Our little trawler is a Nimble Nomad trawler,a Ted Brewer design built in 1990. She was hull* #1 and they ended up building about 132 or so before the builder passed away.
It is 24'-7" long with a 8'-6" beam and weighs in at around 4000 lbs. With its 2' draft and Honda outboard, she is perfect for coastal cruising in SW Fla's skinny water.
We bought her in 94 and now keep her on a lift here on Pine Island. If you are going to be in the area., let us know and maybe we can help with local knowledge.
Thanks..being small, we really have to be careful packing for a trip but we have it pretty well organized.
We are usually the smallest boat in a marina but we always get lots of comments. The shot of the helm shows the front hatch setup, hatchboards are setup like a sailboat and the top is a dutch-door that swings out.
Thanks for all the nice comments about our little trawler. I was very surprised and pleased when I first looked at the forum and saw that there was a section for trailer-able trawlers. Obviously a bigger boat would be nice but we love the Nimble and it will probably be with us for a while.
And there is a pretty active Yahoo Nimble group that I belong to and visit often. There actually appear to be more in the northern areas than in the south, there's even one it Sitka Alaska!
We also are new Nomad owners ..*bought Fort Pierce Nov 09 and trailered to Barrie Ontario, Canada in April 2010.
Its a tropical in great shape with Auto Pilot and Bow Thruster along with a complete kit of safety hardware etc.**The boat is a 2001 with low hours and kept on a lift in season , garaged in the off season.
Have put 22 hrs on the boat so far spending a few nights out on our local Lake Couchiching on the Trent Canal system.
Looking to tour the Trent Canal system this year, Georgian Bay's 30,000 islands, the North Channel and the Rideau Canal in the next few years.
Many trawlers passing through here every day but still love our little boat .. sure beats living in a tent!
Jeff and Barb. Awesome boat. Keep us posted. I'm interested to hear how the boat handles Georgian Bay. We're in Penetang and thinking about downsizing from a sailboat to a trawler. This boat looks like it would be great for gunk-holing around the islands of Georgian Bay.
Have been on Coch in 25 knts with good fetch .. 3-4 ft sea in all directions .... seems fine up and down bound .. but not much fun on the beam ends ... have to wait things out on GB in the big stuff .. but "Whats The Hurry".
Will be taking a few days .. Sunday to Wednesday on the Trent section from Coch to Sparrow Lake ... staying in Sparrow a night or two depending on what we find. * First multi-day shake down. *Looking forward to some quiet anchorages.
Hay .. if your in the area .. look us up .. can show you the boat up close.
Hi Jeff & Barb,
I know you wiill love your boat..we do. Just got back from an overnighter at a local marina about 10 miles away. Had a great time and this being August in Fla. ran the A/C all night...LOL
I am curious about the bow thruster you mentioned. Love to see a pic of it.
We also do the board across the bunks for a nice nights sleep. Also..what is your hull#?
Have you seen the Nimble Boat Group on Yahoo Groups? Take a look..although some folks have not been able to sign up recently. Let me know if you have trouble.
Pic of "Sweet Pea" at Salty Sam's Marina in Ft.Myers Beach.
Tom & Sharon
-- Edited by Nimble1 on Saturday 7th of August 2010 01:14:04 PM
Great to hear from you guys ... we are new Nimble Nomad owners as you know and would love to hear more about the boats in use.
We have had a few overnighters since last post with almost 60 hours running so far. *Love it, love it!!
The thruster is a Vetus 110NM 25 KFG, 12 volt, with access through the anchor locker deck hatch in the forward cockpit. *It is powered through a second battery switch with heavier cable direct to the thruster from the batteries. *Works well although can blow bubbles if you have extra people aboard sitting aft. It came with the boat and not sure whether it is that useful on such a small boat.
Our boat also came with a Raytheon Sportpilot which may also be overdoing it for lake/canal cruising. *It does its level best to maintain a heading although has a tough time with about 30 degree steering backlash (helm adjustment versus motor response). Not sure how or if it is possible to adjust this out of the cable steering system.
We also have a H/C pressurized water system but again since we are not yet live -aboards, the water in the system tends to go skunky. *We are fresh water boaters and make our drinking water daily using an MSR camp carbon ceramic filter pump and go for a dunk rather than use the shower in the head.
Our hull number is 101. *We are the second owners.
We have been toying with the idea of coming south this winter and plying the St. John River and would love to here about some of your favorite cruising hangouts.
Wow..thats a serious thruster! There are times when I would love one but can do with out the complication, We do not have H/C water either..just a pressure water system with a shower unit in the bow.
We did have a autopilot and loved it but it failed last year and since its so old, parts are no longer available for it. Too bad as I loved it. Our steering is hydraulic so it worked pretty well, but in narrow confines like a canal or narrow river it probably would not work well.
Our boat came with a marine head and holding tank but since we don't usually stay at marinas with pumpouts, I changed it over to a porti-potti and have been very pleased with it. We can usually go 4 or 5 days with out having to empty, if I use the bucket during the day...LOL
If you get to Fla, our area is perhaps the best in Fla for cruising in a Nomad. Lots of protected water with plenty of gunkholeing spots and great spots to anchor.
-- Edited by Nimble1 on Tuesday 10th of August 2010 07:23:07 AM
Just found this site. Looks like a couple of good Nomad owners here. I have owned a '97 Nomad Special for three years and have made many mods. You can see a few of these on youtube>movieolaman>boomer or in the December issue of Soundings magazine. I am attaching a couple of pics showing some of the things I have done. The pic of boat with stack & gen cover is a photoshop rendering of the gen cover that the Nimble factory is making for me. It should be available to all by the first of the year. *jim palmer > email@example.com
Nice work ... looks like you can still raise your motor with the new cover .. love the heater hidey hole .. and the gen set cover gives the boat a ...dare I say .. Rangerish profile.*
Just heading back from the south into the teeth of a major blow in our area*.. but I think I'vs seen your video at least a dozen times and shown it to all our friends.* Your the primary reason we have a Nimble ... great inspiration to us all.*
Will get into some serious discussion when I am off the road .. if you have the time too.