updated 08:33 pm EDT, Mon October 29, 2012
Project took years, features innovative look
An endeavour to design a world-class yacht for his family to use, one of the later projects of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs' life, has finally been completed after years of work and was christened by the Jobs family as "Venus" in a ceremony in Aalsmeer in the Netherlands. Various Dutch Mac sites have posted pictures and video of the ship (seen below), which uses seven 27-inch iMacs in the wheelhouse. It features a 260-foot long aluminum hull with a elegant, minimalist approach and lots of glass windows on the topside.
Venus was designed in part by Jobs himself, along with French designer Philipe Starck, and took years to complete in part because Jobs kept re-designing the craft, to the point that he nearly cancelled the project in 2009 after his health again began to deteriorate. In part, the project played a therapeutic role for Jobs, with him telling biographer Walter Issacson that he wanted to complete it before his death -- a way, perhaps, of feeling that he was staving off the inevitable.
He had been inspired by a cruise his family took in the Mediterranean several years ago, but the finished product might be described as looking a bit like an Apple Store at sea. Like the retail stores, the living areas of the ship are dominated by large panes of glass with sparse furnishings to give them an open feeling. While few details of the ship's interior have been seen so far, the curved rectangular roof of the main topside room might remind viewers of back side of the iMac.
According to Isaacson's biography, the deck is made of teak wood, with the windows being floor-to-ceiling (about 10 feet tall and up to 40 feet long). As with most things touched by Jobs, however, the final design may have undergone further changes -- particularly after his death just over a year ago.
The launching ceremony was attended by Laurene Powell-Jobs and their three oldest children. Workers were given a thank-you card of appreciation for their hard work and craftsmanship, along with an iPod shuffle engraved with the name of the yacht on the back.