Sweden’s Nimbus Group has launched its latest model, the Nimbus C8. The 26.25’ (8m) commuter vessel is an evolution of the company’s T8 that has sold more than 250 units. It’s the third model in the Commuter series, following the C9 and C11. She’s designed to meet the needs of year-round boaters, day-trippers and cruisers planning short overnight trips.
Nimbus says the focus on the C8’s design was simplicity and freedom of movement, calling her a “typical Scandinavian year-round commuter.” She has easily accessed storage areas, wide walkways and large sliding doors.
“The trick with the C8 was to build in the same high level of functionality and flexibility as the C9 but in a smaller hull,” said Joacim Gustavson, chief designer at Nimbus Boats Sweden AB.
Jonas Göthberg, commercial director at Nimbus says the C8 lets the manufacturer reach a broader audience because of its lower price and smaller size. “Due to its smaller size, the C8 can moor in harbors where it would otherwise be too tight. In addition, the boat is easy to transport with a trailer.”
The C8’s foredeck offers a seating that can be transformed into a “lounge, chill or drive mode,” while the cockpit has large glass doors, a sliding glass top section and an opening aft hatch. The large glass hatch makes it easier to load the boat with gear and it makes communication easier between the indoor and outdoor areas.
The aft deck can seat up to 5 on the side benches and a folding aft lounge. Tuck away the latter and there’s space for casting a line. The cockpit top has racks for larger kayaks or paddleboards.
The C8’s helm has seating for the driver and a companion on swiveling buckets that can rotate toward the aft lounges to create booth-style dining around a table. The sofa can also be converted to a berth. The forward cabin has space for a double bed with a separate head and a small galley.
Power is provided by a 250-hp Mercury Verado outboard and the C8 can reportedly top 45 mph.