Steve Jobs Was Designing His Own Super Yacht

Steve Jobs Was Designing His Own Super Yacht

Steve Jobs was working with the Dutch ship maker Feadship on a luxury yacht.

Although Steve Jobs is not known for ostentatious displays of his wealth, he was designing his own luxury yacht. And typical of Jobs, he was designing it himself so that he could obsess over every detail.


According to a snippet in the New York Times from Walter Isaacson’s new biography of Jobs, due out Monday:

The book also offers some tidbits about Mr. Jobs’s legendary attention to detail, which, according to Mr. Isaacson, extended to a luxury yacht that he began designing in 2009. The design is sleek and minimalist, with 40-foot-long glass walls. It is being built in the Netherlands by the custom yacht firm Feadship, the book says.

Here is Feadship’s website and below are some of the boats. Many of them look too ugly for Jobs, especially the Predator.

The Predator:

Steve Jobs Was Designing His Own Super Yacht

Another Predator:

Steve Jobs Was Designing His Own Super Yacht

This is a concept design unveiled at the Monaco Boat Show in 2009. It’s pretty minimalist. Perhaps this is what caught Jobs’ eye?

Steve Jobs Was Designing His Own Super Yacht

Another of Feadship’s concept designs,the X Stream, previewed at the 2010 Monaco Boat Show.

Steve Jobs Was Designing His Own Super Yacht

One of Feadship’s more conventional designs.

Steve Jobs Was Designing His Own Super Yacht


  • Larry Ellison

    THANKS CULT OF MAC. I CAN FUCKING CANCEL MY PREORDER OF THE BIOGRAPHY BECAUSE YOU SAUCY FUCKS POST EVER FUCKING SINGLE TIDBIT FROM THE BOOK YOU CAN GET YOUR GRUBBY FUCKING PAWS ON.

  • Aufdenschlips

    very mature

    stop shouting and behave yourself

  • Aufdenschlips

    the second to the last seems to have the right ingredients, nice :)

  • Al

    Dang, I wanna know what he said. It got “8 likes” whatever it was!

  • Aufdenschlips

    just using the f-word in caps a lot

  • worker

    I work at feadship

  • Captain Snicklefret

    I think a sailboat would be better than any of these buckets of bolts.

  • DavidDennis

    Larry always wanted to have the biggest yacht in the world, see: http://gadgets.fosfor.se/risin… . That’s the motivation behind “Larry Ellison”‘s outburst, whatever was actually in it.

    I doubt Steve would build the biggest, I think he would build the best designed.  None of the prototypes shown in this thread would match his style that well.  I strongly suspect whatever he designed will be completely custom.

    I would have thought he’d like a high speed yacht like Octopussy, but he probably didn’t like the environmental implications.  Despite those draft designs, Feadship has a reputation for being a bit conservative.

    Since it’s under construction hopefully it will be finished, and his wife and children will enjoy it.

    D

  • mahimahimahi

    I think there are better fits for jobs. He should have used a sailboat design like the Maltese falcoln.

  • infin1023

    iYacht…

  • Mik

    There is a picture of what looks like it good very well be his yacht here: http://www.panoramio.com/photo

  • MattL

    This company actually makes a good fit fir him. I’m sure he picked Feadship because of their proven conventional works and top notch service to global clients over decades, relational to Mac Pro. Then he would of added his own touch in design and materials now able to withstand design attributes he may be envisioning not customary for the seapreviously.

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Leander KahneyLeander Kahney is the editor and publisher of Cult of Mac. He is the NYT bestselling author of Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products; Inside Steve’s Brain; Cult of Mac; and Cult of iPod. Leander has written for Wired, MacWeek, Scientific American, and The Guardian in London. Follow Leander on Twitter @lkahney and Facebook.

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