The Tender series of Scandinavian builder Nimbus boats started out life as megayacht tenders. By adding a few family features, the line has become more popular as a family dayboat along with, as in the case of the T8, casual overnighting in a two-person berth. These boats have well-thought-out solutions that add so much functionality to a comfortable and safe day on the water.
1 x 200-hp Mercury Verado V6
1 x 250-hp Mercury Verado V8
1 x 300-hp Mercury Verado V8
Nimbus adds to its versatile lineup.
The T8 is the smallest of the three Tender models, and it offers a platform for a myriad of day boating activities. She brings a large number of versatile features to her layout that makes her so well suited for whatever the task may be.
- Multi-position aft sofa converts from a bench to a chaise and again to a sunbed.
- Full walkaround design.
- Single outboard power from 200 to 300 hp
- Aft side storage for lines and fenders
- Air-lubricated stepped hull design
- Forward daybed with backrest
- Large forward cargo hatch for easy loading of items into the cabin
- Oversized helm panel can accommodate 12” (30.48 cm) plotters
- Standard bow thruster
Due to the prevailing winds on test day, we weren't able to get our own test numbers. The design team at Nimbus has done extensive testing on this model and here's what they report.
With the single 300-hp Mercury turning a 19-pitch Rev 4 prop and run up to 5980 rpm, their speed topped out at 46 knots. Best cruise came in at 4000 rpm and 26.1 knots. At that speed, the 9.9 gph (37.6 lph) fuel burn translated into 2.6 nmpg and a range of 149.8 nautical miles. All this while still holding back a 10% reserve of the boat's 63.4-gallon (240 L) total fuel capacity.
When discussing handling, we must remember the purpose of the boat. It's a tender and a family cruiser, so it's most comfortable at cruising speeds. That way she goes right through the waves and has time to penetrate those waves. If you push this boat to get it up to top speed, then she's going to be opposing the waves and hitting hard. Slow things down, take it easy, keep it your cruise speed and everybody will be comfortable on board. With 4 ½ turns from lock to lock, she's responsive to the helm.
The cockpit is really the central gathering area on the T8. There’s a forward-facing bench seat that is 60” (152.4 cm) across and it faces a collapsible table mounted just behind the helm and observer’s seats.
It is here that the versatility begins on the T8. This forward-facing seat has a flip seatback that allows it to convert into an aft-facing chaise lounge and, by dropping the seatback all the way, even convert to a large sunbed. The aft section lifts to reveal a storage bag snapped into place around the perimeter and when unsnapped it reveals the mechanical components such as bilge pumps and steering pump.
The table just ahead flips up into the usable position. It’s solid teak with a satin finish. Beverage holders are integrated into the leading edge of the table. We can also rotate the two forward seats to join the al fresco meal. All this can be enclosed in Isinglass for three-season comfort.
Just behind all this versatile seating are two “modules” that hold lines and fenders. The one to port also houses the shore power and the electric stern windlass. Over the outboard is a tow sport bar that also makes a convenient grab handle when transitioning across the stern. It’s also within reach of the three-step reboarding ladder to the starboard platform. The port platform supports the stern anchor.
There’s full walkaround capability around the engine, which can be a 200, 250 or 300-hp. A step is provided that leads to each of the swim platforms and the portside step utilizes a hatch that conceals a propane tank for the optional gas grill that mounts to the left-side bulwarks next to the helm.
Above, in the standard configuration, there is no overhead protection. Choose from a T-Top with a polycarbonate roof and canopy or the fiberglass hardtop with smoked plexi skylights that our test boat was equipped with. It’s 6’5” (1.96m) off the deck and even though it is angled down at the forward end, a step down at the helm brings it to 6’6” (1.98m). Heavy-duty supports serve as grabrails to the sides and a track holds a zipper so we can enclose the main deck area. Brackets in the deck secure the bottom of the enclosure. A rail to the trailing edge can accommodate optional rocket launcher style rod holders.
With a symmetrical layout, there are 12” (30.48 cm) wide side decks to port and starboard. Bulwarks at the cabin sides are 15” (38.10 cm) high and rails top out at 20” (50.80 cm). An 11” (27.94 cm) step leads to the side deck and a 10.5” (26.67 cm) cleat is at midships, one of three to each side.
There’s a lounge seat/sunbed at the bow that comes out 24” (60.96 cm) from a backrest. We can add a filler cushion to extend it to 54” (137.16 cm). the main cushion is on a hatch that lifts to access the berth below making a convenient way to load items into the cabin without having to negotiate the entry stairs.
The foredeck is on an 11” (27.94 cm) raised platform. A hatch is covered with Flexiteek making a non-skid boarding area through the spilt rails. Under the hatch is an available electric windlass leading to the through-the-stem anchor roller. Brackets at the caprails support an optional beach reboarding ladder.
The helm is starboard mounted, and the panel can house up to a 12” (30.48 cm) display. Zipwake tab control is to the left of the screen. Electrical switches are below and to the left, and a small cubby ahead of the wheel includes connectivity. To the side of the console, there’s a remote control for the bow thruster that is standard on all Nimbus boats, as well as the fore and aft windlasses.
The cabin entrance is via a smoked plexi door that opens 17” (43.18 cm). A 76” (193.04 cm) berth sleeps two. There’s a place for an optional sink to the left of the entrance and just across is a head compartment.
The Nimbus T8 has an MSRP of $192,360
Probably the most attractive feature of the Nimbus T8 is her ability to transition from a yacht tender to a functional family dayboat that can also overnight. As a yacht tender, a boat also has to serve as a water toy for a myriad of activities and for that mission, she’s well suited.