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Old 10-17-2019, 02:39 PM
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Default I'm back... went boat shopping, again not the norm. NIMBUS

Here is the thread started back in 2015.....some skeptics back then but can say the boat has over delivered in every way! I have had many personal friends since also buy Axopars and all have loved the boat.
New build ordered, not the norm. Axopar

Well just finishing a 4th season with my Axopar 28 Cabin boat https://www.axopar.fi/product-config...8-cabin?step=2
and the boat has been amazing! For how I boat this was the perfect platform. I do not trek to the canyons to fish and beyond trips to Block Island, Cuttyhunk etc I stay within 25 miles from my marina in Newport RI. In 2015 I was the only Axopar in New England and now we have literally dozens in the area. The value, price for performance, design, functionality and versatility all a great balance in these boats. Some hate the styling (I get it) but the reaction I have gotten over the years has always been positive giving people test rides (at 50+mph) and letting them aboard to explore. Also have had the pleasure of answering 100's of questions over the years stemming from this site/thread with people reaching out.

That said, I am looking at my next boat and tend to gravitate to things less the norm and less common I am still considering another Axopar (Big fan) but flying to FLIBS show in a few weeks to spend some time on the Nimbus T11 https://nimbus.se/boats/tender-11/ . Some roots here overlap with Axopar and can see many of the same styling cues.

Its roughly a 50 knot boat with the right power, seems to have lots of usable outdoor space to enjoy, can rip to Block or other with 10-12 aboard in comfort and lounge rafted up on anchor....... Sleeping accommodations for 4, full proper head/shower, bow thruster, neat styling, multi step hull (although want to see in person) and on and on.... I will sea trial of course as want a dry running boat; the Axopar has been great for this.

If anyone has any input on data on the Nimbus line or knows of other possible boats I may want to explore etc please comment.
1. Minimum 40knot boat (prefer mid 40 to 50 knots)
2. Mid upper 200k range price
3. Not an open boat (no center consoles)
4. Space that flows so large groups can stay somewhat connected.
5. Ideally 32-38ft (the Nimbus T11 is 41+, current boat slip this is the max I can fit)
6. Of course quality builder
7. Protection from the elements.... least protection I want to consider as seen on the T11 Nimbus.
8. can handle some seas....

Thanks....

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You sure do like fugly. Good luck.
Old 10-17-2019, 02:40 PM
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You sure do like fugly. Good luck.
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I like the look! Who wants a boat that looks like every other boat, anyhow.

Saw these at the Boston Boat Show last February. Very cool.
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Originally Posted by BillTex View Post
You sure do like fugly. Good luck.
Man, that's exactly what I was thinking but wasn't going to say... woops, guess I did.
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I think BillTex said it right..


If it were me (and its not) i would be looking at the Tiara. all the same bells and whistles without the funky look

- the 34 LS
https://www.tiarasport.com/34-ls/


And in Merica' we measure out boats in feet, not meters..
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Looks very interesting. I would want a good seatrial in a quarter head sea. If that hull makes a lot of spray all your seating will be soaked by the time you get to port. It may not.
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It is unusual, that's for sure. But I have to wonder. What happens when you take a wave over the bow and someone is standing outside of the protection of the helm area? What is to stop them from just getting washed right off the swim platform?
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Thinking might be above the upper 200k limit new but Formula 330CBR or 350CBR with a hard top and outboards. I will say access around swim platform is better on what your looking at which is the downside to alot of these boats with outboards added to a sterndrive boat.
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OK I'm a contrarian too, OP, and like things outside the mainstream... I owned an early Chevy Avalanche when everyone puked about the plastic wheels wells.. I also seriously considered a new e-tec when I had to repower my boat but the economics of a used Suzuki won the day. I first climbed on the Axopar at the FLIBS a few years ago and loved it. We mostly dive and the open transom is what grabbed my attention, providing super easy ingress/egress. I could see, with a few tweaks to the Nimbus, that it would be very flexible, even for diving. What a machine for overnighting in the Bahamas or the FL middlegrounds. I'd probably own one today except my current rig - a 24' CC Powerplay with a bracket - is customized for diving and is old enough that I don't sweat it when she get new dings and scratches. The only knock I see is that the dagger-shaped nose reduces the room up front vs. a flared bow, but I guess the sharp entry is one of the selling points.
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are you sure that's in the budget? seems like an awful lot of boat for 200k.
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It will be interesting to see what you turn up at FLIBS. I'll be going just for fun with a friend who is just starting to look. Loving my Axopar 28 Cabin so far!
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Will be in Newport this weekend
you still owe me a ride
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41’ boat for under 300k? There has to be a corner cut somewhere.
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What's the Axopar gonna sell for?
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Originally Posted by BillTex View Post
You sure do like fugly. Good luck.
Euro styling is an acquired taste. French wine and blue cheese.


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About a month ago was standing on the docks with a few dock neighbors sipping our drinks, and one of these came up the river (CT River) going past our marina (Deep River). I remember seeing that hull line and saying to the others "WTF is that? Never seen those hull lines!"
Figured it was some European brand.
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Looks like something you buy at IKEA.
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Originally Posted by plumsal View Post
Looks like something you buy at IKEA.
Yep, North European, gotta love it or hate it. Look at the seats in the boat below


You do not see that every day....
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Originally Posted by Kaper View Post
Yep, North European, gotta love it or hate it. Look at the seats in the boat below

https://youtu.be/9KbhbrKQlV0

You do not see that every day....
Reminds me of the old 18' hobies that had no transom

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