Steve Jobs’s yacht: a floating Apple store with elements of iPhone

Oct 29, 2012

Yacht commissioned by Apple founder and co-designed by Philippe Starck finally launches a year after Jobs’s death

A YACHT commissioned by Steve Jobs has been launched by a shipyard in the Netherlands – more than a year after the Apple founder died. As with any Apple product launch, rave reviews have come thick and fast.

Tech blog Gizmodo calls the yacht (seen in the video below) "incredible" and "stunning", Macworld describes it as "impressive" and Cult of Mac says it is "beautiful".

It ought to be. The yacht, named Venus, took six years of design and construction at Dutch shipyard Feadship and Jobs collaborated with Philippe Starck on the interiors.

In a nod to Apple’s notebooks and iPhones, the 80m-long ship is made of aluminium, while in a nod to Apple stores, the cabin windows are nearly floor to ceiling and there is a preponderance of glass walls.
According to Dutch blog One More Thing, which first reported on the yacht’s launch, there is a large sun terrace with Jacuzzi on the foredeck and the yacht is controlled by a bank of seven 27-inch Macs on the bridge.

The yacht made an appearance in Walt Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs, published last year. In it, Isaacson writes: "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."

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