The Nimbus 365 Coupe has good all-around qualities that come standard, where socializing and on-board activities can be combined with extended stay cruising capabilities. With high-end features, a well-thought-out and innovative design, she is sure to make for a weekend away with family or friends.
- 8-person capacity
- Double electric sun-roofs
- Reversible passenger seating
- Stern thruster
- Open layout
- Side walk design
Acceleration Times & Conditions
|Load||4 persons, 3/4 fuel, full water, 50 lbs. of gear|
|Climate||80 deg., 68 humid; wind: 5-10 mph; seas: <1|
1 x 440-hp Volvo Penta D6
1 x 260-hp Volvo Penta D4-260
1 x 370-hp Volvo Penta D6-370
1 x 435-hp Volvo Penta D6
1 x 225-hp Volvo Penta D4
2 x 260-hpVolvo Penta D4
1 x 300-hp Volvo Penta D4
By Capt. Nick Martinez
- Panoramic windshield
- Teak decking throughout the exterior of the boat
- Soundproofed engine bay
The Nimbus 365 coupe is part of the backbone of Nimbus’s cruiser series. Designed for people who plan to spend weeks away from the dock with two cabins, one head and plenty of functionality. With plenty of standard features that we usually see as options, the 365 Coupe is truly a turn-key boat that features functionality and a well thought-out design from bow to stern. The asymmetrical design concept provides generous and safe freedom of movement around the boat, particularly to starboard with its wider side decks.
The cockpit is the first of the Nimbus's social areas with a spacious deck, L-shaped seating on the port side and an expandable table with storage compartments under the port side seating. All protected by the hardtop overhead that is 6' 8" (2.03 m) off the deck and LED lighting. The bulwarks reach up to 26" (66.04 cm) high and rails top out at 35"(88.9 cm) on the rails. There is a three-piece enclosure that can surround the aft deck to protect from the elements.
The good times can be extended aft thanks to the well-thought out swim platform. Accessed through a stainless-steel framed gate, the 3'8" (1.12 m) deep platform is covered in teak for less heat absorption and an elevated non-skid safety factor. A reboarding ladder is in the center, well clear of any running gear. His grab rails make it easier to climb back out of the water. To both sides are large wet-storage compartments ideal for towels and swimsuits. Forward, and to port, Nimbus fitted the transom area with clever fender storage formed from stainless steel rails.
When entering the cabin, the door opens and latches in multiple positions. When fully open, the entry is 30” (76.20 cm) wide, however, the galley counter reduces the useful width to 24” (60.96 cm). Functionality again is the first thing that comes to mind when entering the cabin, she is definitely meant for prolonged stays out on the water. There’s 6’4” (1.93 m) of overhead clearance, and the addition of a full length grab rail signals the start of many little things that make a difference with Nimbus.
On the port side, there is U-shaped seating combined with a pedestal table, that not only expands but lowers, allows for extra berthing space. The decking is a manufactured laminate for low maintenance and the table is varnished mahogany. To the starboard side is the galley with an optional electric or gas stove, sink, plenty of drawers and cabinet space and a refrigerator.
The main focus of the helm is the single 16” (40.64 cm) Simrad Multi-Function Display providing all navigation and instrumentation. There is a Humphree trim tab control panel to the left, and the Volvo Penta EVC display is to the right. The steering wheel is on a tilt base with the throttle and thruster controls all in easy reach to the right. There is a leather-wrapped grab handle on the left and we found great visibility out of the single-piece windshield that includes defogging vents underneath. There are also two fairly small cupholders next to a little convenience cubby in the center. The best part of the Nimbus 365 Coupe's helm is the opening side door that not only provides ventilation, but easy access to the side decks if mooring up short-handed.
The 365 Coupe easily accommodates extended trips away from the dock with two sleeping areas and one head. The master cabin is set back from the forepeak and includes access to both sides of the berth. There is a hanging locker on the port and starboard side and also storage under the foot of the bed. There’s a private access to the head, and another entry to the companionway allows it to serve double duty as a day head. Unusual for this size vessel is a walk-in shower where we would expect to see a wet-head.
The bow is another one of the 365's social area that comes with plenty of space and functionality. It comes with wide teak decks, high toe and guard rails. There are two stainless steel rails on the cabin trunk that have integrated beverage holders and can also fit an optional sun pad in-between. In the center of the cabin trunk is a hatch that opens up to the master cabin for ventilation or entry. At the front there is an elevated platform with two hatches and a recessed anchor roller that leads to its split bow. Under the two hatches is the anchor locker with Lewmar windless. To the right side of the hatches are the windless controls for easy anchoring underway.
The large hatch in the center of the cockpit deck opens on twin gas struts. This engine compartment can accommodate either single or dual engine installations as well as a generator. One feature we haven’t seen before is the sound dampening box encasing the engine for a much quieter ride. With the top of the box removed, the major parts of the engine can be easily accessed without having to remove the rest of the box. There is also an emergency tiller mounted underneath the hatch.
The Nimbus 365 Coupe has an LOA of 37' 9" (11.50 m), a beam of 11'5" (3.5 m) and a draft of 3'7” (1.14 m). With 139-gallons (526 L) of fuel, 72 gallons (272.5 L) of water and 4 people aboard we had an estimated test weight of 17,443 pounds (7,912.01 kg).
With a single Volvo Penta D6 440-hp diesel engine, we hit a top speed of 28 MPH at 3380 RPM. We found our best cruise speed at 2600 RPM at 18 MPH. With a fuel burn of 12 GPH, it translated into 1.5 MPG and a range of 250 statute miles, all while holding back a 10-percent reserve of the boat’s 185-gallon (700-L) fuel capacity. For trawling speeds, we recorded 4.1 MPH at 600 RPM and 6.5 MPH at 1000 RPM.
This boat handled well as expected with an inboard engine and V-drive transmission. With the bow and stern thruster, she is easily maneuverable in tight quarters and marinas when getting underway and docking. There was no grab in hard turns and she took them gracefully, however, don't be afraid to add a little power to avoid losing too much speed. While we had calm conditions on our test day we noticed she had a slight bow rise when cruising and she cut thru wakes with ease with no hull slap at cruising speed.
- Volvo Penta D4-270 HP
- Volvo Penta D6-380 HP
- Volvo Penta D6-440 HP
- Volvo Penta D6-480 HP
- Volvo Penta 2 x D4 230 HP
- Volvo Penta 2 x D4 270 HP
- Volvo Penta 2 x D4 300 HP
It comes with a 7-year hull and structural warranty that is transferable to another owner.
MSRP: $ 564,261.00
Sticking with Nimbus's goal of functionality and comfort, the 365 Coupe delivers. The design team made a good effort into taking into account the little things that we like to see on a boat such as most of the equipment that comes standard from the start. Things like the bow and stern thrusters, diesel heater, Simrad Multifunction displays, sound dampening engine box, leather-wrapped grab rails and more. With spacious living areas, full galley, comfortable seating, two cabins, and a single head, this boat is designed to bring comfort and convenience to extended trips away from home.