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Table of details and specifications of SUI-171
  Designers Warren Muir (Australia), Ben Lexcen (AUS)
  Builders Harry C. "Buddy" Melges, Melges Boat Works, Zenda, Wisconsin (USA)
  Material GRP
  1st certificate issued 1990-05-14
  Original boat name Odyssée Jr
  Original country SUI
  Original sail number 171
  Current location Thun (TYC), Lake of Thun (SUI)


5.5 SUI 171 & her sisters - 21.05.2020 by Kaspar Stubenrauch
Following info received from Warren Muir about "Warrior III" and the first series of Melges built 5.5m boats, here is a list of sister boats to SUI 171; the boats are listed with their last sailnumbers known:
NOR 47, CAN 79, NOR 50, FRA 61, USA 94, SUI 184, NOR 54, SUI 176, NOR 56, SUI 202, NED 10, NOR 58, SUI 155, SUI 160, SUI 172 and GER 25. NED 10 was lost in a fire; USA 94 has not yet been found, again.
To these the two initial boats are added, GER 94 and FRA 44. It will be a challenge to meet again, for close competition races. Gentlemen, on your marks!
Boat built in 1989 - Original or Alias? - 19.12.2017 by Kaspar Stubenrauch
The boat was completed on 30th NOV 1989. The question was, if she was built for Swiss ownership, or if she was 5.5 US-94 originally and only then exported to Switzerland, to become Z-171? The first Swiss certificate was issued on 14th May 1990. The answer is no, as both boats raced against each other, during the World's 1990.
Name correction - 01.03.2009 by Jürg Menzi
"Marie-Françoise XVII" is correct for SUI-217, 2005-2008
"Marie-Françoise XVIII" is correct for SUI-222, 2009-
Current location: - 20.12.2008 by Marc Friderich
Thunersee Yachtclub, Lake of Thun, Switzerland
The "Marie-Françoise" 5.5's (status to date) - 01.05.2008 by Sebastien Schmidt
There has been six 5.5 named "Marie-Françoise" until the mentionned date :
"Marie-Françoise IX" is SUI-171, Lexcen/Melges, 1994-1995,
"Marie-Françoise X" is SUI-194, Meier-Schmidt/Wilke, 1995-1998,
"Marie-Françoise XIV" is SUI-201, Schmidt/Wilke, 1999-2000,
"Marie-Françoise XV" is SUI-204, Schmidt/Wilke, 2001-2004,
"Marie-Françoise XVI" is SUI-217, Schmidt/Wilke, 2005-2007
"Marie-Françoise XVII" is SUI-222, Schmidt/Wilke, 2008-
Name correction - 01.05.2008 by Site Administrator
"Marie-Françoise IX" in place of XII, correction by Seb on 01.05.08.

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Ownership history

Table of the history of sail number, name and ownership of SUI-171
Sail# Boat name Owner name
SUI-171 "Odyssée Jr" Dominique Lauener (1990-?)  
SUI-171 "Bissbi Jr" Gérard Varésio (?-?)  
SUI-171 "Marie-Françoise IX" Jürg Menzi (1994-1995)  
SUI-171 "??" Rudolf Rüfenacht (1995-2006)  
SUI-171 "Marcandreo III" Marc Friderich (2006-?)  

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