Abu Dhabi’s ADM Shipyards has just launched the 462.5 ft. megayacht Yas (ex. Swift 141), which now ranks as the world’s 6th largest, just ahead of Crown Prince Sultan of Saudi Arabia’s Al Salamah and David Geffen’s Rising Sun. The vessel was once an ex-naval frigate that was converted into a high-rolling luxury superyacht. The yacht is rumored to have been commissioned by a member of an Arabic royal family.
Yas M/Y was styled inside and out by Pierrejean Design in Paris, with a strikingly graceful exterior of fluid curves and volumes, and a spectacular structural covering of glass. She can comfortably accommodate up to 60 guests and 56 members of the staff, while modern diesel power and variable-pitch propellers assure cruising speed of 20 knots, transoceanic range, and green fuel economy. As an ex. Naval Frigate, her hull lines were originally designed for speed. Even now as a superyacht, Yas and her hull will aid in high speeds for her size. At her size top speed is expected to be in the region of 26-knots.
The yacht features an automatic stern platform, outdoor pool and spa, a garage to store water toys and a carbon-fibre door that serves either as a boarding or swim platform. Dual bow and single stern thrusters permit dynamic positioning for her crew. Moreover, according to ADM Shipyards her audiovisual entertainment system is the most extensive and sophisticated aboard any yacht.
Other hi-tech gadgets will include advanced radars, SatCom, long-range underwater Sonar, FLIR and high-definition day cameras, and Night Navigator. She is constructed under Classification by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and is the first yacht ever built to comply with requirements of the new UAE Large Yacht Code developed for private vessels. Currently, finishing touches are being made to complete the interior and she will be delivered in 2012.