A fearless vision of the future of sport yachts
by the world’s largest motor yacht builder, Palmer & Johnson.
Bugatti, and the world’s largest motor yacht builder, Palmer Johnson, announced the release of the Bugatti Niniette 66 during the 87th Geneva Motor Show. This is the first in a new series of yachts, starting from 50ft, up to 80ft.
The iconic companies have combined their pedigree in design, technology and performance into a fearless vision of the future of sport yachts. Inspired by the amazing Bugatti Chiron, the outcome of this powerful alchemy between Palmer Johnson and Bugatti is the limited edition Bugatti Niniette 66.
Bugatti was once a boat builder too., commissioned to create a one-of-a kind speedboat in 1930 by Prince Carlo Maurizio Ruspoldi, founder Ettore Bugatti named this low on the water beauty the Niniette – the family pet name of his youngest daughter Lidia.
A shared DNA
A common vision of the future has made this dream a reality. Palmer Johnson’s history of building the world’s most innovative yachts has been combined with Bugatti’s signature engineering traits such as the accentuated centre line, perfect symmetry and a sweeping signature curve. PJ traits such as using advanced materials like carbon and a revolutionary hull have been incorporated seamlessly into this yacht design that is quite simply like no other.
A modern masterpiece
The Bugatti Niniette is an inspired and daring design that evolves from the Chiron. The purity of design and perfect proportions of the Niniette create and leave an impression of magical beauty. “The challenge was to create an experience and a persona as much as a yacht, from streamlined luxury, sophisticated style and unprecedented quality. For owners of tomorrow, Niniette will lift your expectations of life even higher,” explains Timur Mohamed, CEO of Palmer Johnson. The 20-metre-long yacht features Palmer Johnson’s innovative hull design combining a slender main hull with two sponsons left and right that have a positive effect on stability and roll dampening even at high speeds. “This construction also allows for a wider build compared to other yachts in this class, thus offering the experience of a much larger yacht,” adds Mohamed. The extensive use of carbon fibre also adds to the yacht’s structural rigidity, while at the same time reducing weight and increasing efficiency. The Niniette is a genuine member of the Bugatti family,” explains Etienne Salomé, Design Director at Bugatti. With its accentuated centre line and the duotone colour split of the exterior, it encompasses key elements of Bugatti’s heritage. True to the company’s guiding design principle of ‘form follows performance’, the clear lines and dynamic stance of the yacht in combination with the characteristic, Bugatti signature line fused into the side profile of the boat are a reference to the recently launched Chiron. “Even from a large distance when entering a port, the Niniette will always be recognized as a true Bugatti,” says Salomé.
The yacht features a spacious open deck that reflects Bugatti’s focus on outstanding craftsmanship and authentic materiality, with carbon fibre, finest leather and naturally blue morta oak wood as the dominating elements. The lower part of the deck houses a combined Jacuzzi, sun pad and champagne bar in the middle, flanked by two social areas on the side. Maritime connoisseurs will also cherish the fire pit, centrally located between the Jacuzzi and the two forward seats that will undoubtedly be a main attraction for every visitor.
A precious sanctuary
The spectacularly designed exterior is complemented by a sumptuous interior below deck. Contrary to the common interior layout with several small cabins found in most conventional motor yachts, the salon of the Niniette is a very spacious environment offering the highest level of comfort for its passengers. Only the finest materials - polished metal, carbon, leather and marble, are used for furniture and decoration. Centrepiece of the interior lounge is the large Bugatti horseshoe overlooking the generous seating area, while natural light streams in through the macaron-shaped window in the ceiling. Adjacent to the salon, the master suite equipped with a comfortable double-bed offers the ideal retreat for the night. As is customary with Bugatti, a myriad of customization options in terms of colours, materials and finishes for both exterior and interior guarantees that every Niniette will be a unique piece of art.
Form follows performance
As you would expect with a Palmer Johnson, an advanced stabilised hull achieves speed with efficiency, as well as amazing comfort on board. The super slim main hull means higher speeds with lower input power and fuel burn. Side sponsons give additional vessel beam and hence increased stability at rest. Reaching top speeds of 44 knots, and with a shallow draft of 1.3 metres, Bahamas friendly cruising is possible for the weekend. Unique Bugatti designed helm chairs and a futuristic command centre with interactive infotainment system for vessel navigation, monitoring, control and entertainment further enhance the experience.