posted 07 January 2002 05:01 PM
Hoping someone maybe able to help. I am currently completing my Day Skipper Course, when finished I am looking a buying small, relatively inexpensive boat – to be the Sonata seems ideal. But, I’ve been looking at some recent adverts and there seems to me to be several variations with different LOA’s. A couple I’ve seen are the Sonata Mk II and the Sonata 7. I believe there is alos a difference in the interior fit?? If anyone could explain the differences to me that would be great.
posted 13 January 2002 06:30 PM
You couldn’t do better than a Sonata!
There not many variants on the Sonata and all Sonata are exactly the same length. The major issue is whether you want the lifting keel version (for cruising) or the fin keel version (for cruising or racing).
A less important issue is the choice between the original or Mk I and the Mk II. The major difference in the Mk II is an outboard well inside the cockpit so you don’t need to lift the outboard over the transom. Not very many Mk IIs were made and they tend to be more expensive.
Interior fit (or lack of it) varies quite a bit, according to small design changes by Hunter and often major ones by previous owners!
To be absolutely sure you are buying a real street-legal Sonata then make sure the boat has been measured and has a certificate to prove it. If you intend to race then you should also check the fittings and fitments against the class rules (available on the RYA web site).
Incidentally, I assume you are in the UK, since you don’t say otherwise – there are all kinds of funny boats in places like Australia that use the Sonata name but they are not a Sonata unless the conform to the class rules.
Hope this helps.
posted 18 January 2002 12:21 PM
Thanks a lot for you reply. I am quite rapidly being convinced that the sonata is the boat for me. I would like to sail around the solent area – so when boats are back in the water it would be good to go down and have a look.
posted 11 February 2002 08:51 PM
Hello, From reading your message, I felt its about time I contacted you. My Name is Matt Glasgow and I am the Southern Area Rep. If you what to come for a sail during any weekend, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to call: 07970 697 085