Get your kicks on a BU­GATTI NINEITTE 66

Upscale Living Magazine - - Yachts - | By Dar­ren Dob­son

To some, who may think ‘Tom Lin­coln’ is the greatest boat de­signer in the world, the name Palmer John­son might not res­onate. But for those ‘not liv­ing on an is­land’, it has been syn­ony­mous with great yacht build­ing since 1918 when it was founded by Hans John­son and Her­man Gmack. To­day Palmer John­son is renowned as one of the world’s top pre­mium yacht builders, whose com­mit­ment to per­for­mance and in­no­va­tion is well noted. It is no won­der that a de­signer of such lux­ury per­for­mance would team with Bu­gatti Au­to­mo­biles to cre­ate a boat for the dis­cern­ing buyer. The re­sult of this en­vi­able team­work: the Bu­gatti Nini­ette 66, first in a se­ries of sport yachts rang­ing from 50 ft. to 80 ft.

Now wait, Bu­gatti and boats? A lit­tle back story: In the 1930’s, Et­tore Bu­gatti was busy build­ing rac­ing cars, rac­ing air­planes [it never flew], and also mo­torised rail­cars. He also built boats, spe­cial­iz­ing in rac­ing boats of course, one of which was a “oneof-a-kind” com­mis­sioned by Ital­ian Prince Carlo Mau­r­izio Rus­poli. Bu­gatti named it Nini­ette, the pet name of Lidia his youngest daugh­ter.

These com­bined pedi­grees of per­for­mance and de­sign al­lowed Bu­gatti and Palmer John­son to join forces in de­sign­ing an un­com­pro­mis­ing sport yacht in­spired by the King of Au­to­mo­biles, the Bu­gatti Ch­i­ron. The lim­ited-edi­tion (66 to be built) Bu­gatti Nini­ette 66 will in­clude the best of mod­ern ameni­ties avail­able for a truly unique of­fer­ing, rarely seen on the wa­ter.

The vi­sion of the Nini­ette dream was to be ‘ground break­ing’. Com­bin­ing Ch­i­ron’s sig­na­ture en­gi­neer­ing traits: an ac­cen­tu­ated cen­tre line, a sweep­ing sig­na­ture curve, and per­fect sym­me­try along with Palmer John­son in­no­va­tions in­clud­ing ad­vanced ma­te­ri­als such as a car­bon fi­bre in­cor­po­rated in the hull. The re­sult is an ex­am­ple of a no com­pro­mise, top qual­ity con­struc­tion and de­sign.

The DNA of the Nini­ette is pure Bu­gatti. The joint pro­ject hails back to 2015, when the two com­pa­nies first dis­cussed such a no­ble idea. When ini­tial ren­der­ings of the con­cept were pre­sented, a flurry of po­ten­tial buy­ers said, “Yes please!” This in­cluded sev­eral Bu­gatti own­ers, ea­ger to pair an ex­quis­ite wa­ter craft with their prized au­to­mo­bile, like trucks match­ing trail­ers and pri­vate jet in­te­ri­ors mir­ror­ing home dé­cor. Bu­gatti own­ers wanted the fi­nal yacht to mimic their lat­est su­percar, the Ch­i­ron. De­sign­ers and engi­neers went to work and suc­ceeded, with the launch­ing of the highly-anticipate­d Nini­ette 66.

“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 (66 ft.) long yacht fea­tures Palmer John­son’s slen­der hull de­sign with two ‘spon­sons’ left and right that have an in­no­va­tive ef­fect on sta­bil­ity with roll damp­en­ing even at high speeds. Car­bon fi­bre con­struc­tion adds struc­tural rigid­ity, while re­duc­ing weight. “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. Aes­thetic de­sign fea­tures in­clude an ex­pan­sive, open deck crafted with an au­then­tic ma­te­ri­al­ity af­forded by leather and nat­u­rally blue morta [bog-oak] wood. The lower part of the deck is home to a Jacuzzi, sun pad, and cham­pagne bar. A unique ‘fire pit’, cen­trally lo­cated, lies be­tween the Jacuzzi and the two for­ward seats. With am­ple room for en­ter­tain­ing twelve guests on the main deck, no one needs to be left out of the fes­tiv­i­ties.

In­side, the salon of the Nini­ette is out­fit­ted with the high­est level of com­fort and ma­te­ri­als. High­lights in­clude pol­ished metal, car­bon, leather, and mar­ble, used in the fur­nish­ings and dec­o­ra­tions. The cen­tre­piece of the lounge is a large Bu­gatti horse­shoe over­look­ing the seat­ing area. Nat­u­ral light shines through the mac­aron­shaped win­dow in the ceil­ing to bring more out­door el­e­ments into the in­te­rior. Ad­ja­cent to the salon is the master suite, equipped with a dou­ble-bed to re­treat for the night. As with any Bu­gatti, cus­tomiza­tion is avail­able in terms of colours, ma­te­ri­als and fin­ishes through­out guar­an­tees your Nini­ette will be a unique to each owner.

“The Nini­ette is a gen­uine mem­ber of the Bu­gatti fam­ily,” ex­plains Eti­enne Salomé, De­sign Direc­tor at Bu­gatti. Its duo­tone painted ex­te­rior makes it eas­ily rec­og­niz­able as a Bu­gatti, even at a dis­tance. With Bu­gatti’s guid­ing de­sign prin­ci­ples of ‘form fol­lows per­for­mance’, the sig­na­ture el­lip­ti­cal line in­cor­po­rated in the side pro­file of the boat is a clear ref­er­ence to the Ch­i­ron. Power comes from a po­tent 1,500 horse­power en­gine to pro­pel you to 44 knots in supreme com­fort. As with most things of sig­nif­i­cant beauty, the price of this float­ing ob­jet d’art is yet to be fi­nal­ized. www.bugat­tinini­ette.com

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