As well as being a fast racing boat, the SigneT makes a splendid cruising boat or day sailer.
A great boat.
The SigneT was sponsored by the Sunday Times and designed by Ian Proctor in 1961. It is a class racer with its own Association of enthusiastic members. There are fleets in Australia and the United States of American as well as in the United Kingdom. The SigneT Association run a full race programme and there are active clubs through out the country sailing on lakes and the sea. Several boats have crossed the English Channel. Being a light boat the SigneT is easy to launch and presents no problems towing behind a car.
As well as being a fast racing vessel, the SigneT makes a splendid cruising boat or day sailer. The waterline length is 11′ 6″. Its vast inbuilt buoyancy of 1500 lbs makes it a perfect boat for those starting out in boating. For those who appreciate comfort this boat is uncluttered by buoyancy bags. Several of these boats have been used as rowing boats.
Although the boat is made in the same way as originally designed, more modern materials are now used. The epoxy coating makes for a virtually maintenance free finish that does not usually need repair for five years.
The grain on the decks is selected, matched and cut to form an arrow pointing towards the bow. This is a stunning feature that is usually too expensive for home builders to consider.
The kit contains all that is needed to make the hull. The plywood used is Lloyds approved okoume for strength and longevity. To match the remainder of the boat the transom on this kit is also made from plywood with a mahogany trim. All of the scarf joints in the ply wood have been pre-cut. The kit also includes all the hard wood and soft wood. Where necessary the joints in the wood have been pre-cut ready for assembly. More than enough solvent-free epoxy is supplied together with the appropriate fillers and measuring pumps.
The construction time for this boat is about 100 hours and the manual has been written on the assumption that the work will be done in small segments in the evenings and weekends over about four weeks. This kit is for the hull only – it does not contain the fitting, sails, mast or booms. The SigneT Association suggest allowing about £880 for this. We think that £1200 would be a more realistic budget amount but it is possible to obtain second hand fittings.
To see a SigneT being built, look at this (quite old) SigneT build website.
The hull kit includes:
The kit does not include the following items, but we can supply them if required:
For replacement panels on older boats please contact us.
This kit is for the slightly more adventurous builder who is competent with a plane.
The kit contains all the parts included in the above kit except the hard and soft wood parts.
In other words it is for the pre-cut plywood panels with pre-cut joints, the epoxy etc., plans and construction manual. Most of the wood is planed in a square section and many people will be able to make the smaller parts from scrap wood that they already have. A small volume of wood is used (approximately £120 worth) but short cut lengths – most of the price saving over the full kit is due to the saving in manufacturing costs.
The dimension of all the parts that have to be made are given in the plans.
This is intended for pre-build study or to help with the decision to purchase. Reading this manual will help you decide whether or not you can build the boat. It is the manual that accompanies the kits. It describes all of the techniques that will be used during the building and also a step by step guide to construction. Scale drawings are used throughout as well as photographs of critical jobs.
If, later, you decide to purchase the kit the cost of this printed manual will be deducted from the kit price.
This manual does not contain the plans of the panels with the cutting instructions so it is not possible to build the boat from scratch using only this manual.
An electronic, non paper, version of the study manual above that can be viewed only using Adobe Reader.
After credit card authorisation the file will be sent to the email address put on the order form. The file is about 1200 KB and takes about 20 seconds to download on slow broadband.