). in 1984, and the following designs are all to these rules. The revised rules relaxed the mid-length chine restrictions slightly, and permit sailplan development The area of main and jib also increased slightly to 125 sq.ft.

Paterson 3

Radical interpretation of new-rules. Considerable rocker. Fully utilises new mid-length restrictions. U-sections throughout. Narrow chines at transom. Mast stepped well forward. 2623 Pxysyzygy.


Designed by the 12 metre and Int. 14 designer. Considerable rocker, U-Sections throughout. Full forward sections. Chines wide at transom but with considerable rise. Mast stepped well aft. Quick in light airs, but lacking top speed. 2624. Rebel did win a National Championships in light winds.

Sothcott 1

Moderate rocker, high freeboard, U-sections. Chines narrow at transom and with enormous chine rise. 2625 Heffalump (later modified with flatter transom).

Ellway 4

Moderate interpretation of new-rules design. Utilises reduction of chine beam but still relatively flat. U- Sections forward. Relatively wide and moderately flat transom. Moderate rocker. e.g. 2626.

Deeley 5

Low rocker, high freeboard, wide at gunwales. U- sections, fine entry, fully utilised new mid-length restrictions. Moderately narrow chine at transom. e.g. Last Amber Dragon 2627 The Deely 5 was intended to combine the bow sections of the worlds winning modified Murry with the stern sections of Bills earlier Mk 3. It was probably the quickest of the first generation of new rules designs, which used the rise of floor rule to the maximum, and so had much higher chines at mid length than were used on the later designs.

Robinson 4

Moderate new rules development of mk 3. Low rocker, U section bows, crew deck. 2628

Ellway 4a

Development of Mk 4, with more rocker aft, narrower chines at transom.

Paterson Mk 4

Full bows, moderate rocker, 6“ maximum rise of floor, minimum width chines, narrow flat transom. 2631

Deely Mk 6

A moderate development of the Deely Mark 5, which was fast but difficult to sail well, the MK 6 was probably never sailed to best advantage.


The first “Narrow Flat” design, the Fartpants was something of a step forward as the first UK design that really kept up with the ex worlds winner Flat Stanley in the majority of conditions.

Italian Bisto

A breakthrough in design, faster than anything before in almost all conditions. The first Bistro, Norwegian Blue, won several successive national Championships, numerous major UK handicap events, and was the top UK boat in the 1996 World Championship.

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