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T
he
Class 40
is designed around an international design rule for a sea-oriented racing-and-cruising yacht with
a maximum length of 40 feet.
The original goal of the class was to make offshore races
accessible to amateur sailors, and in particular, short-
handed.
The success of the class in Europe has moved it beyond
these parameters, with more and more professional sailors
attracted to it.
Part of the attraction of this class is the simple and strin-
gent box-rule, which keeps costs down. Building materials
are limited and unlike the
Open 40
’s, there is no canting
keel, and there is some form of comfort down below. The
layout shown has been designed for single-handed sailing.
All halyards and controls lead aft to the cockpit, and excel-
lent cover is provided when in adverse conditions. Twin rud-
ders allow control at all times.
Like all of Dibley’s designs, this yacht can be custom de-
signed to suit the individual. Plans will be available to build
overseas, or we can arrange for a builder in NZ. Drop Dibley
an email with your wish list and he will send you further
details
An opportunity is available to anyone local or overseas,
interested in joining an established class, for offshore ca-
pable, short-handed, racing. Aimed at coastal, semi off-
shore, and offshore short-handed racing, the
Class 950
is
an already established box rule offering a stepping stone
from the
Mini Transit 650
to the
Class 40
which is getting such good results and fleet numbers out of Europe.
Dibley Marine is working alongside structural engineer Nina Heatley and a New Zealand boatbuilding company
to develop a structure package for this exciting new design. Boatbuilder, Richard Edlin, has worked closely with
Dibly’s clients on a proposal that makes it very competitive against what is already out on the market. To make
it even more enticing, the cost savings on getting two or three yachts built simultaneously makes this concept
very achievable for those interested.
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THE DIBLEY
CLASS 40
Designed by Kevin Dibley
Of
Dibley Marine Ltd.