Boat Green
241 Pages
English

Boat Green

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241 Pages
English

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> The book will be advertised in E Magazine, Earth Island Journal, Cabin Life, Bay Nature and recreational boaters publications. > There will be a postcard mailing to the Georgia Straight Alliance, and other "save our water" and boating organizations such as yacht clubs. > The author will attend various boating trade shows.

Why "green boating" saves money, increases fun, and helps the planet.

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Published 01 March 2009
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EAN13 9781550923681
Language English
Document size 2 MB

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Advance Praise for
Boat green? Here’s 50 steps boaters can take to start to save the waters. In this mixed-up world, maybe we can get our fellow humans to start thinking about the future by taking them out on the water. Let’s share our experiences — and maybe there’ll be a human race here in 100 years.
— Pete Seeger, Folksinger, Activist.
Boat Greenis a highly welcome book for boaters, written by a boater. It’s pragmatic, practical and well researched, yet at the same time inspiring and supportive to the challenges facing boaters. Overall, a terrific resource for boaters who want to leave a “green wake” — and in reality, it’s a book that every boat owner, vessel operator and crewmember should read. — Mike Richards, Program Coordinator, Green Boating, Georgia Strait Alliance.
Comprehensive, accurate and practical, this book is a great step forward on how to minimize your boating impact on the environment while maximizing awareness, good practice and enjoyment. Thanks, Clyde, for leading the way!
— Don Douglass & Réanne Hemingway-Douglass, Explorers and Authors of theExploring Seriesguidebooks and detailed Cruising Maps covering the West Coast from Baja California to the Gulf of Alaska
Enjoying the beauty and tranquility of a quiet anchorage, we often ponder the natural world around us, the birds, the trees along the shoreline, and the sea creatures that swirl beneath the surface. And our presence makes us part of this world. Author Clyde Ford blends history, science, and spiritual discovery to help us learn to live in closer harmony with our watery planet. Recognizing the finite resources around us and the impact we have on our boats, his views can enlighten the boating community to better support a more green approach to boating. In so many ways, it is an important shift in thinking as we come to grips with a natural world in crisis. — Bill Parlatore, Editor-in-ChiefPassageMaker Magazine
NEWSOCIETYPUBLISHERS
Cataloging in Publication Data A catalog record for this publication is available from the National Library of Canada.
Copyright © 2008 by Clyde W. Ford. All rights reserved.
Cover design by Diane McIntosh. Photos: Getty/Alamy/iStock.
Printed in Canada. First printing January 2008. Paperback ISBN: 978-0-86571-590-5
Inquiries regarding requests to reprint all or part ofBoat Greenshould be addressed to New Society Publishers at the address below.
To order directly from the publishers, please call toll-free (North America) 1-800-567-6772, or order online at www.newsociety.com Any other inquiries can be directed by mail to: New Society Publishers P.O. Box 189, Gabriola Island, BC V0R 1X0, Canada (250) 247-9737 New Society Publishers’ mission is to publish books that contribute in funda-mental ways to building an ecologically sustainable and just society, and to do so with the least possible impact on the environment, in a manner that models this vision. We are committed to doing this not just through education, but through action. This book is one step toward ending global deforestation and climate change. It is printed on acid-free paper that is100% post-consumer recycled(100% old growth forest-free), processed chlorine free, and printed with vegetable-based, low-VOC inks, with covers produced using Forest Stewardship Council-certified stock. Additionally, New Society purchases carbon offsets based on an annual emissions audit, operating with a carbon-neutral footprint. For further information, or to browse our full list of books and pur-chase securely, visit our website at: www.newsociety.com NEWSOCIETYPUBLISHERSwww.newsociety.com
Contents
Acknowledgments..................................................................vii A Note on the Chapter Icons.............................................ix For Yourself 1. How to Use This Book ...............................................................1 2. What Does It Mean to Boat Green? ............................................5 3. The Health of Our Oceans ..........................................................9 4. The Health of Our Wetlands, Rivers, Streams and Lakes .........15 5. Boat Green and Global Warming..............................................21 6. One Boater Can Make a Difference ...........................................29 7. Make Sure Your Vessel Complies with Coast Guard Regulations.33 8. Maintain Situational Awareness ................................................39 9. A Personal Vision of Protecting Our Waters .............................43 Operating Your Vessel 10. Fill ‘er Up! ................................................................................47 11. Oil Spill Reporting and Prevention...........................................51 12. Use Biodiesel ............................................................................59 13. Use Ethanol ..............................................................................65 14. Different Strokes for Different Boats .........................................69 15. Electrify Your Boating Experience ............................................73 16. Use Your Head to Protect Our Waters ......................................77 17. Use a Pump-Out Facility Whenever Possible............................83 18. A Gray Area of Protecting Our Waters .....................................87 19. Prevent Onboard Fires ..............................................................91 20. Use Radar Prudently.................................................................97 21. Recycle Underway.....................................................................99
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For the Upkeep and Maintenance of Your Vessel 22. Let Your Engine and the Environment Breathe .......................105 23. A Boat Green Oil Change .......................................................107 24. Boat Green with that Green Liquid in Your Engine ...............109 25. Keep Your Engine in Top Shape ............................................113 26. Use Solar Power ......................................................................117 27. Running with the Wind .........................................................125 28. On Dock, Off Grid .................................................................129 29. Keep Your Batteries Going … and Going … and Going .......133 30. Best Boatyard Practices ...........................................................137 31. Bilge Busting..........................................................................141 32. Bottoms Up ............................................................................145 33. Recipes for a Clean Boat .........................................................149 34. Skirt Your Boat .......................................................................153 35. Use a Dustless Sander .............................................................155 For the Enjoyment and Protection of Our Waters 36. Boating on Environmental Credit ...........................................159 37. Enjoy Safe Encounters with Marine Mammals .......................163 38. Boat Green with Pets ..............................................................167 39. Protect the Water’s Bottom.....................................................171 40. Leave No Wake, No Trace Behind ..........................................175 41. Chart a Course to Boat Green .................................................181 In Your Community 42. Form an Environmental Committee within Your Club ...........185 43. Host a Boat Green Event ........................................................187 44. Adopt a Waterway ..................................................................191 45. Work with Your Local Marina ...............................................195 46. Get Involved with Boating and Environmental Issues ........... 199 47. Teach Children the Value of Boat Green ................................ 203 48. Go Online to Boat Green....................................................... 207 49. Join an Organization Working for the Marine Environment .. 211 50. Pass Along Your Boat Green Tips .......................................... 215 Notes........................................................................................ 217 Index........................................................................................ 219 About the Author.............................................................. 227
Acknowledgments
ike Richards and Scott Blake for reading and commenting on M early versions of the manuscript. Judith Brand, my editor. EJ Hurst, my publicist. Judith and Christoper Plant, MJ Jessen, Diane McIntosh, Ingrid Witvoet, Sue Custance and the staff of New Society for their vision and commitment to making a difference. And most of all to the love of my life, Chara Stuart, for her perseverance and belief in me.
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A Note on the Chapter Icons
t the head of each chapter you will find a series of one to four icons A that give an indication of which aspects of boating and the marine environment are dealt with. The icons have the following meanings:
Related to the health and safety of crew and vessel
Related to vessel operation and maintenance
Related to the enjoyment of boating and the marine environment
Related to the protection of our waters and the marine environment
These icons are meant to be guides rather than definitive descriptors of the material in each chapter. Many times the categories represented by these icons overlap each other.
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