Jobs Yacht Crisis Averted: Venus Free to Sail the Seas

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The yacht Apple co-founder Steve Jobs commissioned, Venus, is free to leave dock and take to the seas now that a tentative agreement for payment has been reached with the craft's designer Phillpe Starck. Mr. Starck's attorneys had the yacht impounded after he claimed the Jobs' family paid him €3 million less than he was owed for his services.

Jobs family settles payment dispute, freeing Venus from the dockJobs family settles payment dispute, freeing Venus from the dock

The French news paper La Monde quoted Mr. Starck's attorney, Gérard Moussault as saying, "A solution has been found and a security has been lodged on a bank account for the boat to be free to leave."

Mr. Starck has been disputing a €3 million difference in what the Jobs family paid him and what he thinks he was actually owed. His fee was based on 6 percent of the yacht's total construction costs, originally estimated at about €150 million. The family, however, said the actual cost came in at €105 million, shorting Mr. Starck €3 million by his estimates.

Mr. Starckhad been expecting to make €9 million, but at the lower price he made only €6.

Mr. Jobs commissioned the yacht before his death in 2011, but didn't live to see it completed. Venus is sleek, just like Apple's retail stores, with glass walls and teak woodwork, and is controlled by seven 27-inch iMacs.

The 80-meter long craft was finally finished in October 2012 and is now the property of his family.

There isn't any word on the terms of Mr. Starck's dispute resolution with the Jobs family, but it looks like both sides found the deal to be acceptable since Venus is now free to leave dock.

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John Dingler, artist

I am waiting to read subsequent chapters of Venus’ next intrepid journeys, whether on the ocean, in tech developments, its political/social use, etc.

I am interested to learn when and how often the iMacs used to monitor the IS and perhaps steer the ship will be upgraded, if at all, to the latest OSX/iMacs or, if a PC enthusiast buys it to replace them with MS Tablets/PCs, how MS would spin the glam-like trespass into a rare victory.

Alternately, a Mac fanatic could turn it into a shrine for the Church of Steve Jobs which would not be as far-fetched as it may seem considering that lesser innovators of consumer products such as Amee S. McPherson, Jim Morrison, Kathryn Kuhlman, Britney Spears and Elvis have inspired short-term and long-term cults. Key elements fundamental to a cult are there: Mystery, a personality around which worshipers can rally, the transcendent object of veneration, a sense of a chosen community, and the promise of renewal/salvation.

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