Groene Draeck (English: The Green Dragon) is a royal yacht
of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. It was named after the
flag ship of Piet Hein, a famous 17th century Dutch admiral.
De Groene Draeck is a traditional Dutch round bottomed
sailing ship, built in 1957 in Amsterdam. It was offered by
the Dutch people to the then Princess Beatrix for her 18th
birthday. Her sail number is therefore VA 18.
In the last few years there has been debate about the cost
to maintain the ship, even at the level of government.