Sustainable Sailing: Go Green When You Cast Off

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Offering advice to sailors on "going green," this timely book embraces the growing trend toward sustainable lifestyles and shows how "clean boating" can be both practical and enjoyable. Sailing is by nature a sustainable activity, but polluted waters and crowded anchorages are signs that problems must be addressed in order to keep it that way. What does "green" mean anyway? Is it improved efficiency? More considerate behavior? Less ignorance? Dieter Loibner offers answers, showing sailors how to reduce their ...

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Overview

Offering advice to sailors on "going green," this timely book embraces the growing trend toward sustainable lifestyles and shows how "clean boating" can be both practical and enjoyable. Sailing is by nature a sustainable activity, but polluted waters and crowded anchorages are signs that problems must be addressed in order to keep it that way. What does "green" mean anyway? Is it improved efficiency? More considerate behavior? Less ignorance? Dieter Loibner offers answers, showing sailors how to reduce their carbon footprint and lessen their impact on the environment as well as how to be a positive force for change.

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Boat U.S.
As boaters, we enjoy an intimate relationship with the rivers, bays, and oceans, that ebb and flow through our lives, and want our waterways and planet to be healthy. Sustainable Sailing by Soundings writer Dieter Loibner comprehensively examines the impact of our boating lifestyle on the world around us, examining how engineers, scientists, lawyers, designers, and builders, are working on ways to make boating greener, and sharing their challenges and solutions. Innovations in the areas of fuels, boats, batteries, solar panels, and wind- and wave-energy generators are showing great promise in reducing the impact of boating activities. Loibner highlights educational organizations, including the BoatU.S. Foundation, which are making a difference educating boaters about caring for our waterways. Sustainable Sailing examines the environmental impacts not only of sailing and the boating industry but of our boating culture. For instance, boaters know better than most the importance of energy and water conservation and waste management; the impact of high fuel prices and how efficiency measures can really pay off; the impacts of increased storm intensity on marinas. This book offers insight in boat design, construction, and operation, such as the use of lightweight building materials, low VOC finishes, and new technology including towable energy generators. It makes suggestions on how to turn boating into a more sustainable activity, from specific ways to modify personal behavior, such as reducing the amount of disposable plastics taken aboard, to commissioning a carbon-neutral custom yacht, and everything in between. Aquatic pollution is an increasingly worrying factor. Look at the mess on so many of the world's beaches, in so many anchorages and dockyards. Look at the stuff that is tossed overboard; stuff that fouls up areas in mid-ocean, such as sewage, fuel, plastics and other toxic materials. Then consider how important the oceans are in sustaining life on this planet. Realize that, and the gravity of the issue cannot escape one. And that's where the sailors, can play a vital role, reducing their own carbon footprints, and setting examples for generally lessening the impact on the environment. Sustainable Sailing builds awareness, highlights the areas of concern, offers solutions, and suggests ways to modify personal behaviour, so that sailors -- or anyone else who makes use of the sea -- can make a meaningful contribution toward saving our resources.
Sailing
Going green is the "in" phrase these days, and any publication that can make us more aware of the problems, and more pro-active in the prevention of pollution, ought to be high on any caring person's reading list. Sustainable Sailing is right up there.
Bookwatch
...provides a fine survey of best practices showing sailors how to reduce their carbon footprint and lessen their impact on the environment. From issues on sewage and burning fossil fuels that pollute to using toxic paints, Sustainable Sailing considers alternatives and new options in a fine pick for any sailor's library.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574092844
  • Publisher: Sheridan House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,449,398
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dieter Loibner, an editor and boating writer, holds a PhD in journalism. He has written hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles about sailing for publications around the world and collaborated with many of the world's most successful sailing photographers. His international sailing and racing career spans more than 30 years. He is the author of The Folkboat Story (Sheridan House).

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Table of Contents

Foreword Ruth Wood xi

Introduction 1

Pollution is personal 3

How green is sailing? 6

People, planet, profit 9

1 Sizing Up the Issues 13

The value of green 15

Sailors for sustainability 19

Small steps in the right direction 20

2 More People, More Sailors? 23

The curve of consumption 25

The cost of fuel 27

3 Climate Change 101 30

Fingerprinting the causes 32

Warmer water, weirder weather 33

Sea levels rising 36

Loss of biodiversity 38

4 Deliberations of Design 40

Lighten the load 45

The proper prop 47

Sustainable from scratch 50

What else is outside the box? 53

5 Fossil-fuel Propulsion 57

Solving one problem by creating a new one 58

Cleaning up diesel 60

Gasoline engines 64

Choosing an outboard 69

6 The Fuss over Fuels 72

Biodiesel 72

Ethanol 75

Using less but going farther 78

Fuel and oil spills 80

Oil change 85

Preventive care 86

Calculating the carbon footprint 88

7 Alternative Propulsion 91

Diesel-electric propulsion 92

Serial hybrids 95

Regeneration 96

Parallel hybrids 99

Electric propulsion 103

8 Renewable Energy 109

Solar power 110

Wind generators 114

Tow generation 116

Fuel cells 119

9 Heads or Travails? 126

Turds vs. turdes 128

The law and the Y-valve 129

A greener solution 132

10 Maintaining the Edge 135

Clean and green 135

The copper conundrum 138

Clean marinas 144

11 The Plight of Plastic 150

From plastic to Plastiki 155

It lasts a lifetime (or two) 159

Other forms of plastic 167

12 Sick Oceans, Sick Planet 171

Building awareness 172

Conservation education 175

13 Miscellaneous Virtues 180

Folding a bike 182

Fractional ownelrship 186

Reviving tatteredsails 188

LED lighting 192

14 Sustainable Cruising 195

Preparing for an ocean crossing 196

Living with limitations 197

Keepers and castaways 198

Index 203

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