If you reduce the notion of a boat to its simplest purpose, it is a vehicle designed to keep you from getting wet.
Which is why Bugatti’s new yacht, which comes with a jacuzzi and a fire pit, makes so little sense — and yet, I bet someone out there will be more than happy to dish out a lot of money for it.
It’s not that a jacuzzi on a yacht is a novel idea; in fact, if you bought a superyacht that doesn’t have at least one, you were probably ripped off. But the Bugatti Niniette 66, which is 20 meters (66 feet) long, is clearly not big enough for luxuries of that type. The jacuzzi and the fire pit pretty much take up all of the available space on the deck, which is probably why the yacht nominally carries a maximum of three people.
Look, I get it: The Bugatti Chiron supercar, with which this yacht “shares a common DNA,” as Bugatti puts it, is a two-seater, and so the yacht is a compliment of sorts. It’s designed for you, and one other person, to sit in that jacuzzi and look rich and sexy while the yacht resides in the port. It’s a statement that reads: This is my other boat, the two-seater. The big one didn’t even fit in the harbor. If that’s the sort of thing that floats your boat (horrible pun intended), go right for it, if you can afford it.
On a technical level, the Niniette — a collaboration between Bugatti and superyacht maker Palmer Johnson — is a fast little boat, with a top speed of 44 knots. Its shallow draft of 0.83 meters (2.7 feet) is ideal for cruising in the Bahamas or the Caribbean, Bugatti claims. Advanced materials such as carbon fiber, leather, and blue morta oak wood will make great conversation at the oversized dinner table in your impractically large mansion.
Only 66 of these will ever be built, making it even more exclusive than the Chiron, which is not capped in terms of total units available but Bugatti can only make 70 per year. However, there will be more than one variant of the Niniette, ranging from 50 to 80 feet, so you might want to save your money for the big one.
As for the price, it has not yet been announced, though Bugatti indicated in 2015 — when the yacht was first announced — that it would start at around $2.2 million.