The design has drawn directly from our experience with the Fremantle 8 and R8/Buzz8/Miri Magic 8 designs, all of which are successfully used for training, match racing and charter boats.


The overall length is a function of the requirement that five adult crew be carried comfortably and efficiently. The moderate waterline beam gives generous waterplane inertia and high initial stability. This is particularly important for novice crews as it avoids the impression of the boat feeling “tippy”. A generous amount of ballast in the low VCG lead bulb gives high large angle stability and moderate gust response. The displacement is a function of the structure needed to satisfy survey requirements and the 600 kgs ballast weight. The beam is fixed on the maximum legal trailable width, which also allows 2 boats to be transported in a shipping container. The freeboard is moderate to avoid a wet ride. These boats are surprisingly dry, even in a seaway as they tend to ride up over waves instead of crashing through them.


The most striking feature of this design is the full length cockpit. We have previously used this configuration on a number of designs. In this application it is particularly effective. By eliminating the cabin/cuddy and companionway aft of the mast, we have effectively gained useful cockpit room for two more crew. By way of illustration, from the mast aft, this cockpit is ½ metre longer than a 36 foot racing boat. This configuration allows all of the crew to be seated comfortably on the side decks, and most importantly, facing inboard. Legs over the side can be dangerous, especially in the close quarters situations of match racing. From a training aspect, it is far more efficient to have all the crew facing inboard, focused and involved. The full length cockpit gives an extremely clean and effective layout. It maximises crew efficiency and eases the task of sail handling. The spinnaker pole can be gybed by the crew standing securely in the forward part of the cockpit. Both the jib and spinnaker can be dropped and gathered into this area. By eliminating the companionway opening, the boat remains always watertight underway and is not subject to downflooding, whatever the angle of heel. The interior is divided into two separate compartments and is accessed via two watertight hatches for stowage of sails, safety and personal gear. With the halyard clutches located on the mast, all halyards can be lead to either of the sheet winches. The spinnaker stows in elastic opening turtle bag adjacent to mast. Halyard tail bags are incorporated.


The keel is an SG cast iron foil with a 600 kg lead ballast bulb. It is bolted via a substantial flange plate into a rebate in the hull. It can be easily removed for trailing. An option is to bolt the keel into a full height cassette, allowing it to be raised for trailing or storage. The keel has a moderate foil section and generous area to avoid stalling, even at low speeds.


This is located inboard, under the counter, out of harm’s way. It has been given a generous area to aid feedback in the helm and control when it is needed most. It has a conservative, stall resistant foil section so that the onset of ventilation and loss of lift is delayed when the rudder overloaded. An option is to have the rudder assembly installed in a cassette for easy removal if the lifting keel option adopted.


The mast is a moderate dimensioned, fractionally rigged, double spreader aluminium section. It is deck stepped in a tabernacle for easy lowering. The shroud base is full width to reduce rig loads, give a cleaner deck layout and simplify the internal structure. Non-overlapping headsails allow much simpler sail handling and lengthen the lifespan of the sails.


All scantlings are in excess of ISO and Australian Standards to satisfy all DPI survey requirements. The hull and deck shells are PVC cored E-glass laminate with marine grade vinylester resin. Vacuum bagging and resin infusion laminating techniques are used to give total control of resin quantities and reinforcement location to ensure strict one design parameters.


The flanged hull to deck joint is extremely robust.  The very simple deck moulding has all corners rounded for safety and low maintenance. There is no interior, as such, to maintain. All bulkheads and the keel floor grid are gloss finish moulded and bilges are flo-coated for easy cleaning. The deck gear package has been kept simple and robust for easy maintenance and low replacement cost. The boat is equipped with a single-point lift arrangement which will allow dry sailing. This eliminates anti-fouling, significantly decreases deterioration of hull and gear and associated maintenance costs and increases useful life span of boat.