‘Venus’ is the yacht designed by Steve Jobsand minimalist designer Philippe Starck. The yacht could not be readied in his lifetime and was finally unveiled on Sunday in a Dutch shipyard. Like everything else Jobs designed, the yacht is also rather unusual but has been done with a purpose. And the yacht has been named Venus after the Roman goddess of love, beauty, fertility, prosperity and victory. The shipbuilder Koninklijke De Vries in Aalsmeer had organized the event which was attended by Jobs’ widow Laurene and three of their children, Reed, Erin and Eve. The details of the ceremony along with pictures are available on the Dutch website One More Thing.
Jobs’ Family Gifted iPod Shuffle to the Shipbuilding Team
It was a very happy occasion when another vision of Steve Jobs had turned into reality. And the Jobs family was grateful to the shipbuilder. In fact, they gave each of the members of the shipbuilding staff an elegant thank-you note, along with a token gift as a gesture of their appreciation. The gift was an iPod Shuffle and the name of the new yacht was inscribed on its back. Steve Jobs had talked extensively about the yacht he was building as it was a project which was very close to his heart. Venus has turned out exactly as he had described in his biography which was written by Walter Issaacson. He has mentioned in the book that Jobs showed him models and architectural drawings of the yacht.
Venus: The Yacht is Equipped With Seven 27 Inch iMacs
The Dutch website reports that the yacht is rather large and between 230 and 260 feet long. It is nothing like the traditional luxury yachts. It is an extraordinary vessel with teak decks and large panes of ceiling-to-floor glass throughout. It is equipped with seven 27 inch iMacs. Jobs was aware that he might not live long enough to actually see the yacht but kept working on the design and improving it till his end. In fact Isaacson quotes him in his book, “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.”