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Dibley Trailer Yacht 26'

Boat Name: Supergroove, Springloaded

‘Supergroove enters European Circuit’

2010 Update:
Springloaded is currently in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Supergroove is currently based in England.

October 1, 2006:

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Supergroove was purchased in June 06 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 Supergroove's new owners.  Both Jonathan and Verity are experienced sailors having raced everything from J24s to Superyachts in all corners of the globe. This winter will see them optimise Supergroove for the IRC rule after which the boat will be club-raced in Falmouth from the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, besides various UK / Europe regattas alongside some weekending when the weather is fair !

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Multi purpose design ‘Supergroove’ continues to sweep all before her

When well know yachtsman Jonathan Gravit returned to Tauranga from overseas in 1994, where he had been sailing Lasers, Hobie Cats & keelers internationally, he had an exciting design idea that he knew would raise some eyebrows around the waterfront.

, as he is affectionately known around the New Zealand yachting fraternity, wanted a multi purpose yacht that could race as a rated Trailer Yacht, Sports Boat and Keel Boat and he definitely wanted a yacht that would push boundaries and set the adrenalin going.

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This boat had to be able to get NZTYA design approval & rating plus be capable of rating for both ORC & PHRF and pass YNZ Cat 3 safety certificate and also fit the parameters for sports boat competition. Quite a tall design order by any standards.

Jonathon commissioned
Kevin Dibley to design what is today known as the Eagle 8 ‘Supergroove’ which was then built at Nigel Ripley’s boatyard in Tauranga.

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Reading the list of gongs since she went in the water in 1995, which include prestigious events like New Zealand Trailer Yacht championship and North Island line honours in ’96, 98, 99, 02 & again in 2005. Also, line honours in the 100 mile Gulf Classic on five occasions & top placings in the Auckland / Tauranga Classic and the Lindauer Coastal Classic there is no doubt that the design met everything he wanted.

Since then, several other
Eagle 8’s have been built, some modified from the original 'Supergroove' and all have lived up to design expectations.

Step on board '
Supergroove' and you immediately have the impression that this boat is meant to fly. Creature comforts are few and far between, but then she was never designed for family cruising as an alternative. Although ‘Jono’ reckons the sleeping arrangements which includes a double berth are ideal.

Eagle 8 meets all the parameters of New Zealand Trailer Yacht Association regulations in terms of accommodation, auxiliary power, cooking facilities, storage and safety factors.

With a few additional safety items such as
EPRIB, 4 man life-raft, Cat 3 flares, the yacht also meets Cat 3 YNZ safety regulations.
Built on a Cedar core with E-Glass and Kevlar, the boat is described by designer Kevin Dibley as “bullet proof” and very stiff.

With an all up weight for ORC certificate of 1400 kgs, ‘Supergroove’ has a draft with the board down of 1.9 metres.

The high aspect centerboard has very low drag factor and with a bulb weight of 400 kgs, when measured for
ORC stability index, she rated at 115.5 which is very high on the index. The rudder is also high aspect and designed to insure full control at all times.

Beam has been kept to the maximum allowed under current trailer rules and carried aft with the hull sides flaring out.

The deck layout is extremely simple and easy to operate from the large cockpit area. Fitted with 4 two-speed
Harken winches plus 2 Maxwell 21’s and two Lewmar 16's the yacht is kitted with Spectra lines throughout.

Lifelines are easily removable to have just two wires to allow legal hiking when sailing as a keel boat.

The rig has a carbon mast with double spreader configuration and diamond stays above the hounds made by
Tom Willets in 1995 with rod rigging, vectran jib halyard with spectra fitted for main and spinnaker.

Alloy boom with two reefing points set up of which the first reef has a 4:1 ratio and the internal outhaul has a 2:1 ratio.

A recent addition to the design is a two metre carbon fibre prod set up in a watertight launch tube. This modification was designed by
Kevin Dibley and built by Paul Hakes in Wellington two years ago and has added a new dimension to the boats speed and sailing abilities with a masthead gennaker now in the wardrobe.

As well as the prod, the yacht sports two carbon spinnaker poles - one made by
C Spars to ORC length of 2.9 metres (110%) when the yacht was launched in 1995 and another more recently by Tom Willets and slightly longer at 3.2m.

The sail inventory is large by any standards. Three mains include a
Dacron one set up for coastal racing with 3 reef lines installed. Another made of Kevlar with no reef lines and a further number 1 main also of heavy Kevlar.

Two number one genoas designed each for light or heavy conditions plus two
Kevlar number 2’s a number 4 in Kevlar and a Dacron storm jib.

Four spinnakers plus three gennakers provides enormous choices to cover all conditions.

Electronics comprise
Horizon speedo with large digital readout that can interface with the wind gear, Plastimo large readout compass, VHF, deep cycle battery and custom windex light which fits to top of the mast for night sailing.

An Evinrude 8hp long shaft outboard provides auxiliary power.

A very rigid custom made trailer allows easy launch and retrieval. Tandem durotorque axles with 3000 kg loading and 4000 kg braking capacity provide safe towing . The trailer also has a number of purpose built cradles for safe carriage of spars when motoring.

For the last four years ‘
Supergroove’ has been under the ownership of Wellington yachtsman Graham Rowe and she regularly races in the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club keeler series plus the Evans Bay Yacht Club trailer yacht A division where Graham is Club Captain.

Under Graham’s helm she has continued to add to the already impressive list of victories run up by
Jonathon Gravit over the seven years he raced this yacht.

In the last four years
‘Supergroove’ was first on line in the 100 mile Gulf Classic 2003, the Tauranga 50 miler, Royal Port Nicholson YC Winter Series on line and handicap, Evans Bay division 1 winter series line & rating, The Lalizas Easter Regatta at Lake Taupo, the 2005 Gulf Classic 100 miler and in Easter 2005 line honours in the New Zealand Trailer Yacht National Championships in A division at Evans Bay YC and no doubt the list will continue for many years to come.


LOA                                                           8.00m                   (26'-3")
LWL                                                           7.30m                   (23'-11")
Beam                                                         2.49m                   (8'-2")
Draft (Board Down)                                   1.90m                   (6'-3")
Designed Displacement                             1180kg                 (2601 #’s)
Sail Area (Main & Fore Triangle)               38.80 sq.m           (418 sq.ft)

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