October 28, 2012: More than a year after Steve Jobs ’death, the luxury yacht he ordered was finally shown for the first time, launched from a shipyard in the North Holland.
Called Venus, a yacht of recognizable appearance was one of the great personal projects that Jobs led in his last years. As he told biographer Walter Isaacson, “I have to keep going. If I don’t, it’s a confession that I’m going to die. “
Unfortunately, Jobs never experienced seeing the finished ship.
Steve Jobs’ yacht launch
The yacht was the product of six years of design and construction. Despite the enormous wealth of Apple’s co-founders, many who knew him personally registered to be surprised that he would like such a project. Even Jobs himself denied wanting such a craft.
“There is no yacht in my future,” he told reporter John Marcoff in 1980.
However, as Jobs later told Isaacson, the yacht represented something: confidence that he would be able to overcome his health problems. He started working on it around 2008, just before a liver transplant.
Designed by Philippe Starck
The $ 118 million, 256-foot yacht proved to be a bit divisive in terms of its design. Although it is the work of the famous French designer Philippe Starck, it bears the fingerprints of Jobs and Apple. Jobs hired the chief designer of Apple stores to make a special glass for the ship. And while he was on board, the owner could control Venus via a series of 27-inch iMacs.
“As expected, the planned yacht was elegant and minimalist,” Isaacson wrote. “The teak decks were perfectly flat and without any damage. As in the Apple store, the cabin windows were large glass, almost floor-to-ceiling, and the main living room was designed to have glass walls forty feet long and ten feet high. ”
Jobs’ widow, Lauren, attended the launch of the yacht on October 28, 2012. (And his children, who used the yacht for years after that.)
However, before the launch could take place, the ship suffered another failure. Authorities seized him at a port in Amsterdam for debts owed by designer Starck.
If you are interested, you can follow Venus’ locations around the world using data from ShipSpotting.com.
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