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NISI Yachts is pleased to announce its recently debuted NISI 1700 XPRESSO model (17m/58’) has been chosen as a finalist for the 2013 World Yachts Trophy for “Most Innovative Design” among yachts under 24 meters.

The 1700 is the first model to be released in NISI’s XPRESSO series. Recent sea-trials yielded 41-knot top and 33-knot cruise speeds. She is driven by twin UltraJets, mated to 1,150hp CAT C-18 engines.  The builder reports Cummins Zeus and Volvo IPS pod propulsion systems are available.

Finalists include the Lazzara LSX64 and Astondoa 63 in the Innovation category. The World Yachts Trophy is the most prestigious award of its kind and is awarded annually to select yachts by the World Yachts Trophies Committee in Cannes, France.  Having made her European debut at the 2011 Cannes International Boat Show, inaugural model NISI 2400 was the 2011 Trophy Winner for “Best Design of the Year” in the under 24-meter category. NISI’s groundbreaking designs infuse casual opulence, legendary styling and unsurpassed engineering and safety across all model sizes.

“On behalf of myself and the rest of the NISI Yachts team, we thank the World Yachts Trophies panel of esteemed judges for honoring us with this nomination,” said Christos Livadas, Chairman of NISI Yachts.

Designed in collaboration with acclaimed Setzer Yacht Architects, NISI 1700 infuses a motor yacht, sport cruiser and down-east boat into one incredible design.  Advanced use of carbon fiber, her classification and custom-designed electronics and navigation systems make 1700 XPRESSO one of the most exclusive and strongest performing yachts in her class.

“The design process for the 1700 resembled that of an aircraft more than a yacht, and in many ways beyond just jet propulsion,” says Ward Setzer, designer and naval architect. “Like an airplane fuselage, we wanted a light-weight hull shell with sufficient stiffness to safely sustain loads at high-speeds without sacrificing too much vital space for interior accommodations.” Setzer noted that meticulous weight tracking and careful ergonomic planning were keys to meeting these goals. “The end result,” says Setzer, “is an ultra-modern, plumb bow cruiser that is spacious enough to provide the sensation of a larger vessel, yet responsive enough to perform like a nimble express yacht.”

The trophy is awarded in Cannes at the World Yachts Trophies gala ceremony, hosted by LuxMedia Group, and is considered one of the highlight events of the Cannes International Boat Show.