SOCIAL HISTORY – Steve Jobs’ Yacht “Venus” Premiers…

Steve Jobs’  yacht “Venus” is launched… 

You couldn’t expect Apple founder Steve Jobs to cruise the world in an off-the-shelf yacht.

Sadly, he died before the launch on Sunday of the custom yacht that Dutch shipbuilder Koninklijke De Vries was building for him.

The ship, named “Venus,” is 70 meters to 80 meters long (230 to 262 feet), with a sleek profile and aluminum exterior, just like the iPhone 5, and seven 27-inch iMacs on the bridge, according to Dutch website One More Thing. It does also feature windows — a long row curving around the bow and, below that, portholes for the crew.

Prior to his passing, Jobs discussed the boat’s design and construction with his biographer, Walter Isaacson. Isaacson wrote of the boat: Steve 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.

According to ABC, Jobs commissioned the yacht more than six years ago. Now that it’s finally finished, Jobs’ family handed out custom-engraved iPod shuffles to thank the builders.


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