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Good practices for an eco-friendly boat maintenance

It is clear that for the last ten years, there has been a growing awareness of the issues of global warming caused by pollution and the mass exploitation of natural resources on Earth. Indeed, it is only recently that the problems related to ecology are major issues worldwide.

More and more countries are putting restrictions in place to influence the world's governments and their citizens to adopt more environmentally friendly behavior. The goal is to better prevent the scarcity of resources such as water or fertile land.

Thus, in the world of boating, an ecological behavior becomes more and more necessary and more particularly on the way to maintain its boat. To know all the secrets about the maintenance of a boat, click here

In this article, we will focus on eco-responsible boat maintenance, a process that is gaining more and more ground in the world of boating. First, we will see why eco-responsible boat maintenance is recommended. Then, what are the best practices to adopt ? Finally, we will see which products are recommended ?

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Why is eco-friendly cleaning recommended ?

Eco-responsible maintenance is recommended for several reasons related to the pollution of the marine environment (ocean, sea, beach, coral ...). It is a very fragile natural environment and increasingly polluted by various marine activities leaving plastic waste, the dumping of certain toxic products. All of them contribute to the destruction of the biodiversity as well as the fauna and flora.

Just like other polluting activities, recreational boating also has its share of pollution since motorboats are polluting. This is only the tip of the iceberg, since the behavior of the owners of these boats represents a greater threat. It is when it comes to boat maintenance that things get complicated. When carrying out any type of maintenance such as careening, antifouling or cleaning, some of the products used in these operations are very harmful because of certain toxic components. Thus, these products are dangerous for the marine environment when they are discharged.

Thus, these products are dangerous for the marine environment when they are spilled. Indeed, the products used end up sooner or later in the water and degrade the fauna and flora.

We therefore understand why it is important to be aware of and pay attention to our practices, our behavior and the products we use as a boater who respects the environment that contributes to our happiness by offering us beautiful landscapes to explore.

What are the good practices to adopt ?

Here we are talking about little tips and tricks to know as a boater in order to adopt more economical and ecological practices. The goal is to minimize one's own impact on the marine environment in order to act for a good cause by preserving biodiversity.

It is also necessary to share this information in order to influence other members of the boating community. There are many good practices to adopt, but they can be grouped into two categories: good practices in boat maintenance and good practices on board a boat.

We will present them in the form of non-exhaustive lists.


Good practices when maintaining a boat :

  • Pour les toilettes, utilisez une cuve à eau noire. D’une part, cela vous protège de certains risques de contamination et d’autre part, vous serez en règle puisque la réglementation impose d’utiliser les cuves aux eaux noires pour récupérer les eaux usées.
  • For showering, washing up, laundry etc. Use a grey water tank. Grey water represents a small part of the wastewater compared to black water, but is much more polluting because of its chemical components. Here too, regulations require the use of a grey water tank.
  • Do not forget to empty your tanks only in specially dedicated places such as clean spots.
  • Avoid toxic products and use biodegradable alternatives if available or be careful when handling them so as not to waste them or spill them into the water.
  • Prefer manual and mechanical work on your boat such as scraping the hull with a spatula rather than using harmful products like acid.

N’oubliez surtout pas lors de vos travaux, de bien récupérer vos résidus de sorte qu’ils ne finissent pas dans l’eau, certains résidus de peinture par exemple contiennent des pesticides très toxiques pour l’environnement marin.


Good practices on board of a boat :

  • Un bon rangement de vos objets légers et en plastiques tels les sachets par exemple, pour éviter qu’ils ne s’envolent avec le vent et finissent à la mer lors de vos sorties.
  • When you are out on the water and come across trash, pick it up and dispose of it at the end of your trip. This also prevents trash such as fishing nets from wrapping around your boat's propeller.
  • Don't throw anything in the water, be it glass or plastic bottles or cigarette butts.
  • Try to use biodegradable items such as paper cups and cutlery so that they can quietly disintegrate on contact with the water if they go overboard.
  • Ne naviguez pas trop vite ! Maintenez une bonne vitesse, cela vous évitera de polluer et de consommer trop de carburant.

What are the recommended products ?

Une fois que l’on a réalisé l’importance de respecter l’environnement marin, il est cruciale qu’en tant que plaisancier, nos habitudes de consommation et d’achats s’adaptent. En effet, vous allez maintenant devoir faire plus attention aux produits que vous achetez et utilisez. Pour ce faire, voici une liste non exhaustive de produits recommandés :

  • L’eau de mer : avoid wasting water by rinsing your boat with fresh water, sea water is perfectly sufficient since a boat is made to sail at sea, therefore in salt water. It is more economical and much simpler.
  • Le savon noir : it is a biodegradable product and not harmful to the marine environment. Moreover, it has a multitude of uses such as cleaning fabrics, deck, hull etc.
  • L’huile de lin : it is a product that stands out for its effectiveness in the treatment of wood that it protects against moisture and the formation of fungi.
  • Le vinaigre blanc : an excellent product to fight limescale and bacteria, it is known for its effectiveness as a household product whether for plumbing or toilets for example.
  • La pierre d’argile : product known for its effectiveness as a stripper or degreaser for the deck, textile, hull etc. It is a universal ecological product.
  • La graisse : essential product for winterization to protect cables, gears, chains, etc.

What you need to remember !

With the major awareness of global warming, ecology is now a central issue worldwide. The existence of real threats to the marine environment imposes on us, as boaters, the duty to change our bad habits by adopting ecological measures.

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