The superyacht Steve Jobs was designing up until his death just over a year ago was unveiled on Sunday at a shipyard in the Netherlands. The Dutch Apple blog, OneMoreThing, was first to report that the superyacht, named “Venus”, was christened at Koninklijke De Vries Shipbuilding in the city of Aalsmeer where the vessel has been under construction for several years.

The vessel is undeniably the brainchild of Steve Jobs, with sleek lines and a minimalist design reminiscent of an Apple Store.  Jobs reportedly spent as many as 6 years designing and constructing the vessel with help from French product designer Philippe Starck, who also famously designed the seas most loved and loathed superyacht, “A”. “Venus” measures between 70 and 80 meters and is made almost entirely of aluminum.


The yacht was first mentioned in Steve Jobs’ biography by Walter Isaacson in the following excerpt:

After our omelets at the café, we went back to his house and he showed me all of the models and architectural drawings. As expected, 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. 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.”

The ceremony was attended by members of the Jobs family who presented the shipbuilders with customized iPod shuffles and a note thanking them for their “hard work and craftsmanship.” It’s unclear if the yacht will ever be delivered to the family, or really what the future holds for the vessel.

If there is any doubt that the yacht is in fact that of Steve Jobs, just check out the photos below.

Clean lines. Are you surprised?

Yes, those are iMacs.

Images via OneMoreThing

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  • Jon.T

    When the next thing comes along, expect there to be lot’s of criticism from those who are more comfortable in the past than in the future.

    If anyone doubts that, go back and read what the world said about the iPod, or the iPhone, or the iPad when they were launched..!

    For me this is an astonishing boat. I hope I get to see her in my lifetime.

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  • http://GreatEarthNavigation.com Robert Scott

    It looks a bit like the old Trumphy yachts.

    I’d like to skipper it.

  • harry

    that really is one of the ugliest vessels I have ever seen.

  • http://www.earlnisbet.com Earl Nisbet

    For eons it has been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. That being said, too bad some of the beholders are blind to new and outstanding art. That is what Mr. Jobs yacht of course is. To me one of the best designed works of art I have seen anywhere that I have been in the entire world. EN

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/daviddb/ David

    Stunning! Hats doffed…..

  • Chris Cavas

    What a tortured attempt to design a building that can be repositioned on the water. Why bother with a boat if one has no feeling for the sea.

  • Joe Overcoat

    Ugly as sin.

    And one has to wonder about its seakeeping characteristics, with those lines.

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