Sigrun — By Diane M. Byrne — April 2002
Green With Envy
|Part 2: A Relaxing Oasis|
Of course, some of the changes are more readily visible to the eye, and Sigrun’s engine room provides a showplace for them. All wiring for the watermakers and similar equipment is contained within dedicated and vented chases that conform to ABS specifications, and there’s a clear-glass electrical panel just inside and to port of the engine room entrance, revealing neatly bundled wires. And while some of the yachts delivered under the yard’s prior management reportedly had the valves for the fuel manifold system spread across the forward engine room bulkhead, onboard Sigrun they’re dead center on that bulkhead, directly across from the engine-room door. In addition, in pointing out the sight glass at about eye level and the fact that it’s in a looped line, Russell says he can know in an instant if the fuel is being prevented from flowing properly.
Other noteworthy features of the engine room resulted from a collaboration between Russell and Broward’s team. Because he not only served as project manager on the refit of the owner’s 87-footer but also ran her for about five years, Russell was given the authority by the owner to customize Sigrun’s equipment and layout. Besides making sure to incorporate backups for all systems–some are doubled and even quadrupled as backups–he wanted a separate tool room, which lies immediately between the transom door and engine room, to starboard. While all of this did reduce space in the engine room, it’s not cramped or unworkable, since Russell and Broward employed full-size mockups to ensure access to everything.
The creative solutions were worth the effort. For example, Russell wanted to have a few workbenches near the powerplants. Broward suggested putting one of these benches over a shelf of pumps (for the air conditioning, raw water, etc.), and Russell requested a minor change for easier maintenance access: that the lid of it be hinged. And since the 120-footer is registered in Bermuda, regulations require that a hose and certain other firefighting equipment be onboard; they’re contained within the tool room.
In addition to these construction and engineering changes, Sigrun benefits from a concerted effort by Broward to do more decor-related work under its roof. The yard used to rely on subcontractors for its interiors, but the creation of an on-site joinery shop now lets Broward build all furniture, moldings, etc., which speeds up installation; a side benefit, of course, is the ability to create and test prototype designs. That shop was given quite a workout with the details onboard Sigrun. The amount of crown molding and raised paneling that adorns the hand-rubbed, satin-finished, honey-stained maple makes you feel more like you’re inside a beautiful home than onboard a yacht. The wood gives off a warm glow, particularly in sunlight. It underscores the overall relaxed and homey feel of the yacht, fitting for the owner who, according to Russell, prefers family-oriented gatherings over formal entertaining.
Even the galley feels homey, given its lovely parquet sole. It’s smaller than you’d expect to find aboard a 120-footer, where country kitchens are the norm. But space was traded to create an on-deck owner’s stateroom, something specified right from the start. The warm woodwork receives the spotlight treatment here, literally–eight windows (including two in the closet) bring the sunny vistas inside.
Comfort is key in the below-deck guest staterooms as well, where one of the three is actually considered a second master stateroom (the other two contain the more traditional single berths and queen berth). And any owners who want to know the trick to keeping your captain happy, take note: Russell’s quarters, down a stairway to port from the galley, is more like a VIP stateroom and complete with an office area.
Russell is also well accommodated by the design of the raised pilothouse. While I joke that I’d need a box to stand on if I ever traded my pen for a captain’s uniform, given my 5'2" height (or lack thereof), I had an easier time than usual seeing over the bow. Russell stands just a few inches taller than me and says that not only is the helm lower than that of nearly every other custom yacht, but the sole is also a bit higher. Of course, other yachts are run by captains who aren’t exactly towering figures, but it seems they and the yards they work with assume the only solution is an adjustable helm chair.
If the interior of the yacht is a relaxing oasis, then the top deck, mostly shaded by a hardtop, is certainly the party area. A large bar takes center stage, complete with four seats. More people can gather on the L-shape settees that lie just aft and to each side. If guests prefer taking in the view while Sigrun is running at her 17-knot cruise speed, they can sit in one of the pedestal chairs flanking a third pedestal chair in front of the second helm (wing stations lie to each side as well). And fully aft are the yacht’s tender and PWC, each with matching green hulls (naturally).
The yacht and toys are likely being put to good use in the Bahamas as you read this; in a few weeks Sigrun will head to her flag state of Bermuda for cruising. As for Broward, it’s continuing its efforts to prove it’s serious about competing in the custom-boat business. Any moment now a 105-foot yachtfisherman will debut, with head-turning curves thought impossible for an all-metal yacht, a knock-your-socks-off cherry interior, and an anticipated 34-knot top speed under nearly a full load.
If the engineering improvements incorporated onboard Sigrun and the 105 are any indication of what the future holds for the yard, people soon won’t be looking twice at the marque adorning the yacht’s superstructure.
Broward Yachts Phone: (954) 925-8118. Fax: (954) 925-8777. www.browardmarine.com.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.