My name is Hugo - I started Le Breton Yachts to build the SIG45.
Nice to see you discussing the boat. Thanks for the comments (both positive and critical!). I thought I might pitch
in to clarify a couple of things.
Firstly, we are very happy with the boat. Very fast, easy to sail and an accommodation that surprises everyone who has been on board - it is much bigger than one might suspect. I will be putting some new pictures up on the website as soon as we get out photoshoot completed.
Vegas is right about the fold down swim platform. It is an option, which gives great water
access plus some additional storage
. the standard boat would have steps on the transom.
I think that there are some differences between the (very nice) boats that have gone before, like those of grainger, shuttleworth, etc and the SIG45.
I think that the closest boats are those of Crowther and Grainger, but relatively speaking, the SIG45 has a lot of accommodation, and quite a lot of deck protection thanks to the twin pilot houses. It is a genuine cruiser racer
fitted out to a high level - not just a racer
with a some beds.
Another is that the hull form is an evolution of VPLP's latest ORMA60 trimarans, which were based on very extensive tank testing. The design is very up to date indeed. This is one of the reasons that there is quite a lot of transom immersion - the boat is not too short, but it was designed this way, with slightly U-shaped sections aft to maximise lift
at higher speeds. The forward sections are rounded and very fine, softing the entry and reducing decelleration and pitching in waves.
It is unfortunately going to be a bit harder to find clients in the current market, but we have a lot of interest in the SIG45, and many client test sails
in the coming weeks. Lets hope that we have something that will attract a few more monohull
sailors over to lighter, faster boats. On the basis of the interested buyers so far, most actually seem to be monohull sailors. Just like the lovely Seacart 30 - their first 8 clients were first time multihull
I would be happy to answer any more questions you might have.
All the best,