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Melges 24

The Melges 24 is a 24’ multiple crew monohull sailboat designed by John Reichel and Jim Pugh. She was built by Melges (United States) and made of sandwich foam / fiberglass / polyester. The production started in 1993 with about 850 hulls completed.

The Melges 24 belongs to the ISAF class.

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Melges 24's   Main Features
Model Melges 24
Type of hull Monohull
Category One design sailboat
Shipyard
Designer John Reichel
Jim Pugh
Class ISAF
Construction Hull and deck:
sandwich foam / fiberglass / polyester
First built hull 1993
Last built hull Still in production
Number of hulls built About 850
Appendages Keel (lifting) :
Fin with bulb, lifting
Helm 1 tiller
Rudder 1 transom hung rudder
Cockpit Open aft cockpit
Unsinkable No
Trailerable Yes
Standard public price ex. VAT (indicative only) About
42 900
(2016)
Melges 24's   Main dimensions
Hull length 24’
Waterline length 22’
Beam (width) 8’ 2”
Draft 5’
Light displacement 1784 lbs
Ballast weight 650 lbs
Ballast type Lead
Melges 24's   Rig and sails
Upwind sail area 355 sq.ft
Downwind sail area 828 sq.ft
Mainsail area 226 sq.ft
Jib area 129 sq.ft
Asymetric spinnaker area 602 sq.ft
Rigging type Sloop Marconi 7/8
Rotating spars No
Mast position Deck stepped mast
Spars Mast in Carbon fiber and boom in Aluminum
Standing rigging 1x19 strand wire continuous
Number of levels of spreaders 1
Spreaders angle Swept-back
IiFore triangle height (from mast foot to fore stay attachment) 27’ 11”
JiFore triangle base (from mast foot to bottom of forestay) 7’ 11”
PiMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head) 28’ 11”
EiMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew) 12’ 6”
Melges 24's   Performances
Crew 4 – 5 (< 360kg)
HN (French rating) 27.0
Upwind sail area to displacementiThe ratio sail area to displacement is obtained by dividing the sail area by the boat's displaced volume to the power two-thirds.
The ratio sail area to displacement can be used to compare the relative sail plan of different sailboats no matter what their size. Upwind : under 18 the ratio indicates a cruise oriented sailboat with limited performances especially in light wind, while over 23 it indicates a fast sailboat.
38.01
Downwind sail area to displacementiThe ratio sail area to displacement is obtained by dividing the sail area by the boat's displaced volume to the power two-thirds.
The ratio sail area to displacement can be used to compare the relative sail plan of different sailboats no matter what their size. Upwind : under 18 the ratio indicates a cruise oriented sailboat with limited performances especially in light wind, while over 23 it indicates a fast sailboat.
88.57
Displacement-Length ratio (DLR)iThe Displacement Length ratio is a figure that points out the boat's weight compared to its waterline length. DLR is obtained by dividing the boat's displacement in tons by the cube of one one-hundredth of the waterline length (in feet).
The DLR can be used to compare the relative mass of different sailboats no matter what their length: a DLR less than 180 is indicative of a really light sailboat (race boat made for planning), while a DLR greater than 300 is indicative of a heavy cruising sailboat.
76
Ballast ratioiThe Ballast ratio is an indicator of the stability; it is obtained by dividing the boat's displacement by the weight of the ballast. Since the stability depends also of the hull shape and the position of the center of gravity, only boats with similar ballast arrangements and hull shape should be considered.
Higher the ballast ratio is, greater is the stability.
36 %
Hull speediAs a ship moves in the water, it creates standing waves that oppose its movement. This effect increases dramatically the resistance when the boat reaches a speed-length ratio (speed-length ratio is the ratio between the speed in knots and the square root of the waterline length in feet) of about 1.2 (corresponding to a Froude Number of 0.35) . This very sharp rise in resistance, between speed-length ratio of 1.2 to 1.5, is insurmountable for heavy sailboats and so becomes an apparent barrier. This leads to the concept of "hull speed".
The hull speed is obtained by multiplying the square root of the waterline length (in feet) by 1.34.
6.29 knots
Melges 24's   Auxiliary engine
Engine type Outboard engine

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