Bugatti is back in the yacht building business nearly a century later, this time teaming up with world renowned shipyard – Palmer Johnson.
The new move welcomes Palmer Johnson as the newest lifestyle partner for the French supercar brand. The company’s founder Ettore Bugatti entered the shipbuilding business in the 1930s specializing in racing boats and yachts. His vision has finally been reincarnated with the help of Palmer Johnson under their Supersports yacht brand.
Dubbed “Niniette”, the new yacht will be built in three variants sizing between 42ft to 88ft. Niniette was the pet name that Ettore Bugatti gave to his daughter Lidia. The entry model Niniette yacht has a length of 42 feet (13 meters) and will cost €2 million, the second model will cost €3.25 million and has a length of 63 feet (20 meters). The range topping model – PJ88 Niniette – has a length of 88 feet (27 meters), each model has a production time of 12 months.
The Bugatti DNA of “Form follows Performance” is pivotal to the design of the new Palmer Johnson Niniette yacht. That said, the hull is made of carbon fiber with styling cues lifted from the Bugatti Type 57 C Atalante and the Type 41 Royale.
A two-tone color scheme has been adopted on the PJ Niniette yacht as seen on the ultra-light titanium and dark blue exposed carbon fiber used on the hull. Additionally, the deck has been finished with brown bubinga and maple or naturally blue morta oak wood. Palmer Johnson states that Niniette can achieve a top speed of 70km/h.
Speaking about the new project, Palmer Johnson’s owner Timur Mohamed said, “The Palmer Johnson Niniette is the result of a maverick vision to perfect that delicate alchemy between desire and demand. Both Palmer Johnson and Bugatti share deeply held core values of reaching for what we cannot see, of reaching high to deliver the next unimagined experience, of always distancing ourselves from the herd.”