Melges 32

The Melges 32 succeeds to Melges 30; she is in the direct lineage of the Melges 24. We find all the ingredients of performance: carbon spars and appendages, textile rigging, large asymmetrical spinnaker on bowsprit and low displacement. Narrow she requires quickly crew hiking even downwind where the angles are close enough to plane. The design is quite simple but the Melges 32 is highly and easily tunable, in particular thanks to the Mast-Jack.

Competing with the Mumm 30, she is more efficient and has a racing circuit developed. So, she quickly convinced racers and became ISAF one-design by the end of 2008.

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Main Features

ModelMelges 32
Sailboat typeOne-design
DesignerJohn Reichel
Jim Pugh
Building years (first/last)2005 / Still in production
Number built> 200
PredecessorMelges 30
CE regulationA-X
ConstructionSandwich PVC/fiberglass/epoxy
Ballast typeCarbon fiber fin with lead bulb
Rudder bladeSingle under hull rudder
RudderSingle tiller
Main dimensions
Hull length31.8 ft
Waterline length29.8 ft
Beam over all9.8 ft
Draft7.0 ft
Light displacement3774 lbs
Ballast1709 lbs

Rig and sails

Rig typeFractional Sloop (7/8)
MastKeel stepped mast
Rig materialMast and boom in Carbon fiber
Standing rigging materialPBO, forestay in Dyform
Number of rows of spreader2
Spreader anglePushing
Spinnaker typeAssymmetrical spinnaker on bowsprit
Upwind sailarea699 ft²
Downwind sailarea1747 ft²
Mainsail area445 ft²
Genoa area254 ft²
Spinnaker area1302 ft²
Code Zero area774 ft²

PMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)

44.1 ft

EMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)

15.5 ft

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

40.8 ft

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

10.8 ft

LLGenoa hoist measurement (from tack to head)

41.2 ft

LPGenoa perpendicular measurement from clew to luff.

11.6 ft


Ballast ratio45.3 %
Upwind sailarea / displacement408.1 ft²/Ton
Downwind sailarea / displacement1020.4 ft²/Ton
HN (French rating)36.5

Auxiliary engine

Engine power1 x 10 hp
Fuel typeGas
Transmission typeOutboard


Number of berth (max./min.)4 / 2

Based on specification2014

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