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Melges 32

The Melges 32 is a 31’10” monohull sailboat designed by John Reichel and Jim Pugh. She was built by Melges (United States) and made of sandwich PVC / fiberglass / epoxy. The production started in 2005 with 0 hulls completed.

The Melges 32 belongs to the ISAF class.

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Melges 32's   Main Features
Model Melges 32
Type of hull Monohull
Category One design
Cockpit Open aft cockpit
Shipyard
Designer John Reichel
Jim Pugh
Class ISAF
Construction Hull and deck:
sandwich PVC / fiberglass / epoxy
First built hull 2005
Last built hull Still in production
Number of hulls built 0
Appendages Keel (lifting) :
Fin with bulb, lifting
Helm 1 tiller
Rudder 1 spade rudder
Unsinkable No
Trailerable Yes
EC certification A
Standard public price ex. VAT (indicative only) About
174 000
(2016)
Melges 32's   Main dimensions
Hull length 31’ 10”
Waterline length 29’ 10”
Beam (width) 9’ 10”
Draft 7’
Light displacement 3774 lbs
Ballast weight 1709 lbs
Ballast type Carbon fiber fin with lead bulb
Melges 32's   Rig and sails
Upwind sail area 699 sq.ft
Downwind sail area 1747 sq.ft
Mainsail area 445 sq.ft
Genoa area 254 sq.ft
Asymetric spinnaker area 1302 sq.ft
Code 0 area 774 sq.ft
Rigging type Sloop Marconi 7/8
Rotating spars No
Mast position Keel stepped mast
Spars Mast and boom in Carbon fiber
Standing rigging PBO, forestay in Dyform discontinuous
Number of levels of spreaders 2
Spreaders angle Swept-back
IiFore triangle height (from mast foot to fore stay attachment) 40’ 10”
JiFore triangle base (from mast foot to bottom of forestay) 10’ 10”
PiMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head) 44’ 1”
EiMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew) 15’ 6”
Melges 32's   Performances
Crew > 5, < 629kg
HN (French rating) 36.5
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.
45.35
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.
113.41
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.
65
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.
45 %
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.
7.32 knots
Melges 32's   Auxiliary engine
Engine(s) 1
Engine type Outboard engine
Engine 10 HP
Fuel type Gas
Melges 32's   Accommodation
Berth(s) (min/max) 2 / 4

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