We have an attractive large bespoke rib cruiser called the ‘Ayda Ruby‘ after our daughter. The boat is fully coded and in excellent condition. She was used as a whale watching boat in the Western Isles before we bought her and brought her over to Shetland for the Spring 2016 season. You can’t miss her, she is orange and black and sits low and proud in Lerwick harbour throughout the season just off Victoria Pier, Lerwick. She is a perfect boat for small groups to get the best possible views of wildlife, comfortable, easily manoeuvrable, with a partial removable canopy cover (for those glorious sunny Shetland summer days!), seating inside and out and areas to stand out on deck to maximize unrestricted viewing and photographic opportunities.
She is powered by a Yanmar single inboard with 350 horsepower. She also has a separate outboard. We have an inflatable lifeboat stored at the front of the boat and all passengers are required to wear modern, neat life jackets throughout our tours which are provided before embarkation. The Ayda Ruby can really shift if she needs to – though our trips are not fast adventure tours, but slow, wildlife friendly trips in a style and with an ethos we feel strongly about as naturalists.