The Boaties are Going Green in 2010
Sailworld.com, the highly regarded boating website has published a timely reminder to all boaties that they can lead the field in 'Going Green' with some simple actions in their everyday routines. they believe these actions will make a massive difference to the Greening of the world's oceans.
They set out eight New Year Resolutions, which if all sailors kept, would result in a distinctly purer ocean. The question is not how much difference they will make, but can you afford NOT to do them?
Resolution 1: Green Products for the boat:
Go check the products on your boat. Examine the labels. If there are ANY that are not marked as bio products that will not harm the environment, take them home or give them away to a non-sailor, and replace them with Green products. Yes, these days they do work, and worked well. When replacing them, make sure you use the re-fillers, rather than buying more plastic to become garbage of the future.
Resolution 2: Careful refuelling:
Resolve to be super-careful when refuelling, and don't let the careless operator near the boat. Then, have your chemical-free detergent ready BEFORE you start refuelling so that any spill can be cleaned up at speed. Never over-fill your tanks, and take your jerry jugs or outboard motor tanks on land to refill them.
Resolution 3: Cut the plastic, 100%:
Take reusable bags when shopping for provisioning, then get rid of all plastic BEFORE setting out for a sail. Don't allow anyone to bring plastic bags on board, for any reason. If the bags are on the water, they can't be inadvertently lost overboard to strangle some turtle or end up in one of the Great Ocean Garbage Gyres in the centre of each ocean.
Resolution 4: Buy longer lasting tools:
There are many tools on sale these days that are amazingly cheap, but often contain much plastic, and are not meant for the marine environment. They are also often not strong enough for the jobs for which they were intended. If you buy them, you will end up with a plethora of junk on board which will have to be replaced, and you'll be adding to the plastic rubbish that the world does not know how to get rid of and is not reusable. When buying anything, also leave the styrofoam in the shop!
Resolution 5: Be energy efficient on the boat:
Use the energy on your boat wisely and economically. Remember, unless you generate 100% of your energy by solar, wind or trailing propeller power, using lights and air-conditioning means using fuel. Use LED lights wherever possible to save energy and, therefore, fuel.
Resolution 6: Watch the Ugly Waste:
Resolve to keep your bilges clean at all times, and dispose of bilge water safely and responsibly. When working on the boat, take precautions that left-over paint products or thinners are secured safely and brought to the allocated place on shore for disposal.
Resolution 7: Garbage, garbage, garbage
If you've provisioned wisely, you will have already reduced your waste significantly. However while sailing you will still need to ensure that your garbage is correctly stowed for all the time that you are at sea, and then disposed of in the correct bins on arrival. (If your marina or yacht club does not have recycling, ask why not and start a movement for change)
Resolution 8: Take others with you:
Be proactive. Talk about it. Influence others and spread the Green word. Small actions if taken by enough people can make a huge difference to the oceans we sail.
Editors Comments: I appreciate that the eight points our colleagues at Sailworld.com have laid out above are aimed at the sailing fraternity but the truth is that all of us can learn from these suggestions. By simply thinking about our daily routines it is a guarantee that each of us could make a colossal difference to reducing the worlds environmental decline.