Steve Jobs Yacht Finally Completed


Before his passing, Steve Jobs commissioned Dutch shipbuilder, Koninklijke De Vries to build a 230 foot yacht for him and his family.  The yacht christened “Venus” was designed by Jobs and famed minimalist designer Philippe Starck.  Jobs’ widow and three of their children were there when the yacht was launched.  As a token of their appreciation, “the Jobs family gave each of the members of the shipbuilding staff an elegant thank-you note, along with a token gift of their appreciation — an iPod Shuffle with the name of the ship inscribed on the back”.  The yacht is said to have seven 27 inch iMacs on board, and a photo showed six of them lined up on a counter.  There are teak decks and floor to ceiling windows.  As far as yachts or more accurately ships go, it is state of the art in every way.  In terms of style and the way she looks, it’s probably one of the most unattractive vessels ever launched from any shipyard.  It’s the Pontiac Aztek of the high seas.  It doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love to own one but it does not possess nice, flowing lines.  Of course I prefer more traditional yachts such as the Feadship or Burger, two other ships I’ll never own, but to each his own.  Jobs understood that he might not live long enough to see the ship’s completion and said in his biography, “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.”  Unfortunately, Jobs will never get to sail aboard her but it does make one reflect about the importance of living live to the fullest.

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