Green Boating Guide

This one-of-a-kind guide offers everyone, from the smallest sailboat to the largest mega-yacht, sustainable eco tips, resources and information for fun, meaningful, green boating!

Boat Maintenance

Routine maintenance will ensure that your local waterways are protected and your engine is performing properly. 

Did you know? Lead-acid batteries top the list as the most highly recycled consumer product! Choosing the right battery for your boat and performing routine maintenance will ensure the optimal lifespan of your battery and will save you money. 

Prevent oils and other toxic chemicals from sneaking into the ocean by inspecting and maintaining your bilge. 

Proactively managing your vessel reduces harmful environmental impacts, and also extends the life of your engine and boat. 

Properly storing your boat for the winter will ensure that you protect the environment and are ready for on-the-water fun come springtime! 

Pollution Prevention

Filling up fuel tanks is one of the most common ways that we unintentionally pollute our waters. However, with care, boaters can take steps to mitigate the risk of accidently spilling oil or fuel.

One pint (2 cups) of oil released into the water can spread into a 1-acre oil slick, which is larger than a football field. Learn what steps to take in case of an oil spill and how to prevent it from spreading. 

Sewage discharge from marine heads can cause significant damage to surrounding waters. Discover different ways to manage blackwater on your vessel and what regulations you may need to follow.

Untreated water from your onboard sinks and showers, and the wastewater from cleaning your boat with detergents is a major polluter of the marine environment. Learn how to prevent graywater from impacting your local waters and wildlife. 

Marine debris not only harms important habitats and wildlife, but also can cause damage to your boat. Prevent waste from entering our waterways by: reducing, reusing and recycling!

Reduce Your Impact

A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases (including carbon dioxide) produced directly or indirectly by our activities and lifestyle. Learn how to calculate your boat's carbon footprint, and ways to reduce and/or offset your impact.

Outboard engines have come a long way – learn about types motors that are both clean and cost effective to operate.  

This renewable, non-toxic, clean-burning fuel can be a great alternative to conventional diesel – and requires very few (if any) modifications for switching over. 

How you maintain and drive your vessel has a large of effect on how much fuel you use – and how much money you can save! 

Sun, wind and water – all things we love as boaters – can also be a source of energy to help power our boats. Discover which technologies work best for your vessel. 

Eco-Friendly Products

Deciding which cleaning product to use on your vessel can be daunting, but with the proper research and knowledge you can find a cleaner that is ideal for both your boat and the environment.  

Many boats use copper-based bottom paints, which can harm aquatic wildlife. Learn about eco-friendly alternatives that will not only lessen your boat’s environmental impact, but may also save you money!

Green Your Getaway

Learn how to set up and provision your galley to be more efficient and environmentally friendly. 

More than 75% of the world’s fisheries are either fully fished or overfished. Learn how to determine if the fish you are about to eat is sustainable.

While preparing for or on vacation, there are many choices you can make to reduce your carbon footprint and impact on the environment. 

Wildlife & Habitat Protection

Learn proper anchoring techniques to prevent damage to important ecosystems including coral reefs, seagrass and shellfish beds. 

Ensure that you have a memorable experience without disturbing marine wildlife by following a few simple guidelines. 

Boaters can take simple precautions to prevent non-native plants and animals from spreading and causing harm to new habitats and native species. 

Observe responsible fishing practices to lessen your impact on fish populations and the surrounding aquatic environment.