Steve Jobs' Yacht 'Venus' Launched in the Netherlands
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Steve Jobs' Yacht 'Venus' Launched in the Netherlands
Earlier this year, it was revealed that French designer Philippe Starck was working with Dutch shipbuilder Feadship on a new yacht for the family of Steve Jobs. The yacht had been mentioned in Walter Isaacson's biography of Jobs as a project he had been working on since 2009, but the ship was not completed before his death last year.
Dutch site One More Thing now reports [Google translation] that the ship, christened "Venus", has officially launched, with Jobs' widow Laurene Powell Jobs and their three children participating in the event.
The aluminum-hulled ship is said to be 70-80 meters in length and features seven 27-inch iMacs lined up in the wheelhouse to help run the controls.
Steve’s jobs yacht spotted for the first time in Netherlands
Remember the yacht that Steve Jobs’s biographer Walter Isaacson mentioned and described in the biography he wrote about the genius behind Apple? If not, here’s the passage in the book that mentions the boat:
“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.”
The description of the boat sounds impressive, and apparently the real deal measures up to the expectations. The yacht has just been spotted for the first time in the Dutch city of Aalsmeer making its first rounds. The vessel has been baptized after the Roman goddess of love and beauty “Venus” and is said to have been designed by the Apple legend Philippe Starck. The boat’s architecture is modern and sleek but not flashy. It uses a lot of glass and minimal lines to create the aesthetically pleasing aluminum unibody. At 230 x 260 feet long and being made 100% of aluminum the boat is apparently one of the lightest ships to have ever touched the surface of water.
Steve Jobs worked side by side with Philippe Starck on the designs of the boat. The ship was built by the Dutch shipbuilder Koninklijke De Vries. So far, it is not known what plans the Jobs family has with the yacht, but stay tuned to find out more details, as they will surface.
Design of Jobs’s Yacht Discussed in Philippe Starck Interview
The luxury yacht built for late Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs is “the elegance of minimum,” according to its designer, Philippe Starck. In an early November interview with Superyacht Times, Mr. Starck details how Mr. Jobs’s design philosophy directed the creation of the 80 meter yacht, Venus.
Mr. Jobs first approached Mr. Starck with a request for a yacht design in 2007. The design of a luxury yacht is a long and complicated process, and so, during a short first meeting, Mr. Starck told his new client that he would design the yacht “as if it is for [himself],” allowing Mr. Jobs to focus on more pressing matters in his personal and professional lives. Mr. Jobs agreed and, aside from limitations on the length and passenger capacity, Mr. Starck was given nearly complete control over the design of the yacht.
The basic design of the yacht’s exterior was completed quickly, in only two weeks. From there, many years of interior design and tweaking occurred. “We never retouched the project which means that from 2007, to the launch, it is basically still the same,” Mr. Starck said.
Due to the trust that Mr. Jobs placed in Mr. Starck’s skills and tastes, the pair met just once every six weeks for nearly five years until Mr. Jobs’s death, going over the design “millimeter by millimeter, detail by detail.”
Those who have watched Apple’s evolution under Mr. Jobs, and the company’s pursuit of ever simpler designs, will not be surprised to learn that the Apple CEO applied the same standards to the design of his personal yacht. As Mr. Starck recalls:
Venus is exceptional. In the design, there is no reason for aesthetics, no reason for ego, nor for trends. We designed it by philosophy. And we stuck to that absolutely. As I said, the yacht’s design was finished in our first meeting. Then we did the details. We always wanted less and less, which was fabulous. With the design done, it was all about refining it. Re-polishing it. We came back on the same details until they were perfect. We had many calls about parameters, the result is the perfect application of our joined philosophy.
While the public has only seen glimpses of the yacht’s interior, such as the impressive collection of iMacs on the ship’s bridge, Mr. Starck promises that the rest of the yacht mirrors what many would expect of a design inspired by Mr. Jobs:
Inside, we used loose furniture, but left it very open. The owners have to live their own life, so it was mostly done by them. It is the minimum of everything. There is not a single useless item inside…. Not a single useless pillow, or a useless object. In that sense, It is the opposite of other boats. Other boats try to show off more and more. Venus is revolutionary. It is the extreme opposite.
Mr. Jobs did not live to see his yacht sail, passing away about a year before it launched. His family and friends will now get to enjoy his creation but the Apple co-founder did thankfully get to see the final design before his death, rewarding Mr. Starck with “the best gift someone can give a designer:” telling him that the yacht was “better than in all [his] dreams.”
Steve Jobs' Yacht Impounded in $3.6 Million Dispute Over Design Fee
DutchNews.nl reports on articles from the Dutch media noting that Steve Jobs' yacht Venus, which launched nearly two months ago, has been impounded by authorities due to a dispute with famed French designer Philippe Starck over design fees for the ship.
Baliffs boarded the brand new yacht Venus last Wednesday with an Amsterdam court order and it is now literally chained to the dock, the FD said. Port service companies have been instructed not to help it to leave.
The dispute centres on a €3m unpaid bill from Starck, known for his minimalist interiors, who worked with Jobs on designing the yacht for years. His fee had been established at 6% of the cost price, Rotterdam lawyer Roeland Klaassen told the paper.
The dispute seems to be related specifically to the cost of building the boat, with Starck claiming that the yacht was slated to cost €150 million while the Jobs family says that it only cost €105 million. The €45 million difference in prices means that Starck believes he is missing out on €2.7 million ($3.57 million) in design fees.
The original report from Dutch financial newspaper Financieele Dagblad claims that there was no formal contract between Jobs and Starck, and that an out-of-court settlement of the dispute is likely.
Jobs family yacht freed as payment dispute is resolved
A financial dispute with designer Philippe Starck has been resolved and the mega-yacht commissioned by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is now free to leave the dock where it was previously impounded.
A lawyer representing the Jobs family told French newspaper Le Monde via The Next Web) that a resolution has been reached between them and Starck. As a result, the yacht is now free to leave the dock it is stationed at in the Netherlands.
The yacht was sequestered by lawyers last week in Amsterdam over the financial dispute, in which Starck believed he was due 9 million euros, while the Jobs family felt he was owed 6 million euros. The terms of the final agreement between Starck and Jobs' heirs is unknown, but it was suggested that the designer did not receive as much as he was asking for.
The boat was reportedly built on a mutual trust between Jobs and Starck, and the contract between them was not very detailed. Jobs began designing the ship, named "Venus," after returning from a cruise that traveled from Italy to Turkey.
The super yacht was first revealed in October. Word of the yacht was first revealed by Starck himself in April, though it wasn't seen until months later.
The 80-meter-long ship is made completely of aluminum, with huge plate windows covering the wheelhouse and main deck entrances. The yacht relies on 27-inch iMacs for navigation, systems control and other seafaring software.
iPhone 5 Captures Steve Jobs’s Super Yacht On Camera [Video]
Want to see Steve Jobs’s new super-yacht up close and live in the riveted flesh? Well, here’s the next best thing: a vdeo taken by Amsterdam-best investor Michiel Frackers of the Venus, a vessel which will soon be leaving port after a misunderstanding about the terms of payment between Jobs’s family and the ship’s designer Phillipe Starck was resolved.
According to Fracker:
“On the day after Christmas my girlfriend and I went to take a look. We walked through the fields to get to the former container terminal where Venus was docked. There were a few people on board cleaning the upper deck, but there was nobody else around. We took some pictures and shot this video with an iPhone 5. It’s a very unique design that looks much better up close than in pictures or even in a video.
A yacht designed for late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has been spotted near Tenerife in the Canary Islands, says 9to5Mac. The boat appears to be on its way to the US from Amsterdam, where it had been impounded in a fee dispute between the Jobs family and lead designer Philippe Starck. In late December, though, the two parties came to an agreement and the yacht was allowed to leave port.
The yacht, named Venus, is built primarily out of aluminum and glass. In keeping with its original intended owner, the ship uses iMacs to handle virtually every onboard system. Jobs was instrumental in the ship's planning; he died before it could be completed however, and it fell to his widow, Laurene Powell-Jobs, to meet with Starck to finish the project.
Steve Jobs’ yacht sets sail, spotted near Canary Islands
Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ family yacht has set sail from Holland, and has been spotted in the Canary Islands as it makes its way to the US.
At the end of last year, the yacht was impounded in a payment dispute between the Jobs family and designer Philippe Starck, but it was released shortly after and became free to make its maiden voyage.
The yacht, christened ‘Venus’, after the Roman goddess of love and beauty, is thought to have cost $185.5m to build. It is believed to be made with lightweight aluminium, and is about 80 metres long.
Walter Isaacson described the yacht in his biography of Steve Jobs. He wrote that Jobs was working on the design of his yacht in the weeks before his death in October 2011.
“As expected, the planned yacht was sleek and minimalist,” Isaccson wrote. “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.”
“By then the boat was under construction by the Dutch custom yacht builders Feadship, but Jobs was still fiddling with the design. “I know 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,” Isaacson wrote.
The yacht made its first public appearance in October 2012, and Jobs’ widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, and their three children are believed to have been present at its unveiling.
Feadship boss talks about building Steve Jobs’ yacht
Feadship boss Henk de Vries has revealed what it was like building Venus, Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs’ 265 foot-long superyacht, which cost an estimated US$138 million.
Speaking to Bloomberg, de Vries, who heads up Holland-based Feadship, one of Europe’s oldest shipyards, explained that the yacht is “a naked boat,” which required “removing everything that is considered unnecessary and bringing the boat down to the bare essentials.”
The yacht, christened ‘Venus’ after the Roman goddess of love and beauty, is believed to be made with lightweight aluminium, and the initial designs were described in Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs as “sleek and minimalist… 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 Isaacson, Jobs was working on the design of his yacht in the weeks before his death in October 2011. De Vries revealed that Jobs would say to him and the team building the boat at Feadship: “No you can do better than this.”
“Everything was questioned and that made it very challenging,” said de Vries, who called the boat “controversial”.
The yacht made its first public appearance in October 2012, and Jobs’ widow, Lauren Powell Jobs, and their three children are believed to have been present at its unveiling.
Following its unveiling, de Vries checked the internet to find out the verdict from the public. “About as many people hate it, visually, as like it,” he said. “Everybody who knows a little bit about yachts says, “Oh my God… and you finished it, and it works, and the glass is not popping out?”
But, as de Vries points out, Venus is now sailing across the Atlantic. In mid-January, the yacht was spotted near the Canary Islands on its way to the US.
“We manage to keep the boat out of the limelight right until they leave the shipyard and then it’s in the public domain,” de Vries explained when asked how he keeps boats being made for high-profile customers secret. “Then, all I can do is sit back and say, “I’m not saying anything, but…”,” he added, implying that, once the boat leaves Feadship’s shipyard, the public can see everything for themselves and there’s nothing more he can do.
To watch Bloomberg’s full interview with Henk de Vries, click here.