January 2010 Topic: Dibley 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.
A Last Minute look at 2009
Dibley 57 Performance Cruising Yacht
Commission a Designer
November 2009 Topic: Dibley Newsletter
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.
Design Tools - What We Use!
From The Drawing Board
Radio Controlled Yachts
August 2009 Topic: Dibley Newsletter
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.
Appendage Refits - Why ?
On The Drawing Board
10m Production Water Taxi
October 2009 Topic: Dibley Newsletter
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.
International Dragon Class Refit
2009 Launching Updates
Gretel II Relaunches
July 2009 Topic: Dibley Newsletter
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.
Caspian 30m Progress Update
On The Drawing Board
Pendragon VI Launched !
April 2009 Topic: Dibley Newsletter
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.
New Zealand Dragon Class Nationals
On The Drawing Board
On The Race Course
February 2007 Topic: Press Release
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.
January 2004 Topic: Dibley Newsletter