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Re: Any Albin Nimbus 42 owners out there

Dammit, Obelisk. Now I need a cold shower!

(There's something about those Scandinavian lines that jacks straight into my limbic system. We're planning a soft dodger for the Ballad, but we expect to go thru several mockups to find one that provides coverage while not totally destroying the boat's appearance.)
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Re: Any Albin Nimbus 42 owners out there

bob,

definitely go through several iterations before deciding on a setup--i focused less on the appearance while the dodger is up because, when it is up, it's all about utility, and when it's down, it's all about the lines. i selected a setup that utilized only two tubes for the structure. enough coverage for me (face it, i'm going to get wet in bad weather anyway because i can't bring myself to put a bimini over the cockpit!), very simple, easy to deploy and not very clunky when dropped on deck.

btw, where are you from in WY? i lived in jackson for 5 years in the mid-2000s
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Re: Any Albin Nimbus 42 owners out there

We're down in Laramie. Putting any sort of canvas on these boats is a tricky choice, agreed -- their low freeboard, gentle sheers, and wedge-shaped cabins makes it tough from both a practical and visual perspective. (Made worse by the Nimbus' odd companionway.) OTOH, these are wet boats & really need something to keep the green water out. The Ballad has upswept coamings that both lend themselves to a dodger & make blending it to the lines somewhat tricky. Have seen sweet canvas:



and some attempts more labored:



To be fair, the latter dodger would look nice w/out the rest of the enclosure. There's the golf visor windshield:



the "off-the-peg":



and at least one hard dodger:



The smaller ones blend better, but there comes a point when it's too small to fulfill its mission. It seems like color choice has a lot to do with our perception of fit.
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Re: Any Albin Nimbus 42 owners out there

It's a very pretty boat indeed. I posted a comparison question on cruisersforum which you can see here, I would be very interested to get your opinion either there or here on this thread.

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Re: Any Albin Nimbus 42 owners out there

on the dodger design: how about ŗ la Van De Stadt style? Maybe that of Samoa?

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Re: Any Albin Nimbus 42 owners out there

The Samoa47 looks like the dodger uses hard glass and is fixed in place, with the boom raised 3-4' above deck to work with it. Raising your boom would of course be an option as well.

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Re: Any Albin Nimbus 42 owners out there

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So how do they sail after all?? How many degrees high do they point, and at what wind speed do you start motoring (at what point of sail)?

Do current owners think it would be possible to add a hard dodger, and relocate the mainsheet traveller on top of it? It may sound weird, but I have this obsession with hard dodgers for safety reasons (see offshore gales/storms). How much clearance is there between cockpit sole and boom? I'm thinking about something like this:

http ://s17.postimage.org/v6c1ljwan/dodger.jpg

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How about the sink, not sure why it is not located in the center of the boat but the original location seems to be too close to the hull. Does it flood at high angles of heel?

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I will have to agree with the others here on the dodger front. And this is coming from a guy who's only wish more for his boat would be one. I, like you, like the protection but on the nimbus, it's just not a workable situation. The lack of it is really not that bad when you have a soft dodger like the ones shown. On my transport of it back from Charleston NC, I would sit under the dodger, with my butt on the first stair. It came to be called the captain lounge. You can see lights and boats form there and still stay dry. In extreme weather, it would be nice to have a VanDeStadt style setup, but that's really a whole different boat. In the end I will settle for a manhole cover companionway that leaves me with the feeling that boat could be sealed up like a bottle and never take on water. One never has to fear the wash boards getting washed out and it filling down below. Them's the breaks.

As far as sailing ability, I would not know what to compare it to. I would say it points well, but is more tank than racer, but not much more. I find that although she is a wet boat, she slices the waves and moves through them without the usual sudden slowdown I have seen aboard other boats. Overall it's a compromise like any other boat, but it is one well struck preferring bluewater to all out speed.
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Re: Any Albin Nimbus 42 owners out there

There is the possibility of a simple windshield, like another wedge-decked line of Scandinavian boats is famous for: Najad.



It is visually less intrusive than large spans of canvas. Looks a bit out of place on a sailboat! Won't provide shade, but you can attach canvas to it if needed.





Sigh. I simply love these Norther European boats, but half our refit is going toward making ours survivable in hot, sunny places. I've drawn the bloody line at a bimini. Here's a hat -- nice, big hat.
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Re: Any Albin Nimbus 42 owners out there

How easily do they heave-to?

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Re: Any Albin Nimbus 42 owners out there

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How easily do they heave-to?

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Not well in my experience. But then again, I've only tried it with a mostly-furled #2 jenny. I don't have any canvas for the inner forestay, but I suspect it may heave to a lot better with a storm jib on the inner stay.
They take heavy weather pretty well. With running backs set and the inner forestay the rig doesn't move around at all in a pounding. And double-reefed, the main will tack under the running backs.
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