First photos of dolphin-inspired superyacht Yas underway

28 July 2015 • Written by Risa Merl

After her completion earlier this year, the first photos of head-turning 141 metre superyacht Yas have emerged as she cruises in the Mediterranean. Yas is the eighth largest yacht in the world.

The completion of Yas was a long time coming. Superyacht Yas, formerly project Swift, was launched by ADM Shipyards in November 2011. The conversion project was a massive undertaking to transform the 135-metre military vessel – a 1977 Dutch-built navy frigate – into the glass covered superyacht that is now Yas.

Superyacht Yas cruising off the French Riviera | Photo by Peter Seyfferth /

French designer Jacques Pierrejean of Pierrejean Design Studio proposed a "dolphin shape" for the design, which he described as being incredibly sleek and "in a class by itself." With the extensive use of glass on the superstructure and porpoise profile inspiration, shown in the photo above, Yas certainly stands out from the pack.

Shot as Yas cruises the French Riviera, the aerial photo also shows off the yacht’s massive helicopter deck, birds-eye-view spa tub and undeniably unusual exterior design.

The photo below of Yas’ stern, shot a few days before in Gibraltar, gives a glimpse of the superyacht’s slim stern, spiralling central aft staircase and waterfall flowing into the swimming pool on the rear of the aft deck.

The slender stern of superyacht Yas | Photo by Giovanni Romero/

Greenline Yacht Interiors announced in March this year that it successfully completed the interior outfitting for superyacht Yas.

With a new agreement signed in 2013, the UAE-based design house took on work beyond its original scope and was further commissioned to complete work previously begun by other subcontractors. This called for Greenline to deliver the full interior outfitting on the 141-metre superyacht Yas.

As shown in the rendering image below of Yas' master stateroom, the interior benefits from this uniquely expansive glass design, which floods the room with unparalleled natural light. The interior outfitting by Greenline utilises technologically advanced standards and manufacturing methods and materials.

The interior of superyacht Yas by Greenline

Greenline currently has other interesting interior projects underway at its facility, including the Andrew Winch designed Newcastle 177 expedition yacht, a Porsche designed RFF 135 Fast Catamaran series and for the 45 metre conversion of Samurai, at Royal Huisman.

Samir Badro, Greenline CEO and Chairman, says, "2014 has been a very productive year for us, we are currently working on several projects and are both glad and proud that the Yas project has now been successfully completed."

Yas will reportedly accommodate up to 60 guests in a thoroughly modern interior design. Among many special features of Yas are a helipad, a pool/spa aft deck and a state-of-the-art audio-visual entertainment system.

Performances were impressive when she was a frigate, and Yas should maintain them thanks to her narrow hull. Her twin MTU engines give a top speed of 26 knots, a cruising speed of 20 knots and transoceanic range.