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Steve Jobs' Yacht Revealed 438

schwit1 writes "Venus, the incredible luxury yacht Steve Jobs had been designing up until his death a little over a year ago, seems to have made its first appearance as a finished product in the city of Aalsmeer in the Netherlands. Unsurprisingly, its design is breathtaking. Reportedly designed in a joint effort between Jobs himself and Philippe Starck, the stunning ship first showed up on the blog One More Thing, which posted some stills as well as a few other details. The ship is about 230 to 260 feet long, for instance, and made entirely of aluminum, which makes it particularly light. And if you had any doubt this is Steve Jobs' yacht, there are seven 27-inch iMacs in the wheelhouse. According to One More Thing's sources, the Jobs family will be present for the yacht's christening ceremony proper, thought it's unknown whether or not they intend to use it, or what its ultimate fate may be. Regardless of what may happen to her, she sure is a beauty. It's certainly a shame Steve Jobs never got the chance to see her finished."
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Steve Jobs' Yacht Revealed

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  • Seaworthy? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by PPH ( 736903 ) on Sunday October 28, 2012 @11:34PM (#41801107)

    Big panels of vertical glass. What happens when one of them takes a good sized wave?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 28, 2012 @11:39PM (#41801135)
  • by Almost-Retired ( 637760 ) on Monday October 29, 2012 @12:09AM (#41801269) Homepage

    Ocean air is not the only corrosion to worry about. I've no clue what they intend to use to protect the alu hull with.

    Story time folks, been told before but there may be new readers here.

    In '59, I had the pleasure of being a bench tech, at a little place on Mission Bay called Oceanographic Engineering, helping to assemble the electronics for the 2 cameras that were mounted on the Trieste when it went down onto the mohole in the Pacific a few months later. The Navy had come in and bought the first 2 we made but instead of the cases we were going to use for towing them thru sewers to inspect the sewers, they gave us specs for a bronze case, with quartz windows they supplied. Designed to withstand about 25 kpsi, its 17 or 18 kpsi in the mohole. But they wanted to play a bit before the real show and asked us to make the first one out of 7078-T6 alu. It took us about 6 weeks to get a lathe that big AND accurate setup and we made the first case out of a 6" diameter alu rod about 2 feet long. Fixed it up with all the packing glands it would need. They picked up the whole kit on a smallish cruiser, 65' for so and took it out about 50 miles to give it a dunk test. We had sent it out and had the heaviest cad plate we could get put on it. They brought it back the next day and having been scratched by rolling around on the deck deep enough to penetrate the plating, and in one days time over the side and down about a thousand feet, those scratches came back to us 1/2" wide and an inch deep, just from being in the sea water for about 12 hours.

    Needless to say, the real cases for the Trieste trip were cut from some special bronze that started out nearly 8" in diameter. The camera itself was 2.5" in diameter, so we bored a 3" hole for it in the bronze and padded it with weather stripping to hold it centered in the hole. Those 2 cameras, a rounded box with some relays in it to turn the stuff around and switch the lights, and the gondola of the Trieste were all that was pressure sealed, everything else was running at the ambient pressure which was considerable. Except for chewing thru the rubber diaphram separating the sea water from the oil in the pan & tilts for one of the cameras, that trip down with Picard and Walsh, it all worked. The P&T wasn't disabled & still worked when they came back up. With some very interesting pix I got to see a few of.

    And Steve had it made with an ALU hull? 'scuse me, but... I predict it will spend a lot of time in dry-dock, getting patched. It likely won't last much longer than I will since I have a 78 year head start on it.

    Cheers, Gene

  • iDon'tLikeit (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Pepebuho ( 167300 ) on Monday October 29, 2012 @01:28AM (#41801519)

    It looks ugly, it does not look like a seafaring vessel, but I may be mistaken. Ugly lines

  • Re:Bandwidth saver (Score:5, Interesting)

    by c0lo ( 1497653 ) on Monday October 29, 2012 @01:41AM (#41801559)

    Imagine USS Seal and Merrimack having a malformed child conceived as a results of drunken/berserker reciprocal legitimate rape.

    FTFY. I looked for both USS Seal [] and Merrimack [] photos.
    By whatever God you respect! both of them have elegant lines in comparison with Jobs' yacht.

  • by blind biker ( 1066130 ) on Monday October 29, 2012 @06:36AM (#41802467) Journal

    Wow, for someone with such experience you seem to not know much about boats. Aluminium is quite a common material to make boats with, just google "aluminium boat" if you need more info.

    I am not the person you're replying to, but I did google for aluminum ships. This was the first hit in my list. []
    Quoting the article:

    You can't make this stuff up: the Navy concedes the first vessel in its latest fleet of warships - the 18-month old USS Independence (not to be confused with the late aircraft carrier sporting the same name) - is suffering from "aggressive" corrosion.

  • Re:iSore? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by houghi ( 78078 ) on Monday October 29, 2012 @07:18AM (#41802591)

    that the boat is sort of ugly

    Sort of ugly? This is the definition of ugly. If ugly has a mother, this would be it. It is not even a yacht, it is a floating brick.

    I hope they patented and trademarked the shit out of it, because that would mean nobody can make anything ugly anymore.

    There are people who have more money then they have sense and still have good taste. Here is proof []

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