In the world of boat building, yacht builders are under a lot of pressure to be more eco-friendly.
This pressure comes from organizations around the world that want to make tourism more environmentally friendly.
Some organizations are suggesting reducing fuel consumption. While others focus on using environmentally friendly technology, saying no to plastic, and using recycled materials. Yacht buyers are also asking for cleaner sources of energy to help protect our oceans.
There are five ways the yachting industry is becoming more eco-friendly, let’s take a look.
1. An increase in the consumption of plant-based foods
Everyone onboard gets food based on their dietary needs, allergies, and preferences. But, there has been a rise in the number of people eating plant-based foods on yachts.
Many yachting menus still have meat, dairy, and seafood on them, but there are now more vegetarian and vegan options on the menu as well. People who work on or stay on luxury yachts will in the future be able to get more meat- and dairy-free food.
Visitors and crew members can have a big impact on the environment if they change what they eat and drink.
2. Elimination of single-use plastics onboard
Plastic use is a common complaint about superyachts. Superyachts make use of a lot of single-use plastic items.
Simple changes like building a water filtration system onboard instead of buying plastic bottled water can make a big difference.
The less use of plastic bottles meant that there are more storage space and less time and effort spent buying and carrying bottled water.
To avoid using plastic, some yachting companies buy packaged items that are either paper-wrapped or not wrapped at all.
These “green” items are more likely to be recycled in the long run because they are more eco-friendly.
3. Engaging in environmentally friendly technologies
It's becoming more and more common for people to splurge on hybrid yachts charters all over the world. Many yachting companies are trying out ways that don't use fossil fuels.
Some greener power sources like solar power, kite sails, and converters make electricity from renewable sources right away.
There are also changes in how materials are used, such as using carbon fiber or aluminum instead of steel, which saves fuel because they are lighter than steel.
Eco-modes on the AC system, smart switching for empty rooms, heat recovery from generators, and systems to clean black and bilge water are also part of the plan.
4. Using sustainable materials
To make the yachting industry greener, people need to recycle old materials and use materials that are better for the environment, especially the ocean.
For example, vegan leather and reclaimed wood, can make a boat lighter and more eco-friendly if they are used.
There are many types of plant fibers that are good for the environment and can be reused and recycled. These include bamboo, flax, and hemp. Often, they are used as indoor linen, curtains, and furniture on yachts.
When we think about a green yacht, we have to imagine the whole process. From the start to the finish. This includes the building materials, the building process, the indoor design, and taking apart the vessel.
A long-term plan (from the start to the finish) makes sure that many parts of the yachts are easy to break down and recycle when they are no longer used.
5. Alternative fuels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Some big brands are working on solar-powered boats and other unique eco-friendly boats. But most companies are focused on cutting back on carbon emissions and using less fuel.
Hybrid propulsion systems are becoming more popular, not only because they produce less pollution but also because they help yachts get more out of their fuel.
People who own and build hybrid yachts don't have to worry about fluctuating fuel prices and international eco-regulations getting stricter.
To improve smart power management and cut down on diesel fuel use, new technologies like lithium batteries are being used with hybrid propulsion systems.
Hybrid and all-electric propulsion systems are one of the best ways to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions.