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 Post subject: Any info on the Niniette boats?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 1:54 pm 
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Are there books with more info on the Niniette boats? Or other sources?

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The following picture / text came from the book “Classic Speedboats 1916-1939" written by Gérald Guétat. A great book if you are interested in the history of classic speedboats

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Under the hood of this speedboat is a 4.9-liter eight-cylinder in-line Bugatti engine with twin camshafts and a power output of 260hp. The hull of Niniette II was build by Celli in Venice.

Prince Maurizio Ruspoli won the world record for the 6-liter class with this boat on November 12, 1931 at a speed of 63.3mph. In this picture, the pilot is Divo, who won the President of the republic’s Prize at Paris in 1933


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The exhaust seems to be on the wrong side? As far as I know, all T59, T59/50B cars had the exhaust on the left side of the car, in the Niniette this is on the other side! Have exhaust / intake been exchanged (as in one of the Bugatti Airplane engines), or is there a gearbox in front of the engine?

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As an “amateur nautical engineer” I can tell you that in most old hydroplanes have the marine-gear in front of the boat. So the engines are in comparison with cars placed backwards. The reason for this is that the propeller shaft must make a certain angle with the water that is only possible if it is a long shaft. See picture below as reference.


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This is not a Niniette boat, but Campbell his record breaking Bluebird. (Picture scanned from one of the Uffa Fox books….)


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Ok, this would explain it sufficiently, thanks!

Of course it would be nice to have a full drawing of the "Niniette", as with the Bluebird you show. There were 2 or 3 Niniettes, does anybody know if the 2nd was a rebuild using parts of the first, or if it was an entirely new boat, with a new engine?

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 Post subject: Niniette Drawings......
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I seem to recall someone on this forum stating that they were developing drawings for this boat - which version escapes me. Any progress in that regard?

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 Post subject: Re: Any info on the Niniette boats?
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Are there any pictures of a Niniette, which show the engine (cover of engine removed)?

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 Post subject: Re: Any info on the Niniette boats?
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This is the best I can do for you. It shows the Bugatti engined boat of Vasseur but I don´t know if that is a Niniette. Better ask Martijn, he should know. Picture taken from Double Arbres by Jarraud.


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 Post subject: Re: Any info on the Niniette boats?
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Looking at the picture this is probably a boat with a Z-drive.

Martijn?

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 Post subject: Re: Any info on the Niniette boats?
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This is the Niniette 6, with hull and drive system by Bugatti.

The other Niniette's were made by Celli in Italy.

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