Steve Jobs' Famous Yacht Closely Pictured for the First Time

Steve Jobs' Famous Yacht 7 photos
Photo: Woods Hole Inn
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It took him about two years to bring Apple from near bankruptcy to profitability by 1998 after the IT giant had failed to deliver its operating system. But staying one step ahead of your competitors implied a lot of work and stress to begin with, which is probably why Steve Jobs was planning to recuperate on a 256-foot super-yacht after a new iPhone launch. The gorgeous vessel was recently seen and closely photographed and we have to say it’s quite impressive.
Since Jobs cared a lot about his privacy, the existence of an actual yacht was carefully kept hiden from the public eye until about a year after his sad death. Venus was unveiled on 28 October 2012 at the Feadship shipyard in Aalsmeer in Netherlands.

In fact, Jobs always tried to keep a low profile. For instance, the Apple founder’s car was a silver Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG, which did not display its license plates. How? Well, Jobs took advantage of a California law which gives a maximum of six months for new vehicles to receive plates. Jobs leased a new SL every six months.

A $118 million yacht

The 256 ft (78-meter) luxury yacht dubbed Venus Steve designed with the help of famous French designer Philippe Starck. The 65-year old craftsman became widely known since the start of his career in the 1980s for his interior, product, industrial and architectural design work.

Not a lot is known of its exact features, but the EUR100 million ($118 million) worth super yacht could easily pass as a great combination between a summer house and an Apple Store.

It was recently spotted by the fine folks over at Woods Hole Inn in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The host was sailing around the British Virgin Islands with his family and some friends on a small rental sailboat, when they anchored in the Norman Island Bright, a famous ancient hideaway for pirates and rum runners, and saw the jaw-dropping vessel.

That's how they described it:

"When we got closer, we saw the huge bow deck littered with teak furniture and red cushions. The illusion of a box from afar was created by a polished chrome bowline that reflected the water. The whole boat was like a mirror, mirroring images that passed (like our tiny sailboat that looked positively trailer trash in comparison). The stern was open like a tin can, with a ziggurat of steps cascading down to the water. We circled peeking into what was clearly an exercise room with a huge shiny X that reminded me of the Mondrian Hotel in LA. Several crew members were in there, polishing the chrome, scrubbing the deck and rearranging the bicycle collection. There were paddle boards, a small umbrella, room for the launch which appeared to be elsewhere."

Not that Jobs wouldn’t have afforded it, but we have to admit it’s quite a surprise to see how his dream yacht looks up close. Even though it was spotted before (last summer in Barcelona, for instance) these fresh pictures are by far the best.
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