A boat named Venus

Berthed in the Dutch harbour at Aalsmeer lies a 250 foot yacht. Her name is Venus.

Venus yacht berthed at Aalsmeer (image from OneMoreThing.nl)


Its creator is Steve Jobs (the co-founder of Apple) with design assistance from Phillipe Starck. It was built in the Netherlands by the custom yacht firm Feadship. He sadly never set sail on Venus. He passed away on 5th October last year, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

He knew he may not see the result of all his hard work but said “I have to keep going on it. If I don’t, it’s an admission that I’m about to die.”

As you would expect from the man that brought us the iPod, iPhone and iPad this wasn’t going to be yacht based on traditional thoughts and design…


Panel of iMacs on the Bridge (image by OneMoreThing.nl)


Key features include:

  • An ultra light  hull that’s built entirely out of aluminum
  • Perfectly flat teak decks
  • 40 foot long glass wall
  • Seven 27-inch screen iMacs that sit on the bridge
  • A rear side hatch to launch a separate speed boat


The bow (image by Michael Kooren)


Up anchor (image by Michael Kooren)


The Stern (image from OneMoreThing.nl)


Steve Jobs had commented that his appreciation for Joseph Eichler’s creative spirit and design ethos behind “Eichler Homes” helped him develop a strong aesthetic sensibility.

Joseph Eichler is credited as being a key driving force that brought modern architecture from its previous niche in custom high end projects to middle class America. Like Jobs he was a very progressive thinker.


Original Eichler Homes brochure


On a side note: In the 50’s Eichler established a non-discriminatory policy which meant that anyone could purchase one of his homes regardless of religion or race. At a time when there was still racial segregation in the States, this was a huge step. Which he backed up, when in 1958 he resigned from the National Association of Home Builders when they refused to support his policy.


Eichler’s designs were famed for their flat or low-sloping A-Framed roofs, Spartan facades and clean geometric lines.

I see his inspiration in the look and feel of Venus. Personally I applaud the creative thinking but a part of me finds this a very masculine looking craft. I miss the curves I associate with a beautiful sea faring vessel.


As with any design that is revolutionary there will be some that marvel at it and there will be others that find the yacht ugly…
So what do you think of the design?

Brave & Innovative or Stark & Ugly

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