NISI 1700By Jason Y. Wood
CONDITIONS DURING BOAT TESTAir temperature: 72°F; humidity: 66%; seas: 1-2’
LOAD DURING BOAT TEST410 gal. fuel, 160 gal. water, 4 persons, 500 lb. gear.
TEST BOAT SPECIFICATIONS
Test Engine: 2/1,136-hp CAT C18 ACERT diesels
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Speeds are two-way averages measured with Simrad GPS. GPH taken via Caterpillar engine display. Range is based on 90 percent of advertised fuel capacity.
Sound levels measured at the helm. 65 dB(A) is the level of normal conversation.
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT ON TEST BOAT
Noteworthy Options: Metallic hull paint, Hydraulic swim platform, ABT TRAC fin stabilizers. Option pricing available upon request.
The DNA of a Growing Family
The profile of the NISI 1700 Never On Sunday struck me, and so did her feel. She was reminiscent of previous NISI models, but also had her own look—like siblings do. Ward Setzer, the boat’s designer, confessed this was very much part of the design concept. “The NISI program since we first started with them years ago has been all about seeing the ocean, feeling that you are boating,” he says. “The idea behind the big hullside windows was the same as it was for the saloon: to create as much experience of seamless indoor-outdoor living and seeing the sea as possible. It’s something that we’ll continue to do with everything we’ve drawn for them.” NISI and Setzer have so far produced three models. “So far they’ve built the 2400 [78 feet, above right], the 2600 [84 feet], the 1700 [59 feet] that you saw and [they’re building] two of the 50-foot cats [above left],” Setzer says. “The 108-footer [top] is the one we’re working on right now in much deeper development.” But if you look at the lines of the renderings and pictures shown here, you’ll see that all the profiles (even the cat’s), while not identical, definitely feel related. The DNA of good design works in any size.
This article originally appeared in the March 2014 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.