DESIGNED by David Thomas in 1976 and built by Hunter Boats, the Sonata rapidly became a huge success. In 1977, a windy and rough Cowes Week saw the Sonatas fill, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 and 9 positions in the level rating system. The year ended with a panel of experts from the Sunday Times deciding that the Sonata was the best One Design Cruiser Racer of her size in the UK.

Numbers quickly passed the 300 mark by 1979 with 220 being sailed in the UK, and by 1982 over 400 boats had been sold. The Sonata attained ‘national’ stature from the RYA and provided the class with solid credentials for the future. The RYA chose the Sonata for their Youth Sail Training scheme, the same year.

Building ended in 1990 with 479 boats being produced by Hunter Boats, but although production of the National Sonata has finished, there is still an active class association with keen racing and cruising fleets around the UK and abroad.