Note from a Nimble 20 Enthusiast...
Subj: Pocket cruiser
Thought I'd send some comments about the Nimble 20. My wife and I owned one of the centerboard models for a few years until we moved away from protected water.
We found the Nimble very easy to trailer and launch ourselves. With the centerboard up, we often motored in less than two feet of water. The boat is available with a very strong tabernacle arrangment that allows easy two-person mast raising and lowering, even with the boat in the water. If you go to the trouble of using the mast raising tackle, one person can do the job alone. We ordered the tandem trailer (a single axle is also available) and pulled the rig with a Jeep Cherokee with a 4 liter 6 cylinder engine. No problems, although we had to be careful to balance the tongue weight. For some reason, our trailer wasn't balanced very well when we received the boat. The tandem trailer really improves directional control while backing up.
The boat is very nice on the water. Not the fastest thing around,
but very comfortable and one of the prettiest if you like a traditional
appearance. Other boats were constantly motoring or sailing up to us for
a closer look
The yawl rig was very easy to control and gave us a lot of reefing choices
when the wind picked up. We often went sailing on days when other
small boats stayed in the harbor. The boat is amazingly stiff under
We were very happy with the handling and build quality and would recommend the boat for serious consideration to anyone looking for something a little out of the ordinary.