Sustainable Sailing: Go Green When You Cast Off

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  • Copyright: 2009-10-01
  • Publisher: Natl Book Network
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Sailing is by nature a sustainable activity, but polluted waters and crowded marinas, boatyards, and anchorages are signs that problems must be addressed in order to keep it that way. Sailors pump sewage overboard and burn fossil fuels that pollute water and air. They use toxic paints to retard marine growth and stuff their boats with gadgets that devour electricity, which often comes from coal-fired power plants. And where do all the plastic boats go once they have reached the end of their useful life?

Author Biography

Dieter Loibner, an editor and boating writer, holds a PhD in journalism. He has written hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles about sailing for publications around the world and collaborated with many of the world's most successful sailing photographers. His international sailing and racing career spans more than 30 years. He is the author of The Folkboat Story (Sheridan House).

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Pollution is personalp. 3
How green is sailing?p. 6
People, planet, profitp. 9
Sizing Up the Issuesp. 13
The value of greenp. 15
Sailors for sustainabilityp. 19
Small steps in the right directionp. 20
More People, More Sailors?p. 23
The curve of consumptionp. 25
The cost of fuelp. 27
Climate Change 101p. 30
Fingerprinting the causesp. 32
Warmer water, weirder weatherp. 33
Sea levels risingp. 36
Loss of biodiversityp. 38
Deliberations of Designp. 40
Lighten the loadp. 45
The proper propp. 47
Sustainable from scratchp. 50
What else is outside the box?p. 53
Fossil-fuel Propulsionp. 57
Solving one problem by creating a new onep. 58
Cleaning up dieselp. 60
Gasoline enginesp. 64
Choosing an outboardp. 69
The Fuss over Fuelsp. 72
Biodieselp. 72
Ethanolp. 75
Using less but going fartherp. 78
Fuel and oil spillsp. 80
Oil changep. 85
Preventive carep. 86
Calculating the carbon footprintp. 88
Alternative Propulsionp. 91
Diesel-electric propulsionp. 92
Serial hybridsp. 95
Regenerationp. 96
Parallel hybridsp. 99
Electric propulsionp. 103
Renewable Energyp. 109
Solar powerp. 110
Wind generatorsp. 114
Tow generationp. 116
Fuel cellsp. 119
Heads or Travails?p. 126
Turds vs. turdesp. 128
The law and the Y-valvep. 129
A greener solutionp. 132
Maintaining the Edgep. 135
Clean and greenp. 135
The copper conundrump. 138
Clean marinasp. 144
The Plight of Plasticp. 150
From plastic to Plastikip. 155
It lasts a lifetime (or two)p. 159
Other forms of plasticp. 167
Sick Oceans, Sick Planetp. 171
Building awarenessp. 172
Conservation educationp. 175
Miscellaneous Virtuesp. 180
Folding a bikep. 182
Fractional ownelrshipp. 186
Reviving tattered sailsp. 188
LED lightingp. 192
Sustainable Cruisingp. 195
Preparing for an ocean crossingp. 196
Living with limitationsp. 197
Keepers and castawaysp. 198
Indexp. 203
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