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Steve Jobs' Yacht Venus

Steve Jobs' Yacht Venus

The yacht ordered by Apple's late founder Steve Jobs remains docked at the De Vries shipyard in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands

About the construction of the boat, Steve: "I know that it's possible I will die and leave Laurene with a half-built boat," he told his biographer Walter Isaacson, "But I have to keep going on it. If I don't, it's an admission that I'm about to die."


Steve Jobs was involved in the project together with famed French designer Philippe Starck and Dutch shipbuilder Feadship. Venus consists of an aluminum-hull and is some 70-80 meters in length. Her cabin is equipped with seven 27-inch iMacs lined up in the wheelhouse to aid in the controls of the ship - a record number. Constructors also used the same glass featured in Apple gadgets for the boat's glass detailing.

Speaking to the BBC about the vessel, Starck said, "Steve and I shared the same idea about the elegance of the minimal, the elegance of work well done," at the same time saying that it does "look strange for a boat."

The yacht was described by Walter Isaacson, who wrote about the boat in his 2011 Steve Jobs' biography.
"As at an Apple store, the cabin windows were large panes, almost floor to ceiling, and the main living area was designed to have walls of glass that were forty feet long and ten feet high. He had gotten the chief engineer of the Apple stores to design a special glass that was able to provide structural support. By then the boat was under construction by the Dutch custom yacht builders Feadship, but Jobs was still fiddling with the design."
The completion of the yacht prompted dispute regarding its future fate. It is yet to be seen whether the Jobs family will keep the vessel for themselves, rent it or sell it off.



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