The Signet 20 was designed by American naval architect and yacht designer Ray Kaufman in around 1963. (Some books spell his name Roy Caufman). They were built in many countries around the world by various yards but mostly built in the US.The Signet was built by several yards in the UK but most were moulded by A.G. Hurley Marine Limited of Plymouth around 1965 to 1967 - also by Marineways Ltd and Sea Angling Charters of Abergavenny, Wales, plus Signet Marine Division. I.D. Baret & Co Ltd Monmouthshire, Wales. Standards of construction and finish varied significantly from builder to builder, as did interior layout. It is likely that Hurley Marine produced the mouldings and other yards completed and then sold the boats. The Signet 20 with Sail Number 15 was built by Hurley Marine and was used in all publicity shots for in literature for all other builders and completers.
Hurley had one himself and raced it frequently in Plymouth Sound. It
was his favourite boat apparently.
The Signet 20 is a strong and seaworthy little yacht similar in concept to the Hurley Felicity and Hurley 20.
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