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PJ66 Niniette

Palmer Johnson Niniette 66


Speed, luxury, advanced engineering, symbols of status — the crossover between the boating industry and the car industry is closer than ever. Key examples include the yacht-friendly BAC Mono supercar and Adrian Newey, the F1 designer helping BAR's America's Cup bid. And now several luxury car brands have turned their expertise to designing luxury boats.

Bugatti is famous for making the world's fastest production sports car, the Veyron, but the French manufacturer has also teamed up with yacht builder Palmer Johnson to present a series of Niniette carbon fibre day boats, all of which are named after the daughter of Bugatti founder Ettore Bugatti.

The latest design in the series is the 20 metre Niniette 66 (pictured above), which has been designed to bear a close resemblance to Bugatti's latest model, the Chiron, while retaining the lightweight carbon fibre construction and stabilising sponsons that give Palmer Johnson yachts their exceptional stability and seakeeping.

Key features include a fire pit and a spa pool in the spacious main deck seating area and a double cabin below decks. A range of engine options will allow for top speeds of up to 44 knots.

Etienne Salomé, design director at Bugatti, is delighted with the result, adding, "The Niniette is a genuine member of the Bugatti family. Even from a large distance when entering a port, the Niniette will always be recognised as a true Bugatti."

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