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|LOA||16 ft 7.75 in (5.0737 m)|
|Beam||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Draft||3 ft 11.5 in (1.207 m)|
|Hull weight||300 lb (140 kg)|
|Mainsail area||154 sq ft (14.3 m2)|
|Jib / Genoa area||66 sq ft (6.1 m2)|
|Spinnaker area||280 sq ft (26 m2)|
The Melges17 was first launched in January 2004 by Melges Performance Sailing. The 16 ft 7.75 in (5.1 m) boat consists of a main with a large roach, a roller furling jib and an asymmetrical spinnaker.
The Melges17 is similar in design to the M-16 and it is thought that it is in fact, a modern M-16. The project began in 2002, when Melges became the Vanguard Dealer for Wisconsin. At this time, Vanguard was pushing their new boat, the Vanguard Vector. Melges had a Vector at their location on the shores of Lake Geneva, to try to promote the boat. Within a few months, an M-16 appeared next to the Vector with Vector rigging. The M-16 was complete with a carbon fiber mast and asymmetrical spinnaker. Two years later, the Melges17 came to market.
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