Sonata 8

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Sonata 8
Designer Gary Mull
Location United States
Year 1979
Builder(s) Investigator Yachts
Boat weight 2,822 lb (1,280 kg)
Type Monohull
Construction Fiberglass
LOA 26.25 ft (8.00 m)
LWL 19.75 ft (6.02 m)
Beam 8.20 ft (2.50 m)
Hull draft 5.09 ft (1.55 m)
Hull appendages
Keel/board type lifting keel
Ballast 500 lb (227 kg)
Rudder(s) transom-mounted rudder
General Fractional rigged sloop
I (foretriangle height) 25.75 ft (7.85 m)
J (foretriangle base) 9.00 ft (2.74 m)
P (mainsail luff) 28.00 ft (8.53 m)
E (mainsail foot) 11.48 ft (3.50 m)
Mainsail area 160.72 sq ft (14.931 m2)
Jib/genoa area 115.88 sq ft (10.766 m2)
Total sail area 276.60 sq ft (25.697 m2)

The Sonata 8 is a sailboat that was designed by American Gary Mull as a one design racer and first built in 1979. The design is out of production.[1][2]

The boat was built by Investigator Yachts in Australia.[1]

The Sonata 8 design was developed into the Sonata 26 in 1980 and produced by the same manufacturer. The two boats share the same specifications.[1]


The Sonata 8 is a small recreational keelboat, built predominantly of fiberglass, with wood trim. It has a fractional sloop rig, a transom-hung rudder and a lifting or optionally fixed fin keel. It displaces 2,822 lb (1,280 kg) and carries 500 lb (227 kg) of ballast.[1]

The boat has a draft of 5.09 ft (1.55 m) with the keel down and 0.69 ft (0.21 m) with the keel retracted. The fixed keel version has a draft of 5.2 ft (1.6 m).[1]

Operational history[edit]

After its introduction in 1979 the design was raced in Australia as a one-design class.[1]

See also[edit]

Related development

Similar sailboats


  1. ^ a b c d e f Browning, Randy (2016). "Sonata 8 sailboat specifications and details". Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Browning, Randy (2016). "Garry Mull (1939-1994)". Retrieved 18 October 2016.