The Martin 16 sailboat
The Martin 16 is an ideal One-Design race boat and recreational day sailor in all weather conditions, for all ages and levels of experience. Whether you are competitive or recreational, the Martin 16 ideology and spirit has been purified to enhance fair tactical sailing.
In competition, there are two Martin 16 fleets; sailors begin in a Silver Fleet and then graduate to the Gold Fleet. The boat allows all sailors to compete on equal playing field.
The Martin 16 design combines stability, maneuverability, control and lively performance. It attracts sailors from the ages of 10-and-under to 70+, from 40 kg to heavyweights, from novice to national champion. In addition, the boat is ideal for sailing schools and training clubs, while it is also accessible for seniors and persons with disabilities.
Its weighted high lift keel makes it a very stable and safe boat, which can be easily trailer launched and rigged by one person. The Martin 16 philosophy is built on simplicity and versatility.
A Perfect Day Sailor
The Martin 16 is perfect for solo day sailing. It is easily managed by one person with any level of ability, yet its sprightly performance will thrill even the most experienced sailors. The boat can be easily placed on a trailer, and it can be rigged and ready to go within minutes. The low draft makes for simple ramp launching and the ballasted drop keel makes it impossible to capsize. Sail trimming has been combined to one line, making it simple and easy.
A One-Design Race Boat
The Martin 16 is a no compromise One-Design high performance sloop. The narrow, easily-driven hull provides impressive performance and excellent responsiveness.
A Program Boat
The inherent stability of the Martin 16 combined with the simplicity of use makes for an ideal program boat. A 'rumble' seat can accommodate an instructor, caregiver, spouse or parent. The boat is safe and will stay afloat even when totally flooded.
An Accessible Keelboat
The Martin 16 has design features that make sailing accessible to all sailors with mobility impairments. Stability, adjustable seating and specialized control systems make it user friendly for sailors with any level of physical ability. The Martin 16 offers optional automated systems for steering, sail sheeting and bilge pumping. By incorporating the needs of high quadriplegic sailing, the Martin 16 is the most accessible One-Design on the market, providing high quads with ‘sip and puff’ options, enabling them to race competitively.