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Melges 32 Control Lines

Melges 32 Control Lines

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APS will contact you with within one business day with a day-definite shipping date for your rigging order. All rigging orders are processed on a first come, first served basis and our shipping dates are determined by the current volume of orders in our Rigging Department. Please be aware that at the peak of our season (May - August), rigging times may exceed three business days.

For quicker navigation of our available options, you may choose from the list below or scroll through this page for all of our class legal Melges 32 rigging options:

Control Lines
Melges 32 Tack Line Melges 32 Pole Retractor Melges 32 Cunningham Melges 32 Traveler Line
Melges 32 Tack Line with Equiplite Melges 32 Backstay Control Line Melges 32 Fraculator Melges 32 Spinnaker Douse Line
Melges 32 Pole Launcher Melges 32 Backstay Cascade Purchase Lines





Melges 32 Tack Line


Melges 32 Tack Line
Diameters: 5/16"* (8mm) or 3/8" (9mm)
Line Options:
Yale MaxiBraid Plus High Performance UHMWPE (Spectra) core provides negligible stretch with a durable polyester cover
New England Endura Braid High Performance Dyneema SK-75 core provides negligible stretch with a durable polyester cover
Samson AmSteel Blue High Performance Dyneema SK-75; minimal stretch with zero water absorption


The Melges 32 Tackline is available in 5/16" and 3/8", stripped with a luggage tag eye on the working end to attach a Tylaska #8 trigger shackle (sold separately). The bitter end is whipped for durability.

* Amsteel Tackline is only available in 5/16".

M32110 Melges 32 Tack Line: Endura Braid 5/16" Price: $181.56 M32111 Melges 32 Tack Line: MaxiBraid Plus 5/16" Price: $145.26
M32112 Melges 32 Tack Line: Endura Braid 3/8" Price: $235.68 M32113 Melges 32 Tack Line: MaxiBraid Plus 3/8" Price: $184.20
M32114 Melges 32 Tack Line: Covered Amsteel 5/16" Price: $153.88 TY5SB T5 Trigger Release Shackle, Std. Bail Price: $131.21



Melges 32 Tack Line with Equiplite Shackle

Melges 32 Tack Line
Diameter: 1/4"
Line Option:
Samson AmSteel Blue High Performance Dyneema SK-75; minimal stretch with zero water absorption


Incorporates the new class legal EquipLite Shackle and is the lightest tackline available. The entire length is made of Amsteel Blue. The EquipLite shackle is spliced to the working end and includes two feet of DCS Dyneema cover to protect against wear at the pole block. The tail is covered in Yale Cover Only which gives you a handling diamter of 5/16"+.

M32115 Melges 32 Tack Line: Covered Amsteel w/ Equiplite Price: $368.94



Melges 32 Pole Launcher


Melges 32 Pole Launcher
Diameter: 5/16" (8mm)
Line Options:
Samson MLX Mid-Range Performance Dyneema SK-75/polypropylene Blend; Low stretch with a cover that feels great on hands
Marlow Excel Pro Mid-Range Performance Polyester Cover and Core; with low water absorption; runs quickly


Our Melges 32 Pole Launcher lines are available in two options. MLX is a blended Dyneema line. The Dyneema blend makes this line low stretch while remaining lower cost. Polypropylene makes for great inexpensive bulk that is easy to cleat. Excel Pro is a polyester core with polyester cover, making it smooth and durable with low stretch. Both options are whipped at both ends for durability.

M32190 Melges 32 Pole Launcher: Excel Pro Price: $38.80 M32191 Melges 32 Pole Launcher: MLX Price: $77.20



Melges 32 Pole Retractor


Melges 32 Pole Retractor
Diameter: 5/16" (8mm)
Line Options:
Samson MLX Mid-Range Performance Dyneema SK-75/polypropylene Blend; Low stretch with a cover that feels great on hands
Marlow Excel Pro Mid-Range Performance Polyester Cover and Core; with low water absorption; runs quickly


Our Melges 32 Pole Retractors are available in two options. MLX is a blended Dyneema line. The Dyneema blend makes this line low stretch while remaining lower cost. Polypropylene makes for great inexpensive bulk that is easy to cleat. Excel Pro is a polyester core with polyester cover, making it smooth and durable with low stretch. Both options are whipped at both ends for durability.

M32180 Melges 32 Pole Retractor: Excel Pro Price: $27.28 M32181 Melges 32 Pole Retractor: MLX Price: $50.32



Melges 32 Backstay Control Line


Melges 32 Backstay Control Line
Diameter: 1/4" (6mm)
Line Options:
Yale MaxiBraid Plus High Performance UHMWPE (Spectra) core provides negligible stretch with a durable polyester cover
New England Endura Braid High Performance Dyneema SK-75 core provides negligible stretch with a durable polyester cover


The continuous control line for the Melges 32 has the cover stripped back and buried at the ends. The two core tails 18” (tails are 3-1/2’ long each for easy splicing) from the bury are marked for you for ease of splicing. You will need to splice the Dyneema cores together (using a simple 12-strand splice and bury) once the line is reeved through your blocks on the boat.

M32150 Melges 32 Backstay Control: Endura Braid Price: $109.12 M32151 Melges 32 Backstay Control: MaxiBraid Plus Price: $105.60



Melges 32 Backstay Cascade Purchase Lines


Melges 32 Backstay Cascade Purchase Lines
Diameter: 3/16" (5mm)
Line Options:
Samson AmSteel Blue High Performance Dyneema SK-75 single braid; minimal stretch with zero water absorption


Melges 32 Backstay Cascade Purchase lines have eyes spliced on to each end. Luggage tag the extender to the pad eye on the starboard transom. For the primary, luggage tag one end to the free eye on the extender line and to the bail of a Tylaska T5 trigger shackle (sold separately) at the same time. Then run it up and through the block attached to the backstay and end on the floating block. The secondary is luggage tagged to the pad eye on the port side of the transom, run up and through the floating block, back down and through a single on the transom, and attached to the double block that the traveler control line runs through.

M32160 Melges 32 Primary Backstay Cascade Price: $35.55 M32165 Melges 32 Ext. for Primary Backstay Cascade Price: $27.15
M32170 Melges 32 Secondary Backstay Cascade Price: $40.80 TY5SB T5 Trigger Release Shackle, Std. Bail Price: $131.21



Melges 32 Cunningham


Melges 32 Cunningham
Diameter: 1/4" (4mm)
Line Options:
Maffioli Swiftcord High Performance Dyneema SK-75/Cordura single braid; minimal stretch; zero water absorption; durable
Marlow Excel Pro Mid-Range Performance Polyester Cover and Core; with low water absorption; runs quickly


Our Melges 32 Cunninghams are available in two options. Swiftcord is a Dyneema and Cordura Blend, which both don't absorb water so it remains lightweight. Dyneema provides strength under high loads, while Condura makes it easy to handle and cleat. Excel Pro is a polyester core with polyester cover, making it smooth and durable with low stretch. Both options are whipped at both ends for durability.

M32300 Melges 32 Cunningham: Excel Pro Price: $13.54 M32301 Melges 32 Cunningham: Swiftcord Price: $16.12



Melges 32 Fraculator


Melges 32 Fraculator
Diameter: 3/16" (5mm)
Line Options:
Samson AmSteel Blue High Performance Dyneema SK-75; minimal stretch with zero water absorption


Our Melges 32 Fraculator is made of AmSteel Blue, made of Dyneema core and good for high static-load jobs. It is also UV-stable and abrasion resistant. The Melges 32 Fraculator has luggage tag eyes on both ends for attaching to your bow stem fitting and for a Tylaska #5 trigger shackle (sold separately).

M32340 Melges 32 Fraculator Line: AmSteel 12 Price: $33.45 TY5SB T5 Trigger Release Shackle, Std. Bail Price: $131.21



Melges 32 Traveler Line


Melges 32 Traveler Line
Diameter: 1/4" (6mm)
Line Options:
Maffioli Swiftcord High Performance Dyneema SK-75/Cordura single braid; minimal stretch; zero water absorption; durable
New England Salsa Line High Performance Dyneema SK-75/Polyester single braid with minimal stretch; moderate water absorption
New England Endura Braid High Performance Dyneema SK-75 core provides negligible stretch with a durable polyester cover


Our Melges 32 continuous traveler is made from three options of line, all high performance with Dyneema, and all are easy to grip and cleat. All options are whipped at both ends for durability, core is secured to the cover preventing no-load movement.

M32140 Melges 32 Traveler: Swiftcord Price: $40.60 M32141 Melges 32 Traveler: Salsa Price: $43.90
M32142 Melges 32 Traveler: Endura Braid Price: $54.40


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Melges 32 Spinnaker Douse Line


Melges 32 Spinnaker Douse Line
Diameter: 1/4" (4mm)
Line Options:
Yale Conception High Performance Dyneema SK-75/Polypropylene single braid; minimal stretch with zero water absorption


The Melges 32 Spinnaker Douse Line is a length of Spectra with luggage tag eyes spliced at both ends. Additionally, the line is marked at both ends and a shorter length of shock cord is fed into the core of the Spectra, allowing the line to extend from approximately 22' when slack to 30' when taut. Tylaska shackle sold separately.


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