The World Leader in High Performance One Design Racing.
Melges Boat Works, Inc. was founded by Harry C. Melges, Sr. in 1945. He became an instant leader in Scow boat design, production and delivery in the U.S., particularly in the Midwest. Harry, Sr. initially built boats out of wood. The first boats produced were flat-bottomed row boats, which provided a core business to keep his vision and the company alive. It wasn’t long before he branched into race boat production delivering the best hulls, sails, spars, covers and accessories to ensure that his customers stayed on the competitive cutting edge.
Melges (pronounced mel•gis), is one of the most reputable, recognized and respected family names in the sailing industry. The devotion, generosity, perseverance and passion that surround the name are undeniable. The Melges name will forever be a legendary symbol of quality, excellence and experience that is second-to-none.
Every boat manufactured, from the ultra-modern fiberglass hulls to the technologically advanced sails developed by North, a forward thinking approach supports each design ultimately making the boats a smart buy, easy to rig, sail and trailer with a fun factor that is irresistible and addictive. Melges’ goal is to continue to build better boats, distribute the best sails in the world, provide outstanding product support and service, and promote youth sailing programs while excelling in the area of high-performance, one design sailboat engineering.