Where has the Martin 40 been all of my life? I found several articles and reviews about it from the day that seemed to be knowledgable and fairly objective - and all positive. I want one.
Only three were built. Two have been in Ontario for years. Don't know what happened to the third. Only thing that worried me was that running gear being so exposed for ICW and Bahamas cruising. Other than that, an awesome machine.
Good point, but no more exposure than what I have now. Manageable so far. The other thing I noticed when I looked again after your observation: no trim tabs.
A very good friend of mine was once 3-point hydroplane world champion and a Licenced Master Mariner. He knows more about boats than I could ever hope to. I took him out one day and told him " I'm going to slowly run her up to full throttle, tell me when you see her get on plane". He could not see when that happened. There was no bow rise at all. She stayed level but rose slowly out of the water and the wake was no different at 5 knots than at 21.
Was that your boat? It just looks all around better and better.
Rebuilt, added hardtop (Corecell & glass, 78lbs.) lived on and cruised for six years until my wife contracted a horrible disease and could not liveaboard anymore. After she passed I bought the Benford 38 in my avatar and started over.