By Diane Byrne
NISI Yachts Delivers First 1700 Xpresso
This new yacht is the smallest in the Xpresso line from NISI, and combines classic lines with modern looks and performance.
If a shot of espresso gets you going in the morning, then the 1700 Xpresso will do more than get your heart pumping. This new model from NISI Yachts reportedly achieved a top speed of 41 knots during sea trials, and can cruise comfortable at 33 knots.
Mixing Downeast looks with sport-cruiser performance, the Xpresso lineup ranges from 58 to 66 feet, with the 1700 Xpresso being the smallest motor yacht in the line. She’s “a beach house on the water, with amazing space and headroom,” in the words of her owner, Craig Benson. Benson is the former governor of New Hampshire, a communications-technology entrepreneur, and of course a passionate boater. He previously owned a Hinckley for several years, and while he enjoyed that boat, “New England cruising will never be the same,” he said.
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Why? The incorporation of carbon fiber in the 1700 Xpresso’s construction, plus twin 1,150-hp Caterpillar engines coupled to twin UltraJet waterjets, give the yacht an edge in weight and performance, respectively. It’s worth noting that pod drives are standard, but NISI Yachts worked with Benson to customize his 1700 Xpresso, to better suit cruising the Northeastern states. Regardless, with standard horsepower options ranging from 600 to 1,200, the NISI 1700 Xpresso should still handily achieve 40-knot speeds.
As to the beach-house atmosphere that Benson so enjoys, the 1700 Xpresso emphasizes indoor-outdoor living on the main deck. It’s thanks to sliding doors from the aft deck that disappear from view, and teak soles that run from the edge of the transom all the way inside to the helm. There are no bulkheads cordoning off the helm from the saloon, either. Between this arrangement and the fully open-air flying bridge, Benson and his guests can soak up the views of the horizon to their hearts’ content.
Add in accommodations below decks for five people in three staterooms, with the largest hull windows naturally in the master stateroom, and the NISI 1700 Xpresso further should soothe the soul. Especially after a full day of pulse-racing performance.
For more information, visit NISI Yachts.
- Diane M. Byrne is the founder and editor of the website Megayacht News. A longtime yachting writer, she contributes to Super Yacht World, Superyacht Business, Boat Exclusive, and other magazines. She is additionally a member of the International Superyacht Society Board of Directors and a founding member of the U.S. Superyacht Association.
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