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After reports that renowned French designer Philippe Starck was working on a "revolutionary project" with Apple set off a round of speculation, the designer has confirmed that the project actually relates to a yacht for the family of the late Steve Jobs.

A spokeswoman for Starck told The Wall Street Journal that Jobs had worked together with Starck on the project.

“It’s not a project with Apple. It’s a private project that began with Steve Jobs and that has been taken over by his wife,” the spokeswoman said.

Late last week, Starck was quoted by a French site as saying that he was working with Apple on a "revolutionary" project that would come out in eight months. Speculation immediately surged that the project was potentially related to an rumored Apple television. The Cupertino, Calif., company quickly responded by confirming that it was not working on any products with Starck.

Starck had also revealed in the interview that he met with Jobs once a month in Palo Alto, Calif., for seven years and is now meeting with Jobs' wife. AppleInsider reported last Friday that the project Starck was referring to was likely to be a yacht that Jobs was working on before his death.


Feadship's "Breathe" concept super yacht


Jobs' biographer Walter Isaacson revealed details about the yacht in his book "Steve Jobs." The Apple co-founder apparently began designing the boat after his "best vacation" -- a cruise from Italy to Turkey. He repeatedly redesigned the boat and nearly canceled the project when he was sick in 2009.

"I didn't think I would be alive when it got done," Jobs told Isaacson. "But that made me so sad, and I decided that working on the design was fun to do, and maybe I have a shot at being alive when it's done."

Isaacson noted that the boat was "sleek and minimalist," based on the models and drawings of the project Jobs showed. The plans included a special glass designed by the "chief engineer of the Apple stores" to provide structural support. Custom yacht builder Feadship had been constructing the boat.

"I know that it's possible I will die and leave Laurene with a half-built boat," Jobs said. "But I have to keep going on it. If I don't, it's an admission that I'm about to die."

Though Jobs did not live to see the completion of the project, the yacht may still see completion since Starck and Laurene Jobs have continued to work on it.

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Even though SJ's wife is wealthy in the $Bs, owning a yacht is pain and expensive. Unless you live in one and it is a passion, it just makes sense to rent. Want to sail the Caribean? No problem... there are all kinds of boats for rent. Prefer European waters? Just wire the money and they will pick you up from your private jet in a limo and stamp your passport at the gate. Same thing with private jets... just get a NJ account. After your are finished, just pass the gratuities and wipe your mouth. No fuss, no muss.
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Even though SJ's wife is wealthy in the $Bs, owning a yacht is pain and expensive. Unless you live in one and it is a passion, it just makes sense to rent. Want to sail the Caribean? No problem... there are all kinds of boats for rent. Prefer European waters? Just wire the money and they will pick you up from your private jet in a limo and stamp your passport at the gate. Same thing with private jets... just get a NJ account. After your are finished, just pass the gratuities and wipe your mouth. No fuss, no muss.

I think the same about houses. Why buy multiple houses round the world when you can just rent or get a plush hotel.
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The only thing minimalist about that thing is maybe it's paint job. That's a massive boat. And unless Jobs was secretly a drug smuggler, I can't imagine that the interior would be all open space. "minimalism" and "boats greater than 30' long" don't mix.
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I think the same about houses. Why buy multiple houses round the world when you can just rent or get a plush hotel.

Seriously? To each their own.

I'd rather have a few homes around the globe than a depreciating piece of property--a yacht.

Now if one is a Billionaire who wants to travel to exotic locations without flying and you have the means to travel rapidly around the globe, by yacht and don't care to waste money in hotels, I'd say a yacht with a few access boats to shore is a dream come true, if you're going to travel around the globe.
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Even though SJ's wife is wealthy in the $Bs, owning a yacht is pain and expensive. Unless you live in one and it is a passion, it just makes sense to rent. Want to sail the Caribean? No problem... there are all kinds of boats for rent. Prefer European waters? Just wire the money and they will pick you up from your private jet in a limo and stamp your passport at the gate. Same thing with private jets... just get a NJ account. After your are finished, just pass the gratuities and wipe your mouth. No fuss, no muss.

Yea but then you wouldn't be able to design your own.
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Oh and for the yacht. Can I bring my deep sea fishing rod along. Yeah baby.
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Even though SJ's wife is wealthy in the $Bs, owning a yacht is pain and expensive. Unless you live in one and it is a passion, it just makes sense to rent. Want to sail the Caribean? No problem... there are all kinds of boats for rent. Prefer European waters? Just wire the money and they will pick you up from your private jet in a limo and stamp your passport at the gate. Same thing with private jets... just get a NJ account. After your are finished, just pass the gratuities and wipe your mouth. No fuss, no muss.

Steve Jobs also had a private jet.
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Speculation immediately surged that the project was potentially related to an rumored Apple television.

I don't recall such a surge in speculation, merely the furious cracking of whips by the stock manipulators trying to rouse the dead horse.

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"I know that it's possible I will die and leave Laurene with a half-built boat," Jobs said. "But I have to keep going on it. If I don't, it's an admission that I'm about to die."

I can understand Laurene wanting to finish the project if it's something she wanted herself but if it is because of what Steve wanted, there's little sense in having a boat without a captain.
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does it have an iPod dock?
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When you have Billions there's no problem owning multiple yachts and homes...
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iYacht?
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and I was worried that Apple's next product would be something that would't appeal to the mass market.
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I can understand Laurene wanting to finish the project if it's something she wanted herself but if it is because of what Steve wanted, there's little sense in having a boat without a captain.

Very few yacht owners act as their own captain. They almost always hire a captain for the vessel.

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Even though SJ's wife is wealthy in the $Bs, owning a yacht is pain and expensive. Unless you live in one and it is a passion, it just makes sense to rent. Want to sail the Caribean? No problem... there are all kinds of boats for rent. Prefer European waters? Just wire the money and they will pick you up from your private jet in a limo and stamp your passport at the gate. Same thing with private jets... just get a NJ account. After your are finished, just pass the gratuities and wipe your mouth. No fuss, no muss.

When you have that many billions of dollars, depreciation on a boat is insignificant. Mrs. Jobs has more money than she, her children, and her grandchildren could spend in several lifetimes. It simply becomes a matter of convenience and pleasure. Many people are comfortable with their own environment and prefer owning a yacht to renting multiple yachts - even if renting is cheaper. By owning:
- They get to design it the way they want exactly to their specifications
- They can leave their belongings on the yacht and not have to pack before and after a cruise
- They have a captain and crew on staff and always deal with the same people

If you're rich enough that the money doesn't matter, that's very appealing.
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i hope thAt this boat is bigger and has more taste (alot like Apple products) than Bill gate's boat!... i hope so because it will be a showdown of 5 BILLION (the Jobs' fortune) vs 50 BILLION (the Gates' fortune)

Didn't Mr. Gates say that he was going to give away his fortune?...
I wonder if he is going to stop when his fortune is equal to the Jobs' fortune...
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The two happiest days of a Yacht owners life. The day they buy it and the day they sell it.
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The only thing minimalist about that thing is maybe it's paint job. That's a massive boat.

Struggling to understand the idea that Minimalism and Size have anything to do with each other.
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I can understand Laurene wanting to finish the project if it's something she wanted herself but if it is because of what Steve wanted, there's little sense in having a boat without a captain.

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Very few yacht owners act as their own captain. They almost always hire a captain for the vessel....

I think you missed Marvin's meaning? Marvin did you mean that it would be no fun without Steve?

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I have a feeling that the little blue squares are decorative and not really windows, otherwise it would like a whole lot like this:

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I personally think the damn thing is gorgeous, and if that's they way they want to spend their money - more power to 'em

http://ia600401.us.archive.org/2/ite...pipeaboard.mp3
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I have a feeling that the little blue squares are decorative and not really windows, otherwise it would like a whole lot like this:

It is unlikely that Steve would add useless decorative elements.

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does it have an iPod dock?

Those blue squares on the roof are a bunch of iPads working as Solar Panels. Go Green!!!
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Steve Jobs also had a private jet.

Nope, Apple had one that he could use.
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Even though SJ's wife is wealthy in the $Bs, owning a yacht is pain and expensive. Unless you live in one and it is a passion, it just makes sense to rent. Want to sail the Caribean? No problem... there are all kinds of boats for rent. Prefer European waters? Just wire the money and they will pick you up from your private jet in a limo and stamp your passport at the gate. Same thing with private jets... just get a NJ account. After your are finished, just pass the gratuities and wipe your mouth. No fuss, no muss.

LOL. Good sense of humor.
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i hope thAt this boat is bigger and has more taste (alot like Apple products) than Bill gate's boat!... i hope so because it will be a showdown of 5 BILLION (the Jobs' fortune) vs 50 BILLION (the Gates' fortune)

Didn't Mr. Gates say that he was going to give away his fortune?...
I wonder if he is going to stop when his fortune is equal to the Jobs' fortune...

Gates has already given away something like half of his fortune - and is committed to giving away another very large part upon his death.

One can criticize Gates for many things, but his generosity is not one of them.

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I think you missed Marvin's meaning? Marvin did you mean that it would be no fun without Steve?

Maybe she's planning to take me along.....
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The two happiest days of a Yacht owners life. The day they buy it and the day they sell it.

Except for the ones that have sail boats - so much more zen.

But that is one ostentatious butt ugly boat.
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Hmmm. I don't believe it.

Why should he talk about an "Apple revolutionary product" when it is a personal project of Job's family? He knows the difference of that very well. Anybody knows in fact.

My guess is that he was called by Apple to view and give an opinion of that "revolutionary product" and then his tongue betrayed him talking more than it should.
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Hmmm. I don't believe it.

Why should he talk about an "Apple revolutionary product" when it is a personal project of Job's family? He knows the difference of that very well. Anybody knows in fact.

My guess is that he was called by Apple to view and give an opinion of that "revolutionary product" and then his tongue betrayed him talking more than it should.

You're picking on the wording of something that has been requoted and translated? Absurd.
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Hmmm. I don't believe it.

Why should he talk about an "Apple revolutionary product" when it is a personal project of Job's family? He knows the difference of that very well. Anybody knows in fact.

My guess is that he was called by Apple to view and give an opinion of that "revolutionary product" and then his tongue betrayed him talking more than it should.

If that is what he said he is just using Apple lingo to 'sell' it. The boat certainly looks like a Philippe Starck design. Why it would appeal to Jobs is a mystery to me, however.
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Guys, there's nothing in the article to indicate that that picture has anything to do with Jobs' boat. It's a concept drawing.
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Nope, Apple had one that he could use.

Actually Apple gave him a G5 as bonus on year to replace his old jet. Steve owned it and rented it back to Apple to use it for business, it was probably part or a Netjet fleet since many companies now lease time on their companies jets to help defer costs.
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Gates has already given away something like half of his fortune - and is committed to giving away another very large part upon his death.

By given you mean "invested in a trust that helps schools/health institutions get better by buying Windows"?

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Since Jobs was inputting into the design, I'll be most interested to see the results.
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Since Jobs was inputting into the design, I'll be most interested to see the results.

Jobs was a great CEO. But for industrial design, he hired other people.
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The only thing minimalist about that thing is maybe it's paint job. That's a massive boat. And unless Jobs was secretly a drug smuggler, I can't imagine that the interior would be all open space. "minimalism" and "boats greater than 30' long" don't mix.

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I have a feeling that the little blue squares are decorative and not really windows, otherwise it would like a whole lot like this:

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I personally think the damn thing is gorgeous, and if that's they way they want to spend their money - more power to 'em

http://ia600401.us.archive.org/2/ite...pipeaboard.mp3

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Except for the ones that have sail boats - so much more zen.

But that is one ostentatious butt ugly boat.

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Guys, there's nothing in the article to indicate that that picture has anything to do with Jobs' boat. It's a concept drawing.

The pictured yacht has nothing to do with Jobs. It's "Breathe", a concept that Feadship did for the Monaco Yacht show. Stark has done designs for Feadship, Feadship is building Jobs' yacht, so there you go.

I'm assuming AI just wanted an illustration of something from the relevant ship company, but it would have been nice if they had made it clearer that it wasn't actually what Stark is designing.
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Even though SJ's wife is wealthy in the $Bs, owning a yacht is pain and expensive. Unless you live in one and it is a passion, it just makes sense to rent. Want to sail the Caribean? No problem... there are all kinds of boats for rent. Prefer European waters? Just wire the money and they will pick you up from your private jet in a limo and stamp your passport at the gate. Same thing with private jets... just get a NJ account. After your are finished, just pass the gratuities and wipe your mouth. No fuss, no muss.

I've seen a number of large yachts owned by wealthy folk (some in excess of 100 ft or better) all of which have full-time crews standing by to take you wherever you want to go. If Laurene wants to take the kids on a cruise of the Med, she just let's the crew know - they sail the yacht to the port of call, and the family flies there to join the yacht in the Med for the cruise.

It is a whole different level of operation from merely "renting" a boat.
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Even though SJ's wife is wealthy in the $Bs, owning a yacht is pain and expensive. Unless you live in one and it is a passion, it just makes sense to rent. Want to sail the Caribean? No problem... there are all kinds of boats for rent. Prefer European waters? Just wire the money and they will pick you up from your private jet in a limo and stamp your passport at the gate. Same thing with private jets... just get a NJ account. After your are finished, just pass the gratuities and wipe your mouth. No fuss, no muss.

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I think the same about houses. Why buy multiple houses round the world when you can just rent or get a plush hotel.

Other people's cooties. Nuff sed.
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I look forward to buying one of these Jobs-class yachts from Target stores.

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The only thing minimalist about that thing is maybe it's paint job. That's a massive boat. And unless Jobs was secretly a drug smuggler, I can't imagine that the interior would be all open space. "minimalism" and "boats greater than 30' long" don't mix.

Jobs cruised from Italy to Turkey. swells can be higher than 5m there... that might be fun for a thrill seeker in a 30' boat, but not a billionaire cruising with his family. Minimalizm isn't miniaturization.

I agree w/ the renting plan. do you have any idea how much money it costs to ship a boat from Los Angeles to Monaco? i mean what Billionaire wants to spend 2 weeks on their boat to get from A to B. Ahh the problems the super rich have - we're so lucky not to have to deal with all the trouble.
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Even though SJ's wife is wealthy in the $Bs, owning a yacht is pain and expensive.

Mrs. Jobs is so insanely wealthy that she can pay for a pain-free existence with the yacht out of pocket change and not even bat an eyelash. Your comments in this regard aren't even relevant to her circumstances. She and the family can decide to go for a cruise on the world's most kick-ass custom ship once in a while and not think about it the rest of the time. That's her reality, and if she wants to do it, then power to her. Rent a yacht. Sheesh.

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