No matter where in the world you prefer to sail and you keep going back to, you would no doubt be sad if it was suddenly overflowing with plastic waste or if the corals were dead due to bleaching.
Here are 4 simple things you can do to help preserve your favourite destination and to keep it in its best condition.
1: Pick up plastic and other waste
You would probably prefer if plastic and other waste isn’t scattered all over the place when you go ashore on the beautiful beaches. Therefore, we suggest that you bring a bag to collect rubbish, when you head ashore. Beside taking your own waste with you, you can also help by removing what might drift in from the sea.
If you’re travelling with kids, you can turn it into a game for them. Either they can compete for a set period of time to see who can collect the most. Or you could make it a competition for who is the quickest to collect 5 pieces of plastic, 5 pieces of metal, et cetera.
2: Remember to check your sunscreen
I 2015 scientist estimated that every year, between 6,000 and 14,000 tonnes of sunscreen are washed into the ocean. That’s a lot. Many sunscreens contain harmful substances that affect the marine wildlife.
At tropical destinations these substances are especially harmful for the coral reefs. The corals bleach and die, which in turn is bad for a lot of tropical fish species.
Of course, we recommend that you protect your skin from the sun. But keeping in mind the ocean environment, it is also important that you carefully read the product label on your sunscreen to make sure it doesn’t contain any of these harmful substances.
3: Keep your engine no higher than 1800-1900 rpm
Why go at full speed if the wind doesn’t materialise? You're on vacation after all.
You might be able to gain 1 knot of speed by going full throttle, but this will double your fuel consumption to the detriment of both nature and your wallet.
4: Buy local groceries
You can also help the environment by going to a local market when shopping for your boating holiday. Here the groceries will not have been transported over large distances, so they will not have contributed much in terms of emissions of greenhouse gases.
At the same time, the local markets are often a wonderful experience where your senses are bombarded with exotic smells, colourful stands and deliciously tasty produce.