- The cockpit is a large low trench using the box coamings as seats. This allows crew movement with the minimum of congestion.
- The rig is a large double swept spreader configuration with diamonds for top mast control. The mainsail is a high aspect with a relatively short boom length making it easy to sail when sailing short handed. The drive comes from larger head sails which is the result of moving the mast further aft than usual.
- The masthead spinnaker helps the boat run down hill in light airs. The pole for which swings from the mast collar.
- The runners are for headsail luff control and to help the 3/4 spinnaker up while running hard in heavy conditions. These are not necessary for cruising. The rig is offset by a flared bulb keel with a 40% ballast ratio.
- The hull form has flared topsides with U,D sections forward with plenty of reserved buoyancy to prevent nose diving when running and reaching. The aft end has flat sections to prompt quick planning.
- The generous interior allows weekend cruising for six and extended holidays for four. The galley is functional with the stove on the port side and the sink to starboard. Headroom at this point is 5'11". The icebox is accessed behind the companion way steps. Behind this is the outboard well accessible from the cockpit. A small diesel motor could be used in this area if that was the preference. The forward end houses the marine head and is also used for sail stowage. This area has been designed with wet sails in mind. The aft end has two large lockers accessed from the cockpit of which one contains the gas bottle and has been vented through the transom.
- Hull construction is 12mm Cedar, glassed inside and out. The cabin top is Cedar cored with ply coamings and side decks. The cockpit is a self supporting ply-foam-ply lay up, glassed over.
- The RE8 is a moderate displacement vessel with excellent windward performance when sailing short handed, but is still light enough to enjoy exhilarating rides of the wind.
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