Zuza is an expedition and wildlife watching yacht based out of Oban, Scotland. She has an interesting history in marine research and was purpose built to live-a-board, so guests travel in comfort whilst being served delicious food in the spacious living areas; perfect for relaxing and enjoying the views.
Built in 1998, Zuza already has plenty of history. After being launched in South Africa, the British Royal Geographical Society chose Zuza to be an offshore base for an international marine research project off the east coast of Africa, where her features and reliability helped to facilitate groundbreaking marine research.
This expedition yacht has a double hull and Bermudan Cutter rig, which makes her very smooth and steady on the water, and is easy for those that want to learn more about sailing or to just sit back and enjoy the ride in the comfort of the warm and dry wheelhouse.
Zuza has a super experienced crew, lead by skipper Helen Walker, and spends her season sailing around the inner and outer Hebrides in Scotland. With trips to St Kilda, Mull, Jura, Barra, The Small Isles and Skye, Zuza can sail to locations that are not accessible by the larger cruise boats in this area which make her perfect for sailing holidays in Scotland. Her quiet approach also stands her in good stead as to not scare off wildlife, which means she can get as close as is fair to the plethora of marine and wildlife that calls Scotland home.
She has a modern cutter rig and operates her sails with an easy and safe winch system. So if exploring hard to reach Scottish Islands and wildlife watching in comfort is the sort of experience you are seeking, then Zuza is the boat for you!
This vessel accommodates eight guests with plenty of living room both on and below deck. Unusually for a vessel of this size, she has two lovely private double ensuite cabins, which are often popular with guests travelling as couples. There are also another two, private twin-berth cabins with bunk-bed style accommodation that share a bathroom. Zuza’s versatile accommodation makes her a great fit for all party sizes whether you are smaller group, couple, solo traveller or are looking for a private charter. She has a comfortable saloon that is perfect for getting to know each other; trading sea-faring stories and enjoying some of the delicious food prepared by the chef. The saloon is adjacent to the well-equipped galley that serves as the chef’s workstation, and there are lots of windows throughout to make the most of long summer evenings and wildlife watching with a glass of chilled wine. Read more about Helen, the skipper and life on board Zuza as she cruises Scotland.
Take a look at this unique yacht and enjoy some big boat sailing!
- Total number of berths : 12
- Guest berths : 8
- Cabin configuration : 2x twin cabins (shared bathroom) 2x double ensuite cabins
- Number of bathrooms : 3
- Smoking on board? : Ashore only
- Builder : Eraco
- Year built : 1998
- Displacement : 42 net tonnes
- Length overall : 22m/72'
- Draft : 1.95m/6'4"
- Air draft : 26m/85'3"
- Beam : 5m/16'4"
- Rig : Bermudan Cutter
- Number of sails : 3
- Engine : 2 x STEYR Marine Diesel Engines, 150hp at 2100 rpm
- Crew : 3
Is there an age limit?
There are no age limits but preferably no under 8's on scheduled voyages.
Can you cater for dietary needs?
Yes we can - please let us know in advance of your trip
Can I charge my phone and camera?
Yes we have charging outlets onboard - although mobile signal can be intermittent
What should a pack?
A mix of warm and light clothes with a good pair of walking boots for exploring. See our kit list in your joining pack information.
What language is spoken on board?
Will I get bitten by midges?
The summer in Scotland brings midges which mostly are not a problem for guests as we anchor offshore far enough away for them not to bother us. We recommend you bring SMIDGE repellant just in case.
Do you have hairdryers on board?
No we do not - but if you'd like to bring one please make sure it's travel hairdryer.
Will I be sea sick?
Everyone reacts differently on a boat. Zuza has a double hull so is very steady and smooth to sail - which helps with the motion of the boat. We recommend if you are at all worried to take some medication 24 hours before departure.
What are the sleeping arrangements?
Zuza has 2 double ensuite bed cabins and 2 twin bunk cabins.
How many toilets/showers does she have?
An ensuite with each double cabin and a shared bathroom for the twin cabins.
Are all meals included?
Yes, all meals are included in the price unless you go ashore.(Breakfast, lunch, dinner, soft/hot drinks) Alcohol is not included.
Are life jackets provided?
Are there waterproofs available?
Yes, Helen does have some aboard, but please bring your own if you can.
With untouched wildlife, dramatic coastlines and good food, skippering the Zuza is a dream come true for Helen.Read more
Food is always a special occasion on board, guests can feast on fresh delicious meals after a day of exploring and recording sightings of seabirds, minke whales and dolphins.Read more
The History of
Zuza is a 22m sailing vessel and despite being only just 20 years old has an interesting history in marine research.Read more