Nimbus W9X

Nimbus W9X: the weekender/ commuter on test

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Nimbus W9X: the all-season weekender

Nimbus has always offered excellent, multi-purpose boats, and this time it seems to have outdone itself. With the W9X, the Scandinavian yard offers a compact weekender that still provides all the comforts for a day trip and, why not, for a few more days. In fact, this 9-metre boat, in the “full canopy” version tested by us, is an invitation to stay on board and enjoy every moment, from sunrise to sunset and during the night with the right equipment.

Nimbus W9X Sea Trial

It is a very windy morning at Nimbus-W9X-underwaythe Marina di Varazze and the Nimbus W9X is ready to be transferred to its berth for the 62nd Genoa International Boat Show. We arrive and immediately recognize the unmistakable Nimbus DNA, climb aboard and cast off. On leaving the harbour, we immediately notice that the sea conditions are not the best and the swell was really annoying.

When I went around the boat to remove the fenders, I didn’t have the slightest difficulty thanks to the presence of the handrails, positioned in such a way as to be reached without too many problems even by those who are a little taller than average. Thanks to the ultra convenient Zip Wake, we adjust the boat trim and we are ready to start our test and, above all, have fun. Yes, because this particular model is powered by a Mercury 300 outboard, which promises excellent performance and fuel efficiency. If, at this point, you are a little hesitant, let me reassure you: the top speed we managed to achieve (remembering that the boat was fully loaded) was 39.1 knots.

Mercury-300I ask the helmsman to proceed step by step to collect the usual, but never predictable, navigation data. So I take out my classic notebook, and put everything on a chart. Having finished the ‘boring’ part, I raise my head and think that while I was writing, I was not struggling at all, and the boat was quietly and smoothly passing through the waves without hesitation. At this point I take the controls and, given the confidence that the Nimbus W9X had conveyed to me, I immediately start to accelerate decisively. At just 9.8 knots, the weekender gets up on plane and, like a car driving on freshly made asphalt, we glide over the water until we reach a top speed of 39 knots, without the boat emitting the slightest creak, a symptom of a carefully crafted construction process.

I didn’t want to believe the perfection of this hull, ‘it must have had a weak point’, I thought to myself. I decided to take it as a challenge, warned those on board to hold on, and began to make some timid turns to see how the W9X reacted. Not content, I turn all the rudder to the left, then all the way to the right and create a perfect 8 on the water. Nothing, no matter how much I wanted to take the boat to the limit, it remained flawless, always gliding smoothly even tacking and counter-turning suddenly at high speeds.

What’s more, the others on board were quietly talking and laughing during all these manoeuvres. So I decide, with a big smile on my face, to give up, slowly stop the boat and hand over the controls to a colleague. Back in place, I take out my notebook and write down my first impressions while driving: fun, comfortable and safe.

W9X-side

The Nimbus W9X in detail

The stern section house an L-shaped sofa with a folding coffee table, which offers space for several people, also thanks to the small sofa behind the steering position. Here, there is a very important point to be made: when folded, the coffee table leaves a handle exposed, which is useful as a handrail. To the left, we find a small kitchen, perfect for preparing the necessities for a weekend away. In the bow, accessible via the starboard side passage, there is a large sundeck. Below deck, a comfortable cabin with its private head.

side-deckWPX kitchen

Conclusions

The Nimbus W9X is the perfect solution for those who want to enjoy their boat all year round. Thanks to the ingenious design of the “full canopy” version, you will also be able to stay protected when you need to and open everything up when it is hot.

In short, if you are looking for a commuter, but don’t want ‘just’ a commuter, the Nimbus W9X is the ideal boat for you.

Test Data

RPM

Speed in kn

L/h

600

2.3

2.5

1000

3.7

5

1500

5.4

8.1

2000

6.8

13.5

2500

8

18.5

3000

9.3

26.4

3500

12

35.2

4000

15.2

43

4500

20.2

58.9

5000

32.6

71.2

5500

37.4

89.3

5720

39.1

90.3