Now that boating season is in full swing, and everyone is powering up for summer, it’s time for the third installment of our Green Boating series! Using best practices for Green Boating is beneficial for everyone, and will protect our waterways for future generations.
1) Minimize Greywater Discharge
Greywater is water recycled for landscape use that is created from simple activities such as laundry, showering and washing dishes. You may have also heard “greywater” referred to as “sullage.”
If you’re using soap on-board for dishes, try to use one labeled “phosphate-free and biodegradable.” This will help reduce the harsh effects of greywater on the surrounding environment. But it’s still best to try and hold off on washing dishes, and taking showers until you are back on shore.
2) Prevent Fuel Spills
We cannot stress enough the importance of fueling your boat slowly to prevent spills, and follow up with an extra absorbent rag or pad to catch excess fuel. And don’t forget to leave 10% of the boats fuel tank free, since fuel expands when it is warm.
3) Leave the Soap Behind
When fuel and oil spill, it some people’s reaction to quickly run to grab the nearest bottle of soap, but this is a huge no-no! The soap will only exacerbate the harm caused to the environment in a fuel or oil spill.
4) Resist cleaning your boat, and performing maintenance in the water
Sometimes it’s necessary to perform boat maintenance in the water during emergency situations, but if it’s not, wait until you are back on shore! Often times the products and equipment required for boat maintenance are harmful to the environment, and you don’t want to lose anything in the water!
Also, cleaning your boat when it is fully out of the water has the smallest impact on the environment. If you’re forced to clean your boat while it’s still in the water, be very conscientious of the products and materials used during the cleaning process.