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Maxi 1000

Brief Notes


Nimbus AB, Sweden

The Maxi 1000 is a modern aft-cockpit fast cruiser with a particularly easy to handle fractional rig, with single line reefing and a self-tacking staysail. The interior is nicely finished in cherrywood, with more stowage than in many other marques.

Length OA

35' 0"

Sail Area

495 sq ft. with self-tacking jib or 635 sq ft. with No 1 genoa

Length WL

26' 10"


Fractional sloop


10' 8"




5' 7"




9,921 lbs

Engine type

Volvo Penta MD2020


3,307 lbs

Engine bhp


Keel type

Bulbed fin and spade (shallower 4' 11" winged keel as an option)

The Maxi 1000 was designed for Nimbus by Pelle Petterson, and was introduced in 1992/3. With quite a large sail area on a relatively lightweight hull, she is very much a performance boat, although she is also very easy to handle. The package is topped off with a very well finished and comfortable cruising interior in cherry joinery. The yacht illustrated here is fitted with non-standard wheel steering - a tiller being the norm. She was replaced with the slightly larger but similar styled Maxi 1100 in around 1999/2002.

The Swedish Olympic sailor Pelle Petterson, with two friends, set up a company in 1969 to import yacht parts, and in 1972 built their first yacht, the Maxi 77, which proved a commecial success. Two years later they repeated this with the Maxi 95, which was a very modern high-volume cruiser. The company changed ownership twice, and ended up as Nimbus, selling both sailing and motor boats. All have an excellent reputation for build quality.

This Maxi 1000 is currently for sale

Maxi 1000

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Maxi 1000

Photograph under sail from Nimbus's brochure

The standard headsail on the 7/8 rig is a tall 'blade' jib, which headsail sheets to a track forward of the mast, allowing self-tacking

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