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Nimbus C11 yacht tour: A truly versatile year-round cruiser

We did a full sea trial of the open Nimbus T11 back in March, but this C11 sister model, launched at the 2020 Düsseldorf boat show, also merits a closer look

That’s because the designers have worked hard to make it feel like a separate model rather than just a Nimbus T11 with a lid on it. It starts with a redesigned transom that replaces the T11’s convertible aft bench/sunpad with a dedicated fender rack and a flip-up bench that frees up the cockpit for fishing. There’s even an optional outdoor helm station.

The pilothouse is another fine piece of design with deep wraparound windows, very thin mullions, oversized side doors and four glass skylights overhead. It makes for an exceptionally light, well-ventilated space that stays warm in winter but avoids feeling stuffy in summer. There’s even a full set of front and sidescreen wipers concealed under the wheelhouse overhangs.

The clever seating arrangement converts from a large, c-shaped dinette into two long rows of forward-facing seats for more comfortable cruising, while the helm features two proper suspension chairs.

Below decks it follows a similar layout to the T11 but whereas the open boat has an outdoor galley, the C11 has an indoor galley situated in the lower lobby area. The forward double berth, private mid-cabin and separate heads compartment remain unchanged.

As with the T11, there’s a choice of either Mercury petrol outboard engines and a large cockpit lazarette or Volvo inboard diesels up to twin 440hp D6s. Both should comfortably give top speeds of more than 40 knots thanks to a slippery stepped hull with a narrow entry and heavily flared bow. As an all-year-round commuter that can lend its hand to fishing, cruising or entertaining, it’s an impressively quick, practical and very versatile tool.

Specification

LOA: 40ft 7in (12.4m)
Beam: 11ft 4in (3.46m)
Draft: 3ft 0in (0.9m)
Displacement (ex. engines): 6.6 tonnes (14,550 lbs)
Fuel capacity: 850 litres (187 gal)
Water capacity: 135 litres (30 gal)
Engines: Twin 300-440hp petrol outboard or diesel inboard
Top speed: 40+ knots
Starting price: €292,300 (ex. VAT)

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