Nevertheless, the 49 is aesthetically very pleasing to the eye, functional yet elegant below, and one exhilarating boat to sail. Fine entries, light weight, and twin dagger boards combine with a massive sail plan to drive the vessel at blistering speeds on or off the wind. A special feature is the twin tillers aft that will allow the true sailing enthusiast to “feel” the boat directly, not through the main helm’s hydraulic steering system. The cockpit areas and decks are spacious. Special attention has been paid to important safety features, including forward crash boxes and watertight bulkheads.