The yacht was commissioned for the Wellman family who were enamoured by “Whitehawk” and “Whitefin” (two other Bruce King creations). As such they also decided to use the same builder, Phil Long of Renaissance Yachts in Thomaston, Maine, USA. Long & King decided that the WEST system of construction would best suit SIGNE.
Her masts are aluminium as the Wellman’s wished to be able to handle the sails easily, but to provide a more classic touch the booms are wooden.
Joe Artese was hired to design the interior and he was largely instrumental in the development of the polyhedral skylights that are such a feature of SIGNE. The interior is exquisite and flooded in light from the deck hatches, opening ports and prisms. A rich Hawaiian wood, “koa” is everywhere, other wood accents are “birds eye maple” and “burled olive wood”. A fireplace and a built in semi-circular couch and fine carpentry form an elegant and timeless style.
Sadly the Wellman family had to sell SIGNE shortly after launch and she was passed on to a British owner. The vessel is now with her third owners who have been her custodians since 2003.
SIGNE sails under the British flag, registered at the port of Boston, UK (to emulate her original registry from Boston, USA).
She holds a commercial status with MCA Certificate of Compliance for a Large Commercial Yacht.
This has been updated in summer 2014.
Hull constructed of wood / WEST epoxy, in five layers for a continuous keel to deck thickness of 2 ¾ inches. The outer layer is of planked mahogany with outer sheathing of Dynel cloth / WEST epoxy. The inner layer is tongue and groove mahogany planking laid fore and aft. Three layers of alternating diagonal epoxied cedar are laid as a core. Centreline structure of Honduras mahogany.
Teak finished varnished transom with decorative carvings of traditional style picked out in gold.
Carved trail boards to bows.
Varnished teak bulwark cappings.
Hull topsides are painted in dark blue - last painted in 2006, with a Gold cove line.
Lead ballast keel of approximately 93,000 lbs / 42,185 kg.
Centre-board: Elliptical high aspect ratio airfoil sectioned centreboard with hydraulic controls.
The centreboard was removed for full inspection in 1999, when the hydraulic ram was serviced.
It has periodic cleaning by divers and during haul outs.
The centreboard case is glass-fibre lined to resist abrasion.
Rudder with stainless steel stock and full length skeg. Dropped and serviced 2008.
Steering by chain and wire to quadrant. Wheel operated in the aft cockpit and hydraulically powered steering in mid cockpit (at present the hydraulic steering at the mid cockpit is disconnected as the owners do not use it).
Emergency tiller system (stows in lazarette).
The main engine is a GM 6V92 TA Detroit diesel, turbo-charged, of 550 hp (330kW), with
Twin Disc gearbox driving a Hundested 37 diameter 4 blade variable pitch propeller.
The propeller pitch is adjusted by a 24V electric motor with manual back-up.
SIGNE’s engine room is below the midships cockpit and accessed through a door to starboard of the saloon companionway. Additional servicing access is provided by removable panels on the inboard side of the port walk-through.
Cruising speed: 8 knots
Maximum speed: 11 knots
Fuel consumption: 50 litres per hour approx.
Range under power: approx. 1800nm according to load and conditions.
Engine hours recorded on the meter read approx 8500 but we believe the total hours are in excess of 9000, although in effect the engine has “zero hours”, as in late 2013 the engine was taken out of the yacht and given a complete rebuild. The engine was re-installed March 2014. There is a “soft patch” in the cockpit sole to facilitate such works.
Full details of the rebuild can be supplied on request.
Engine room -Kidde FM200 gas fire extinguishing system (installed 2008).
SIGNE has two Northern Lights generators, each of 26kVA.
One unit is located to starboard forward in the engine room – with a total of approx 15,500 hours.
The second unit is located aft in the engine room and has a total of approx 16,450 hours.
Both units had a major overhaul in autumn 2012 including new injectors, timing etc.
Tank 1 = 500 imp.gallons / 600 US gallons / 2270 litres
Tank 2 = 275 imp.gallons / 330 US gallons / 1250 litres
Tank 3 = 375 imp.gallons / 450 US gallons / 1705 litres
Tank 4 = 350 imp.gallons / 420 US gallons / 1590 litres
Fuel total = 1500 gallons / 1800 USG / 6815 litres
Tank 1 = 400 imp.gallons / 480 US gallons / 1818 litres
Tank 2 = 433 imp.gallons / 520 US gallons / 1968 litres
Water total = 833 gallons / 1000 USG / 3785 Litres
Tank = 417 imp.gallons / 500 US gallons / 1895 litres
Bow thruster: 50hp hydraulic – through-hull tube type – major rebuild 2003.
Stern thruster: 30hp (approx) hydraulic, through-hull tube type – major rebuild 2003
Hydraulic systems have power via a PTO on the aft generator.
Water-maker: HEM, approx 28-30 lites per minute – full service in 2013 in Palma.
Marine sewerage treatment: In 2003 a Hamann system was installed (refitted 2014).
Air compressor: Compair (in lazarette).
Air conditioning system: Marine Air reverse cycle hot and cold throughout the yacht.
Bermudian ketch with “buff” painted alloy Hood Stoway masts - each with hydraulic furling.
The mainmast has three sets of spreaders.
The mizzen mast has 2 sets of spreaders.
Standing rigging is of stainless steel rod, from 2003 (tested 2010).
Navtec hydraulic backstay adjusters for mainmast.
Yankee and staysail are fitted with Reckmann hydraulic furlers.
Mainsail and mizzen booms are of varnished spruce.
Masts were out of the yacht in December 2010 – standing rigging was dye tested and X-rayed and any works required completed. The furlers were rebuilt as required at the same time.
The mizzen mast was out again in January 2013 for servicing.
Sail area 5230 ft2 / 486.4m2
New sails by Quantum, June 2013, all in very good order:
Furling Mizzen sail
Smeg 5 burner stainless steel gimballed ceramic hob;
Gaggenau fan assisted electric oven;
Extractor fan and hood over hob.
Candy combo microwave;
Nespresso coffee machine;
Bosch Exxcell 7 clothes washer;
Siemans clothes dryer;
Grunert deep freeze, approx. 0.56m3, top opening and located beneath work surface between galley and crew mess.
Grunert deep freeze, approx. 0.21m3, top opening and located beneath work surface at the aft side of the galley.
Grunert refrigerator, approx. 0.78m3, split level with two doors facing athwartships and one full height door facing aft, located adjacent to the main mast (inboard part of galley area).
Grunert chiller cabinet, approx. 0.18m3, top opening and located beneath the forward seat in the main cockpit on the starboard side.
Grunert fridge systems driven by 220v.
Danfoss chiller cabinet, approx. 0.11m3, in master stateroom, 24v.
Cutlery, glassware, crockery, cooking utensils and pots and pans are included.
Linen, bedding and towels are included.
Electrical appliances such as toaster and kettle are included.
Crew covers for interior upholstery.
TV/DVD player with Sony Surround Sound at saloon port side.
Ipod plug in dockping station units for owner and guest cabins.
Crew Mess equipped with a Sharp TV, Pioneer DVD/CD player, clock on bulkhead.
Zodiac YL470 tender with 90hp Yamaha (2008)
Safety equipment serviced and compliant with MCA requirements.
2 x Survitec 6 person canister packed liferaft, new June 2012 (next service due May 2015).
1 x RFD Suviva 6 person canister packed liferaft, new Nov 2011 (next service due may 2015).
ACR EPIRB in aft cockpit
SART system in midships cockpit
2 x Jonbuoys at aft cockpit.
Dry powder 6kg - 4 in engine room, 3 by stairs, 1 in crew mess
Dry powder 1kg - 1 in each cabin
C02 9kg -1 in engine room
Foam 9 litres - 1 in engine room, 2 in crew mess.
Anchoring & mooring:
2 x stainless steel CQR anchors each with approx 10m stainless steel chain which is then attached to approx 150m of 18mm open link galvanised chain.
Inflatable fenders of various sizes.
Beautifully crafted classic style side boarding ladder with swim ladder attachment.
Canvas & deck upholstery:
Canvas covers for protection of exterior varnish (capping rails, hatches and pretty much everything!)
Sprayhood with Bimini over central cockpit.
Sun awning (fits over main boom).
Cockpit upholstery for both cockpits.
SIGNE is one of the most beautiful yachts to come from the creative and technical skills of Bruce King. Her building by Renaissance Yachts took 5 years and resulted in the creation of a work of art. Passers-by have to stop and gaze in awe at this truly magnificent yacht. Her transom has been photographed on countless occasions. Her beautiful skylights have been copied by others. Her outstanding interior joinery, designed by Joe Artese, is a blend of Hawaiian koa, bird’s eye maple and olive wood, all combining with her teak soles, coachroof coamings and skylights and her beautifully laminated beams.
SIGNE’s hull and decks are massively built from the wood/epoxy system and the hull is Dynel cloth sheathed. The structure is immensely strong and offers excellent insulation.
She is a centre-boarder, resulting in a minimum draft of not much over 8 ft / 2.5m.
The choice of ketch rig with hydraulic furling to both masts and hydraulic furling headsails makes SIGNE easy on her crew and, although the masts are of alloy, the long booms are traditionally built of spruce.
SIGNE, in present ownership, has been successfully chartered in Mediterranean and Caribbean waters, as well as being enjoyed by her owner for cruising.
Her maintenance has been to MCA “Large Yacht Code of Practice” certification.
She underwent a major 5 Year MCA Survey / Refit conducted in Portsmouth (UK) and ran from October through November 2010. Procedures undertaken included:
In 2012 further cosmetic refitting was undertaken in Trinidad. Varnish of the interior mainly.
Other up-grades and replacements as described in this listing include a new suit of sails from Quantum.