It was built in San Diego, California in 1967 and re-built in 2000.
The vessel has two auto decks and two passenger decks giving it a capacity for 2,000 passengers and 144 vehicles in total.
Yakima measures 382 feet 2 inches in length with a beam of 73 feet 2 inches and a draft of 18 feet 6 inches.
It is powered by four diesel-electric engines that can generate a total of 8,000 horsepower and reach a service speed of 17 knots.
Accessible restrooms are available on both passenger decks as well as an accessible shelter and restroom on the car deck. Elevator access is available from both auto decks to both passenger decks.
Other amenities include a galley on the upper passenger deck and a limited amount of vending and newspaper machines on the lower passenger deck.
MV Yakima is named for the Yakama word meaning “black bears”, “runaway” and/or “people of the narrow river”.