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Martin 243
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1 2985 Sat October 31, 1998
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Description: Martin 243
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Sat October 31, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Following the successful Martin 242, this boat is similar to its older sister only in length and the notion that it is ahead of its time. Martin 243 is a skiff-style rocketship with a surprisingly good manners. We heve been out a couple of times on the prototype and hull #5. I must admit that the boat looks a bit intimidating at the dock.

Once on the water, it is surprisingly stable. The crew weight sits way out on wings/racks facing inwards. There are foot straps on the inboard rail of the racks to accomodate those of us who aren't used to being "outside the boat" when romping upwind.

Sails/Rig:
The carbon mast has no backstay, allowing a massive mainsail with a generaous roach. The jib is very high aspect and there are no winches: simply a 2:1 purchase on the jib sheets. The carbon sprit is very long and allows the kite to jibe easily ahead of the forestay.

Other:
The racks fold in for easy storage and the boat is light enough to haul behind a average size car.

In general: Bravo!
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