The Rise of ‘Green’ Boating
Over the years there has been increased awareness of the environmental impact diesel-powered vessels are having on the atmosphere as well as the oceans. The yachting industry has begun to respond with energy-efficient vessels that offer luxury and performance with less impact on the planet. Today, you will find vessels 30% more efficient than a traditional inboard system, with the same top speed. A few unique differences begin with lighter building materials like cork decking, high efficiency lithium batteries and fewer plastic components.
Other ways to reduce environmental impact is by paying extra care to routine boat maintenance and use. It is said that the volume of hydrocarbon and oil pollution from recreational boating is estimated to be more that 15 times the amount of the Exxon Valdez spill of 1989. Keeping the waters blue takes a collective effort from all of us whether we are on land or sea and from the smallest dinghy to megayachts. Knowing the yachting industry is making strides towards reducing environmental impact encourages all of us to make an effort to contribute towards change.