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Marten Yachts is an Auckland based builder of some of the most well-known yachts in the world: Kingfisher, Mari Cha III and the giant Kiwi Americas cup yacht KZ 1 and the Marten 49. The Marten 49 was designed by Reichel Pugh. At the time of its introduction circa 2004 the following statement was released; "When heavy displacement yachts with shallow draught are marketed as performance cruising yachts its time to have a look at what we really mean by performance", said Steve Marten, founder of Marten Yachts. "Equally it is unreasonable to expect an owner to go cruising short handed in a boat with limited interior, a huge sail plan and enormous draught". Several key features made the Marten 49 both a comfortable passage maker, and an exciting short-handed performance sailor. The yacht is constructed completely from Carbon SPRINT from a carbon female mould. A lightweight interior utilizing aluminum honeycomb for doors also allows the full luxury treatment with joinery and specifications to the highest possible standards. This results in a light weight boat of around 9500kgs, which is not bad for a fully fitted out 50ft yacht including full teak decks with carbon flush hatches, a heating system, three double cabins with two heads/showers, a full galley and a salon with seating for 8 people. Optional extras include a garage capable of stowing a 2m tender.

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