As years go on, boaters are becoming more aware of what’s going on in our environment. People are coming up with ways to reduce pollution, help clean up our water ways, and figuring out ways to minimize fuel consumption. All of these practices are good, but until they are put to work they are just ideas. We have posted blogs in the past about helping outline what needs to be done to make our environment one to cherish for generations to come!
Boaters are considering ways to reduce fuel consumption while on the water, including reducing cruising speeds, tuning the engine and taking shorter trips, etc. Unlike driving a car, a boat’s engine is often idle or turned off while anchoring, floating or at the dock. Boaters are beginning to buy engines that better match their boats. If engines have to be run at near or open throttle most of the time, its too small for the boat and its load and fuel consumption and emissions will exceed normal amounts. Knowing your boat inside and out will help with making these decisions.
Marine generator manufacturers have also made significant investments to develop and market products that limit carbon monoxide emissions (in some instances by 99%.) Manufacturers also offer marine exhaust mufflers and catalyst systems to protect boaters and water ways by removing hydrocarbons from generator exhaust.
Boat builders and manufacturers have begun constructing environmentally friendly boat building shops, using green engineering to be energy efficient in every practical way to achieve the latest cutting edge composite construction technology. Such buildings will also incorporate waste water collection systems, pumping it to engineered wetlands where the water will be treated naturally before being discharged. All off these efforts to help our environment are making big changes so we can continue to enjoy our favorite watersport activities!