The new platform is apparently loaded with design elements from historical models, such as the iconic 26 DC, the 21 DC, the 32 DC, the Max II, the R series and the 305 Drophead. And according to the literature accompanying the new boat’s preliminary unveiling, the designers have “chosen the best of the best and meticulously improved design, functionality, safety and comfort for all on board.”

Available with either outboard propulsion of up to 350hp or a Volvo Penta inboard from 220 to 350hp, the Weekender 9 heralds the start of an entirely new series, with three different hull lengths in eight, nine and 11 metres. There will be three different versions, each adapted for a specific use: the Tender (T8, T9 and T11) will be the do-it-all day boats for watersports fun; the Commuter (C8, C9 and C11) will be all about reliable four-season transport; and the Weekender (W9 and W11) will be tailored to day trips, overnight excursions and easy social interaction.

Nimbus W9 lines

The Nimbus W9 is a 40-knot weekender with sleeping for four.

In terms of features, the pioneering W9 model is based on a new stepped hull design with a very fine entry for uprated efficiency, a passenger-friendly ride, easy handling and (depending on engine choice) 40-knot plus capability. It will also retain the ‘Sidewalk’ design so favoured by the brand and it will come with a double bed in the forward cabin, plus a separate heads compartment and a large L-shaped sofa in the cockpit that converts to a sunbed during the day and a guest double by night. To help make the most of the external space, it will also feature a substantial cockpit wetbar with a 65-litre fridge, alongside a foredeck sunbed, a bimini top and multiple canopy solutions.

This sporting and versatile new platform will join the 305 Drophead as one of only two ‘Day Cruiser’ models in Nimbus’s ten-strong fleet. It will be launched at the Dusseldorf Boat Show in January 2018, but if you can’t wait that long to see it in the flesh, then visit Nimbus to find out more.

Nimbus W9 specifications

Length overall: 9.35 m
Beam overall: 2.95 m
Weight: 2,800 kg
Fuel capacity: 260 litres
Water capacity: 80 litres
Beds: 2+2
Max people: eight
Max speed: 40 knots +


Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor with a long history in boating and a happy addiction to the water. He’s worked on boats, lived on boats, bought boats, sold boats and – when he’s not actually on board a boat – he can generally be found in his Folkestone office, tapping away at the computer and gazing out to sea.