Steve Jobs’ High Tech Yacht Unveiled, Up Close and Personal
A year after Apple co-founder Steve Jobs passed away from pancreatic cancer, the custom yacht he helped design has finally been completed and is ready to set sail. The yacht, christened "Venus" after the Roman goddess of love, beauty, sex, fertility, prosperity, and victory, is 260 feet long and looks remarkably close to as described in the Jobs biography penned by Walter Isacson.
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Jobs would have been elated with the finished product, which was unveiled in the Dutch city of Aalsmeer and presented to his surviving family members. In true Apple fashion, the yacht is made almost entirely of aluminum, so it's lighter than most other yachts. There's a large sun terrace with a Jacuzzi on the foredeck and in the wheelhouse are seven 27-inch iMacs.
"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," Isaacson wrote in Jobs' biography. "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.'"
Each crew member who helped build the yacht was given a custom iPod shuffle with a thank you note from the Jobs family.