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06-20-2013 01:18 PM
Re: Any Albin Nimbus 42 owners out there

Right. I tore out a bunch of PVC pipe that was originally glassed up under the cockpit sole and replaced it with wire reinforced hose leading down to the through hull on the same side of the boat; teeing the front and rear drains on each side.
Yes, a little water will come up into the aft corner of the cockpit when the boat is leaned over, but drains right back out again when heel is reduced and it's a LOT less then the amount of green water than gets trapped in there when the boat is heeled over in nasty weather.
When the drains cross over, it works beautifully... when the boat is level. Of course it doesn't matter when the boat is level...
But when the boat is heeled over, water has to go from the low side drain UP to the windward side of the boat, and that means that the water has to be pretty deep in the corner of the cockpit before it will even start to drain out.
06-19-2013 10:16 PM
Re: Any Albin Nimbus 42 owners out there


I vaguely remember you saying that you un crossed your cockpit drains and plugged the hatch cover ports. Is that true? With the un crossed drains do you ever get water coming back through the drains ?

03-13-2013 10:41 PM
Re: Any Albin Nimbus 42 owners out there

Originally Posted by welljim View Post
How easily do they heave-to?

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.
03-12-2013 10:39 PM
Re: Any Albin Nimbus 42 owners out there

How easily do they heave-to?

03-12-2013 08:12 PM
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.
03-12-2013 05:37 PM
Re: Any Albin Nimbus 42 owners out there

Originally Posted by welljim View Post
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:

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(there is an added space between the "http" and the ":" as I don't have enough posts to be allowed to post links. Just remove the space when you copy the link to your browser)

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?

Many thanks

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.
03-11-2013 11:31 AM
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.

We're going to see you on the History Channel out crabbing in the Bering Sea with that boat, aren't we? (VBG)
03-11-2013 05:05 AM
Re: Any Albin Nimbus 42 owners out there

on the dodger design: how about ŗ la Van De Stadt style? Maybe that of Samoa?
03-11-2013 05:00 AM
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.

Many thanks for your help.
03-10-2013 02:52 PM
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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