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The New Nimbus T11: Cruises into Asia


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The Nimbus T11 is the flagship of the Swedish builder’s ‘Tender’ line Picture: Nimbus

‘T’, they are saying, stands for Tender, which might be one thing of an understatement. What they actually imply is that the Nimbus T11 is a high-speed, supremely steady, brilliantly designed, ingeniously sensible, completely constructed, fabulously versatile go-anywhere boat. However that may in all probability have concerned too many initials.

Till just lately, I hadn’t heard of an ‘journey boat’. Okay, so I’ve been dwelling in a cave (truly, Hong Kong, however there’s a similarity) and I’m a dyed-in-the-wool sailor, so clearly I’ve not been taking lots of discover past the guardrail. Nevertheless, I used to be just lately launched to Nimbus and its T11, and the impact is outstanding: unexpectedly, I desire a motor boat.

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The Nimbus T11 is good for sunny days, with the model making inroads into Asia over the previous yr Picture: Nimbus

Yacht Model was invited for a sea trial of the T11 by seller Asiamarine, which has represented Nimbus in Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam since final yr.

In Hong Kong, a sea trial often means a gradual pace cruise from Aberdeen to Deep Water Bay within the firm of some younger women from the society magazines who’ve been reminded to go away their excessive heels on the dock and who don’t need to spill the prosecco.

The primary Nimbus T11 in Asia is in Hong Kong, whereas there’s additionally a hull in Thailand. Picture: Nimbus

In Europe, an invite to a sea trial means “right here’s the wheel, give it the beans”. Fortunately, Asiamarine adheres to the European mannequin, so this was a chance to correctly put the T11 by way of its paces – and my oh my, it didn’t disappoint.

Right here’s the brief assessment: for those who’re in search of a ship round 40ft that may transfer 12 folks just about anyplace, quick and in consolation, then please don’t signal something till you’ve checked out a Nimbus T11.

The primary Nimbus T11 in Hong Kong options ‘Tomato’ crimson upholstery. Picture: Nimbus

You’ll be excused for considering that the T11 is missing in curvy curves. As a substitute, it comes throughout with a extra purposeful look. It’s an enormous boat, extra Amazon than ballet dancer. It has a super-sharp bow profile, excessive freeboard and lodging for 4.

And this can be a walkaround day boat? That prime freeboard means correspondingly excessive bulwarks on the within which makes the T11 really feel just like the most secure walkaround ever. Hmm … it’s going to want a brand new label.

Energy & Efficiency

Let’s begin on the stern. Two 300hp Mercury outboards come as customary, however you possibly can improve to 350hp or 400hp variations, or actually have a pair of Volvo Penta D4 DPI inboards.

The T11 provides a wide range of engine choices and seating preparations. Picture: Nimbus

There’s by no means going to be lack of energy, however — and it’s not a secret — in customary configuration, this boat will get up on the aircraft in a heartbeat and cruises effortlessly at 40 knots. That’s Sai Kung to Tai Lengthy Wan in 19 minutes, or Central to Cheung Sha Wan on Lantau in simply 25. Do you want extra?

Get behind the helm of the T11 and it proves to be an exceptionally well-mannered boat. The T11’s hull has a correctly sharp entry for low drag at low speeds, which permits the boat to speed up quick and get away onto the aircraft in a short time certainly.

The Nimbus T11 cruises in Hong Kong. Picture: Nimbus

Two spray rails slide away aft to a 20.6˚ deadrise that provides the boat immense stability, whereas the 2 race-derived hull steps cut back wetted floor space and due to this fact speed-killing drag. With the throttles large open and the helm totally down, the roll angle of the boat was solely 22˚ (we measured it). The boat confirmed no inclination to chew within the flip. It’s a phenomenal trip, little question about it.

Versatile & Useful

Go ahead previous the engines and also you’re within the social a part of the boat. Actually, I’ve by no means seen a dayboat of any dimension that gives so many seating, lounging and eating configurations in a single unit.

The shade supplied by the hardtop may be prolonged by a bimini. Picture: Nimbus

The designers at Nimbus will need to have sat down at some point with the intention to create a Transformer, this time not based mostly on a automotive, however a ship.

The aft sunpad connects to a trio of — generally — adjoining bench seats with movable backrests. The aspect bench seats can face the full-scale eating desk that may fold open to full dimension and seat 9.

Alternatively, for if you need to get to the seashore as quick as doable, the desk may be folded in half and the aspect bench seats may be rotated 90 levels to sit down aspect by aspect and supply a row of forward-facing seats, complementing the lengthy aft couch behind.

The versatile seating may be arrange as three sofas across the adjustable desk. Picture: Nimbus

In entrance of the principle social zone are two seats alongside the helm to maintain the pilot firm, supplying you with forward-facing seating for 11-12 folks when required. And that doesn’t embrace the foredeck

seats.

The helm place has received all of the toys at hand — two screens displaying all of the related operating and navigation instrumentation, in addition to the bow thruster, joystick and Skyhook.

The latter is an actual gem. Arrive within the marina short-handed, interact the Skyhook to maintain the boat stationary when you prep the strains and fenders, after which use the joystick to get into the berth. Step ashore and tie up. The system is so good and simple to make use of that it’s laughable.

The beautiful triple-seat helm station permits the skipper to sit down, lean or stand. Picture: Nimbus

Fridges, drawers, lockers, a sink and a grill inhabit the unit between seating space and the helm, and there isn’t a cubic inch anyplace that isn’t devoted to space for storing — underneath the flooring, underneath the lifting bench seat, and underneath the aft sunpad.

Remarkably, the entire aft bench seat opens upwards on an electrical or hydraulic ram to disclose an enormous quantity of space for storing beneath. Inboard engines are going to take up a few of that house when you’ve got them fitted, which can be a superb purpose to stick with the outboards.

Ahead & Under

Ahead a little bit extra, on the port aspect, and down three craftily designed offset steps, and you might be in the principle cabin. This boasts a full-size double berth, virtually 2m of headroom, and a fully-fitted rest room with head, basin and separate bathe.

The decrease deck features a galley and storage reverse the lavatory, plus a ahead double mattress. Picture: Nimbus

Hull home windows let within the mild, and so does a deck hatch, so that is no darkish cave. Flip exhausting proper and down one other step, and also you’ll discover one other double cabin. This one matches into the void underneath the cockpit ground, so it’s a completely sensible feet-first-and-slide-in association.

Ahead of the helm place is the entrance deck solar pad association, with storage beneath, naturally. There’s a windlass and anchor locker, after all.

The midships double mattress is cosy, however good for sleeping and studying. Picture: Nimbus

The construct high quality of the Nimbus T11 is healthier than first-class. There aren’t any rattles and no wobbles. That is the primary time I’ve seen a T-top association that has completely no motion in it — stable as a rock.

The end all through the boat is impeccable, from the hull development to the chrome steel, and from the teak deck to the considerate provision of acceptable handholds, rails and seize factors. Even the upholstery is high-quality and enjoyable. Nimbus name it ‘Tomato’, nevertheless it seems to be like a cheerful fire-engine crimson to me.

This versatile two-cabin walkaround is way more than the Tender identify suggests: Nimbus

Right here’s the true skinny: for those who can produce a powerboat that impresses a sailor, you’re doing one thing fairly extraordinary. I’ll by no means hand over crusing, however now I desire a powerboat, too: a Nimbus T11.

This text first appeared on Yacht Model.

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