Published: Wednesday, 10 July 2013
Ryan Swift

Nisi Yachts recently launched its highly anticipated 1700 XPRESSO 17-metre yacht for her new owner Craig Benson, the ex-governor of New Hampshire, a previous Hinkley owner. The 1700 is the first model of the Nisi’s XPRESSO series, and recent sea-trials yielded a 41-knot top speed and a cruise speed of 33-knots. This customised version of the yacht is driven by twin UltraJets mated to 1150-horsepower CAT C-18 engines. The standard option is twin Cummins Zeus engines with and Volvo IPS pod propulsion system. Engines options are flexible from 600 to 1200 horsepower.

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“After years of enjoying my Hinckley, upon delivery, we saw our new Nisi and fell in love. She is fantastic – a 40-knot performance with a flybridge, a beach house on the water with amazing space and headroom. Fully thought through, she came completely decorated, even down to the elegant towels and bed sheets. New England cruising will never be the same," said Benson. “Advanced use of carbon fibre, custom-designed electronics and navigation system make the 1700 XPRESSO one of the most exclusive and high performance yachts of her size on the market,” said Christos Livadas, the Founder and CEO of NISI Yachts.

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The stylish layout arrangement provides fusion between indoor and outdoor spaces. Vanishing salon doors blend the aft deck with the main deck without sacrificing space or comfort. Teak hardwood floors run the entire length of the main deck. Three spacious staterooms accommodate five guests. There is a separate and dedicated pantry area, and a cozy flybridge with excellent visibility in all directions.   

The XPRESSO series combines the spaciousness of a true motor yacht with the racy feel of a sport cruiser, and are available in sizes ranging from 58 to 66 feet (17 to 19 metres). Nisi Yachts is the first builder worldwide to build its yachts to RINA Charter Class + MCA (MGN280) commercial standards for yachts under 100 feet LOA. The Nisi yachts range from 55 to 88 feet, while the custom division can build yachts from 98 to 145 feet (30 to 44 metres).