Tips for environmentally friendly boating | Rayglass Boats

4 tips for being a more environmentally friendly boater

Boating in New Zealand is better than almost anywhere in the world. The water is crystal clear, fish are everywhere and the islands and beaches fringing the sea are idyllic.

The reason the boating is so great is our pristine natural environment – and we all have to do our part to keep it clean and green. Do your bit and keep Rayglass’s four tips for environmentally friendly boating in mind next time you’re out on the water.

1. Dispose of waste thoughtfully

Rubbish and waste tends to build up on your boat when you’re out on the water overnight. Never throw yours over the side. Instead, keep rubbish on your boat and recycle or throw it away when you get ashore. Luckily, Rayglass’s vessels all have plenty of storage, making this process easy.

When it comes to toilet waste, make sure you follow the rules, which include a ban on discharge of untreated sewage within 500m of the high water mark or marine farm and in water less than 5m deep. Where possible, take your toilet waste ashore in a holding tank and take it to a designated facility.

2. Maintain your boat and engine

Even the smallest oil leak in your boat’s engine can harm sea life, polluting oceans and lakes. It’s important that you take a little time to check and maintain your engine every few weeks. Make sure there are no oil leaks and have them fixed immediately if you find anything. Rayglass only use the highest quality Mercury engines, but if they’re not maintained, even the best equipment can develop small faults that can be bad for the environment.

You should also make sure that your bilge pump is kept clean and that there isn’t any floating oil in if it’s automatic. Finally, if you’re using an older two-stroke engine, consider upgrading to a newer, lower emission two- or four-stroke unit, which are easier on the environment.

3. Take care when refuelling

Where possible, refuel your boat ashore at an approved location. If you have to transfer petrol or diesel to your boat in containers, estimate the amount you need before pouring so that you don’t overfill and spill fuel.

Avoid refuelling at sea if possible but take extra caution not to spill any if you absolutely must. Keep absorbent cloths around to quickly wipe up any spills. When pouring, do so slowly and through a large funnel.

New Zealand’s waters are beautiful—so let’s keep them that way. For more green tips or just to talk boating, drop in to our Mt Wellington showroom soon.

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