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Melges 20 Deck Layout

Small Boat Underdeck Furling

The drum is located beneath the deck, lowering tack height for maximized sail area. The single through-deck ball joint provides a low-profile, nearly watertight system that aligns the spool to the headstay. The ball bearing hoistable halyard swivel (optional) allows the sail to be raised and lowered without removing the headstay.



Gnav Vang

This upside-down, reverse-thrust vang system creates more space in the cockpit, greatly increasing crew mobility. With one end of the gnav system attached to a bracket on the mast and the other to a track and ball bearing car on the boom, the skipper uses the mainsheet to easily adjust leech tension under load.



Small adjustments in jib sheet tension make a huge difference in boat speed. Jib sheets dead-end on free-rolling T2™ Loop blocks attached to pinstop cars and track on each sidetank, lead through two 29 mm T2™ blocks lashed to the jib clew, and trim from two 57 mm Flip-Flop Ratchamatics® with 150 cams mounted on the cockpit walls aft of the track.



The lightweight, but powerful 4:1 mainsheet system uses four all-composite T2™ Loop blocks to lead line to a 75 mm switchable ratchet block on a cockpit-mounted swivel base. The composite sheave spins freely on ball bearings with curved bearing racings. Sideplates are fiber-reinforced, high-strength nylon resin.



The spinnaker sheets lead through 57 mm T2™ Loop blocks to 57 mm Ratchamatic® Flip-Flop blocks on the inside cockpit wall-perfect for asymmetrical chutes that require a ratchet's tough holding power, but must run out instantly during jibes.


Ratchamatic Options

All 57 mm and 75 mm Ratchamatic blocks are also available with Power3 sheaves which offer holding power options suitable for a variety of wind conditions. In addition, all 57 mm Ratchamatic blocks can be made with HTE (high threshold engage) sheaves to delay ratchet engagement, allowing them to run freely more of the time. Contact Harken for more information.


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Class History

The Audi Melges 20 features cutting-edge lines and a simple deck layout for a fast, lively sportboat that’s fun to its very core. Upwind, this Reichel-Pugh design tracks like a champ. Downwind, the asymmetrical spinnaker ensures turbo-charged performance. A spacious cockpit provides 2 to 4 crew comfortable legs-in hiking. The M20 features a carbon spar, carbon foils, carbon bowsprit and has no winches, traveler, or backstay. It comes race ready from the factory with trailer, outboard engine, and sails included.

Melges 20 Class


Boat Specifications

Length: 20 ft (6 m)
Beam: 7 ft (2 m)
Draft: 4 ft 6 in (1.3 m)
Weight: 1, 146 lb (520 kg)
Main: 172 sq ft (16 m sq)
Jib: 88 sq ft (8.2 m sq)
Spinnaker: 430 sq ft (40 m sq)