Bugatti goes boating

Bugatti and luxury boat builder Palmer Johnson join forces to conquer the seas with a line of sports yachts.

Peter Iantorno December 14, 2015

2015 has been a busy year for Bugatti. First the carmaker said goodbye to its legendary Veyron, arguably the greatest supercar ever made; then it gave us a glimpse of the Veyron’s successor, the Chiron; and now it’s made a move to conquer the seas as well as the road, with a range of luxury sport yachts.

In partnership with high-end boat builder Palmer Johnson, the supercar brand is lending its name to a series of luxury yachts, ranging from 42 to 88 feet in length and all, crucially, featuring the sleek, supercar-style good looks we all associate with Bugatti.

Called the ‘Niniette’ line, the series comprises three boats: the 42ft PJ42, the mid-range 63ft PJ63 and the top-end 88-footer, which is called – surprise, surprise – the PJ88.

All three options will feature a carbon fibre mono-hull design and use high-quality materials such as ultra-lightweight titanium and a choice between brown bubinga, maple or naturally blue morta oak wood for the deck.

Although the top speed of 38 knots (70kph) is more than a touch short of the boat’s famously fast road-going cousin, the design, with its clean lines and two-tone paint job, is a definite nod to Bugatti's most famous export, the Veyron.

While it might seem like a strange move for the maker of the world’s fastest car to move its operation off dry land and onto the waves, Bugatti does have form when it comes to boating. Founder Ettore Bugatti was designing racing boats all the way back in the 1930s, and he even bestowed his daughter’s nickname, Niniette, on one of his original designs.

Fancy one? Prices start at from AED 8 million and the build time is around 12 months. So, place your order now and if you’re lucky, you could well be spending Christmas 2016 on the deck of your brand new Bugatti Sports Yacht.