This is a busy design, and maintaining a civil relationship among its various elements — design cues from early in the 20th century mingling with contemporary ones — could not have been easy. The small, round portlights, for example, hark back to the early 1900s and fit well with the stem. Farther aft, the windows are definitely modern but wouldn’t look out of place in an art deco exhibit. The shape of the smaller windows, and the bar that splits each in half, extend the “character line” to its logical conclusion in the vent back aft. The large window, though it has a greater aspect ratio than its mates do, still enhances our perception of length along the topsides.
The sheer line of the NISI 2400 appears to have a tiny bit of reverse curvature, accented by the plunge of the transom and the beveled cap rail. It’s perfect for this design, giving the fanciful superstructure a solid visual base on which to rest. The house is as upright as that of a steam yacht from the early 1900s and, in a less thoughtful design, could have overwhelmed the aesthetics — made it top-heavy. Although the structure is tall, the slender mullions of the windows and the apparent space between the flying buttresses and the coachroof seem to make the structure above it float on air. The large windows of the house will give the owner’s crew and guests nearly unobstructed sight lines and, along with the skylight, flood the salon, galley and inside helm with natural light.
Tricon Marine plans to introduce the NISI 2400 to the public at the 2011 Miami International Boat Show in February.
Displ.: 80,000 lb. (dry)
Fuel: 1,409 gal.
Water: 338 gal.
Power Options: 2 x 1,000-hp Cat-C18/ZF-POD or Volvo IPS; 3 x 600-hp Cummins/Zeus or Volvo IPS
Top Speed: 28 to 33 knots depending on power option
High-Speed Cruise: 25 knots w/ Cummins/Zeus
Concept & Design: Tricon Marine and Setzer Design Group
Setzer Design Group, 919-859-7014; www.setzerdesign.com; Tricon Marine, 416-907-0869; www.triconmarine.com