Morrelli & Melvin Design & Engineering, Inc. was awarded “Yacht Designers in Asia of the Year 2011” in a ceremony at the Hong Kong Gold Coast Boat Show Friday! The award was presented by the magazines Asia Pacific Boating and China Boating. It was fun, well attended affair.

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Anthony Vela rode a 14′ Morrelli & Melvin SUP to victory at the Carolina Cup Standup Paddle Board race in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

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Photo by Chris Cameron, ETNZ

Photo by Chris Cameron, ETNZ

Emirates Team New Zealand have named some of their 30 strong team have assembled for the 34th America’s Cup.

The group was named yesterday, and has been on the project for over six months. It is now obvious that the initial funding to which the team had access ahead of securing major sponsor backing, has been used to pull together a very strong multi-national design team.

Sources close to the team, told Sail-World yesterday that it would not have been possible in the time now available to pull together such a strong team and do the required design work ahead of the launch of the first AC72 next year.  It is clear that the ground work has been done to put together a very formidable America’s Cup Challenge.
An impressive feature of the team is the mix of domain specialists, together with those who understand how the whole catamaran platform, foils and wingsail work together – combined with some very impressive top level multihull sailing experience at Olympic and World Championship level.

The team named yesterday includes the top US multihull design partners Pete Melvin and Gino Morelli, instrumental in the design the trimaran used by BMW Oracle Racing to win the 33rd America’s Cup. Both also extend back in the the 1988 Stars and Stripes campaign put together by Dennis Conner to defend against the Big Boat Challenge led by Michael Fay.

Melvin has an impressive design and engineering background, with formal qualifications in Aerospace Engineering, backed up by six years as an aircraft design engineer at Boeing.

Gino Morellli is a self taught designer, with a similar design career to Melvin, given they are partners in the same design firm. He was also involved in Steve Fossett’s Playstation – the 125ft round the world speed record holder, and worked on two 41ft Alinghi designs, plus C class catamaran wingsail design.

Other Morrelli & Melvin designers that have contributed to the Emirates Team New Zealand AC72 design are David McCollough, Erik Berzins, Julia Lillis, Bobby Kleinschmit, and Nat Shaver.

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This is a video from the Kiteboat Project group in SF. It is amazing how much R&D these guys have done and how many M&M designs they have fitted kites to.

M&M designs they have adapted kites to include: Nacra 20, Reynolds 33, 125’ Cheyenne, and A3 hulls. Their new trimaran utilizing three of our A3 A Class catamaran hulls is racing today in The Border Run Race from Newport Beach to San Diego.

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Boardworks takes a trip up to SUP Cafe in Longbeach to Meet up with Anthony Vela, Pete Melvin and David McCollough to check out the latest version of Morrelli & Melvin Race boards.

Future Sailing: Winged Ferries PDF Print E-mail
Kimball Livingston
Sunday, 13 March 2011 00:02
The people behind a plan to launch winged, wind-assisted ferries on San Francisco Bay have already carried thousands of passengers under sail. That would be Jay Gardner, Pam Simonson, and Hans Korfin of Adventure Cat Sailing Charters. They presented their winged-ferry concept last week to officials at Golden Gate Transit. I figure it’s an idea whose time has come.With San Francisco Bay’s seasonally-reliable winds, it would be possible for such a ferry to cover certain routes at certain times entirely under wind power. For the sake of maintaining schedules, however, the proposed new ferries will have propulsion, and for the sake of keeping everybody calm, we’ll be calling them “wind-assisted” for a projected forty percent reduction in fuel cost and emissions. 

Not to mention, they would become an iconic focal point of San Francisco Bay. “If Auckland is the City of Sails, San Francisco could be the City of Wings,” Gardner said. With wing-powered America’s Cup boats coming to the bay, we’re halfway there already.

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In 1995, Robertson and Caine partnered with The Moorings and began developing designs destined for charter. Today, the builder delivers boats to TUI Marine (parent of Moorings and Sunsail) as well as building the Leopard line of semi-custom yachts for private owners. Current designs include 39- and 46-foot sailing cats and 39- and 47-foot power cats. The celebration was also timed to feature the new Morrelli and Melvin-designed Leopard 44/Sunsail 444 sailing catamaran.

Almost all Leopard catamarans are delivered to their final destinations on their own bottoms, a testament to their blue-water capabilities. R&C put out about two boats per week from their 270,000-square-foot facility in Cape Town. They have won multiple awards over the years and are currently the third largest producer of catamarans worldwide. R&C estimate that as a group, their Leopards have logged over eight million miles to date.

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A luxurious new catamaran model designed by multihull architects Morelli & Melvin and built in the Robertson & Caine factory, the Moorings 3900 was based upon the award-winning hull design, interior accommodation plan and helm station of their private model Leopard 38, named Cruising World’s Boat of the Year 2010 and Best Boat 2010 by SAIL. With a generous sail plan and hull design, the 3900 offers high performance yet is highly practical and easy-to-use.

The Moorings 3900 features a raised helm station, which offers 360-degree visibility beneath a hardtop bimini, while a separate extended hardtop with hatch ventilation shades the spacious cockpit. Solar panels installed on the cockpit hardtop charge the onboard batteries. She is equipped with a full suite of Raymarine navigational electronics, cockpit-led sail controls, anchoring system with electric windlass, convenient dinghy davit with electric winch, and generator. Inside, comfort remains a priority with a galley-up design and air-conditioning throughout the saloon and roomy 3-cabin/2-head accommodation plan. Fully equipped, the ergonomic galley layout features heat-resistant Corian countertops, standard stainless steel stove with oven and broiler, deep sink with mixer tap, large refrigerator-freezer system and ample counter and cabinet space.

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At a recent press conference held during the Strictly Sail Miami Boat Show, Sunsail announced the newest addition to its fleet, the revolutionary Sunsail 444 catamaran, available for charter exclusively with Sunsail, built by Robertson and Caine and designed by performance cat experts Morrelli and Melvin. With an innovative forward and aft cockpit design, the custom-built 444 ensures a unique and comfortable on-the-water experience.If you liked the Sunsail 384, Boat of the Year in 2010, then you will fall for Sunsail’s newest 4-cabin / 4-head catamaran, the Sunsail 444. This yacht comes with air-conditioning, onboard generator, electric windlass and all the latest navigation technology from Raymarine. The 444 handles superbly under power and sail with a shallow draft and efficient hull design that allows great windward performance.The Sunsail 444 will first debut in Croatia, Greece and Turkey for 2011 summer sailing vacations; then arrive in the British Virgin Islands and St. Vincent for winter 2011/2012 departures. She is also available for ownership through Sunsail’s Yacht Partnership Program.

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Who do you call if you want to design a state of the art, carbon fiber multihull with the intent of bringing back a serious piece of America’s Cup bling to your yacht club? My first call would be to Gino Morrelli and Pete Melvin of Morrelli & Melvin Design & Engineering in Huntington Beach, CA.

Their names are associated with some of the fastest, most high tech multis on the water. You remember that 105′ Catamaran PlayStation that went so well? Well, that was one of their designs. With Gino on board they set a 24-hour distance record of 580.23 nautical miles back in 1999.  Added to the list of the accomplishments where their designs have reigned supreme are a handful of ‘A’ Class Worlds, a Little America’s Cup win, trans-Atlantic records, a Trans-Pac win, and too many regional event trophies to count. In a 2010 commencement speech at The Landing School in Maine, Gino Morrelli listed a whole, diverse slew of multihulls that their company has designed. Finishing up the list was their single monohull: a boat designed for Disney for their Jungle Book ride. These guys have multihulls sailing through their veins!