Steve Jobs’ final masterpiece was a 260-foot yacht that he worked to design as a state-of-the-art wonder of the high seas.
But the Apple CEO never had a chance to use the eye-catching vessel. It was finally completed by a Dutch shipbuilder this month — one year after his death.
The sleek ship is made of light-weight aluminum and Jobs employed the chief engineer of his Apple stores to help design special glass that allowed the ship to be installed with ten-foot-high windows across the hull.
It is christened Venus, after the Roman goddess of love.
The cost of the superyacht is unknown, though Jobs was obsessed with completing it near the end of his life.
‘I know that it’s possible I will die and leave Laurene with a half-built boat,’ he told biographer Walter Isaacson. ‘But I have to keep going on it. If I don’t, it’s an admission that I’m about to die.’
Sadly, Jobs, who died in October 2011 of complications from pancreatic cancer, never saw his creation finished.
The Dutch technology blog One More Thing reports that the Jobs family will be on hand for the formal unveiling of the yacht at the Feadship custom yacht building company in Aalsmeer, Netherlands.
Jobs’ family gave out custom iPod Shuffle mp3 players to each of the crew members who helped build the yacht. Each one came with a note thanking them for their ‘hard work and craftsmanship.’
Among the high-tech features inside the ship are seven 27-inch iMac computers.
Jobs employed renowned designer Philippe Starck to lay out in the interior.
It is unknown when the breathtaking ship will make its maiden voyage.
FEADSHIP: THE DUTCH SUPERYACHT EXPERTS
Feadship, the company that built Steve Jobs’ luxury yacht has been crafting custom superyachts since the 1920s.
In addition to the Apple founder, the company has built dozens of vessels for some of the wealthiest and most famous captains of industry.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen bought a 200-foot yacht called the Méduse from the shipbuilders in 1996.
Michael J Saylor, founder of tech company Microstrategy, bought a 150-foot ship called the Harle in 2007.
John W. Henry, owner of the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool Football Club, ordered the 165-foot Iroquois in 1998.
Henry Ford was also reportedly a customer, as well as Malcolm Forbes, the founder of Forbes Magazine.