Nisi has a dedicated laundry room at the foot of the stairs to the accommodation and there is extra storage and access to services under the deck. A large fridge/freezer gives extra food storage for longer voyages. The crew has a twin bunk cabin just forward of the engine compartment with access from the deck above. These quarters are finished in the same style as the guest cabins.
Up at main deck level the main part of the saloon is given over to a combined lounge/dining area that is fitted with a rising table. The whole of this deck saloon is surrounded by large square windows and subdued strip lights run the length of the saloon and extend out into the cockpit overhang to link the two areas together. This link is also made by the automatic sliding doors that move in an eerily quiet automated way, another one of the dedicated design features that are seen throughout Nisi.
The galley located in the forward part of the saloon is well-equipped for serious cooking and is surrounded with serving counters, one of which can double up as a chart table for the helm on the opposite side. The helm is on the port side with two electrically adjustable black leather seats. Most of the instrumentation can be made to disappear from view but when the dash is raised, there are two large navigation displays linked to a Furuno Navnet system for the radar and the electronic chart. A third screen takes care of the monitoring system for all the onboard systems and there is a range of subsidiary displays and controls. Visibility through the vertical windows is good with a notable lack of reflections but the tinted glass at the side might affect night vision.
The cockpit is divided between the seating and the rear sunbed with a passage where a curved ladder gives access to the flybridge. You walk through the arch of the mast structure to find a private space where the helm is on the centreline and there are sun loungers at the sides. Here you have a commanding view for berthing and a wind in your hair ride during fine conditions.
The quality comes out in the some of the design details. Nisi has a specially-designed, balanced anchor to ensure that the anchor stows cleanly every time after use. Fold away bollards, mounted on the low bulwarks have been developed so that they do not intrude when not in use and the deck hatch forward is styled with an inlaid star-shaped design. Nisi is the first motor yacht under 24-metres to qualify for the stringent requirements of the MCA charter rules and you see this quality everywhere you look.
The overall style is appealing and inviting, but it is the performance that is a real eye-opener. Nisi can produce speeds of up to 30 knots with the 1800 horsepower installed, and this speed is combined with superb seaworthiness, far in advance of what might be achieved with a planing hull. Nisi can operate comfortably at any speed up to this 30 knot maximum, so that you have the advantage of economical yachting at modest speeds or the thrill of higher speeds depending on your choice. No other yacht tested in recent years was able to perform like this so if you are serious about performance and seaworthiness in your yacht, then the Nisi is a good starting point.
Reliable operation has been the key to the development of this design so that it can be self-sufficient for long-range cruising. At a speed of ten knots, this yacht has a range of over 1500 miles – at 21 knots, she burns 250 litres per hour. The fuel tank holds 5334 litres and a water-maker copes with the fresh water requirements on a long cruise.
NISI represents evolution rather than revolution in design with many of the improvements made possible by a combination of modern technology and sound seamanlike principles. NISI has a great style with a strong hint of tradition, it has good accommodation and the extended sea trial through the lively waters of Hong Kong showed that this yacht had what is probably the best seaworthiness in its class. NISI has redefined the art of luxury motor yacht design and what may surprise many is that she was built in China. NISI should help considerably to put China on the map as a serious yacht building nation and Tricon Marine at the top of the list of quality yacht builders.
Technical Specifications – Nisi 2400
LOA 23.60 metres
LWL 22.50 metres
Beam 5.75 metres
Draught 1.12 metres
Displacement (light) 36.6 tonnes
Engines 3 x 600 hp Cummins diesels
Drive type Zeus Pod Drives
Speed (max/cruise) 30/21
Range at 9 knots 1500 miles
Fuel capacity 5334 litres
Bow thruster American Bow Thruster plus joystick
Generators Cummins Onan 2 x 17 kW
Watermakers (Manf, litres per day) Aqua Whisper
Freshwater capacity 1272 litres
Communication/navigation electronics Furuno Navnet
Entertainment systems Samsung
Owner and guests (number) 8
Crew (number) 2
Construction Advanced composites
Classification RINA Charter and MCA Commercial
Naval architect (name/company) Setzer Design group
Interior designer (name/company) Tricon and Setzer
Price guide Basic US$3.6 million
As tested $4.5 million