In Pictures: Superyacht Venus

The radically designed 78.20 metre superyacht Venus is one of the world’s most talked about yachts in the past couple of years.

Launched in 2012 by Feadship, the vessel boasts naval architecture by De Voogt Naval Architects and was designed by the renowned Philippe Starck, in collaboration with the world’s most successful innovators and entrepreneurs, the late Steve Jobs, who sadly passed away a year before the completion of his luxury yacht project.

Venus is impressive, innovative and unique - just as what you would expect from a collaboration between Starck and Jobs - with sleek lines and an exterior made entirely of aluminium. A row of 27-inch iMacs visible are used to control the ship from its wheelhouse along with the simplicity of the overall design of the boat, are the Apple creator’s evident stamp of personalisation.

In an interview with SuperYacht Times’ Maarten Janssen, Starck stated that, “In the design, there is no reason for aesthetics, no reason for ego, nor for trends. We designed it by philosophy. As I said, the yacht’s design was finished in our first meeting. We always wanted less and less, which was fabulous. With the design done, it was all about refining it. We came back on the same details until they were perfect. We had many calls about parameters, the result is the perfect application of our joined philosophy.

She is fitted with large cabin windows to fill the inside with an abundance of natural light, whilst in the main living area are forty feet long and ten feet high walls of glass further enhance a light and airy ambience for the total of 12 guests that she comfortably accommodates. With a crew of up to 22 accommodated over 14 cabins, Jobs certainly intended for a cruising experience of the utmost sumptuous relaxation.

She is run by twin MTU 16V 4000 M73 diesel engines, delivering a maximum speed of 22 knots and a cruising speed of 16 knots. Her beam is of 11.8 metres and she has a draft of 3 metres.

After her launch, Venus was delivered to the Jobs family where she remains today.

By Maarten Janssen, photos by Giovanni Romero /



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