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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
July 2005 Dibley Newsletter
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
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.
June 2005 Dibley Newsletter
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.
February 2004 Dibley Newsletter
November 2004 Dibley Newsletter
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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"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 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.
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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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...