Steve Jobs’ yacht sets sail, spotted near Canary Islands

Ashleigh Allsopp
16 January, 2013
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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.

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