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LOA 30ft 6in (9.35m) BEAM 6ft 7in (2.1m) EN­GINE 250-350hp in­board or out­board TOP SPEED 40 knots PRICE from £tba CON­TACT Off­shore Boats Tel: +44 (0)1590 677955

Hot on the heels of the open walka­round W9 we tested in the Septem­ber is­sue comes this new C9 com­muter ver­sion. Thanks to a fully en­closed wheel­house, this model is far bet­ter suited to all-year-round use.

There’s a sur­pris­ing amount of space in­side the wheel­house with room for two sup­port­ive helm seats and a small dinette be­hind. Slen­der pil­lars, a glass sun­roof and an unusu­ally wide slid­ing side door en­sure ex­cel­lent vis­i­bil­ity and plenty of ven­ti­la­tion too.

Cru­cially, there’s a proper sep­a­rate heads com­part­ment be­low decks as well as a de­cent dou­ble berth and a small gal­ley area. That still leaves space above for a de­cent for­ward cock­pit with a wrap of seat­ing around a small teak ta­ble as well as an aft cock­pit be­hind it with a rear-fac­ing bench.

Like the W9, it’s avail­able with ei­ther an in­board or out­board en­gine of up to 350hp for speeds of up to 40 knots.

As with the rest of the 9-me­tre Nimbus range, it’s built in Poland to keep costs down but with no ob­vi­ous drop in build qual­ity that seems a good busi­ness de­ci­sion for the Swedish brand.

The fully en­closed wheel­house makes this Nimbus bet­ter suited to year-round use

Two helm seats and good vis­i­bil­ity

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