Sunday, May 20, 2018

Yacht commissioned by Steve Jobs launched

The sleek, white superyacht glistens in the Netherlands waters under a gray autumnal sky, a posthumous testament to the design aesthetic of Steve Jobs.

Just over a year after the Apple founder died, the luxury motor yacht he commissioned and helped French product designer Philippe Starck make is a reality.

Looking like a floating Apple store, it bears all the hallmarks of a new Jobs-inspired creation — crisp white lines, polished metal, glass. And secrecy.

Late Tuesday, shipbuilder Feadship announced it had launched the 256-foot all-aluminum, full custom motoryacht Venus at its yard in Aalsmeer, just south of Amsterdam, on Sunday.

Starck said in a statement emailed to the Associated Press that he is "proud of Venus as he feels it reflects Steve Jobs expectation and vision."

The yacht has a long white hull with a row of circular portholes above the water line and two glass-walled cabins on the top deck, one on top of the other.

Starck said Jobs asked him to design a boat in 2007 and approved his design at their second meeting to discuss it.

Walter Isaacson described plans and models of the yacht in his biography of Jobs, who died at age 56 on Oct. 5 last year.

Isaacson wrote that Jobs, who long battled pancreatic cancer, was conscious of the fact that he may never see the finished yacht, but wanted it completed anyway.

"I know that it's possible I will die and leave Laurene with a half built boat," he said, referring to his wife. "But I have to keep going on it. If I don't, it's an admission that I'm about to die."

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