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Dibley Open Style Sailing Yacht 26'

On the Drawing Board

Designed for shorthanded racing, the brief for this design was very clear and detailed.

The client wanted a yacht that can be sailed in some of the offshore and coastal races on the West Coast of North America. An avid short-handed convert, the client wanted top performance in reaching and on the wind; and the layout above and below decks had to be clean and simple.

The hull incorporates a fine
‘U’ shaped entry that flattens out into a nice run aft. Beam was maximised to the limits of what would work on and off the wind, and a well-balanced hull volume distribution was incorporated to maximise the performance. A lifting keel allows the yacht to be dry sailed and stored during the non racing season. The keel and twin rudders incorporate the latest in foil design in order to maximize lift while minimizing drag.

The Main is full battened and powerful. A protruding prod comes out of the port side ‘prod-tube’ which is faired into the hull. This ‘prod tube’ is completely water tight from the interior of the vessel, and all controls to pull it in and out are within easy reach of the helm.

The Interior is comprised of two watertight bulkheads that splits the interior into three watertight compartments. The layout is spartan and simple.

This is an exciting Yacht that will be perfect for those wanting to race in the short handed divisions and longer Coastal / Offshore races that are becoming popular for yachts of this size.

Full Construction Plans are available.

Dibley Open 26


LOA 8.200 metres 26’ – 11”
LWL 7.920 metres 26’ – 0”
BEAM 2.718 metres 8’ – 11”
DRAFT 2.000 metres 6’ – 6”
DISPLACEMENT [1/2 load) 1,380 kg’s 3,042 lb’s
SAIL AREA (working) 44.22 sq.m’s 475.98 sq.ft
Disp/Length Ratio 77

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