NISI Yachts commissioned Setzer Yacht Architects, the award-winning U.S. and Caribbean-based design studio to design the high-performance power catamaran yacht series as addition to NISI’s existing Xpresso line of luxury yachts. The new vessel incorporates a wave-piercing, plumb bow hull form and pod drive propulsion for improved speed, responsiveness, and maneuverability in docking, and is expected to deliver speeds in excess of 25 knots.
Modern exterior styling is coupled with an open-plan salon and galley layout emphasizing seamless flow between interior and outdoor spaces. Ward Setzer, President said that it’s a real joy to work on a layout like this and imagine all the ways the yacht can be used, whether it be vacation, charter, exploration, or entertainment.
The first 15-meter “Xpresso 1500″ yacht model is scheduled for launch in 2014.
This isn’t the first time Setzer and NISI have joined forces together on a project utilizing pod drives. They already worked on the multiple award-winning motor yacht NISI 2400, the first yacht in the world under 24 meters to be built to full commercial RINA and MCA standards, which was produced in 2011, as well as on two additional projects, including a sister ship to the NISI 2400 launched last year, and a 17-meter, jet-powered sport-cruiser launching this spring that has been designed for a prominent Northeast American politician. Setzer is also currently developing a 30 to 36 meter superyacht series for NISI, which has been nicknamed “Hookah” and was partially unveiled at this month’s Miami International Boat Show.