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Hope floats: Steve Jobs’ yacht Venus launched in Netherlands (PHOTOS)

Published time: November 05, 2012 11:08
Edited time: November 05, 2012 17:26
The yacht ordered by Apple's late founder Steve Jobs remains docked at the De Vries shipyard in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands, on October 29, 2012. (AFP Photo/ANP/Ed Oudenaarden)

The yacht ordered by Apple's late founder Steve Jobs remains docked at the De Vries shipyard in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands, on October 29, 2012. (AFP Photo/ANP/Ed Oudenaarden)

It reminds of Apple gadgets from whichever angle you look and in fact looks like it’s made of dozens of iPads. A major project of the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the big, luxury yacht Venus finally set sail in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands.

Job’s widow Laurene Powell Jobs and their three children attended the christening of the ship.

Steve Jobs had been working on this ship for a long time and said it was a very important thing for him to do. Even though he knew he did not have much time left to live, and that he possibly wouldn’t see his brainchild completed, he’d still work on applying some of Apple's design and technology characteristics to the construction of the ship.

“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.”

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.

AFP Photo/Charles Onias
AFP Photo/Charles Onias

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.

Reuters/Michael Kooren
Reuters/Michael Kooren
AFP Photo/Charles Onias
AFP Photo/Charles Onias

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