Melges 24

The Melges 24 is the successful one-design of Melges shipyard. Launched in 1992 she quickly founded her audience and was recognized as international class in 1997. This pocket rocket keelboat distinguishes herself from the competition of this time by technology: mast, bowsprit or even keel fin and rudder are made of carbon fiber. With limited weight and a generous sail area the Melges 24 thus is lively and very fast, especially downwind with the asymmetrical spinnaker which allows runs over 20kts.

The numerous class associations ensure strict one-design and organization of regular regattas, even twenty years after her launch.

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Main Features

Devoti Sailing
ModelMelges 24
Sailboat typeOne-design
Sport keelboat
DesignerJohn Reichel
Jim Pugh
Building years (first/last)1993 / Still in production
Number built≈850
ConstructionSandwich foam/fiberglass/polyester
Appendage typeFin retractable with bulb
Ballast typeLead
Rudder bladeSingle transom hung rudder
RudderSingle tiller
Main dimensions
Hull length24.0 ft
Waterline length22.0 ft
Beam over all8.2 ft
Draft5.0 ft
Light displacement1784 lbs
Ballast650 lbs

Rig and sails

Rig typeFractional Sloop (7/8)
Rig materialMast in Carbon fiber and boom in Aluminum
Number of rows of spreader1
Spreader anglePushing
Spinnaker typeAssymmetrical spinnaker on bowsprit
Upwind sailarea355 ft²
Downwind sailarea828 ft²
Mainsail area226 ft²
Jib area129 ft²
Spinnaker area602 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

28.9 ft

EMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)

12.5 ft

IFore triangle height (from mast foot to fore stay attachement)

27.9 ft

JFore triangle base (from mast foot to bottom of forestay)

7.9 ft

LLGenoa hoist measurement (from tack to head)

28.1 ft

LPGenoa perpendicular measurement from clew to luff.

9.2 ft


Ballast ratio36.5 %
Upwind sailarea / displacement439.1 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement1023.2 ft²/Ton
HN (French rating)27.0

Auxiliary engine

BrandNo engine
Transmission typeOutboard as option

Based on specification2015

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