141m motor yacht Yas in downtown Helsinki

Written by Charl van Rooy

Yas yacht in Helsinki Photo: Christoffer LöfhjelmRecently spotted in the Finnish capital of Helsinki was one of the world’s most secretive yachts on her maiden visit to Scandinavia, the 141-metre motor yacht Yas. Life for Yas started in 1981 when the then 130-metre-long vessel was launched as the HNLMS Piet Hein (F811) at the Koninklijke Schelde shipyard in Vlissingen, the Netherlands. She served in the Royal Dutch Navy for over two decades and covered countless miles as she participated in several international missions. The vessel then changed hands for the first time and was inducted into UAE military service in 1998, serving under the name Al Emarat (F 02) in its navy until 2006. Completely rebuilt at ADM Shipyards in Abu Dhabi to a design by Jacques Pierrejean, today Yas is one of the most radical superyachts on the water with a Dolphin-inspired shape and glass-faced dome that houses the yacht’s bridge and owner’s apartment. Built under special class regulations in Abu Dhabi, she can accommodate up to 60 overnight guests and carries a crew of up to 69 members.

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