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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.


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From the Design Office

"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.

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

"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.

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