Zuza is an adventure vessels based out of Oban. This all female crewed boat has an interesting history in marine research and is a purpose-built liveaboard so guests travel in style and comfort with delicious food and plenty of spaces to relax and enjoy the views.
Zuza, although only built in 1998, 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 research. This adventure vessel 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 an all-female 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. If exploring hard to reach Scottish islands and wildlife watching 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 double-bedded cabins, which are often popular with guests travelling as couples. There are also another two twin berth cabins with bunk-bed style accommodation. The two shower rooms with toilets are close to all cabins in the middle of the ship. Zuza is a great fit for smaller group bookings and solo travellers, 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 chef, Rachel. The saloon is adjacent to the well-equipped galley that serves as Rachel’s workstation, and there are lots of windows throughout to make the most of long summer evenings and wildlife watching with glass of chilled wine.
Read more about Helen, the skipper and life on board Zuza as she cruises Scotland.
- Total number of berths : 12
- Guest berths : 8
- 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
- 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?
I mix of warm and light clothes with a good pair of walking boots for exploring
- What language is spoken on board?
With untouched wildlife, dramatic coastlines and good food, skippering the Zuza is a dream come true for Helen.Read Helen Walker's Adventure Logs
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 Zuza's Adventure Logs
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