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The Melges 15 is an extremely exciting double hander for us here at West Coast Sailing. She truly is a crossover between the young and old, skilled and beginner. The hull shape, sail area, and rigging are optimized for multi-generational and mixed-gender crews whether they're learning to sail or racing. The 3:1 mainsheet and 2:1 jib sheets keep the sheet loads comfortable, the GNAV style boom vang keeps the cockpit roomy, and the spinnaker system doesn't get any simpler for ease of use to go flying downwind.
If you are looking for a fun new boat that is simple to rig and easy to sail, yet still gets top-level performance and fun, the M15 is perfect for you. For beginners, it will take some time to grow into the full potential of this boat, but it is simple and forgiving enough to let you approach it early and grow with it over time. With a rapidly growing fleet in North America, experienced racers will enjoy some fun and fast one-design fleet racing with series popping up all over the country.
According to the team at Melges, the stable hull shape and ergonomic cockpit make it a suitable layout for adult racing and educational sailing. Easy conversion from a club configuration (non-spinnaker) to a one-design setup, provides more versatility to club programs and options for individual owners. With the main design goals focused on stability and performance in a variety of conditions, the boat features a narrow overall beam and a flat cross-section shape for stability, righting moment, and ease of planing. For a more forgiving feel upwind and to navigate larger sea states, the Melges 15 has just the right amount of fore and aft rocker. Melges conducted extensive research and product testing to produce this layout factoring in cockpit depth, backbone height, and floor plan. The result is a comfortable environment for both the skipper and crew. The deeper cockpit takes the load off the sailor’s knees helping them feel locked into the boat while the high boom and gnav vang system work together to make the boat easier to maneuver. The asymmetric spinnaker offers an additional performance element while the single-pull launch and retrieval system makes handling the sail easy and fast. The Melges 15 is built to be sailed by everyone from friends and couples to families and kids. The design offers performance, comfort, and stability in one sleek package.
Ergonomic Cockpit – The Melges 15 features an ergonomic platform and a broader weight range for competitive racing. Melges conducted extensive research and product testing to produce this layout factoring in cockpit depth, backbone height, and floor plan. The result is a comfortable environment for both the skipper and crew. The deeper cockpit takes the load off the sailor’s knees and helps them feel more locked into the boat. Creating a boat that adults can feel comfortable while sailing was a key design factor in the hull and cockpit design of the Melges 15.
Performance & Stability – With the main design goals focused on stability and performance in a variety of conditions, the Melges 15 features a narrow overall beam and a flat cross-section shape for stability, righting moment, and ease of planing. For a more forgiving feel upwind and to navigate larger sea states, the Melges 15 has just the right amount of fore and aft rocker.
Single-Pull Spinnaker System – The asymmetric spinnaker offers an additional performance element while the single-pull launch and retrieval system makes handling the sail easy and fast. One line pulls the halyard up, bowsprit out, and tack line out. To take the kite down, simply release the pull-up line and pull the douser line to take the kite back down again. The kite douses into a bag located in the front of the cockpit.
Cockpit Layout – Every aspect of the deck hardware has been designed for simplicity and ease of use. With blocks and cleats situated in easy-to-grab locations making it easier on the skipper and crew to maneuver the boat.
Gnav Vang – The Gnav vang system gives the crew substantially more space to maneuver in the cockpit.
Tapered Aluminum Mast – The Melges 15 mast features a tapered mast tip allowing for maximum depowering when the breeze is up. The stiffer bottom of the mast combined with the softer mast tip allows the M15 to be sailed competitively by a wider range of weights in both light and heavy air.
Aluminum Foils – Aluminum foils maximize performance and durability in one package. Consistent foil shape helps ensure fair racing across the class while being extremely durable.
Flip-up Rudder – Never has been getting your rudder up been so easy. No need to get wet, no lines to pull, just pop the tiller up and pull it forward, this action pulls the rudder into its flipped up position.
Club Sailing or Racing – Transitioning from a non-spinnaker to a spinnaker platform is quick and easy. Set the bowsprit and spin back in the boat and you are ready to go. This is a great feature for clubs who want to teach during the day and race at night.
Closed Transom – Comfort and safety were at the forefront of this design. Closing the transom of the Melges 15 has eliminated the need for a false floor, allowing for a deeper more comfortable cockpit. Any water that enters the easily drains out of the scupper holes in the transom and the bailors in the cockpit.
Specifications - Length: 15 ft // 4.572 m. Beam: 5 ft 6 in // 1.675 m. Crew: 2. Mainsail Area: 93.6 sq ft // 8.7 m2 . Jib Area: 39.8 sq ft // 3.7 m2. Spinnaker Area: 156 sq ft // 14.5 m2.
The Melges 15 is a good option for beginners with its stable platform even in heavy air and waves. The boat is also very comfortable featuring a deep, ergonomic cockpit with a gnav vang offering more space to move under the boom. The systems on the boat were designed to be straightforward while also featuring the excitement and speed of an asymmetric spinnaker.
That would depend on the specifics of your use area. If you have access to a car ramp or hoist, you may just need a trailer. If you primarily hand launch via beach or boat ramp, a dolly is a very good option to have.
Yes! Experienced sailors can single-hand the boat and even use the spinnaker. Be aware the the primary design was for double-handed sailing.
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