Design Notes

  • Overall modern appearance including a beautiful square top mainsail
  • Smooth comfortable design throughout with large radius edges
  • Large comfortable cockpit with simple to sail deck layout
  • No winches!
  • Enclosed interior with access while sailing
  • Sail stowage below deck when not sailing
  • High freeboard for a dry ride
  • Flat stable aft planing hull sections
  • Fine bow entry for upwind performance
  • Carbon fiber 'M' rig setup for the ultimate in performance, simple to tune
  • Cool carbon spar with clear coat finish
  • Shroud tracks for no adjustment on turnbuckles while sailing
  • Above boom vang system
  • Custom aluminum boom extrusion with no tunnel
  • Carbon bowsprit with 'one pull' tack line-pole out system and under deck concealed housing trough with water drainage out back of cockpit
  • Super-sleek carbon foils
  • Retractable high aspect keel with weed cutter
  • High aspect rudder system
  • Roller furling zipper luff jib with battens
  • Jib halyard lock at sheave box at head of jib with zipper luff jib for easy sail removal and hoisting
  • New high tech Harken below deck furling systemfor clean new look and no water in interior
  • Permanent forestay
  • Mast head asymmetrical spinnaker
  • Mainsail halyard lock at mast head
  • Custom trailing package that is easy to tow behind any vehicle
  • Easy to rig, launch and retrieve from a boat ramp
  • Easy to launch from a hoist with a single point lift
  • No mainsail traveler
  • No backstay
  • Legs in with no hiking
  • Anti-hiking backsider pads for greater comfort and safety with black powder coated support stanchions
  • Large foot rests on cockpit floor
  • Motor well in deck for motor stowage and easy access
  • Emphasis on youth and female participation
  • No crew weight rule
  • Open to all sailmakers
  • Easy to ship — two boats in a container on trailers, or four boats in a container stacked
  • Race ready from the factory — just add water approach — the Melges Way!
  • No fairing — a strict one design!
  • Worldwide brand strength and fleet building history = strong resale values
  • Category 1 Owner/Driver class
  • Aramid sail allowance for added performance and longevity
  • Annual sail purchase limitations
  • Fully vinylestor resin infused sandwich laminate with core-cell core, insuring a lightweight, strong, high-quality laminate with incredible consistency of weight
  • Fully CE certified trailer for worldwide access including mast stand and mast hold down
  • 500-600 lbs (225-272 kg) recommended crew weight range

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