Green Boating Checklist for the Weekend - Sailors for the Sea

Green Boating Checklist for the Weekend

 June 12, 2024  | By: Jennifer Brett

Heading out for some summer fun on the water? Make your boating adventure more ocean-friendly with these five green boating tips:

Be a Green Boater while on the water this summer!

1. Bring Your Reusables

Skip the single-use plastics and bring along reusable water bottles, dishes, and containers. This will greatly reduce the amount of trash at the end of your trip and minimize the chances of plastics and other single-use items blowing overboard. If your boat lacks water tanks or they are unusable, consider securing jerry cans or a 5-gallon jug equipped with a dolphin pump to refill bottles.

2. Check Your Sunscreen

Did you know that some sunscreen ingredients can harm marine life? Certain chemical sunscreens contribute to coral bleaching, damage coral larvae, and disrupt fish development. Avoid products containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, and opt for those with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide (micro, not nanoparticles), as these are less toxic to your health and the environment. Don’t forget your hats and other sun-protective clothing!

Check your sunscreen! Opt for non-nano zinc oxide and titanium dioxide ingredients, such as this sunscreen from Harken Derm.

3. Plan Your Provisions

Prepare as much as possible ahead of time and package items in reusable containers. Pre-chill drinks to make your ice last longer or reduce the power needed to cool them down in a fridge. Pack the icebox, cooler, or fridge efficiently to limit the amount of time the lid or door is open (for tips on living with a small boat fridge, cooler, or icebox, visit Plan your meals to minimize food waste. Visit the Green Boating Guide for more suggestions to “green up your galley.”

4. Tend to Your Tanks

When filling up with fuel, be mindful of any drips – keep an absorbent pad handy – and check the bilge for oily residue. Fill up water tanks, and ensure the holding tank is empty and functional.

5. Map Your Route

Research moorings or docks available at your destination, or if anchoring, avoid sensitive habitats such as seagrass beds. Stay at least 100 yards away from any marine wildlife.

Your next adventure can be both fun and environmentally conscious with a little planning and attention to detail. Download a copy of our Green Boating Guide today for more ocean friendly tips and best practices!