Melges 32 Sailboat Parts and Equipment at Mauri Pro Sailing
Melges 32 Sailboat Parts and Equipment470

Class Description

The Melges 32 is produced by Melges Performance Sailboats, a United States company founded by Harry Melges. It was designed by the Reichel/Pugh design team and went into production in 2005. The boat is 9.7m (31ft 10in) long and 3m (9ft 10in) wide at the beam. It carries around 93m² (1001ft²) of sail area, main, jib and asymmetrical spinnaker combined. Upwind, it has a mainsail and 105% jib. Downwind, it has a large 103-121m² (1,113-1,302ft²) 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 778kg (1700 pound) keel fin and 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 five or more. Because the boat sails faster with a heavier crew, class rules for racing limit crew weight to 629kg total. Strict one design class rules govern the Melges 32 amateur owner/driver requirements, professional crew limitations and crew weight maximum to limit the number of crew.

On the 21st of November 2008 the ISAF (international sailing federation) recognised the Melges 32 as an international class, having fleets in Europe, North America and Australia

Mainsheet System

Mainsheet System
The lightweight Carbo block mainsheet system features a 6:1 gross-tune with 18:1 fine-tune. Both the gross- and fine-tune sheets are led to swivel bases with cam cleats, allowing them to be worked from both sides of the boat by the skipper or trimmer.



Jib System

Jib System
Small Boat pinstop jib leads have a spring-loaded pinstop for quick, easy car adjustment to fit sheeting leads. Sheets are led to the leeward winch and are easily cross-sheeted to windward using the 75 mm Carbo Ratchamatic® cheek block.



Backstay System

Backstay System
A combination of 57 mm Black Magic® blocks and 40 mm Carbo blocks creates a powerful 16:1 backstay. The system is simple to rig and led to both sides of the cockpit so it’s easily adjusted from either rail.



Sheets and Control Lines
Backstay System
Head Foil and Furler
Jib System
Mainsheet System
Tiller Extensions
Traveler System

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