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.
The hull form is the next generation from the highly successful Dibley 8000 ‘Out of the Blue’ designed a few years back. The key parameter that was kept was the well-balanced hull form that performs beautifully upwind and down.
A large sail area is made possible by the countered keel/bulb configuration and will ensure exciting rides on the wind and off. The lifting keel is high aspect for good lift, and the sections thin at 10% chord length to minimise drag.
The Chris Mitchell designed rig is a swept double spreader fractional carbon spar. The mast is designed to fit within the 40-foot container. A 2-meter protruding prod is incorporated into the bow so that when not in use, it is pulled back into the yacht from the confines of the cockpit. The prod caters for a large masthead and fractional asymmetrical spinnaker.
Structural Engineering is being done by High Modulus (NZ) and will incorporate Carbon, E-glass and a cored hull and deck.
In summary, this yacht will perform to the highest levels in mixed fleets and will supply ultimate thrills to anyone that sails her.