Published: Wednesday, 09 October 2013
Ryan Swift

Nisi Yachts, the US owned and managed yacht builder with facilities in China, is now working on a series of 50-foot power catamarans that build on the brand of “indoor-outdoor” yacht experience that has guided the company on its motor yacht monohulls.

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The company most recently sold a Nisi 1700 Xpresso and the new catamarans are named the Nisi X50 Xpresso. The yacht will have a length overall of 15 metres, beam of 7 metres and draught of under one metre. With engine options in either Cummins with Zeus drive or Volvo IPS Pod drives up to 750 horsepower, the X50s will have a projected top speed of 30 knots and a cruise speed of 26 knots. The base price is US$1.1 million, with a build time of between six and eight months, depending on the level of customisation.

The Nisi X50 will also come with a luxury beach house that Nisi management say will “redefine the twin-hull category”. Large entertainment areas and huge windows will be everywhere on the bridge deck, while at the waterline, wave piercing plumb bows will offer a steady ride. Disappearing sliding glass doors will open the saloon space to the aft deck area, and owners may choose from three or four-cabin layouts. The interiors are being handled by SMI Group of New Zealand, while naval architecture is by Ward Setzer, a long-time collaborator with Nisi Yachts. The X50 will debut in 2014.