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Roger Rushton

Owner of Lambert 36’, ‘Frenzy’
In 2011, Dibley Marine designed a new keel and bulb for ‘Frenzy’. The following came from her owner, Roger Rushton.
"I have known Kevin Dibley since 2002 when I purchased one of his designs second hand, a 7.5 metre Sports Boat called “Carbon”. I happily campaigned her in Tauranga and competed in 1 Auckland to Tauranga race. This race was the downwind 40 knotter where Carbon almost flew from Channel Island to Tauranga. During the time of ownership of Carbon, I found Kevin to be a very friendly sounding board as he helped the crew and I to extract the best we could out of her when we were usually competing with much bigger keelers.

After 3 years of competitive racing with Carbon in the TYPBC Division 1 fleet I decided to buy a bigger and faster yacht and purchased the Gary Lambert designed “Frenzy”, a well known, New Zealand coastal racer and Carbon was sold to North America.

Over the years since I have kept in touch with Kevin and sought his counsel of several matters relating to Frenzy and how to make her go faster. These discussions led this year (2011) to a redesign project being undertaken, designed and supervised by Kevin  with a new bulb and keel fitted to Frenzy.

The promise from Kevin was for more speed than a new set of sails and I am very pleased to say he has delivered. Frenzy finished 8 minutes ahead of her old rival “Extreme” in her first outing in a harbour race, demonstrating significantly improved upwind speed and overall improved performance. Frenzy has very rapidly acquired the top handicap in the TYPBC Keeler fleet and finished 2
nd this year in Div 2 in the Coastal Classic on line to water ballasted Truxton by 19 seconds and 2nd on Hcp in a very creditable performance despite Frenzy’s PHRF going up .020 for the race.

Kevin managed the project while I was overseas and kept me fully informed throughout of progress or holdups.
I would like to personally thank Kevin Dibley, for his very professional contribution to the design and build of Frenzy’s keel and the marked improvement in speed as a result."

Roger Rushton.
Owner / Skipper of Frenzy

Stan Peyton and Mark Woods

Owners / Builders of the Dibley 55 Center-cockpit Cruising Yacht , ‘Marilyn’

In February 2011, ‘Marilyn’ was launched followed by 7 months of cruising Fiji and the surrounding Pacific Islands with the family. The following came from Stan & Mark (October 2011):

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“We first contacted Kevin when we were looking at purchasing the hull of the Dibley 55' and gleaned a lot of useful information from him as he was the designer/consultant for the builder of the hull.

Finding him helpful and professional led us into using his services upon purchase of the boat. His skills as a designer blend really well with the qualification as a naval architect, as we were particularly concerned to get the stability right after moving tanks around etc,everything he did was spot on and we are especially pleased with the aesthetics of the coachroof he designed as it is always hard to get a center cockpit boat with hard top to look good, the end result being  something we are proud to look at and completely practical.

With a project such as ours was, being able to call the designer at any time,even for a chat , made the project much more enjoyable and the end product shows this.

We couldn’t recommend kevin highly enough to other customers. His easy going manner and totally professional attitude with modern approach at all times makes for a great boat building exercise on any scale.”

Stan Peyton
Mark Woods

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