Steve Jobs’ estate pays up to free impounded mega yacht

“Steve Jobs’s superyacht Venus was free to leave Amsterdam port on Monday after the late Apple co-founder’s estate paid a deposit to resolve a dispute with designer Philippe Starck, who had had the yacht impounded,” AFP reports. “‘The Venus is no longer impounded, we have found a solution,’ said Gerard Moussault, a Hague-based lawyer for the Jobs estate.”

“The vessel, which reportedly cost over 100 million euros ($127 million) to build, was impounded after Starck said Jobs’s estate still owed him three million euros for his contribution to its design,” AFP reports. “The Dutch-built yacht, which was only unveiled in October – just over a year after Jobs died – is in Amsterdam harbour because of bad weather. ‘The captain is waiting for better weather to set sail,’ Moussault said.”

Steve Jobs'  mega yacht, "Venus."
Steve Jobs’ mega yacht, “Venus.”

AFP reports, “The yacht will reportedly be shipped by another ship to the United States, where Jobs’s family, including widow Laurene Powell Jobs and their three children Reed, Erin and Eve, are to take charge of her. The aluminium-hulled yacht was built by Royal De Vries shipbuilder’s in Aalsmeer, just south of Amsterdam, with interiors designed by Starck.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Yay, Steve’s white whale is free to ugly up harbors and waterways for years!

“Venus.” When you have to resort to the power of suggestion, you’ve failed.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]

Related articles:
Steve Jobs’ mega yacht impounded over unpaid Starck designer bill – December 21, 2012
Insights into Steve Jobs’ design process revealed; spent 5 years working with Philippe Starck on super yacht ‘Venus’ – November 19, 2012
Steve Jobs’ yacht ‘Venus’ unveiled in Aalsmeer, The Netherlands (with video) – October 28, 2012
Philippe Starck: Oui, that ‘revolutionary Apple product’ is actually Steve Jobs’ family’s yacht – April 17, 2012
The real genius of Steve Jobs, the perfectionist – November 7, 2011
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    1. Kinda sorta, but I don’t think the sloping roof line was “Prairie School”. I like the needle-like hull. I’m not sure the squarish superstructure fits or is as sea-worthy as it could be. It’ll probably be an expensive houseboat.

    1. The yacht will reportedly be shipped by another ship

      Makes me think it doesn’t work too good. Although I’m sure it will be OK cruising the placid waters inside San Francisco Bay.

  1. I definitely don’t think the rear of it is attractive at all, but the picture above does not show this ship in its proper perspective. It doesn’t look nearly as slab sided when you can actually see the length of the ship. The rear definitely looks like a huge afterthought though.

    All that said, beauty is definitely subjective, and if each of us had a yacht commissioned, I’m sure that there would be people who found our vision to be ugly no matter what it looked like.

    A better pic of the ship is found in the linked article.

      1. No, but I did recently see a picture of Kim Kardashian wearing tight leather pants, and it will haunt me forever. I swear she has one humongous ass cheek that looks like it belongs on a hippo.

    1. I second this. Please fix your crap app before giving any design comments. Even surface has better interface than this crapp. Titles are truncated. Only app with font issues. Not to mention very slow…

    1. The hockey puck mouse wasn’t ugly it was just annoying to use. It was designed to be used with fingertips which is not the way most people use mice. Frankly Apple has never made a mouse I particularly liked.

  2. It cost 100 million Euros.

    Do you have any idea how many MDN fanatics could have been given a million Euros if Steve had just given that money away to MDN posters and not built an ugly yacht?

  3. I still say it looks spectacular. Especially from the linked photos (stern and all…). The foreshortened one posted by MDN is a highly distorted perspective. Don’t be surprised to see this beauty in SFO for the Americas Cup in 2013.

      1. In general, I will agree, but with one caveat… you have to see something in person for that to be true.

        Photographs are not the best thing to make aesthetic judgments on.

  4. Waiting for better weather? Hmm. Was it the white personal flotation devices that were still waiting for the delivery of the matching white buckles, or was it the black ones that were waiting for the black strobe lights? One good thing: the ship will have a very good radar cross-section. Other ships will be able to avoid it or find it.

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