Melges 24

From SpottingWorld, the Hub for the SpottingWorld network...
Specifications Under Current Rules
Number of crew 2-5
LOA 7000 mm 24 ft
Beam 2500 mm 8 ft 2 in
Draft 5 ft
Hull weight (with fittings) 1783lbs
Sail Area of total of Main 264ft²
Sail Area of total of Jib 126ft²
Sail Area of total of Spinnaker 670ft²

The Melges 24 is a one-design class of sailboat commonly used for racing. The boat is notable for its ability to plane over the water downwind in modest winds, and for its combination of a simple design that is highly tunable.[citation needed]

The Melges 24 is the most popular design[citation needed] produced by Melges Performance Sailboats, a United States company founded by Harry Melges, son of former Olympic sailor Buddy Melges. The boat was designed in 1992 by the Reichel/Pugh design team, and went into production in 1993. Of the nearly eight hundred Melges 24s that have been produced, approximately half were sold in North America with the remainder in Europe, and with fleets in Japan as well.[citation needed]. Fleets Are Now Growing in the Asia Pacific With Northshore Yachts taking the role of building boats for the Australasian Countries. They have built 9 so far with a growing fleet of around 10 Melges 24 in Australia. Hope to grow to 30 by 2012

The boat is 24 feet (7 m) long and 8.2 feet (2.5 m) wide at the beam. It carries around 1000 square feet (93 m²) of sail area, main, jib and spinnaker combined. Upwind, it has a mainsail and 100% jib. Downwind, it has a large 670 square foot (62 m²) asymmetrical spinnaker that flies from a retractable bowsprit.

The boat's hull is made from lightweight fiberglass. The mast, rudder, bowsprit, and keel fin are made from carbon fiber for light weight. The hull is generally flat on the bottom, making it plane easily. The 630 pound (286 kg) keel bulb can retract up to the hull bottom to make it easier to put on a trailer.

The boat is generally raced with a crew of four or five. Because the boat sails faster with a heavier crew, class rules for racing limit crew weight to 793 pounds (360 kg) total. Unlike most spinnaker-rigged keelboats, the Melges 24 is designed so that no foredeck work is required to fly the spinnaker; it is launched, trimmed, and doused from the cockpit.

Reichel/Pugh also designed other modern Melges boats, including the Melges 17, Melges 32 and Melges 20.

Notes and references

External links

de:Melges 24 is:Melges 24