Just over a year after Steve Jobs’s death, shipbuilders in Aalsmeer, Holland have finally finished the yacht that the Apple visionary spent years designing –secretly. Her name is Venus.
Built entirely out of aluminium, the yacht was designed by Jobs personally along with some help from French designer Phillipe Starck. It’s a big one, too. The ship measures between 70 and 80 meters, but because of the aluminium construction, it’s lighter than your typical yacht, giving it a bit of an edge when it comes to speed. It doesn’t lack amenities, either. The front of the ship is equipped with a uniquely large sun deck with a jacuzzi built in. Behind that comes an all glass cabin that’s topped with a bridge equipped with seven 27-inch iMacs that handle the ship’s navigation and controls. When you take a step back, squint a little and turn your head to the left, it sort of looks like an iPhone 4 with the strip of windows around the middle and the clean lines.
Walter Isaacson wrote about the yacht in his biography of Steve Jobs, which says:
After our omelets at the café, we went back to his house and he showed me all of the models and architectural drawings. As expected, the planned yacht was sleek and minimalist. The teak decks were perfectly flat and unblemished by any accoutrements. 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. “I know that it’s possible I will die and leave Laurene with a half-built boat,” he said. “But I have to keep going on it. If I don’t, it’s an admission that I’m about to die.”
The front of the yacht has a jacuzzi, which is in front of a cabin that contains seven iMacs that feature navigation and controls.
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