05 16 Topic: Dibley 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.