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A big thank you to everyone who took part in the Rush Yachts Green Survey. It was great to get so many people sharing their views.

A big congratulations to Samantha Denyer who is the incredibly privileged winner of the Rush Yachts luxury, prestigious, esteemed and exclusive hamper.

Below is an overview of the questions, answers, and shared views by the people who took part in the green survey:

Q. Do you think that boat/yacht owners are becoming more aware of the environment in general?

A. Nearly every single person who carried out the survey answered yes to this question, which is great because if everyone answered no there would not be much need for Rush Yachts! We are still aware that many people have little or no interest in the future of the environment although everyday more and more people are making small changes to help create a sustainable future.

Q. How many unrecycled boats (GRP) reach their end of life on a yearly basis?

A. The answer is this is 20,000. That’s 20,000 boats in landfill, rotting away in a marina somewhere or sitting in someone’s garden. Year on year this number only increases.

Q. If it takes 100% energy to build a GRP boat, what percentage of energy is required to build a natural fibre boat?

A. The answer to this one is 25%. That is pretty remarkable when you think about the possible energy savings just by using natural fibres. We will touch on a range of natural fibres that are becoming more popular and sustainable, in the marine industry but also through other industries in a later article.

Q. Approximately what percentage of the CO2 emissions comes from the marine industry?

A. 2.2% is the correct answer. The majority of this is from the shipping industry with boats making up 90% of the preferred transport for shipping.

Q. On average, how long does it take a Burmese teak tree, for use within the marine industry, to grow before it can be harvested?

A. This is a tricky question to get correct as generally teak trees are harvested after 20-30 years. The marine industry only wants the best quality materials which in terms of teak is quarter sawn, free of impurities and long lengths meaning less joints on decks, so marine grade teak trees typically take 50-60 years to grow before they can be harvested! Not only is teak becoming more and more expensive it is also becoming harder to import and also harder to find the quality that is required within the super yacht industry. There are however many exciting and sustainably alternatives.

Q. What effects does copper based anti-fouling paint systems have on the ocean?

A. Copper leaching from antifouling paint harms algae and in turn creates a ripple effect throughout the ecosystem. This is very prominent in marinas all over the world.

Q. What do you see as potential wins for the marine industry when working towards a more sustainable future?

A. The majority of people selected both the use of renewable energy for propulsion and creating boats that are recyclable which makes complete sense. With the use of fossil fuels throughout the majority of boats life and the fact that they cannot be recycled at the end of their life are probably two of the biggest environmental burdens regarding the life cycle of a boat.

Q. What is the limiting factor in moving to green, sustainable yachting?

A. Underdeveloped/unproven technology and a lack of drive within the industry and the regulators to enforce new rules and regulations topped the most popular selected options. We think in terms of regulations and technology the marine industry is 10 years behind the automotive industry. Many of the new technologies developed within the automotive industry are driven by regulations so the two really do go hand in hand.

Q. What can we do as individuals to drive green/sustainable yachting?

A. All the options available were very popular. Promoting and supporting companies developing green materials/technologies and processes, creating more awareness within the industry, encouraging investment into green/sustainable yachting and learning from other industries were all regularly selected. One suggestion which we strongly agree with is introducing an end of life tax/disposal for boats. This point comes back to the lack of drive within the industry and the regulators to make new rules and regulations!

Over the next few weeks, we will be looking into each of these headings in more detail with an aim to share with you our views on ways the marine industry can collectively work together with regards to various aspects of a boats life cycle. Keep an eye out next week for an overview of current options for propulsion within the marine industry.

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