Comfort, simplicity and function are the three conceptual pillars holding up the Swedish Nimbus brand, and, as Alex Smith explains, the Nimbus 305 Coupe is yet another perfect realisation of that well-supported design philosophy.




The compact nature of the 305 leads to a series of well-executed design features. The wheelhouse containing the main saloon and helm station, for example, is offset to port in order to provide one adequate walkway joining the bow to the stern down the starboard side. The designers concluded that there simply is not enough width to make an adequate structure as well as two walkways.

Continuing on that theme, down below, the double cabin in the bow and the guest twin beds further aft are all transversely orientated – meaning passengers sleep across the boat rather than in the more normal formation in line with the bow and stern.

The top speed of 22 knots isn't going to break any records but, as Alex puts it, the pleasure aboard this boat comes from sleeping room for six (the U-shaped seating area around the fold-down table in the main saloon also converts to a double bunk) with enough space to entertain and transport eight.

For an interesting comparison, see Alex Smith's Sealine C330 video on, or perhaps, continue the Scandinavian theme, take a peek at the Marex 350 Cabriolet video.

Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is an ex-Naval officer, with extensive experience as a marine journalist, boat tester and magazine editor. Having raced as a Pilot in the National Thundercat Series and as a Navigator in the inaugural Red Sea RIB Rally, he has now settled in the West Country, where he lives and works as a specialist marine writer and photographer from his narrowboat in Bath.