Nimbus, it seems, is entering the fast trawler market. Indeed, it just announced plans for a new flagship Nimbus 465 Coupé that the Swedish company says is designed as a “go anywhere, live on board” vessel that can be handled easily by two people. The 465, the company says will be “an island of its own.”
The first hull will be powered by twin 480-hp Volvo IPS650 pod drives, delivering a top speed of 27 knots and a range of more than 450 nm. But Nimbus said it also is planning a separate hybrid-powered version of the 465, with an electric power assisting the Volvo, and later another hull, an all-electric displacement version, with an electric motor, battery pack and generator.
(In a separate action, the Nimbus Group this week agreed to buy EdgeWater Boats in Florida for $9.5 million. Founded in 1992, EdgeWater sold more than 300 outboard-powered boats last year.)
The 465 is a three-cabin, two head boat, with a long, straight sheer and a relatively low profile for a flybridge yacht. Actually, the flybridge is set well aft, because there’s a large sun roof forward of it providing natural light and ventilation to the wheelhouse below.
The new Nimbus features tall bulwarks and wide side decks to provide for safe movement around the boat. A large sun pad is on the bow and a cantilevered hydraulic swim platform that can be raised and lowered is all the way aft.
The wheelhouse has a raked windshield forward, and unusual windows aft that wrap around the corners. The salon is the social center of the boat, with the galley aft, connecting to the aft deck, and a dining area forward on the port side. A small sofa and single helm seat are to starboard, and a door next to the helm opens to the side deck.
The standard layout includes the owner’s cabin full-beam amidships, with an en suite head and shower, and the VIP cabin with a double bed and access to the second head and shower in the bow. Owners can order a smaller, third cabin on the starboard side with twin bunks, or opt to use that space as a study or a utility room.
Specs.: LOA: 49’7”; Beam: 14’9”; Draft: 3’9”; Disp.: 32,120 lbs.; Fuel: 449 gals.; Water: 137 gals.; Power: 2×480-hp Volvo IPS650 pod drives. Read more: