Marine News from the Great Lakes

Easy Ways To Go Greener While Chartering, Sailing

Published: Monday, August 26, 2019

If your vacations include being out on the water and getting back to nature, reap the benefits of a blissful getaway in a premier destination while staying “green.” New to chartering or experienced, it’s never too late to practice healthy eco-friendly habits on board.

Think Global, Buy Local

One of the best and easiest things you can do on board is provision your yacht with locally-grown, produced, or sourced grocery items. This cuts down on transportation distances, lowering emissions, and helps support the local economy in your chosen destination, keeping the tourism industry thriving in our favorite places.

Moor Often, Anchor Less

Instead of releasing that not-so-serene anchor chain and hoping to nail it on the first attempt, secure to moorings balls. They are less disruptive to marine life and underwater habitats.

Waste Management

Seemingly obvious, proper disposal of trash and recycling is significant. These items can quickly end up in the ocean, either by accident or as a result of careless behavior on board. Keep all garbage and recyclables secured until you can permanently and properly dispose of them on shore.

Say No to Plastics

Stock your boat with minimal plastic. Purchase water in larger containers and refill reusable drinkware, minimizing trash and clutter. Bring your own insulated tumbler, preferably the kind that keeps beverages cold for extended periods of time.

Use Earth-Friendly Products

Since all on board fluids flow directly into the water, opting for EPA-approved household products has a significant impact on the environment. There are many eco-friendly products available - look for soaps, shampoos, conditioners, shower gels, etc. that are made with natural ingredients, including marine-safe sunscreen.

Leave Nature as You Found It

Observe and enjoy, don’t disturb anything along the way. A single touch or careless kick of a fin while snorkeling or diving can destroy hundreds of years of coral growth. Leave the item, take a photo instead. Millions of travelers explore the same beaches that you walk, and if everyone takes a shell, the impact can be significant.

By sharing responsibility with small, thoughtful contributions, we can make a beneficial global impact, and leave a positive legacy behind for generations to come.

This article first appeared in the Summer Issue (Jul/Aug) 2019 of Great Lakes Scuttlebutt magazine.

tags: Charter, Engines, Sailing, Travel

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