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.
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.
...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.