A Program Boat
The inherent stability of the boat, along with the adjustable seating and specialized control systems make the Martin 16 truly accessible to all physically challenged sailors. It is also a lively performance boat for able bodied sailors; this promotes DSA's goal of integrated sailing for recreation and competition.
A 'rumble' seat can accommodate an instructor, caregiver, spouse or parent. It is safe; it will stay afloat even when totally flooded.
A Perfect Daysailer
The Martin 16 is perfect for solo day sail. It is easily managed by one person with any level of physical ability, yet its sprightly performance will thrill even the most experienced sailors. The boat can easily placed on a trailer, and it can be rigged and ready to go in 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 Racing Boat
The Martin 16 is a no compromise one-design high performance sloop. The narrow, easily-driven hull provides impressive performance and excellent responsiveness. By incorporating the needs of high quad sailing, the Martin 16 is the most accessible one-design; high quads using the sip and puff options can race competitively.
An Accessible Keelboat
From its inception the Martin 16 was designed to be accessible to all sailors with mobility impairments-without specialized adaptation. Stability, adjustable seating and specialized control systems make it sailable by sailors with any level of physical ability. The Martin 16 offers optional automated systems for steering, sail sheeting and bilge pumping.