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De­signed and built by go-fast ex­perts Re­ichel-pugh and Melges, the 14 is a user­friendly, mod­ern solo rocket ship. An ex­cel­lent up­wind per­former with nar­row tack­ing an­gles, the 14 cuts cleanly through chop. And boy does it move—up­wind and down, in light air or breeze-on. The cock­pit is com­fort­able, large, and self­bail­ing, and the hull sports con­toured “wings” for hik­ing power. The two-piece ta­pered car­bon mast ac­com­mo­dates a choice of sail sizes to suit a range of sailors and ages. The Melges 14 was se­lected “Best Dinghy” by Sail­ing World in 2016. For more on the Melges14:


A 57 mm T2 soft-at­tach Ratchamatic is rigged from the aft end of the dag­ger board trunk so it’s within easy reach from a full hike. Two 40 mm T2 blocks sof­t­at­tached to the boom elim­i­nat­ing cor­ro­sion and ex­tra weight. The 40 mm T2 trav­eler block is tied to an 8 mm lead ring that rides on a fixed Spec­tra ® bridle tied athwartships near the tran­som.


A com­bi­na­tion vang sys­tem uses a 3:1 Mi­cro block on the end of a 4:1 16 mm block cas­cade that cleats in­side a com­pact swivel bracket, giv­ing the vang a 12:1 pur­chase. It all fits neatly with enough throw be­tween the mast and the boom for a wide range of ad­just­ment.


Be­cause the main is fully-bat­tened, the M14 cun­ning­ham sys­tem must be pow­er­ful and ef­fi­cient. Dou­ble-ended and led to both sides of the cock­pit, the 4:1 cun­ning­ham is cleated with a Carbo ® Mi­cro cleat po­si­tioned at the for­ward crew’s fin­ger­tips. The dou­ble-ended out­haul sys­tem cleats are im­me­di­ately in­board. A mix of Mi­cro and 29 mm Carbo and 18 mm Fly blocks make up th­ese sys­tems.

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