Nimbus launched the 305 Coupe to great acclaim last year, which is great for northern waters, but when you get further south to the Med, you need something more open, so at the Cannes Yachting Festival they launched the Nimbus 305 Drophead. We took a look aboard.

On this new model you do, of course, lose the roof, but there's also a moderate re-configuration of the deck furniture. This section is much the same - a dining station for four, which is now al fresco. But further aft you also you get a secondary dining station, which is larger than on the previous model.

Down below you get a transverse double for guests below the cockpit sole, a heads and shower compartment to starboard and a master cabin in the v of the bow. That's exactly as it was last year on the Coupe model.

This boat is plainly about relaxed family cruising. To that end you get a bimini top that can be erected very quickly at the push of a button when the sun goes in. The performance also backs that up. This is not about outright sport, this is about that cruising sweet spot between 10-18 knots. So if you like the coupe, but boat in much sunnier places, this could well be worth a look.


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.