As mariners, the ocean is our home, our energy, and our diversion, and we perceive the
extraordinary duty we have in assisting with safeguarding her spotless and healthy future. We
must recognize our obligation to take care of the oceans we sail. We know that our duty is on
land as it is on the sea.
Here, we have curated some tips on how our community can reduce the impact we have on the
marine environment and help save the planet:
- Sail! Use the engine only if you really need to
Nothing compares to the peace and quiet of travelling solely by the force of the wind, with no engine
noise. Plus, it’s the most environmentally friendly mode of transportation! The wind is a highly
efficient and powerful green energy source; take advantage of it! For your next trip, rent a sailboat.
Do what your boat was built for, and if the weather permits, hoist the mainsail and unfurl the jib.
At Aquasail, our larger sailing boats have outboard engines for safety/emergency. We teach our
new sailors to minimise the use and ensure that the entire sailing trip is WIND POWERED.
- Dispose off the waste correctly
Pick up any litter you see on beaches or elsewhere, and make sure you dispose of your own waste
responsibly. When waste is unavoidable, make certain that none of it ends up overboard while
sailing. Waste disposal facilities are available at the jetties (including for fuel like engine oil and
black water). When travelling, even by ferries, it’s important to ensure that nothing is disposed of in
- Avoid single-use items
There are several wonderful recycled environmentally friendly alternatives to disposable paper and
plastic goods, which unfortunately end up in the ocean much too frequently. Taking reusable coffee
cups and water bottles on charter is one of the simplest things we recommend in our guide.
- Eco-Friendly Products
Choosing which cleaning product to use on your vessel can be difficult, but with the right research
and knowledge, you can find a cleaner that is safe for both your boat and the environment. Copper-
based bottom paints are often used on vessels, and they can be harmful to marine life. Learn about
environmentally friendly options that will not only reduce the environmental impact of your boat but
may also save you money!
- Practice sustainable fishing while sailing
To have a smaller effect on fish stocks and the surrounding marine ecosystem, use responsible
fishing techniques. This entails steps such as avoiding overfished species, opting for
catch-and-release, and returning undersized fish to the water.
- Be careful where and how you drop the anchor
Anchoring incorrectly and without care can damage seafloor plants and other marine life. Anchor in
deep enough water to prevent grounding your boat when the tides change.Anchor in sand or mud if
at all necessary, and stay away from fragile habitats. If anchoring ashore, position the anchor
carefully to avoid causing harm to the coast. Avoid sand dunes and don’t tie your rope to a tree; they
both protect inland areas from wind and wave damage.
- Slow down and take in the scenery
Although it can be tempting to fly to your next destination on your yacht charter, there are many
advantages to taking it slowly. Not only will it make you more aware of your surroundings, but
reducing engine power by just 10% from full throttle will save you 20% on fuel.
We at Aquasail believe that every step in the right direction counts when it comes to environmentally
friendly boating. Small, concrete actions add up, and any attempt to make sailing more sustainable
is critical — for our oceans, our world, and future generations of sailors.