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Steve Jobs’s Yacht Impounded in Amsterdam Amidst Payment Spat

December 21, 2012

Steve Jobs Yacht

Steve Jobs' superyacht has been impounded in Amsterdam on behalf of the boat's French designer Philippe Starck over a 3 million-euro ($3.96 million) payment spat, according to reports.

The ship, dubbed Venus, was recently seized in the in the port of Amsterdam, but Jobs's heirs are currently negotiating with Starck representatives to end the dispute, Bloomberg reported, citing a port spokesman. Jobs's heirs and the Starck firm are expected to reach an agreement at early as today.

Starck reportedly hired a debt collection agency and got a legal order to keep the boat from leaving the Netherlands before the dispute is resolved. According to Bloomberg, the disagreement stems from an arrangement whereby Starck was to receive 6 percent of the yacht's construction costs, which were initially estimated at 150 million euros. Jobs's heirs, however, are arguing that Venus only cost 105 million euros to make.

Jobs commissioned the luxury yacht prior to his death, and after years of work, the vessel was finally completed this fall. It appears to be controlled by a series of seven, 27-inch iMacs set up in the yacht's control room, or wheelhouse.

Jobs Yacht

The ship itself is approximately 230 to 260 feet long and, like the design of Jobs's electronics, features a hull that's built entirely out of aluminum. A large pane of (reinforced) glass runs around the ship's side, starting at right around the midpoint of the vessel and wrapping around the boat's bow.

Venus was first described by Walter Isaacson, in his Oct. 2011 biography entitled, "Steve Jobs."

"As at an Apple store, the cabin windows were large panes, almost floor to ceiling, and the main living area was designed to have walls of glass that were forty feet long and ten feet high," the book said. "He had gotten the chief engineer of the Apple stores to design a special glass that was able to provide structural support."

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