It seems that just about every
yacht charter company seems to be claiming their boats are eco-friendly.
There is no doubt that in environmental terms, nothing beats
a holiday powered solely by the elements. Nonetheless there are
issues -getting to your port of embarkation and any movement
under engine power is less than ideal.
However there are innovative
solutions to be found. Lagoon
now offer a hybrid powered catamaran that uses the propellors
to recharge a bank of batteries when under sail -you can hire
these from Bareboats
BVI, Other innovative solutions include solar powered electric
boats and engines designed to run on Biodiesel.....and if you
are not convinced about bio-fuels, then have a look at Craig
Loomes Earthrace which
is attempting to set round the world records.
Spectacular sailing holidays
on the three masted schooner, Trinovante. Schooner Sail is a
small business offering hands on sailing holidays where people
can be part of the crew -everyone plays a full role in sailing
the ship and there is a strong emphasis on developing good seamanship
skills and sail training. Sail coastal day trips or challenging
offshore voyages and Tall Ship events in groups of up to eight
people -every group gets sail training from day one. Read more
in their blog at www.schoonersailblog.com
Friedling -designer of
an ingenious hydrofoil sailing yacht -would be interesting to
see how well it sailed.
Loomes Design -Craig's
New Zealand based company are builders of the Earthracer BioDiesel
Experimental Racing Boat that is attempting to circumnavigate
the globe in record time using 100% biodiesel fuel -see also
E Motion Hybrids -plug in hybrid electric drives for your boat
from this Florida based specialist company.
greenboatbateauvert.com -extensive and excellent, if somewhat confusing
blog about the greening of yacht Sean Seymour -loads of info
on hybrid technology and environmentally clean propulsion technolgies.
for Sail -advanced wind
propulsion technology from Hawaiian Dan Tracy -using kites for
Mitchell Yatchts -Devon based manufacturer of Explorer, a two-berth
micro-yacht with environmentally-friendly construction -described
as the sea-going equivalent of a mountain bike and tent.
Marine -Swedish company
producing energy saving devices for your yacht -solar panels,
hybrid electric motors and other energy related products.
-environmentally friendly bio-degradable boat cleaning products
that are not harmful to the marine environment.
Offshore Sailing School
-based at Hamble Point Marina, the school offers a comprehensive
range of Royal Yachting Association practical and shore based
sailing courses, from introductory sailing weekends for beginners
right through to sailing courses for Ocean Yachtmasters and RYA
Instructors. They also run ladies only RYA sailing courses run
by RYA qualified lady skippers.
-hands on' sailing holidays and RYA courses in Cornwall as the
crew of Brigs and Brigantines, naval style Schooners, Falmouth
working boats, pilot cutters and classic yachts.
-yacht charter and flotilla holidays in the Aegean -Greek Islands
and Croatia. with an extensive range of yachts up to 65 feet.
The company aims to promote responsible tourism making effort
to preserve the sea and marine environment by doing beach, sea
and harbor cleanups, recycling and of course maximizing sailing
time without engines.
SailGreece.net is a quotation & booking service
for bareboat sailing & crewed motor & sailing yacht holiday
charters in Greece, comprised of a network of licensed Greek
charter companies and individual yacht owners.
Seafarer Sailing Holidays -flotilla holidays and yacht charter in the Mediterranean
(Greece, Turkey, Croatia) and Caribbean, at a variety of levels.
Training courses available too. They aim to respect the natural
environment and staff will advise on issues such as use of appropriate
eco friendly detergents, correct use of holding tanks, conserving
water, disposing of rubbish responsibly and supporting local
Sunsail -a leading provider of yacht charter
and watersports sailing holidays. They have clubs in Antigua,
Greece and Turkey or you can charter a yacht worldwide.
-combine sailing and walking with trips to Skye and St Hilda
on a traditional gaff cutter yacht.
-worldwide yacht charter - both crewed or self-crew - caribbean,
south pacific, mediterranean, indian ocean, north & south