I own a Martzcraft 35, and it is a very good boat. Brent Martz is still building boats and continues to be a well respected builder
The comments on Bruce Roberts
site that you refer to are in the context of a more than decade long saga between Bruce Roberts and a former employee/partner.
It would appear that the Martzcrafts are largely collateral damage from this dispute, with the claim from Bruce Roberts being that royalties are owed to him from Brent Martz. There are of course always two sides to a story and as to the wrongs and rights and ups and downs of this one I am not really sure.
Bruce Roberts IIRC is a sometimes active member
here, he may wish to make comment on the situation himself.
What I do know is this.
The Martzcrafts were built based on the Roberts plans for over 10 years. One that I know of circumnavigated via the Southern Ocean, another is currently in Asia
, several have been around the Pacific. Ours has proven to be a soild enjoyable boat for a faimly sailing the east coast
, and we look forward to taking her further afield.
I personally do have some problems stomaching the statement 'out of date plans'. it has a alarmist sound to it and when you unpack the claim it doesn't really mean much to the purchaser of a secondhand 20 year old boat. A 1985 Roberts 35 and a 1985 Martzcraft 35 would be still be very very similar boats. The point being made I guess is that if you have an issue with your Martzcraft 35 don't ring up Bruce and complain.
I look at it this way.......
Even though John Lennon and Paul Mccartney may not have seen eye to eye towards the end it doesn't mean I can't still enjoy the White album
Likewise the combination of the Roberts 35 design, built with Martz's touches has created one damn fine boat IMHO. Who didn't get payed for what is really a matter for those two guys to sit down and sort out over a beer
Meanwhile it isn't something that worries the average Martzcraft owner, we are generally too busy sailing and luxuriating in our spacious queen aft cabins