Setzer Yacht Architects has been commissioned by NISI Yachts to design an ultra-modern, high-performance power catamaran series for immediate construction. As an addition to NISI’s existing Xpresso line of luxury yachts, the Setzer team is designing the vessel for pod drive propulsion, equipping it with a wave-piercing, plumb-bow hull form that is expected to deliver speeds in excess of 25 knots. With early orders for a 15-meter, Xpresso 1500 model having already been received, the first launch should hit the water in 2014.
While the multi-hull project represents a new direction of growth for a team that has historically focused on custom superyachts, Marketing Director Joshua Setzer emphasized that the core business of the 22-year old firm will remain unchanged. “We are very excited to be extending our brand into the under 20-meter, multi-hull category,” said Setzer. “As in past collaborations we’ve had with luxury builders like Hinckley
Yachts and Chris-Craft, we see this as an opportunity to gain a fresh perspective, and to challenge ourselves to create an innovative design for the semi-production market. The essence of this brand, however, stays in megayacht design.”