New Melges 20 make its debut at San Francisco
by Sail-World.com/uk - Erik Simonson on 10 Sep 2008
Melges 20 make their debut on San Francisco Bay Erik Simonson/ h2oshots.com ©
The new Melges 20 class made their debut on San Francisco Bay. The 20 joins the other highly successful Melges products the Melges 17, Melges 24 and Melges 32. Here in the UK it will be immediately compared with the Laser SB3 which has been the best selling small racing keelboat in the UK and is now spreading out to other markets.
Not only are they very similar in the numbers you could also get confused by the company names. The Melges 20 producion company is Melges Performance Sailboats and the Laser SB3 is from Performance Sailcraft, who have now joined with Vanguard Sailboats USA to become Laser Performance - still with us?
The first Melges 20 came out of the moulds in April and San Francisco is their first big public appearance - Erik Simonson of www.h2oshots.com was there to catch the action
Specification Melges 20 - - - - Laser SB3:
LENGTH: 20 ft | 6,096 m - - - -20.34 ft l 6.2 m
BEAM: 7 ft | 2,133 m - - - - 6.89 ft l 2.10 m
DRAFT: 4 ft 6 in | 1,374 m - - - - 4.92 ft l 1.5 m
WEIGHT: 1,102 lbs | 500 kg - - - - 1399 lbs l 635 kg
MAIN: 194 sq ft | 18 sqm - - - 194 sq ft l 18 sqm
JIB: 102 sq ft | 9.5 sqm - - - 100 sq ft l 9.3 sqm
ASYMMETRICAL SPINNAKER: 430 sq ft | 40 sqm - - - 495 sq ft l 46 sqm
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