The Yacht Steve Jobs Designed With Philippe Starck Has Finally Been Unveiled

The Yacht Steve Jobs Designed With Philippe Starck Has Finally Been Unveiled

Around this time last year, it was revealed that Steve Jobs had been designing his very own luxury yacht before his death. Jobs had been collaborating with renowned French designer Philippe Starck on the project.

After six years of design and construction, Steve Jobs’s yacht has finally been finished at a shipyard in North Holland. The beautiful ship is called “Venus,” and Job’s widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, was there for the launch with Jobs’s three children.

One More Thing shares some photos from the launch and details surrounding Jobs’s yacht. The ship measures 70-80 meters long and features a luxurious sun terrace with a large jacuzzi.

The Yacht Steve Jobs Designed With Philippe Starck Has Finally Been Unveiled

The Yacht Steve Jobs Designed With Philippe Starck Has Finally Been Unveiled

The yacht’s design is directly inspired by Apple. The hull is made entirely of aluminum, making it significantly lighter and more agile than other yachts of its kind. A continuous pane of structurally reinforced glass wraps around the bow. A row of 27-inch iMacs control the ship from its wheelhouse. Those who worked on the ship were given iPod shuffles from the Jobs family.

“Venus” is being freighted back to the United States after its unveiling in the Dutch city of Aalsmeer. Biographer Walter Isaacson shared Jobs’s plans for the yacht last year:

As expected, the planned yacht was sleek and minimalist. The teak decks were perfectly flat and unblemished by any accoutrements. 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. “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.”

  • Royce Tanouye

    Thanks for the article and for fixing the spelling on the Twitter tweet. Can you fix the article now. I don’t know…yatcht just bugs me.

  • bredlo

    Ouch – Steve has a fourth child, Lisa, by a previous relationship.
    He ignored her for many years, and it appears you’ve unintentionally done the same. Might want to rephrase as, “Laurene and their three children,” or “Laurene and three of his four children.”

  • Turtle Heart

    A bit sad really. Steve never was able to float in this strange but interesting vessel…I felt a tinge of emotion. I find the last years of Apple infuriating really…the whole control thing, the obsession for itoys over real computers, all the great old features of Mac OS that have vanished, the horrible keyboards, the absolute creeps that I get from even passing by an Apple store….in some ways it is easy to see that these qualities of obstinance which made Steve an ahole also made him a genius and also killed him…if he could have just lightened up? However, I miss him. I have my doubts that Apple can survive without him. Sail on, Steve, Sail on. Thanks for posting these.

  • lwdesign1

    A bit sad really. Steve never was able to float in this strange but interesting vessel…I felt a tinge of emotion. I find the last years of Apple infuriating really…the whole control thing, the obsession for itoys over real computers, all the great old features of Mac OS that have vanished, the horrible keyboards, the absolute creeps that I get from even passing by an Apple store….in some ways it is easy to see that these qualities of obstinance which made Steve an ahole also made him a genius and also killed him…if he could have just lightened up? However, I miss him. I have my doubts that Apple can survive without him. Sail on, Steve, Sail on. Thanks for posting these.

    I’m perplexed by your post. The “iToys” you’re talking about are the iPod, iPhone and iPad, each of which revolutionized their respective industries and is being furiously copied by every tech company in the world. They are also the devices that have made Apple the most valuable company in the world. My iPhone 4S goes with me everywhere as my GPS nav unit, my alarm clock, my reminder calendar, my dictionary, address and phone book, music player and general portable repository of knowledge.

    The current Apple keyboard (I prefer the wired one with the numerical keyboard) is, in my opinion, the best keyboard that Apple has ever made. I’ve been using Macs full time at home and at work since 1989 and have owned every generation of keyboard. It works flawlessly and I can type on it for hours without fatigue. The small travel of the keys is very comfortable when compared to any previous generation of keys that require about twice the travel distance.

    Your doubts about Apple surviving are directly at odds with Apple’s stock prices, market value and near universal popularity. Tim was running Apple for more than a year prior to Steve’s death, and the company has increased its sales and popularity higher than ever. I miss Steve, and his genius is a loss for the entire world, but I do NOT think that Steve’s passing will kill Apple in any way. Steve hand-picked and trained each of his top executive-level staff. He passed on his attention to detail and drive to make highly functional, simple and beautiful products.

    I find your “creeps” when you pass an Apple store to be strange in the extreme. The Apple Stores were put there under Steve years before he died. Apple Stores have contributed greatly to Apple’s success with the general public in presenting the Mac and iDevices well with knowledgeable staff. Remember the bad old days when there were only small mom and pop Mac distributors, or the pitifully small areas at Fry’s and CompUSA stores? It was AWFUL, and most of the salesmen used to try to steer customers away to Windows computers.

    If you’re worried about the loss of the CD/DVD drive from the latest line of MacBook Pros and iMacs, I have some sympathy, as I burn CDs and DVDs frequently. However, Apple makes a standalone CD/DVD drive for those that need them–or you can buy an earlier model refurbished Mac that still contains them. I don’t know what other “losses of technology” you’re talking about.

  • Tim Lanfair

    on a lighter note,,, steve chose the white model,,, over the black,, LOL

  • dcdevito

    I wonder if those apps running on those iMacs were downloaded from the Mac app store? :p

  • Captain Snicklefret

    That is one stupidly ugly boat. Of course they are shipping it over since it’s not seaworthy for the passage. I would be very sad to see that docked at my club.

  • mikells43

    straight up boss status here.

  • easydone101

    Can’t be made by Jobs, too square and edgy ._.

  • SupaMac

    Ouch – Steve has a fourth child, Lisa, by a previous relationship.
    He ignored her for many years, and it appears you’ve unintentionally done the same. Might want to rephrase as, “Laurene and their three children,” or “Laurene and three of his four children.”

    @bredlo How do you know it is Lisa that was the child “forgotten” by the author? You seem to making an assumption here. Three of the children were there, but any one of the four could have not been there.

  • aardman

    Sorry, that is not something that I would call “beautiful”. It’s different, unique, maybe, probably “otherworldly” is the kindest word to describe it, but certainly not beautiful. To be honest it looks like something that an 8 year old with a pile of white and clear Lego blocks would build. Phillippe Starck is the most overrated designer of this era, and guaranteed, as a Starck design, this yacht will look tired and dated in about 5 years. Actually, it already looks tired and dated. Cadillac employed the same design language as far back as ’99 with the Evoq concept and then ’04 with the XLR production model. Jony Ive was probably too busy working on Apple stuff and had no time to help out with the yacht’s design. Mrs. Jobs will probably hang on to this monstrosity and then sell it quietly for a big loss a couple of years from now.

  • aardman

    Sorry, that is not something that I would call “beautiful”. It’s different, unique, maybe, probably “otherworldly” is the kindest word to describe it, but certainly not beautiful. To be honest it looks like something that an 8 year old with a pile of white and clear Lego blocks would build. Phillippe Starck is the most overrated designer of this era, and guaranteed, as a Starck design, this yacht will look tired and dated in about 5 years. Actually, it already looks tired and dated. Cadillac employed the same design language as far back as ’99 with the Evoq concept and then ’04 with the XLR production model. Jony Ive was probably too busy working on Apple stuff and had no time to help out with the yacht’s design. Mrs. Jobs will probably hang on to this monstrosity and then sell it quietly for a big loss a couple of years from now.

  • Ramon36

    Yep, that’s a Philippe Starck “design” alright; it’s the white version of the old US presidential yacht. At least that one could fall back on the excuse that it was designed in a previous century.
    Years ago, Starck promised/threatened the world, declaring that he was retiring permanently. Too bad he didn’t keep his word.

  • Ramon36

    All those holes along the waterline? those are for the oars.

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