The M or Marblehead Class, sometimes called the "50/800", is a medium size high performance development class. It's original concept in the 1930's was to produce the largest model that would conveniently fit in the standard American car of the time. The class is a development class with the main restrictions being a hull length of 50 inches and a sail area of 800 square inches. The class has been highly developed over the years to produce a high performance model that can be sailed in a wide range of conditions, assuming the owner has the appropriate rigs. Today's M weighs around ten pounds and carries an 85 inch rig in most conditions. The hull and rigs tend to use advanced materials and techniques. Boats are available from several suppliers who can provide them from basic kit form to fully assembled. There is also an active used boat market at the local level.
The M Class has a large base, with over four hundred competitive models in existence. It is sailed in most areas of the country. Competition is available from club level to national level, and even international level. As an international class with the same rule as the rest of the world (except the measurements for AMYA are in inches and pounds), AMYA members can attend regattas abroad. They can also take advantage of several excellent foreign suppliers.
When you are looking for a class to enter, look at the M Class. It has much to offer.
Registering an M Class
Before applying for a new M Class registration number first become an AMYA member and obtain your AMYA membership number. No registration number will be issued without an AMYA membership number. Next fill out the AMYA Yacht Registration form contained in most issues of Model Yachting. If you have a preference for the last two digits of the number include them in your request. If you have an email address be sure to include it. Make out a check for $7 to Standley Goodwin. Do not make out the check to AMYA since your class secretary cannot cash it. The receipts go into a class fund used to cover class expenses. Mail the application to Standley Goodwin, 33 Norman St., Marblehead, Ma 01945. If you are transferring ownership also include the existing registration number. In addition include the previous owners Registration card, or his name. If you cannot obtain either, the odds are you will be issued a new registration number. This will require you to change the sail numbers. If you follow these procedures, you will receive your registration in two to four weeks. Otherwise you will receive a request for missing information which will substantially delay receipt of your registration number.
Right click this link to download a MS Word 6/95 format document used for measuring and confirming Class Rules compliance of marble head class boats for regattas. A copy of this form can be obtained by contact the Class Secretary Stanley Goodwin above.
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