Is This the Future of Boating?

Ever wonder what boats of the future will look like? While most manufacturing companies fervently stand by producing timeless, classic designs, there are a select forward-thinking few who are pushing the boundaries of yacht design. Where handcrafted woodworking style is replaced with solar panels and carbon fibre.

These sci-fi inspired vessels utilize some of the latest and greatest in sustainable, cutting edge technologies.

Behold, I give you BOATS OF THE FUTURE…

(1) The Solar Sailor Sun-Powered Catamaran

The Solar Sailor glides across the water on this axiom, fueled by the sun and its boundless energy.  Solar Sailor is not just one cutting-edge catamaran, but a series of ships powered by Solar Sailor’s system.

(2) EarthRace Biodiesel Powerboat

This boat is also powered by the sun, but with an assist from the fruit of the earth.  EarthRace is a boat built to speed across the planet fueled by eco-friendly biodiesel.

(3) The Code X Yacht

The Code X Yacht isn’t just pretty, she’s fast to boot.  Code X is a 48′ catamaran with 1420 horse power under the hood pushing this sexy beast to 80 knots

(4) The Oculus Yacht

Oculus– in latin, the eye.  In this case, the “eye” in this yacht’s nomenclature is centered on the grand eye of the dolphin that inspired this design.

(5) The Wallypower 118 Super Yacht

Ride the waters on this one, you’re either a Bond villain or a mad scientist.  The Wallypower 118 Yacht is an aggressive, angular poweryacht with the most progressive design on this list.

(6) The Modern Houseboat by X-Architects

The Modern Houseboat by X-Architects is a sea-bound home with the metal structure, the floor-to-ceiling windows that would make the architecture world jealous.  Okay, perhaps it’s not that progressive, but this is one houseboat you cannot ignore

(7) The Eden Luxury Motoryacht

The Eden Motoryacht is only typical in it’s size and function, it’s design is as organic and progressive as it comes.  From bow to stern, head to toe, the Eden Motoryacht carries it’s passengers in ultimate sea-friendly style.
Captions from: thecoolist.com

Is this the future of boating? And are you ready? We want to hear from you!

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Boat Green, Boat Friendly- 10 Great Tips to Boating Green

As boaters, we value the ocean and the marine world. Oceans takes care of us in many ways…they provide us food, beautiful sunsets, a playground for our boats, and peace and serenity, to name a few.

We should, in turn, take care of our oceans. More than ever it is important to stay mindful of our impact on the environment as most marine plants and animals depend on a balance of nutrients and oxygen for survival and many routine boating practices can disrupt this delicate balance.

Photo by João Vianna

There are, however, many ways this disturbance can be avoided. Discover Boating has distinguished 10 great ways to engage in eco-friendly boating that take minimal effort and in no way contradict our beloved boating lifestyle.

We kindly ask you to read (or watch the video below) the following tips to consider next time you venture out on the water:

(1) Prevent oily discharges from the bilge. Keep your engine well tuned to prevent fuel and oil leaks. Secure an oil absorbent pad or pillow in your bilge and under your engine where drips may occur. Check the pads often, do not let them clog the bilge pump, and dispose of them as hazardous waste at a marina or local hazardous waste collection center.

(2) Spill-proof your oil changes. For oil changes, use an oil change pump to transfer oil to a spill-proof container. Wrap a plastic bag or absorbent pad around the oil filter to prevent oil from spilling into the bilge.

(3) When fueling, stop the drops! Prevent fuel spills by filling fuel tanks slowly and using absorbent pads or rags to catch drips and spills. Don’t “top off” or overflow your fuel tank. Leave the tank 10% empty to allow fuel to expand as it warms.

(4) Do not add soap. Never use soap to disperse fuel and oil spills. It increases harm to the environment, and it is illegal.

(5) Minimize boat cleaning and maintenance in the water. If possible, save maintenance projects for the boatyard. When performing work on the water minimize your impact by containing waste. Use tarps and vacuum sanders to collect all drips and debris for proper disposal.

(6) Reduce toxic discharges from bottom paints. Minimize the discharge of heavy metals found in soft-sloughing antifouling paints by using a less toxic, or nontoxic antifouling paint. Use only non-abrasive underwater hull cleaning techniques to prevent excessive paint discharge. Remember, dry storage reduces the need for antifouling paints and saves money.

(7) Dispose of hazardous waste properly. Dispose of paints, batteries, antifreeze, cleaning products, oil, oil filters and other hazardous wastes at a hazardous waste collection facility or event.

(8) Plan A-head! Manage sewage wastes properly. Never discharge sewage within 3 miles of shore. Use harbor pump-out stations and shore-side facilities. If you don’t have an installed toilet, use a port-a-potty and empty it at a harbor dump station or bathroom.

(9) Stow it, don’t throw it! Keep your trash on board. Never throw cigarette butts, fishing line, or any other garbage into the ocean. Take advantage of shore-side facilities to recycle plastic, glass, metal, and paper.

(10) Reduce Greywater discharges. Use a phosphate-free biodegradable soap to minimize the impacts of greywater on the marine environment. Also minimize discharge by doing dishes and showers on shore when possible.

Green Boating is an organization dedicated to this very cause. They strive to inform boaters about marine products, practices, boat designs and innovations that help mitigate environmental impacts. They offer great advice, eco-friendly products, etc on their facebook page.

On a related note, check out our follow-up post “Stunning Images of our Marine World”

Do you have another eco-friendly boating practice that is not on this list? We want to hear from you!