On the boats: Nimbus T11 | Chesapeake Bay Magazine
The Baltic Sea presents Scandinavian boaters with conditions reminiscent of the Chesapeake Bay and Maine – a winding coastline with coves, islands and navigable rivers that invite exploration, but also cold water and rocky reefs to avoid. The people are adventurous and their boats reflect that spirit. Thereby, CBM was looking forward to seeing a new model from Nimbus, one of Sweden’s oldest recreational boat builders.
The 40’7″ T11 is distinctive. It offers seating for two and a sundeck forward, a walk-in cabin with an enclosed head and berths below, a large hardtop over the helm, flexible seating with a table in the cockpit and a large open aft platform with swimming ladder. Nimbus calls it a tender, theoretically set up for the service of a superyacht, but easily adaptable “for all types of daily activities, transportation, water sports and entertainment”. This model has two sisters: the W11 Weekender (“for weekends, day trips and social activities”) and the C11 Commuter with closed wheelhouse (“for year-round transport”). We came away impressed with the T11 as a very versatile family boat for at least three seasons on the Chesapeake.
This Nimbus shell is distinctive in appearance, long and narrow with a shaft that falls almost vertically to a double row of chines, then cuts sharply at the forefoot. The result is a sharp bow for head seas that still won’t stumble in the face of a following sea. Double chines dump spray forward and provide extra lift aft, while a pair of steps under the helm and just aft “air lube” the running surface without making the boat so slippery that it slips in tight turns. Between these features, a standard ZipWake leveling system, and the relatively high aspect ratio, our test boat showed almost no bow rise while getting on the plane. Thus, it could operate efficiently without wallowing even if it was forced to slow down in rough seas. With its two 300hp Mercury Verado V-8 outboards purring, the T11 cruised most happily between 19 and 28 knots (4,000 to 4,500 rpm), consuming 21 to 28 gallons of fuel per hour. The top end at 5900 rpm with two on board and three quarters of a tank of fuel was 42 knots, aided by the “air lubrication” of those two steps. With those numbers, a T11 could travel the length of the Chesapeake, from Havre de Grace to Norfolk, in about six hours on a single tank of fuel. It is a boat built for day explorations.
A full day on the water, however, requires a few amenities: comfortable and safe places to sit, both en route and at rest; passageways wide enough for freedom of movement; shade for at least part of the day; places to keep groceries cool; work surfaces for preparing food; and a comfortable, private head. A double berth for naps would be nice, as would a grill or stove. All were standard on our test boat except for the grill/stove, which
For long boat trips, the T11 offers forward-facing seating for up to 11 people, well within its European Union C12 rating for coastal bays in high winds and seas up to seven feet ( !). These seats include two forward, three at the helm and six in two rows in the cockpit. The bow also offers sunbathing and an awning is available for space at anchor. (The bow contains a compartment for an anchor through the rod with windlass and chain.)
The starboard helm is fit for a sailor, with Mercury’s SmartCraft Digital Throttle & Shift (joystick optional) and Simrad 12″ electronic display (a second 12″ display is optional, as is radar), and thruster bow. A hardtop on a sturdy four-point support extends from the windshield aft over the three helm seats and the pod they rest on, which includes a galley work surface with sink and drawer refrigerator below. A second refrigerator or ice maker drawer is optional.
A sliding pocket door on the port side of the helm provides wide access to the cabin, with a bench (storage below) on the port side at the base of the stairs and 73″ of headroom. Forward a large double berth with shelves along the side and storage under. To starboard is an enclosed head with electric toilet, sink, and shower. A second door leads to another double berth
(or storage space) under the bar. In dayboat mode, the cabin of the T11 offers a nap space for the little ones. It also allows weekends on board for a couple or a family. To easily store bulky gear underneath, there is a large secure opening hatch built into the padded seat forward.
Overall length: 40’7″
Weight: 12,300 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 224.5 gal.
Water capacity: 36 gallons.
Waste capacity: 21 gallons.
Max HP: 800
CE classification: B10, C12
For more information, visit nimbus.se and Seattle Yachts’ Annapolis office at seattleyachts.com/annapolis.
The flexible cockpit contains three “sofas” (two of which are on pedestal supports with simple handles), a teak table and a cushion that converts into an aft-facing sundeck. The combinations it can form include forward-facing seating for six en route, seating for six around the table, and seating for four at the table with space for two to stretch out on the tanning bed. A cockpit awning is available for shade. Sturdy doors on either side of the sunbed close off the aft deck if required but swing open to allow easy passage for multiple swimmers. A cockpit shower is easily accessible and two compartments in the aft gunwales provide plenty of storage space for mooring lines and fenders. A towing arch above the engines allows water sports. It would not be difficult to adapt the boat to the different fishing techniques of Chesapeake.
Below the cockpit is ample space (60″ long x 82″ wide x 30″ deep) for storage of everything from cleaning supplies to water sports toys, as well as access to plumbing and water. wiring. (It also shows Nimbus’ careful work in the mechanical spaces.) A hatch provides quick access to this space, but the entire cockpit sole lifts on electric jacks to move larger objects.
As noted, our test boat was relatively spartan in its accommodations. Nimbus offers a generator, SeaKeeper, air conditioning, ice maker and other convenience items as options on the T11, with a concomitant increase in price and vessel complexity. The point of this boat, however, is to make life on the water easy and simple. With the possible exception of a gas stove, our test boat offered many assets for adventures around the Bay, including its excellent performance in navigation. Welcome to Chesapeake, Nimbus!
The MSRP of the Nimbus T11 we tested with both Mercury V-8 Verado 300s is $447,000.