Happy Days as she is known is a 7.2 metres RIB powered by a Volvo Penta D3 turbo charged inboard diesel engine. Built as a category B chase boat for a yacht. Bought by me specifically to enjoy a tour around the North Scottish Coast on my retirement in 2019. In preparation for my two month cruise and given the waters I was going to cross, I had a major engine and stern drive overhaul by a Volvo agency before departure. She was fitted with a new propeller, water pump, turbo and alternator.
Happy Days is the most stable and comfortable RIB I have every driven. Her very low centre of gravity means she does not tip or rock easily. She cuts through waves to provide a gentle ride and is very dry. In the seas off Scotland she proved herself to be a very capable vessel. I have cruised the south coast, the Scilly Isles and the north coast of Brittany in her and will be sad to see her go but age makes this type of activity unpopular with my family.
Two automatic cockpit water pumps
One automatic engine bay water pump
Stainless steel fuel tank of approximately 180 litre capacity
AIS (Automatic Information system) equipment
Standby 6HP 4 stroke Mercury ouboard
Two Numax 80AH Deep cycle Batteries
Jockey seating for 6 and bench seating for 2 although she can carry more if required
Cruising speed 18 knots
Maximum speed 28 knots
Fuel consumption at 18 knots approximately one litre per nautical mile.
Happy Days comes complete with a winter storage whole boat cover.
De-mountable Bimini hood which reduces the jockey seating by two.
Bimini hood side panels with clear window panels for camping and weather protection.
Four wheel galvanised road trailer
|Vessel type:||Diesel Inboard RIB|
|Registry:||Registry of British Ships Part III|
|No. of engines:||1|
|Engine model:||Volvo Penta D3|
|Drive type:||Stern drive|
|Length over all:||7.2m|
|Hull material:||Glass Fibre|
|Hull type:||Deep V|
|Keel type:||Full Keel|
|Fuel capacity:||180 Litres|
Happy days hull is of GRP construction. The tanks of which there are five are bonded to the GRP hull. The Auxiliary outboard is a 6HP four stroke Mercury
The vessel has a Volvo Penta D3 turbo charged diesel engine which drives through a Volvo stern drive. the engine and stern drive underwent a major overhaul at the beginning of 2019 during which the Alternator, water pump, and Turbo were replaced and the stern drive stripped and re-built. The stern drive has power tilt and the steering is hydrolic.
Note: Indicated location is approximate general area only.