YAS Yacht – Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s $180M Superyacht

YAS yacht SV2
Name:Yas
Length:141 metres
Guests:60
Crew:56
Builder:Koninklijke Schelde
Designer:Pierrejean Design
Interior Designer:Pierrejean Design
Year:2013
Speed:26 knots
Engines:MTU
Volume:4,700 ton
Owner:Hamdan bin Zayed al Nahayan

YAS is a 141-metre (463 ft) superyacht that was originally a Dutch navy ship before being converted into a luxury vessel. She belongs to Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed al Nahyan, the brother of the current Emir of the United Arab Emirates and owner of the superyacht AZZAM. The price of YAS is reported to lie close to US $180 million, and she is ranked in 11th place on the list of largest superyachts in the world.

YAS interior

The interior of YAS was designed by Pierrejean, a French design and architecture studio specialising in luxury aircraft and ship design. The yacht can welcome up to 60 guests, which is impressive and rare in the superyacht industry. 56 crew members find space below deck. The interior of the yacht features glass elevators, a spa, a gym and highly futuristic design elements. The large glass dome at the front of the vessel houses the owner’s suite, which has an oval shape and is completed by a round bed. Of course, YAS has a state-of-the-art entertainment system and is furnished using only the most high-quality materials.

YAS specifications

YAS is a converted Dutch navy ship that was originally constructed in 1977 and served in the military for 20 years. At the time, she was named HNLMS Piet Hein and only measured 135 metres (442 ft). She was eventually sold to the UAE military, where she served until 2006 when Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed al Nahyan purchased her and had her converted into a superyacht at ADM Shipyards. YAS has little resemblance with a warship today, but she has kept her agility and speed. Despite her size, she can reach top speeds of 30 knots and sails comfortably at average speeds of 25 knots. She was a beam of 14.4 metres (47.3 ft) and a draft of 4.75 metres (15.7 ft). Her total weight lies at 5,002 tons which can be attributed to her impressive steel hull. She was recently refitted in Germany and relaunched in 2021.

YAS exterior

YAS is an unusual yacht in many ways. Both her interior and exterior were designed by the French studio Pierrejean and she is said to have been modelled to resemble a dolphin with her immense glass superstructure. She is a very long yacht with an aerodynamic shape that allows her to retain speed while still looking elegant and luxurious. YAS has a helipad, spacious storage for water toys and, of course, several pools on board for the enjoyment of the guests.

YAS price

The original price for YAS is estimated to lie close to US $180 million, although she has since been refit which suggests that her current value might lie closer to US $200 million.

YAS owner

The owner of YAS is Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed al Nahyan who is the brother of the current president and Emir of the United Arab Emirates Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Hamdan and his wife Sheikha Shamsa bint Hamdan have six children together and the Sheikh named motor yacht YAS after his son Yas bin Zayed Al Nahyan. In the past, Hamdan held the role of deputy prime minister of the UAE and was also the Minister of Foreign Affairs. His net worth is estimated to lie close to US $1 billion. 

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