A floating Apple store: Steve Jobs' yacht unveiled

NEED TO KNOW
  • Jobs' super-yacht completed one year after his death
  • Ship's bridge features a row of seven 27-inch iMacs
  • Engineer who helped design Apple stores helped with yacht
Steve Jobs' yacht, 'Venus', is unveiled in The Netherlands.

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"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."

That was Steve Jobs, as quoted by Walter Isaacson in his biography on the Apple founder.

Jobs never did get to see the finished product which Isaacson wrote of him obsessing over. However, one year after Jobs' death, the boat is no longer half-finished.

Members of his family gathered in the Netherlands on Sunday to christen the "Venus" in the shipyard in which it was built. All 260 or so feet of it.

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Dutch technology blog One Last Thing (love the name) reported on the unveiling and described what some have called a floating Apple store. The entire body of the sleek super-yacht looks as if it were built from one piece of aluminum -- much like many of Apple's modern product designs, points out Ars Technica.

The comparisons to an Apple store are more than a random observation; the Daily Mail reports Jobs hired one of the chief engineers behind the retail stores' design to work on his yacht. The British paper says the engineer was instrumental in creating a specially designed glass for the 10-foot windows which ring the ship's hull.

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The inside of the iYacht looks like an in-store display too, with a row of seven 27" iMacs along the bridge helping control the vessel.

The Jobs family presented everyone who helped build the Venus with an iPod Shuffle inscribed with the ship's name and a note thanking them for their "hard work and craftsmanship."

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