In 1993, the Melges 24 was officially introduced to the sailboat market.
With it's development and introduction, it set the standard in the high
performance, sportboat category. In just four years, the Melges 24 championed
market by holding its very first World Championship in Torquay, England
where 98 boats came to the line. Today the class has expanded to a point where
championship fleets regularly exceed 120 boats.
The Melges 24 is by far the most unique one design sportboat in the world
and to this day maintains a growing and vibrant class. There is no comparison.
The response and excitement generated by this America’s Cup inspired
boat is phenomenal.
Typically sailed with a crew of 4, the Melges 24’s comfortable, light-hull
displacement design prefers to plane. Its professionally engineered, high-tech
stance includes a carbon fibre spar, rudder, bowsprit and vertical keel fin.
Another key component of the M24 is a 670 sq ft asymmetrical spinnaker that
lifts and pulls the boat forward on a downwind sprint. It adds speed, simplicity
and ease of handling giving way to a more challenging tactical race.
This get-up-and-go sportboat package has the ability to facilitate trailering,
hoist and ramp launching. With a retractable keel designed specifically for
traveling, it fits behind any vehicle and hitch. The Melges 24 possesses an
easy to rig personality requiring only two sets of hands for a quick set-up.
Weighing in at a healthy 1,783 lbs. (360 kilos), it is lightweight and a pleasure
to haul from your local club to a World Championship.
To date, some 800 boats are sailed competitively around the world, with established
fleets across North America, Europe and Australasia and developing fleets
in South America and Asia.