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Kraken 66 nominated for 2017 Bluewater Cruiser of the Year



The Dibley designed Kraken 66 has been nominated for the ‘Bluewater Cruiser of the Year’ category in the Sailing Today awards. The results will be announced at the Southampton boat show this September.
To vote for the Kraken 66, please go to the Sailing Today awards page.
Scroll down to ‘Bluewater Cruiser’ and click on the Kraken 66 VOTE button. This takes you to the voting page where you will have to scroll down again to find the Bluewater Cruiser category and tick the Kraken 66. (You will have to give your name and email address).


Dibley named 2017 Yacht Designer of the Year

“After a successful 2016 that rolled into a very busy 2017, New Zealand based yacht designer, Kevin Dibley was named 2017 Yacht Designer of the Year at the recent Asian Marine and Boating Awards in Shanghai.


Dibley had Hong Kong based Kraken Yachts Managing Director, Roger Goldsmith represent him and accept the award on his behalf at the China (Shanghai) International Boat Show, CIBS Gala dinner and the Asian Marine & Boating Awards which was held on April 27th, 2017.

Alistair Skinner, Judges Coordinator for the
Asian Marine & Boating Awards comments:

"I for one have followed Kevin's (Dibley) work for some time, especially the boats he has drawn for Asian builders and have always noted the fairness of the lines. Perhaps not yet as recognised quite as much as some of the previous winners of the award but I am sure that is only a matter of time especially as, although small, the Asian arena is one of the growth hot-spots in the global leisure marine market"


Kevin Dibley, from his Queenstown, New Zealand design studio commented

“I am truly honoured to be chosen for this award. Though it was awarded in my name, all the people contributing to the Dibley Design Team share this win as the synergism that each team member gives is crucial to any projects we get involved in. Our Asian clients have become a very important part of our design success of late and we thank those who have put faith in our work over there. Whether it is racing yachts, cruising yachts or powerboats, our diverse portfolio and clientele have kept the team busy and on their toes, and we look forward too many more years of success in the Asian market.”

Dibley October 2012 Press Release


New Website Launch!

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


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 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 example 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)

Dibley Marine Class 40 Yacht

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Dibley Classe 950 Design 2011

Dibley Marine Mar 2011 Newsletter

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 Transat 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.


New Dibley Classe 950

Dibley 33 Racing Yacht

Dibley Marine 33 Racer Cruiser

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.


Dibley 33 Cruising Yacht

Dibley 33 Cruiser

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.


Dibley 26 Racing Trailer Sailer

Dibley 26 Sailing Boat

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.


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

Sydney to Hobart Racing Yacht

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.


"Supergroove enters European Circuit"

Supergroove Dibley Marine Design
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.

Sagitarius Consoles

Sagitarius Rhib Console Rendering DYD

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.

Contact Dibley Marine for more information

Pilothouse 55' Performance Cruising Yacht, Marnico

Dibley Pilothouse Cruiser
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.


"Supergroove Wins NZ Trail Yacht Championships"

Supergroove Race Yacht Dibley Marine

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.

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

Contact Dibley Marine for more information

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.”


March 2005 Press Release

"Babe in the 2003 Melbourne to Hobart Race"

Babe Racing Yacht Dibley Marine Melbourne to Osaka 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

Kevin Dibley Yacht Designer
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.

Read the article here

"Lasca Crosses the Tasman"

Commander 66 Cruising Yacht Dibley Marine
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


"Dibley Marine & Commander Yachts in Joint Marketing Effort"

Commander 80 Performance Cruising Yacht Dibley Marine

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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