The super yacht custom-built for Steve Jobs has made its first public appearance, more than a year after the Apple co-founder’s death.
The yacht, named Venus, was launched in the Dutch city of Aalsmeer, and Jobs’s widow Laurene and three of their children were at the ceremony.
An industry insider has estimated the 70-metre-plus yacht could be worth upwards of $75 million.
The boat is reportedly decked out with seven 27-inch iMacs, and features large square windows and a minimalist sun deck in keeping with Apple’s design principles.
Australian yacht designer and Boat Style director, Sarah Egan, told ninemsn the yacht looked daunting but was understated and sleek.
“It reflects the growing trend in super yacht design to understate rather than flaunt their owners’ massive wealth,” she said.
“Its exterior gives little insight into the floating world of luxury her interior no doubt contains.”
The yacht has a lightweight aluminium hull and its own speedboat, and was dreamt up by French super yacht designer Philippe Starck, with Jobs adding his own adjustments.
Starck is well known for creating controversial designs and Egan said a previous project for Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko had created “equal measures of love and loathing”.
“Of course beauty is always in the eye of the beholder,” she said.
The former Apple CEO was aware he may not be alive to see the yacht launched, but told biographer Walter Isaacson he would keep working on the project for as long as he could.
“I know that it’s possible I will die and leave Laurene with a half-built boat,” he said.
“But I have to keep going on it. If I don’t, it’s an admission that I’m about to die.”