It’s been over a year since Steve Jobs passed away, but Apple’s creative juggernaut is still making awesome stuff. Jobs’ private yacht, which he designed but never had the chance to see finished, has been spotted in the wild at a shipyard in Aalsmeer, Holland. Constructed by Dutch shipbuilder Feadship, the Jobs family had the yacht the completed even after Job’s death, with the help of French designer Phillipe Starck. Named “Venus,” after the Roman god of beauty, Jobs’ massive ship’s sleek design is definitely reminiscent of the man’s personal aesthetic.
According to the description from One More Thing, (as translated by The Verge,) The Venus is 80 meters long, and sports a lightweight aluminum on the outside. The look of the yacht may sound familiar to some of the Apple faithful, as the design is similar to the one described in Walter Issacson’s biography of Jobs.
“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.”
On the inside, the ship appears to be controlled by a console made with seven 27-inch iMacs. Say what you will about Jobs, the man believed in the machines he created, going out of his way to integrate Macs into everything he did.
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