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Asuming you are looking at the typical hull style melges, and NOT the scow designs, the Laser SB3 might be a good alternate to the M24. There are locally in the puget sound some other mid 20' sleds if you will like the M24/SB3 that all race together in the same class some times. Unfortunately, I am drawing a blank on one I am thinking of, other than the name of "Redfish blues". A "Rocket 22?" I'm thinking built up in Vancouver BC, but do not quote me.........
Another sled like boat from up in Vancouver, BC that is back being built is a "Martin 24". IIRC similar breed to a M24.
A mini transat might be another option, altho most are about 9.5' wide, made to single hand oceans in races. There is one local, quick boat. 21-22' long IIRC....6.5 meters IIRC is the box rule length.
While a J24/22 may be of similar length, they will not be as fast, but as John says, possibly a bit more comfy in the cabin area.
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