The unusual boat designed by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and famed minimalist designer Philippe Starck was christened “Venus,” after the Roman goddess of love, beauty, sex, fertility, prosperity and victory.
It’s no secret that Jobs till the very end had been working on applying some of his company’s design characteristics to the construction of a luxury yacht.
After years of work, the yacht, made of light-weight aluminum, is finally completed, and Dutch website One More Thing has posted pictures and videos of the ship.
As PC Mag writes, “Venus” has all received special iPod Shuffles with the boat’s name engraved on the back, as well as a card from the Jobs family that thanks them, “for your hard work and craftsmanship.”
There’re some interesting things for Apple fans. For example, the yacht is controlled by a series of seven, 27-inch iMacs set up in the ship’s control room, or wheelhouse.
Jobs’s late is a construction of an approximately 230 to 260 feet long and feature a hull that’s built entirely out of aluminum.
A large pane of glass runs around “Venus”’s side, starting at right around the midpoint of the vessel and wrapping around the boat’s bow.
Philippe Starck helped Jobs create the sleek interior which features a jacuzzi and ten-foot high window panels for the cabins which are forty feet long.
“The idea for the boat was very simple,” explains Starck, “it was mainly philosophical.”
The designer also admits that the boat “looks strange for a boat” but says its shape comes from design ideas he shared with Jobs: “Steve and I shared the same idea about the elegance of the minimal, the elegance of work well done”.
The project of the luxury yacht was described by Walter Isaacson, writing about the boat in his October, 2011 biography entitled, “Steve Jobs:”
“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.”
He adds: “’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.’”
As the German blog claims, the finished ship was launched at shipbuilder Koninklijke De Vries in Aalsmeer, The Netherlands. Jobs’ widow Laurene and three of their children, Reed, Erin and Eve, were at the ceremony.
The tech icon seemed to be aware that he might not live to see the boat complete, but he didn’t give up and continued to tinker with its design.
As Mashable reports, now, at its revealed more than a year after his death, his quotes about the yacht become even more poignant.
In the Isaacson book, the late Apple CEO said, “I know that it’s possible I will die and leave Laurene with a half-built boat. But I have to keep going on it. If I don’t, it’s an admission that I’m about to die.”