Melges 20 Half Share

AU $15,000 Make an offer
20' 0" - 6.10m
Vessel Location
St Ives NSW Insurance
Hull Material

The Melges 20 is a manageable and fun-sized sports boat designed to encourage a wide range of sailors, including youth and family groups, to enjoy the thrill of fast sailing without the need for strenuous hiking. Built to a high standard, the boat has a very manageable sail plan and is very comfortable to sail whilst being very exciting to sail.

Designed by Reichel Pugh, the American company behind many successful racing yachts, the Melges 20 is the sibling to the popular Melges 24 which has the biggest one-design fleet internationally with more than 800 worldwide. Typically raced with a crew of between three and four, this high-performance sports boat is ideal for dinghy sailors wanting to move up a notch or yachters looking for a faster sailing experience. Towable by family cars, it comes on its own road trailer so is ideal for going to interstate regattas where it can compete with variety of craft or as a one design, thanks to the recent Sports Boat handicap system.
A new standalone boat comes with indicative pricing of AUD57,200. This half share is $15,000 and admittedly is the first boat to be brought out to Australia but you are getting a boat from a pedigreed design house with quality build throughout. I am meticulous about my boats and this is no exception. The strict one-design class ensures that spending on equipment is minimised - you can choose a sail maker to cut your jib, main and asymmetric, and that's about it. The boat comes with a fully services Honda outboard and Melges Standard bracket which mounts on the stern.
With the long cockpit, the boat can double up as a family day boat with storage in the hatch-sealed forepeak. A tent over the long boom can offer weather protection in the wide, open cockpit. The Melges 20 is specifically designed for easy road trailing, hoist or ramp launching. The boat has a retractable keel for trailing purposes, thus when the boat is on the trailer the deck is just chest high. The carbon fibre keel with lead bulb includes a kelp cutter on its shank and the light displacement fibreglass hull is relatively flat bottomed for fast planing.
The carbon fibre spars support the mainsail and furling non-overlapping jib. The deck-stepped mast has swept-back twin wire shrouds which slide on Harken cars, allowing quick adjustment, negating the need for a backstay. An above-boom vang is fitted which the mainsail zips around, and this proved easily adjustable from its mast-foot jammer and keeps the cockpit clear of the usual vang configurations. The mainsheet is near the carbon tiller that protrudes through the open transom where the small outboard bracket can be mounted. The cockpit also houses the engine and other safety gear in a large locker behind the keel, keeping weight right down in the hull.
A roller-furling jib and extendable carbon bowsprit complete the lightweight setup and with no winches. The M20 resembles a large dinghy and prodigious use of 2:1 blocks ensure that all sailors can handle the modest sheet loads. The asymmetrical spinnaker is designed for high-speed downwind sledding with crew leaning on back straps rather than hiking out. The kite hoists from a basket in the cockpit, with the tack line simultaneously pulling out the bow sprit as it deploys: a very simple system that works very well. The jib and mainsail come with locking halyards.
The lightweight GRP hull (520kg) has reasonably high topsides for crew comfort, has one chine running astern to give form stability when heeled and shows plenty of flare towards the transom. The flat-bottomed stern area means quick acceleration and the bow section carries its volume right forward to aid buoyancy when punching into chop.
Storage inside the forward hull section is voluminous with open bulkheads leading under the cockpit for sail stowage. The open transom ensures quick cockpit draining and strong fittings hold the carbon rudder. The uncluttered cockpit sole has longitudinal footrests and abrasive non-slip material for sure foot placement during sailing. The boat itself is enclosed so a capsize will not sink her. The water self-drains through the open stern of the cockpit.
The lead-bulb lifting keel sits on a custom-made seat when on the trailer, and slides down after launch using a jack that is supplied. The M20 is best dry stored and can be dropped in from the road trailer it comes with or by hoisting off the trailer by crane. A sturdy stainless ring attaches through the lifting keel, with the lead T-bulb taking the load against the underside of the hull. The deck-stepped mast isn't a drama to hoist. It is designed to make it quick and easy. The TackTicks wireless instruments on the mast combine with the hull transducer to give the full range of necessary data - heading, speed and wind angles.
The boat also comes with a hardstand trolley and is housed at Middle Harbour Yacht Club. The trolley allows the keel to be set in sailing mode removing the complication of dropping and lifting the keel when launching and retrieving the boat.
In 10 knots the M20 feels lively on the balanced helm. The padded backrests and GRP footrests makes for a comfortable steering position while the mainsheet is easily to hand, allowing both steering and trimming to be done simultaneously by the steerer or by the crew and steerer. The cockpit has enough room for four crew to tack and gybe without impediment. When the spinnaker goes up, the boat is great fun and easy to use.
$15,000 - Half Share
Racing Sails : Doyle Main, Spinnaker, light and heavy jibs. 1 Regatta and 3 club sprints usage.
Social Sails ; Norths Main, 3 Jibs, 2 Spinnakers - all well used.
Boat Covers: Top and bottom covers
Trailer - Road: Registered to Oct 19, new breaks and LED lights.
Trailer - Hardstand: New in 2016 (at Middle Harbour Yacht Club).
Running Rigging: Replaced 2016
Standing Rigging: Replaced with Dyform rigging 2016.
Motor: Honda 2hp - Serviced Nov 2016 and includes Melges standard bracket.
Various spares
Tactik Compass
Cat 7 Safety Gear

Length: 6.096m
Beam: 2.133m
Draft: 1.374m
Weight: 520kg
Recommended Crew Weight Range (225 - 272kg)
Sail Area
Main: 16 sqm
Jib: 8.2 sqm
Spinnaker: 40 sqm

AU $15,000 Make an offer       Insurance
20' 0" - 6.10m
Vessel Location
St Ives Nsw
New South Wales
Hull Material

Scott Lawson
City / Suburb
St Ives

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