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Any Albin Nimbus 42 owners out there

I hear jakmedic owns a 42 and am trying to get his email so I can correspond. Are there any other Nimbus owners in this community?
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looking for jakmedic

Sorry, I've been out of the loop for a while and haven't checked the site. Would be happy to help if I can. Try me again...
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Hello I have a albin nimbus 42 and would love to talk to anyone with one, haven't seen any on the water yet.
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Hello I have a albin nimbus 42 and would love to talk to anyone with one, haven't seen any on the water yet.
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Sweet boat. Very sweet. Sink's in a strange place, tho. And don't fall down the stairs!


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I love the boats layout. we are a live aboard family of three.
From the water you wouldnt think there is a aft cabin
just reinstalled engine (perkins 4108).
gave the engine room some well needed loving.

I emailed the fellow who designed them and he said they where drawn as cutters.
wondering if any are still rigged this way.

going to put a cutter stay in soon.
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I don't think many of them ever made it to the US. Albin never was a major vendor here and the Nimbus was a top-dollar boat. I met one and was trying to figure out how to take it home when I noticed someone had cut out sections of the fiberglass ribs amidship, apparently to help the bilge drain better. Cut out, like with a chain saw.

I said, I don't think so. Anything can be repaired...but I don't need structural repairs and questions like "What kind of bozo cuts apart the ribs on a boat?!" Still, if one followed me home........Nice boat!
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When we purchased our Oday we were slipped next to a Albin Nimbus 42 and our neighbors gave us a tour. I thought it was a very, very stout boat and probably sailed like a dream. I don't remember what the draft of the boat was, but remember they were having issues in the marina. They had been kicked out of the slip they'd been in for some time while someone had their boat out for an extensive refit. They were grounded at low tide while they were in the slip next to us, and I seem to remember the depth being around
6' at low tide in that slip.

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When we purchased our Oday we were slipped next to a Albin Nimbus 42 and our neighbors gave us a tour. I thought it was a very, very stout boat and probably sailed like a dream. I don't remember what the draft of the boat was, but remember they were having issues in the marina. They had been kicked out of the slip they'd been in for some time while someone had their boat out for an extensive refit. They were grounded at low tide while they were in the slip next to us, and I seem to remember the depth being around
6' at low tide in that slip.
They draw 5'10" normally. Bit deep for parts of the East Coast or Caribbean. Not fast enough off the wind for West Coast passagemakers. *shrug* Albin always designed its boats for the Baltic & North Seas -- point high, sail dry, survive full-speed collisions with granite rocks. Interior volume, headroom, ventilation, lighting, and BBQs got sacrificed, which is mebbe the reason only the Vega ever got much traction in the US ... and then only because Vegas are cheap and plentiful.

The Nimbus' companionway entry is said to be high on the cabin top, which is why the ladder is so steep. I see the teak decks are screwed down -- anyone heard of leaks with these boats? Still bemused, given the Nimbus has a long, lovely peninsula to the centerline, galley sink isn't THERE and the icebox in the corner. Does the outboard sink drain okay when heeled?

NIMBUS 42 (ALBIN) Sailboat details on sailboatdata.com

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Hi
We are looking at a Albin Nimbus 42 for sale. Would love to hear other owners feedback. One question I have is the prices on these boats seem cheap, is there a reason why? Would love to get private messages back.
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As Bob said, they were designed for rough cold waters. Compared to the typical US boat, the ventilation is poor, making them less desirable for island cruising. Of course that makes for a snug dry boat in cold waters, it is a tradeoff.
And there were never many imported into US waters. I fell in love with one in the 80's only to find the owner had taken a chain saw to one of the main ribs instead of adding a weep hole through it. Didn't even want to ask, passed.
Then there's the flush-deck design, also not popular in the US. But it allows for the main to come down to the deck, more lower sail area, if you aren't using a spray hood over the hatch.
Their reputation is as solid boats--but the design is defintely more "north seas" than typical US market. AFAIK the rep is for a solid boat, well designed and well built and if the price is right, and you're either not looking at hot humid climes, or planning to add AC...
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