Buying an Environmentally Friendly Boat

Question:

I am moving down near the water and I would like to buy a boat, ideally a motor boat. I was wondering if there is an eco-friendly way to go about this. Are their eco-friendly boats with motors? Any info or tips would be appreciated.

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Thanks,
Stan

Answer:

Stan,

Whether you're moving to a place near saltwater or fresh water, it's a good time to buy a new boat! The most eco-friendly boats are still those that rely on humans or wind for power, but great strides have been made in the past few years in the development of cleaner-burning, more fuel-efficient boat motors as well as a surge in electric motors. Starting in 2006, the EPA will require all new gasoline boat engines to meet tougher emission guidelines. If you're buying a used boat and motor, look for 4-stroke engines or 2-stroke engines with direct fuel injection. These engines reduce air emissions by up to 75% and use from 35-50% less gasoline and 50% less oil. They are also easier to start and maintain, and less disruptive to wildlife due to quieter running engines.

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Here is a link to a page that talks about electric boating (and using solar and wind to recharge batteries). This page also has numerous links to other sites on electric boating. www.econogics.com/ev/evboats.htm

Shop for high quality, well-made marine equipment that will last a long time.

For Eco-friendly boating practices-motor boat specific visit the Union of Concerned Scientists site on green motor boating. http://www.ucsusa.org/publications/greentips/704-good-clean-boating-fun.html

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September 26, 20050 found this helpful

Stan~

I sent the info to Treehugger.com and they are gathering what they can to answer your question- check the comments area as well. check out what has been said already-->

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2005/09/eco_motor_boat.php

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October 6, 20050 found this helpful

Interesting stuff. Thanks Ellen and thank you FFL for posting it on the other site.

Stan

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December 27, 20070 found this helpful

Stan, you can find information on eco-friendly boats, both human powered and electric powered, on www.sealarksales.com. You can enjoy being on the water all day without damaging the environment or buying gasoline. These are rugged, durable boats that look great and provide enjoyment on the water. Check them out.

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June 12, 20080 found this helpful

There is a new boat on the market by Scout Boats (scoutboats.com) that is a Hybrid. Electric for short periods and gas for long distance. Very impressive! Made in South Carolina.

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April 29, 20090 found this helpful

As has been pointed out only human powered boats are pollution free. A row boat will always work and not require buying fuels, of any type. As a rower I have found this product simply great. The rowrite forward rowing system sold at www.nakinadesign.com makes rowing a much better choice.

All types of fuels do damage. Human power is clean and you will improve your strength and health. As I've aged, Jack Lalanne has become my hero and rowing has me on my way to his level of health and strength. Further, I leave no mark on the waterways I enjoy.

Thanks, Martin

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