In this second instalment of ‘From Blue to Green,’ we have prepared a few notes for you to keep in mind the next time you’re out at sea.
To buy to not to buy?
If you’re thinking about purchasing a boat, ask yourself the following question: “Taking into account all the maintenance costs of a boat, is it more economical just to rent a boat if I sail less than 15 days a year?” If the answer is no, then a boat purchase may be the right thing for you. It’s worth noting that pleasure boats are left idle for over 90% of their lifetime which makes yacht charter all the more appealing!
Reduce fuel consumption
Reducing engine speed certainly helps to avoid over-consumption of fuel, but it also reduces noise pollution, which disrupts underwater biodiversity. Another golden rule: a well-maintained engine is an engine that consumes less fuel. Don’t fill up the tank and wait for it to run dry before refuelling! Also, for those who have the means, check out outboard (and why not inboard) electric motors that have become popular in recent years.
Refuelling and best practice on board
As you would do ‘on land’, try to follow the 4Rs when out at sea – Reduce, Reuse, Repair, Recycle. Sailors for the Sea have prepared an excellent sustainability checklist for you to consult before you embark on your next sailing adventure. If you’re also interested to learn how to avoid sea-toxic cleaning products, check out their article here.
If chartering away from home, choose direct flights rather than connecting flights to reduce your carbon footprint. You can compensate for this carbon by offsetting your flight with an approved organisation.