Our Noss Boat is an attractive, streamlined, very comfortable large blue & white bespoke rhib (rigid hulled inflatable boat) cruiser called ‘Ayda Ruby II‘ (named after our daughter). The boat is fully coded & in excellent condition. She was sailed over from Ireland for the 2018 Noss Boat season and is an exciting upgrade from our previous boat, the Ayda Ruby I  which we enjoyed during our first two seasons in 2016 & 2017. She is the perfect boat for the waters around Shetland, low, almost eye-level to the water with ample space to enjoy the best possible views of wildlife for our passengers. She is comfortable, easily manoeuvrable & has a removable canopy cover (for those glorious sunny Shetland summer days!). She has a unique design with upholstered seating with backrests for all, think aeroplane style! We have a large area “out back” to stand or sit out on deck to enjoy unrestricted 360º viewing & photographic opportunities.

Photo by John Coutts

She is powered by twin Yamaha 265 horsepower inboard engines. We have two inflatable life rafts stored on the stern of the boat and all passengers are required to wear modern, neat life jackets throughout our tours which are provided before embarkation & available for all ages. The Ayda Ruby II can really shift if she needs to – though our trips are not fast adventure tours, but slow, wildlife friendly adventure trips in a style & with an ethos we feel strongly about as naturalists. We can go smoothly and rapidly to the numerous good spots however or if there are whales in the area!

THE NOSS BOAT “Ayda Ruby II”