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Dibley May 2016 Newsletter

Dibley Marine May 2016 Newsletter

As mentioned in our last newsletter, a new company, Kraken Yachts Ltd. led by Dick Beaumont and Roger Goldsmith of Hong Kong, had commissioned us to design their bluewater cruising fleet which comprised the K50, K58 and the K66. Both Dick and Roger have thousands of sea miles behind them and they knew what they wanted. This made the designing quite easy and enjoyable as the process and detailing was shared between both parties.

The largest in the fleet is the Kraken 66 which was designed as a true performance bluewater cruising yacht. She had to have enough volume and displacement to cater for comfortable long term cruising and storage. She also had to be stiff with a high angle of vanishing stability (AVS) and have a good turn of speed which is a requirement for today’s yachtsperson.

During the preliminary discussions we all sat down and worked out the most important factors that make up a true bluewater cruising yacht. These were simplified down to safety, comfort and performance and it was a requirement in the brief that no compromises be made on any of these three points.

The yacht had to be handled by one from the cockpit, but also be ergonomically efficient with a crew, so the deck plan was well thought out in a sailing and anchoring/berthing point of view. Details on life-raft storage, ventilation, anchoring and aft boarding platforms have all been catered to. Customised helm pedestals allow full use of instrumentation all within reach of the helm.

The Sail Plan is easily controlled from the cockpit. The furling boom allows effortless reefing and the cutter rig allows plenty of sail set options. Swept Spreaders and a clean deck follows the mantra of ‘keeping is simple’ with all halyards and control lines leading aft under the deck and out of sight.


Dibley Marine November 2014 Newsletter
Kraken 66
AC 34 Day Yacht
Racing Results and News
From the Design Office

Dibley November 2011 Newsletter

Dibley Marine Newsletter November 2011

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.


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)

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