The Marten 49 is a great design by Riechel & Pugh, built by Marten - Azzura marine, a sad story because they bankrupted in 2009. Its commercially hard to make boats in NZ away from the main markets even if one does great boats and the Marten 49 is one of the best.
Since the mid-1980’s New Zealand’s Marten Yachts has been at the forefront of groundbreaking innovations in racing yacht construction. They have been involved with the build of many high profile boats including Kingfisher, Mari Cha III and New Zealand America’s Cup challenge boats, pioneering the advance of super strength materials and techniques including autoclaved pre-pregnated high modulus carbon materials.
...Since 2000 the company has moved their focus to the production of the ultimate performance cruising boat, launching a range of Reichel-Pugh designed cruiser racers, the first of these being the Marten 49. ...
In 2005 Marten Yachts became part of the rapidly growing Australian based company Azzura Marine which has an impressive marine portfolio,
‘The Marten Yachts product range is very exciting. We are offering something more than the traditional cruiser racer; these are yachts that provide engineered exhilaration.
‘Steve Marten recognised that Porsche and Ferrari and a lot of road cars are derived from race cars and a lot of that technology, and he wanted to replicate that in the Marten Yacht design.
‘People love to drive around in a classy piece of equipment and that is what the Marten is. It’s a fast performance cruising yacht and is a very nice cultured product.
‘Steve’s vision combines the best parts of an engineered race boat with some very contemporary cruising features; user friendly features like a lift keel, a useable carbon fibre anchor assembly and high quality materials are found throughout the boat.
‘It is an all carbon boat and we are using SP’s latest technology - the Sprint method from SP or Infusion, as some know it. We as a group, have been learning from Steve and he is enjoying seeing his vision coming to fruition.'
By combining the talents of designers Reichel/Pugh and the skills of design engineers at SP Technologies with the experience of Marten Yachts and Azzura Marine, a range of luxury yachts has been created possessing outstanding pedigree - race-bred performance qualities with a spacious, functional layout.
The yachts are clearly intended for the owner who wishes to combine the excitement of a performance racing yacht with the ability to make fast comfortable passages, whilst short-handed or cruising.
Cruising yachts are mostly of traditional design and manufacture. Marten Yachts take a completely new approach, with detailed design, America’s cup type construction methods and use of materials that combine to provide superb performance and unrivalled functionality.
Details such as full carbon fibre construction and a lift keel for improved draft and performance when racing and reduced draft for accessibility to harbours and anchorages when cruising, combined with modern clean deck layouts with pop-up cleats and flush carbon hatches, help to compliment the overall design and performance standards.
Sail-World.com : Marten Yachts thriving with Azzura
The Marten 49, is a 2006 design that was years ahead of its time and today still looks like a brand new boat, a very nice one. Its performance is as astonishing as ever, considering that this is a boat with a great cruising interior and a lifting keel that allows it to cruise almost everywhere.
The boat weight, 9,500kg, is impressively low and even more impressive if we consider that almost half of it (4600kg) is ballast, almost all in a bulb at 3.6m when down and 2.1m when up. This and the fact that the boat is not narrow (4.17m) make this a boat incredibly stiff and Powerful, able to be sailed short handed or raced with a full crew.
About the performance you only need to look at the race map:
World Cruising Club - Fleet Viewer
The Marten 49 has been great part of the race battling with a Baltic 78 (a fast and very good sailboat ) and will arrive not far away from the Gunboat 62
among much bigger boats right among the first.