Steve Jobs' superyacht "Venus" has emerged from a shipbuilder's yard in
the Netherlands just over a year after the Apple founder's death.
approximately 70-metre (230-foot) long yacht is being built by Royal De
Vries shipbuilder's in Aalsmeer, just south of Amsterdam.
to a posting Sunday on the Dutch tech blog onemorething.nl, the ship
will be presented to Jobs' family, including his widow Laurene Powell
Jobs and their three children Reed, Erin and Eve.
It will then be
packed up and shipped by cargo to the United States. Those who worked on
the ship each received an iPod nano from the family, the blog said.
bridge features a control panel made up of an array of seven iMac
computers. Another Mac can be seen through a porthole above the anchor.
told the blog that the ship took six years to design and build. Apple's
top designer, Jonathan Ive, was involved with the design.
designer Philippe Starck said last year that he was working on the
yacht, which was mentioned in Walter Isaacson's biography of Jobs, who
died on October 5, 2011. He said it was "sleek and minimalist", with
"I know that it's possible I will die and leave
Laurene with a half-built boat," Jobs told Isaacson. "But I have to keep
going on it. If I don't, it's an admission that I'm about to die."
designer Henry Bateson of Britain's Iceni yachts described the boat's
peculiar blunt bow design as "usually found on sports vessels."
hull design "should provide an easier ride in a chop without giving up
too much room for accommodation or stability at anchor," said Bateson,
noting the light-weight aluminium hull.
"That should make for a fast yacht that is relatively easy on fuel consumption compared to others her size."
Bateson said the amount of glass in the hull is significantly greater than other yachts of a similar size.
understand there was a considerable design effort in appropriate sizing
of this glass. It will be interesting to see the loadings once she's at
Royal De Vries declined to comment on the yacht, including its price.