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Old 14-04-2012, 13:59   #1
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What is a Melody Class ?

Looking for info on this boat I dont have..
story is,
I had a guy come in last year that was moving and asked If I wanted some old rigging in a mast, boom, rudder and dagger board, plus a full set of sails..
The wood is all finished and in great shape, so I hung it on the wall of the shop..
He claimed the hull was all rotted and wasnt worth rebuilding and it would be better if I built another..
Problem is
The only info I can find was a Melody Class resembling a Sabot that was raced back in the 50s and 60s..
dont even know what it looks like..
The mast is about 18 feet and boom about 8 feet and does use a jib, as I have both sails..
any help..????
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Old 14-04-2012, 14:30   #2
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Re: What is a "melody class"

Did a little googling and the best I found so far is this:


It is described as a junior sailer with a high una Bermudan rig sailed in
the western United States. Designed by William Ashcroft, this single-hander
has a hard chine pram plywood hull. LOA 10ft 0ins,Beam 3ft 3ins, sail area
65 sq ft.
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Old 14-04-2012, 15:01   #3
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Re: What is a "melody class"

I'd like to find a picture .. guess I could build a 10 foot El Toro
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Old 30-06-2012, 13:43   #4
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Re: What is a "melody class"

Attached is a photo of a Melody Class sailboat on Huntington Lake, CA, in the 1960's.
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Re: What is a "melody class"

El Toro's are 8 feet in length.
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Old 01-07-2012, 08:48   #7
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Re: What is a "melody class"

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El Toro's are 8 feet in length.
you're right on David.. have one here for my grandkids.. the story has ended at this point,
as,
Had another gentelman, who was building a dink for his grandkids at his home in the San Juans and wanted the spars for the dink.. they are all strapped to the gunnel of a trawler and headed up the coast at present.. they have been given a second life in the northwest..
In return for the mast and rigging, I was given some very rare burgees.. something to add to my colection..
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Re: What is a Melody Class ?

My parents boating partners bought one back in the early 60s. It was 10 ft long had one sail, with a small wire standing rigging. It was kind of laid out like an el toro, but along the sides in the rear of the boat on both sides was a bench seat. so you weren't sitting on the bottom getting wet from any water that was on the deck.for a larger person it was a great little boat. We sailed it and pulled up the center board , had a plug for the hole and used it as a dingy with about a 1 hp engine. I haven't seen one for decades.. To bad they were a great little boat, but never as popular as the el toro..best of luck Jeff
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Re: What is a Melody Class ?

Designed by William Aschcroft, USA, 1951. Made of wood. LOA 10'. Beam 3'3". Centerboard boat like an El Toro but 2 feet longer and less beam. Mainsail should be 55 sqft. and it is called an una which means no jib or spinnaker. This is from Sailing Boats of the World a guide to classes.

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Re: What is a Melody Class ?

If you wanted to rebuild a hull I'd use El Toro plans and extend it two feet. One foot on each end. If you want a set of El Toro plans they are available through their association or you can buy my set.

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Re: What is a Melody Class ?

Skipmac beat me to it on the information but I have 55sqft listed in the book.
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