French supercar manufacturer Bugatti and Palmer Johnson have recently revealed more details about the first model in their new series of 50-80ft yachts, the Niniette 66.
After first renderings of the yacht had been presented in late 2015, a large number of potential buyers – among them several current Bugatti owners – expressed great interest in the project. However, according to the shipyard, they wished for a closer connection of the yacht to the latest hypercar from Bugatti, the Chiron, after its world premiere in March 2016. Consequently, the designers and engineers went back to their drawing boards to eventually launch the Niniette 66.
“The Niniette 66 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.”
The yacht features a spacious open deck that reflects Bugatti’s focus on authentic materiality, with carbon fibre, finest leather and naturally blue morta oak wood as the dominating elements. The lower part of the deck includes a combined Jacuzzi, sun pad and champagne bar in the middle, flanked by two social areas on the side. A spectacular fire pit is centrally located between the Jacuzzi and the two forward seats.
Contrary to the common interior layout with several small cabins found in most conventional motor yachts, the salon of the Niniette 66 is a very spacious environment offering a high level of comfort for its guests. Adjacent to the interior lounge is located a master suite equipped with a comfortable double-bed.
20m long and 6.5m wide, the yacht boasts a top speed of 44 knots thanks to an 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,” explains Timur Mohamed, CEO of Palmer Johnson.