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Dibley November 2013 Newsletter

NOV13

The Dibley 45 is designed as an entry level racing yacht that can be built and sailed competitively at an affordable price. Every area of this design has been simplified to make competitive sailing enjoyable and rewarding. All systems are on top of deck, and equipment kept to a minimum. This is the perfect set up for those looking to compete in local races with good friends and crew mates.

With that said,
Dibley Marine can modify the deck plan to suit those looking for top end racing in international regattas or offshore races where more controls and systems are in place for faster tuning and maneuvers.

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45' Performance Yacht
2013 Launch - DM3-IOM

From the Design Office

Dibley August 2013 Newsletter

Dibley Marine August 2013 Newsletter

As professional designers we are often brought in to assist with projects from other designers and builders who can only take it so far before assistance is required. Whether it is straight design support, styling, or complete commissioning, it is always enjoyable working alongside others who have the same passion that we have. This year we have had a few collaborations which we will briefly describe over the next couple of pages.

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Yazykov 7 Metre
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DB30 Day Sailor
From the Design Office

Dibley November 2012 Newsletter

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DB30 is a collaboration between yacht designer Kevin Dibley, and professional sailor and sailmaker, Scott Beavis. Both felt that there was a gap in the market for a yacht that a couple or young family could sail in comfort and style while going fast and having fun. This is about fun sailing, not weekend cruising. A lot of yachts in this size range are floating campervans where the designer/builder has filled every available space with accommodation and storage. The result is a slow, and heavy yacht. The DB30 is a sports car in comparison. With an attractive combination of modern angles, a classic sheer line and tumblehome aft, we believe the aesthetics will be timeless, and her performance exhilarating. A large sail plan allows the yacht to pick up and go, with little effort. The key is to keep it simple. The fully battened square top main is easily controlled from the cockpit. A small jib allows the yacht to easily tack and a larger over-lapper gets the yacht moving in lighter airs. A retracting prod, which is pulled in and out from the cockpit, allows for both a masthead and fractional gennaker.

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DB30 Day Yacht
From the Design Office
Yacht Racing and Cruisuing Updates and Results

Dibley October 2012 Press Release

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New Website Launch!
A new Website for Dibley Marine Limited has officially been launched. Come visit us:

www.dibleymarine.com or www.dibleyyachts.com

It's an informative, interactive, and user friendly web site that's both easy and fun to get around!

We’ve also linked it to our
Facebook Page, so if you are a part of the Facebook generation - click on 'like’ so we can keep you updated on more of the exciting projects coming through.

Dibley September 2012 Newsletter

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Gunkholing is an American boating term referring to a type of cruising in shallow or shoal water, meandering from place to place, and spending nights anchored in out of the way bays and coves that are inaccessible to vessels with deeper drafts. Though an American term, the majority of boaters from around the world, do just that. And they normally do it for just one or two nights, with the occasional week long voyage during their summer holidays. People are just to busy to spend more time boating. So when they do get out, they want to leave the complexity and business of their work week, and just keep things simple and non-complicated.

Looking out of our design office window, we look over one of the largest marinas in the Southern Hemisphere, Westhaven Marina. Most of the berths are full and the various designs, styles, and sizes seem endless. What is readily apparent, with a closer look, is how complex and cramped the majority of these vessels are. As much interior has been crammed into the fixed length and beam as is possible. That may work for some, but a lot of the boaters we speak to want simplicity without losing comfort. They want to have good indoor / outdoor flow and most importantly, a simple turn key operation that will allow them to roll up and start cruising as soon as they load her up with food and beverages.

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Dibley Picnic Boat Development
7m SY Tender
From the Design Office
Updates and Results

Dibley Class 40 PDF Brochure

Dibley Class 40 brochure 2012

Dibley Marine have been successfully involved with a large number of racing yachts over the years, both as sole designers as well as design support for Laurie Davidson.

With all our commissions, we treat each client as a custom project and can modify and change to suit the clients requirements and needs. The advantages for the client is that they are getting a personalized design, and not fitted in to someone else’s ideals. The
Class 40 is a good ex- ample as it depends on where the yacht will be sailed, or whether the yacht will be shorthanded or fully crewed in the various Class 40 circuits worldwide. This affects deck layouts and ergonomics, as well as the complexity of the design.

This design process also allows us to keep the drawings updated with new technology, rule changes, material upgrades and building methods. Our Team includes world class Structural Engineers, Sail makers, Spar makers and Boat builders, but if the client is looking to build their own yacht or use their own builders, we have the team to work alongside them as design support, where and as required.

Give us a call if you are having trouble finding your ideal yacht and we will work with you to see if we can find a solution.

Kevin Dibley (Auckland, NZ)

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Dibley April 2012 Newsletter

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The Class 40 is designed around an International Design Rule for a sea-oriented racing and cruising yacht with a maximum length of 40 feet. The original goal of the Class was to make offshore races accessible to amateur sailors, and in particular, short-handed. The success of the class in Europe has moved it beyond these parameters, with more and more professional sailors attracted to it.

Part of the attraction of this class is the simple and stringent box-rule, which keeps costs down. Building materials are limited and unlike the ‘Open 40's’, there is no canting keel, and there is some form of comfort down below. The layout shown has been designed for single handed sailing. All halyards and controls lead aft to the cockpit, and excellent cover is provided when in adverse conditions. Twin Rudders allow control at all times.

Like all of our designs, we can custom design to suit for the individual. Plans will be available to build overseas, or we can arrange for a builder in New Zealand.

Drop us an
email with your wish list and we will send you further details.

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FEATURES :
Class 40 Racing Yacht New book: “A Lighter Ton”
Design Updates: Dibley 50 ‘Marnico’; Dibley 10 ‘Chikara’
Davidson 70 ‘Pendragon 6’


Dibley December 2011 Newsletter

DEC11

A couple of years ago we did some design work for a client on the Caspian Sea. It was for a 32 meter luxury cruising launch that could cruise on the Volga River and the offshore strip of the Northern Caspian Sea. The project never went further than the preliminaries as the clients could not achieve the required funding, but it did lead into quite a few enquiries on Canal Boating in Europe and on the Inland Waterways of the USA.

One of our current projects is the Pioneer 39 for the New Zealand based company Mitchellls Group. Their brief was that it not only had to be offshore capable, but also sized for Canal Boating in Europe. This is a very popular form of holidaying for boaters, with Canals spread throughout France, Amsterdam, Germany, Ireland, Russia and the United Kingdom. There are also Canals and inland waterways throughout Canada and the USA, so we had to make sure that the Pioneer 39 was able to cruise the Canals with no sacrifice to the general parameters that allow her to be a great sea kindly vessel when offshore.

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Canal Boating
America’s Cup 12-meter: ‘Gretel-2’ Refit
From The Design Office
Design Updates: DM3-RM Marbleheads
DM2-IOM One Metres

Dibley November 2011 Newsletter

NOV11

The Dibley 55, Marilyn, was launched in February of this year by her owner/builders Stan Peyton and Mark Woods. After sea-trials, she dropped her mooring lines and headed north to Tonga and Fiji for a few months of idyllic family cruising in the Pacific Islands. Clocking up a few thousand nautical miles with 250+ nm days, Stan commented,

After a fantastic sail to Minerva Reef in under four days, we continued on to Tonga in less than two days. Marilyn is proving to be a great Ocean Passage-maker and is extremely comfortable in large seas and fresh breezes.”

Dibley Marine’s Design Director, Kevin Dibley, worked alongside Stan and Mark throughout the build and fine-tuned the design further to cater for changes they wanted in the accommodation layout and systems. The result was a complete success and her recent attendance at the Auckland International Boatshow resulted in further enquiries from those looking at dropping the hectic pace of life and sailing off into the sunset. Further photos and the yachts specifications can be acquired from Dibley Marine.

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Dibley 55 Cruising Yacht 'Marilyn' Jelik 2 Racing Yacht wins '2011 China Cup International Regatta'
Podium finishes for Frenzy & Nosaka in the '2011 Coastal Classic Yacht Race'
Dibley 26 Supergroove and Springloaded
Dibley 25 Carbon in the USA
DM2 IOM (International One Meter)

Dibley August 2011 Newsletter

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NZ based boat-building company, Mitchells Group, have commissioned Dibley Marine Ltd, to de- sign their new flag ship, the Pioneer 39. Designed in the tradition of the Sea Bright Skiff from the East Coast of the USA, Dibley Marine have taken the concept further by modernising her under body shape to minimise drag, maximise range and efficiency, and make this a very cost efficient yacht that will appeal to a large range of boaties.

The Sea Bright Skiff concept has been around since the early 19th Century when they were used for running prohibition bootleggers between the famous Rum Islands of the Caribbean. They had to be sea worthy, light, strong and with excellent directional stability.

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Mitchells Pioneer 39 Launch
Artist - Rachel Harper
100 meter Zeus Project

Dibley April 2011 Newsletter

Dibley Newsletter April 2011

We have recently had a large increase on shorthanded capable racing yacht enquiries. The Classe 950 is our most popular to date, and the Class 40 is another that is showing a lot of interest. Both these Classes are well established globally, but the concept of safe ‘Open type’ offshore yachts can also be a ‘concept and philosophy’ that can fall under any size.

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Dibley Open 800 Design
Racing Outrigger Canoe Design IOM Production
Keel & Bulb Design

Dibley IOM Press Release, April 2011

International One Metre Design Press Release

Early in 2011, Carl Smith, Graham Roberts and Antony Sisson, approached Dibley Marine in regards to producing the DM range of International One Metre (IOM) radio controlled yachts that have dominated the New Zealand fleets since they came on the scene back in 2009. Carl Smith was Dibley Marine’s first client back in the early 1990’s when he built the Dibley 650 sportsboat ‘Stealth’. Carl is currently building his third Dibley designed yacht, a 40-foot Canting Keeler which he is hoping to launch sometime this year. Joining Carl in the IOM venture is Graham Roberts who runs coaching and mentoring sessions at the Tauranga Radio Sailing Club, and Antony Sisson who, as a New Zealand Boatbuilder, has been building IOM’s, in his spare time, for as long as he can remember.

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IOM (International One Meter)
Radio Controlled Racing Yacht
New Zealand Champion hulls
In Production in NZ

Dibley Classe 950 Design 2011



An opportunity is available to anyone local or overseas, interested in joining an established class, for offshore capable, short-handed, racing.

Aimed at coastal, semi offshore, and offshore short- handed racing, the Classe 950 is an already established Box Rule offering a stepping stone from the Mini Transit 650 to the Class 40 which is getting such good results and fleet numbers out of Europe.

Dibley Marine is working alongside Structural Engineer Nina Heatley and a New Zealand boat building company to develop a structure package for this exciting new design.

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New Dibley Classe 950




Dibley December 2010 Newsletter

Dibley December Newsletter

The Class 950 is a box rule that was created by famed French solo sailor Jean-Marie Vidal in 2006. Aimed at coastal, semi offshore, and offshore short-handed racing, the rule intends to bridge the gap in both performance and cost between the Mini 6.50 and the Class 40.

The Class 950 is the perfect yacht for the Corinthian sailor looking for a mid- sized, competitive, fast, fun and affordable boat to race. But the rules also stipulate a minimal amount of interior which includes a small Galley, Head, Berths and Nav Station. This gives more than adequate accommodation for comfortable weekend cruising.

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New Dibley Classe 950
IRC 34 Update
Davidson 69 Pendragon VI launch

Dibley November 2010 Newsletter

Dibley Marine 2010 Newsletter

The Design Process : We are often asked how the process works when a client approaches us for a design, or has ideas they want to bounce around before committing to a project. Our projects are quite diverse and we find that the most successful way of approaching a new design is to split the project into ‘Preliminary and Working Drawing’ stages.

The Preliminary Stage allows the designer & client to get a clear understanding of what is required and to put this into initial drawings. It is the foundation of all future work and everything that follows will be based on these drawings. Costs for the preliminary work depend on the project on hand and we would supply a quote on a project-by-project bases.

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The Design Process
Dibley 42 IRC Optimisation
News and Results

Dibley August 2010 Newsletter

Dibley Marine August 2010 Newsletter

The Dibley 34 could best be described as the ideal kiwi yacht for sailing in local and coastal races and regattas. Designed for upwind performance, this design will also take off in the reaches and runs but with full control at all times.

Cockpit layout and sailing systems have been thought out carefully to minimise crew movement during tacks and gybes and to make sailing easy and effortless throughout all manoeuvres. This yacht would be an ideal shorthanded racer with all lines and halyards leading aft and within easy reach.

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Dibley 34 Racing / Cruising Yacht
News from Dibley Designs around the World
News and Results

Dibley June 2010 Newsletter

Dibley Newsletter June 2010

As soon as you see the word IRC and connect it with anything between 38’ and 43’, you will be excused from thinking heavy production type lead mines. It is this type form that seems to do well under this rule and not until you get into the 48’ plus lengths that lighter displacement hull forms can start performing to the rating.

The cost comparison of a TP 52 and a 42-footer both in build and campaign costs is far more than triple so we have a group of yachties out there that want their yacht to light up and fly but are either forced to go heavy and slow to have any chance under IRC, or go to a different rule / handicap system all together.

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Dibley January 2010 Newsletter

Dibley Jan 2010 Newsletter

Why would someone commission a Yacht Designer? Surely, by now, there are enough boats on the market to cater for everyone’s needs! There must be hundreds of millions of vessels out there! The question was put to me a few years back when a potential Client walked into our office, thinking we were also a Brokerage. He’d been visiting Brokerage firms for over a year and he was prepared to keep looking until he found his dream boat, come ‘hell or high water’.

The main attribute a Designer needs, besides the obvious ability to design a yacht, is the ability to listen. As the ancient Greek philosopher Epictetus [AD 55 – 135] said

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak:.

Wise words for a Designer to heed. The Client conveys their needs, and the Designer must then put those needs into a workable design. Sometimes the Client isn't sure what their needs are, but with careful listening and using their own experiences and knowledge, the Designer can help them steer their way through the possible' and impossible wants. The result is a Client that is more knowledgeable than he was previously, and a Designer that has a better brief to work with. So the Client not only walks away with a Custom Yacht or re-Design that fits his/her own ideals and needs, but they also walk away more experienced, knowledgeable, and a clearer vision than when they first walked in.

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A Last Minute look at 2009
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Dibley November 2009 Newsletter

Dibley Newsletter Nov 09

We are often asked how the process works when a client approaches us for a design, or has ideas they want to bounce around before committing to a project. Our projects are quite diverse and we find that the most successful way of approaching a new design is to split the project into ‘Preliminary and Working Drawing’ stages.

The Preliminary Stage allows the designer & client to get a clear understanding of what is required and to put this into initial drawings. It is the foundation of all future work and everything that follows will be based on these drawings. Costs for the preliminary work depend on the project on hand and we would supply a quote on a project-by-project bases.

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Design Tools - What We Use!
From The Drawing Board
Radio Controlled Yachts

Dibley Summer 2009 Newsletter

Dibley Newsletter Summer 09

Newly built by Langoon Royal Shipyard in the Ukraine, this Classic Dragon was shipped to New Zealand for finishing touches. Dibley Marine Project Managed a group of New Zealand sub-contracters which included Phil Bish Boatbuilders, Simon Kidd of Doyle Sails, Grant Blewett of Harken who put the Deck Systems together, John Bennett of Sparloft for the rig.

Dibley Marine found the process almost effortless with the quality of the people involved”.

With her first launch in February, her New Zealand skipper, Alex Kirichuk will sail her in the New Zealand Dragon National Championships in March against a fleet of local yachts.

Designed by
Johan Anker in 1929, the Dragon Class has grown to be one of the most prestigious Classes in the world of competitive yachting. Classes are split between the Modern GRP Dragons and the Wooden Classics.

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International Dragon Class Refit
2009 Launching Updates
Gretel II Relaunches

Dibley August 2009 Newsletter

Dibley Newsletter Aug 09

Over the past few years, Dibley Marine has been involved in a number of Keel, Bulb and Rudder modifications for existing yachts. These yachts have ranged from 25 feet up to 150 feet and from various design houses around the world. The two main reasons our clients have approached us for new Appendages is for either a performance gain, or draft restrictions. Other reasons, and some are related to the above, are: Reducing Leeway, Minimising Drag, Increasing VMG [Velocity Made Good), To correct a Trim Issue, To correct a Weight Issue and to help with Helm Balance. Yachts are usually designed for a specific service to their original owner, or to a Marketing Teams vision of what the masses want in a yacht. But when a yacht has been on-sold, sometimes the total package doesn’t quite fit within the new owners requirements, and changing the appendages can be a good way of getting a great yacht that performs to their expectations.

We recently did a new keel for a client who had increased his sail area by 20% and found that the existing keels profile area couldn’t resist the new sail plans side force. So they were pointing higher and going faster over the water, but they were slipping sideways a lot more and thus their VMG took a big dive as compared to their previous performance numbers.

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Appendage Refits - Why ?
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10m Production Water Taxi

Dibley July 2009 Newsletter

Dibley Newsletter July 09

Dibley Marine continues progress on the Caspian 30 project. Currently working through the Russian Rules for Inland Waterways and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) compliancy rules for Intact and Damage Stability, Dibley has pulled in local Marine Consultant, John Harrhy to assist in the program. One of Harrhy’s specialist areas is in Classification Society and Safety Approval requirements. The finished Preliminary Stability Booklet will be used as the base weight and trim control sheet during construction.

The Russian requirements include compliance to severe wind and rolling and must meet stability criteria for Ice build up on Deck. The Preliminary Package will include General Appearance, Interior Layouts, Systems design for Plumping, Electrical and Hydraulic as well as Stability requirements which will need to be met by the builders during the construction process.

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Caspian 30m Progress Update
On The Drawing Board
Pendragon VI Launched !

Dibley April 2009 Newsletter

Dibley Newsletter April 09

The newly launched Classic Dragon, ‘Alla’ (NZL-15) that was featured in our last Newsletter, finished a credible 3rd in the 2009 New Zealand International Dragon Association. Owner / Skipper, Alex Kirichuk, received the ‘Brown and Stone Trophy’ for best performing “Classic Dragon” for this result. NZL-15, an all wooden Dragon, was skippered by Alex, and crewed by Simon Kidd of Doyle Sailmakers, and Kevin Dibley. This was the first time NZL-15 sailed and the crew were still tuning her up to the last race.

The Regatta was won by Scott Palmer and his crew of Fraser Beer and Phil Allen in their GRP Dragon ‘Yankee Doodle Dandee’. Past National Champion, John Webber and his crew of Frans & Sam de Court teamed up on ‘Matuku’ to take a hard fought for 2nd place. Alex Samorukov, Simon Kidd, Kevin Dibley, Alex Kirichuk.

With the
World Championships in Melbourne in 2011, the New Zealand International Dragon Association has seen this Regatta as a platform to build up the local Dragon fleet. Alex Kirichuk, who brought in NZL-15 from the Ukrainian yard of ‘Lagoon Royal’, has a further two dragons underway and hopes to have them sent to New Zealand to be finished off, in the very near future.

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New Zealand Dragon Class Nationals
On The Drawing Board
On The Race Course

Dibley 33 Racing Yacht



The brief for the Dibley 33R was for an exciting high performance racing yacht that combined dinghy like performance with strength and seakindliness for semi-offshore and coastal races. She also had to fit within a 40-foot container and be shipped anywhere in the world.


The hull form utilizes a narrow beam waterline with slightly hollow waterlines forward, with our usual u-shaped sections fairing into a flat run aft. The combination is carefully considered to ensure a well-balanced hull form that will perform beautifully upwind and down.

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Dibley 33 Cruising Yacht



The Dibley 33C uses the same hull form as the Dibley 33R but is de-powered to cater for more stability and internal comfort. Like the Dibley 33R, she also had to fit within a 40-foot container and be shipped anywhere in the world.



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Dibley 26 Racing Trailer Sailer



The brief for the Dibley 26 was for an exciting all round performance trailer sailer with a high stability factor and a simple yet highly efficient deck layout. She is optimised for 10-16 knots wind speeds but has the sail-power to handle the light and a hull form that can get up and boogie in the higher ends. She also had to slide into a 40-foot container, with trailer, and be shipped anywhere in the world.

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Dibley 46 Grabs Podium Finish in 2006 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race



Sailing in her third Sydney to Hobart Race, ‘Fincorp More Witchcraft’, skippered by Australian, John Cameron, sailed across the finish line in Hobart, Tasmania to record a second place in PHS Division A. Cameron, sailing in his 14th Sydney Hobart Race, along with Robbie Burns, sailing his 25th Hobart race, sailed a consistent but tactical course south to finish in 3-days and 20-hours.

Designed by
Kevin Dibley in 1995 and built by Ian Vickers of Auckland, New Zealand, Fincorp More Witchcraft was given a complete makeover in 2005, including new appendages, giving her a more competitive performance edge both on and off the wind.

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"Supergroove enters European Circuit"

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Supergroove was purchased in June, 2006 by Jonathan & Verity Cunliffe from Falmouth, England, and shipped to it's new owners just in time for Falmouth Week which provided a good learning curve for SG's new owners. Both Jonathan and Verity are experienced sailors having raced everything from J24s to Superyachts in all corners of the globe.
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Sagitarius Consoles



This console marks the first in a series of design projects with Sagitarius Rhibs.

The console features functional and
ergonomic details that make it one of the safest and most practical in its' class.

This Sagitarius rhib is scheduled to go into production in early 2007.

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Pilothouse 55' Performance Cruising Yacht, Marnico

Marnico was designed as a fast, performance orientated cruising yacht emphasising an open and comfortable interior plan. Our intent has been to provide a boat that could easily be sailed single-handed with the option to include guests on shorter coastal voyages.

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July 2005 Dibley Newsletter

Jive Talkin’, racing in the 2005 Auckland/Suva race, has cleaned up on ORC and PHRF handicap as well as finishing 8th on line behind much larger yachts including the super-maxi Konica Minolta.

Racing with a small crew of six, this little 35’ yellow rocket. was first past Northhead and had averaged a speed of 10.8 knots for the first two days before the breeze lightened north of New Zealand. With constant bursts of 21 knots, and an average speed of over 10 knots for the race, Jive’ was worked hard and the win well deserved.

Designed by
Laurie Davidson in 2001, with design support by Dibley Marine, Jive Talkin’ has dominated the various ORC offshore series that she has entered since launch- ing, and with her new keel and rudder designed by Dibley last year to account for the new changes in the rule and the way the crew sail her, she has again taken a leap forward in both performance and handling.

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June 2005 Dibley Newsletter

Designed in conjunction with Chris Bouzaid and the Waianiwa Group in the USA, the brief was for a fast, safe, comfortable ocean-going cruising yacht, with a classic but modern style in her aesthetics. Our intent has been to provide a boat readily sailed shorthanded handed and with a turn of performance that will allow her crew exhilarating sailing within a moderate displacement. This boat is ideally suited to participation in any of the various ocean cruising rallies that are currently enjoying increasing popularity.

The hull is designed with a fine ‘V’ shaped entry, a moderate beam and a well-balanced hull volume distribution allowing good load carrying capacity without affecting the performance characteristics of this very comfortable design.

The raised upper saloon and Navigation station allows guests and owners to enjoy the views and sight-lines while under sail or when in port; with formal saloon and entertaining further below. Two main sleeping Cabins with a third for extra guests and a well laid out galley ensure all the comforts are catered for.

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June 2005 Dibley Newsletter

"Supergroove Wins NZ Trail Yacht Championships"

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Just weeks after winning the 100-mile Gulf Classic on Line and Handicap, the 12-year old Supergroove took out the New Zealand Trailer Yacht Championships, once again with overall Line Honours. Racing in her 6th Trailer Yacht Nationals since launching, Supergroove has now won the event 4 times with two second places in 1997 and 2000. The 2005 event consisted of eight windward / leeward races and one long harbour race with no drops for the Series. According to owner / skipper, Graham Rowe,

“We scored five firsts, a second, two thirds, and a sixth. Weather conditions ranged from 30 knots on the first day, up to 15 knots on the subsequent two days. A first, the two thirds and the sixth came with the heavier air and awful chop”.

In the better conditions, Supergroove lived up to her name. She was first around every mark on the final day of three races and the crew work just got better and better. But as Graham Rowe comments:

“In races that were about 3.6 miles in length, we could not generate the 6 minute lead we needed to get the edge over the Ross 780’s on handicap”.

Again, well done to Graham and his crew of Colleen Slagter (3 days) / Mark Ansell (one day) on mainsheet, Andy McCallum on foresail, Pedro Morgan on keyboards / trim and Stuart Park on bow.

Note:
Supergroove is currently on the market, so let us know if you have an interest. Full spec sheets available on request.

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March 2005 Press Release

Sailing in tricky, light conditions, ‘Supergroove’ took out the double in the 100 Mile Gulf Classic run by the Waikato Yacht Squadron’ held on March 12 & 13th. Sailing on a course that covers the Harauki Gulf, Graham Rowe and crew crossed the line almost two hours ahead of the next yacht which resulted in winning both Line and Handicap honours.

Supergroove has done this race 6 times with 5 Line Honour wins but this is the first Double she has achieved.

Designed in 1993 for Jono Gravit, ‘
Supergroove’ went on to win four New Zealand Trailer Yacht Championships along with a host of other events. Her new owner, Graham Rowe, has continued the success and is keeping the 12 year old design competitive with the addition of a new 2 metre prod that Dibley designed for her earlier this year.

According to Graham,
“We were using our largest gennaker, normally flown on a pole, but having its effort further for- ward meant that we carried it in heavier air than we would have on the pole and we were well under control all the time.”

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March 2005 Press Release

November 2004 Dibley Newsletter

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November 2004 Dibley Newsletter

"Babe in the 2003 Melbourne to Hobart Race"

A Summary of the 2003 Melbourne to Hobart race by Babe crew member Andrew Stewart:

"A good start but as always the first 8 miles to the Heads was reaching, so given water-line length (smallest boat in the fleet), we ended up leaving the Heads mid fleet. We headed east for the first 24 hours looking and hoping for an easterly change. Unfortunately the system had slowed a little and the expected ENE came around 12 - 18 hours later than the pre-race info suggested ..." Read More...

"The Designer with Nine Lives" by Laurance Schaffler

By his own admission, Auckland yacht designer Kevin Dibley shouldn't be alive. He's beaten cancer and survived a near catastrophic capsize during the 1993 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. But far from denting his enthusiasm for life, these experiences have only served to sharpen his boat designing focus. Lawrence Schaffler reports.

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"Lasca Crosses the Tasman"

The Commander 66 'Lasca' (formerly Knight Commander) has crossed the Tasman after summer sailing in Fiji, the Islands and around New Zealand. Her plans are to explore the Eastern Australian coastline with her new owners

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"38' Racing Yacht Under Construction in New Zealand"


Carl Smith from Tauranga, New Zealand is currently building a 38' Racing / Cruising Yacht ... the latest design out of the Dibley Design Studio. Built for his own use, Carl plans to campaign her in local and National events as well as the occasional offshore event such as Hamilton Island Race Week in Queensland, Australia Read More...

February 2004 Dibley Newsletter

Carl Smith, from Tauranga, New Zealand, is currently building a 38’ Racing / Cruising Yacht which is the latest design out of the Dibley Design Studio. Being built for his own use, Carl plans to campaign her in local and National events as well as the occasional offshore event such as Hamilton Island Race Week in Queensland Australia.

Carl has had a long association with Dibley Marine and was the first owner / builder of the Dibley 650 ‘Stealth’ which is racing successfully in the South Island. Structural Engineering was done by High Modulus NZ Ltd. and the Rig was designed by Chris Mitchell of Applied Engineering Ltd. Launch date will be early 2005.

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February 2004 Dibley Newsletter

January 2004 Dibley Newsletter

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January 2004 Dibley Newsletter

"Dibley Marine & Commander Yachts in Joint Marketing Effort"



The Commander 80 is a high performance cruising yacht of modern appearance with two-handed capability. She has a smooth interior / exterior flow that re-defines luxury, both on deck and throughout the accommodation.

The hull form has relatively fine u-shaped sections forward, which soften into a flat run aft. To ensure high performance while providing a spacious, comfortable interior, the topsides have been flared so as not to adversely affect the yacht's ideal volume distribution below the waterline when sailing.
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