THE €100-million luxury super-yacht commissioned by Apple founder Steve Jobs before his death had heads turning in the Caribbean early in the New Year.
Named ‘Venus’, the futuristic floating vessel was designed by Frenchman Philippe Starck and was spotted sailing around the Virgin Islands over the holiday period. Pictures were posted on the Woods Hole Inn Instagram account, with photographer Beth Colt describing the boat as something “suitable for a villain in a Bond movie.”
Commissioned in 2007 by Jobs, the boat wasn’t finished until after his death in 2011. Jobs – who is famous for his obsession with design – used to meet with designer Starck at his home in Palo Alto to pore over the plans. It is rumoured that there are 27 iMac computers on board and a Jacuzzi on the deck.
Writing on the Woods Hole Inn blog, photographer Colt – who was snorkelling at the time – said: “From a distance it appeared that the bow was square, like the whole thing was a floating Bauhaus inspired cube. More like something you would see in the Malibu hills than on the ocean. More like an Apple store.”
She continued: “The illusion of a box from afar was created by a polished chrome bowline that reflected the water. The whole boat was like a mirror… We circled peeking into what was clearly an exercise room… Several crew members were in there, polishing the chrome, scrubbing the deck and rearranging the bicycle collection.”
The 256-metre yacht is said to have six rooms on board and it’s believed that the boat is still owned by Jobs’ wife Laurene.