Pat Reischmann and Cortland Steck N.A. have collaborated to create the new Manta 46 as the next generation design for the original concept of the Manta 38-42 sailing catamaran. That original concept focused on the direct needs and requirements of the extended or full time live aboard cruising couple. Starting in 1994 the original Manta design had been very successful in fulfilling those needs with 127 built by production end in 2008, and today still enjoys a loyal following with strong brand recognition. As the catamaran market has expanded in recent years, more designs have been developed for either the charter business, or the very exclusive high performance end.