Rule Clarification : Hull Fairing, Graphic and Material Clarifications

4 September 2014

A few teams have repaired their Melges 32 or added graphics on the hull this year and following an an inspection in Newport, RI a report was made to the class.

The class wants to continue to keep the One Design spirit as stated in the class rules and it is required that these rules are observed as they are.

As chief measurer, on behalf of the class, below I have listed few items/info to clarify which situations are acceptable and legal, regarding hull coat, graphics, fairing with the existing class rules.

Originally, the hull has an external a layer of gelcoat, the bottom coated with an epoxy barrier; NO alteration is allowed.

  • In any repair situation, the original quality and dimension of the material of the hull cannot be modified. 
  • To paint or sand the hull for any graphic, for a simple coating or fairing is not allowed. 
  • On the hull graphic, adhesive smooth films in vinyl are accepted (where applicable by other rules like class rule C.4.1) 
  • The bow numbers should be as supplied by the class (Rule C.4.1(a)), not painted, not faired. Also see, Bow Number Policy and Procedure Document posted online at since the inception and use of official Melges 32 Class bow numbers. 
  • The vinyl can not merge into the epoxy edge. 
  • The vinyl should stay detached from the epoxy edge, enough to feel both edges. 
  • Except rule C.6.1.g, fairing is not allowed ; E.G.: along the vinyl edges, the epoxy edge, the keel box, the CRO hatch, speed sensors, etc., nowhere.

The two rules recalled above:

C.4.1 Limitations
Advertising shall only be displayed in accordance with the ISAF Advertising Code. (See ISAF Regulation 20)
(a) The factory supplied bow number graphic shall remain affixed to the port and starboard bow area for all class sanctioned events per Appendix H.3.

Covers or plates made of optional material may be added to or around the jib and gennaker system pulleys and bow eye as line deflectors, and/or chafe or wear plates.

Always keep in mind that the Melges 32 has a closed class rule system: the only modifications, maintenances and alterations allowed are clearly written in the class rules.

For additional information, comments or questions, please contact International Melges 32 Class Chief Measurer Egidio Babbi via email.