How to Have a More Eco-Conscious Christmas Charter Vacation

The holiday season is upon us, and Christmas is not far away! What better way to enjoy the festivities than aboard a Caribbean yacht charter

But while the festivities and celebrations get underway, sometimes sustainability can take a beak seat, where the potential for excess waste is high, and overconsumption is rife, but there are small changes that can add up to bigger impacts. 

If you have decided to charter one of our crewed charter catamarans or bareboat charter catamarans this year to celebrate Christmas in the Caribbean, we have highlighted some things you can do to tread a little lighter. 

Choose a Greener Yacht 

The type of boat you select is pivotal in your overall impact. At Boatbookings, we have a range of greener crewed charter catamarans you can choose from to help reduce your environmental impact. Choose more eco-conscious brands, such as Silent Yachts and Sunreef Eco Yachts, who have implemented hybrid propulsion and renewable energy into their catamaran offerings. 

Buy Better Gifts 

Gift-giving is synonymous with Christmas, but there are ways you can make it better for our planet and oceans. Firstly, if you want to buy physical gifts, research what you are buying; buy second-hand, ethical, local, and sustainable products. You could also introduce a Secret Santa into your yacht vacation, meaning you only buy for one family member or friend. Another idea, and perfect for those on a yacht vacation, is to purchase non-physical gifts and arrange a day out or activity for your loved ones. Think horse riding in the BVI’s, scuba diving in the Bahamas, or fishing in the USVI’s.  

Or, Give Your Time

When it comes to Christmas, sometimes the sentiment of giving and receiving can get lost in overconsumption. Instead of buying and consuming any gifts, give the gift of your time. There are various initiatives within communities around the festive period to help those in need. Why not spend an afternoon of your vacation volunteering ashore? Contact us to find out about the local community volunteering projects happening in the area you are chartering in. 

Offset Your Carbon 

At Boatbookings, we advocate for carbon offsetting, and our handy carbon emissions calculator can help you offset your carbon on whatever yacht you choose for your Christmas vacation. This proactive and responsible response can encompass multiple benefits to steer the boating industry toward a better future. We ensure carbon credits are purchased through Climate Care, which funds UN-approved products reducing carbon emissions worldwide. 

Eco-conscious playtime 

All yacht charters are just as much about the toys as they are about the destination. But, there are toys you can choose to play with that do not leave as much impact on our oceans and are still as fun. Our fleet at Baotbookings has an array of more eco-conscious water sports to choose from. Spend a Christmas morning kayaking in Antigua, snorkeling the Bahamas’ reefs, or kitesurfing in the BVI’s. There are plenty of watersports options that do not leave a significant impact on the oceans in comparison to the fuel-guzzling, sound-pulsing engine-powered toys. 

Natural Decor

If you want to decorate the bareboat charter catamaran you charter this Christmas, be sure to opt for decorations that are kinder to the planet. Consider reusable ornaments made from natural materials. If you are in the Caribbean, there will be plenty of pretty shells and driftwood to choose from versus plastic decorations. 

Eat Locally

Eating locally and seasonally not only tastes better but also reduces your overall impact on food miles. The Caribbean offers plenty of opportunities to savor the region’s rich flavors. From sustainably caught seafood to ripe tropical fruits and Caribbean spices, there are many culinary choices to enjoy this Christmas. 

More memories, less impact 

By making more conscious decisions this Christmas, you can ensure you have less impact aboard your greener crewed or bareboat charter catamaran. Contact the Boatbookings team to finalize your Christmas charter in the Caribbean today!

New Influences: The Role of the Younger Generation for Greener Boating

The younger generation is an undeniably powerful force. They are shaping the future of various industries, and the boating industry is no exception. At Boatbookings, we are witnessing a profound and positive shift as younger individuals champion a future for green chartering.

The Millennial and GenZ charter client

In recent years, the profile of a charter client has transformed. Notably, we have seen a substantial increase in younger clients chartering our crewed charter catamarans and bareboat charter catamarans. 

Many Millennials and Gen Z are adopting the ‘try before you buy’ approach. There has been an increasing number exploring charter or fractional ownership before committing to a purchase. 

This flexible approach and changing demographic has also highlighted changing priorities. The younger generation is consuming differently, paying more attention to their impact and sustainability credentials when it comes to boating. 

Here are some of the ways the younger generation are driving the green agenda forward: 

Shifting Mindsets 

The generations growing up in today’s world are more eco-conscious than ever. Having grown up developing a greener and more conscious mindset about their impact on our environment and oceans, they are making different, better choices. One simple reason is that they face a world where environmental pressures are mounting, and changes must be made before it is too late.

Responsibility to Protect

Younger clients are increasingly valuing the contributions they can give back. We have seen a considerable increase in philanthropy, whether giving back to the communities that the yachts cruise in, investing in new, greener technology, or donating to marine conservation foundations. 

Onboard Technology 

Younger generations tend to have a greater interest in the onboard technology, although the extent of this depends on their background; these more technically minded owners are enjoying being at the forefront of change. This interest in technology drives the greener agenda with new, more efficient solutions for electric propulsion and onboard energy-usage.

A Greater Connection 

Previous generations have been focused on the need for speed, whereas the new generation is demanding a greater connection with the oceans. Therefore, they value these new technologies behind electrical and hybrid propulsion for a quieter (and emission-free) cruising experience. Being connected with nature at a younger age also enables a deeper appreciation for it. Therefore, protecting this environment is higher on their agenda, and they want to conserve it for future generations. 

Raising Awareness

The younger generation is also actively educating fellow boaters and the public about the environmental impact and ways this can be minimized. Their advocacy and responsible choices are consequently driving a surge in demand for greener practices and yachts across the charter market. 

The younger generation has been and continues to be instrumental in driving positive change within the boating industry. Not only are they helping raise awareness, but their responsible choices drive further demand for greener practices throughout the boating industry. 

Contact one of the Boatbookings team today to learn more about the greener crewed charter catamarans you can charter this coming Caribbean season. 

Catamaran Charters: Comfortable, Efficient, and Green

Improve your green yacht charter credentials and get ready for the summer season by choosing one of Boatbookings’ many catamarans.

With the approaching summer season, Boatbookings discusses why chartering a catamaran is better for the health of our oceans and picks out some favourite, more sustainable options.

Catamarans continue to become increasingly popular choices for yacht charters. It is no wonder why – a catamaran provides so many benefits.

Whether it be crewed or bareboat, power or sail, you can enjoy their voluminous open-plan living and comfortable accommodation areas, their increased stability, and smoother cruising to that of a monohull.

Recent years have seen the multihull charter market evolving with its offerings, and most importantly, they highlight a significant move toward a greener and low-carbon agenda. We take a look at the ways they are better for our oceans.

Improved efficiency

The efficient hull design of a catamaran drastically reduces its resistance through the water, improving fuel efficiency. Boasting lighter hulls, they also have a lower displacement than monohulls. Power catamarans have a lower overall fuel burn and a steadier rise in speed while sailing catamarans can combine this advantage with nature’s wind power.

Fewer emissions

With overall reduced fuel consumption, there will be fewer emissions into our atmosphere; therefore, a catamaran will boast a lower carbon footprint. The benefit of a sailing catamaran is the overall fuel reduction, lessening emissions even more so than a power catamaran. Our emissions calculator can determine the exact footprint of any charter yacht.

Reduced impact

Another characteristic of a catamaran is its shallow draft, resulting in less impact on marine life while enabling more choices for better anchorages. With more out of the water, they have less disruption of the area’s marine ecology and the added benefit of less vibration and, therefore, noise. Their drafts also make them popular for specific cruising itineraries, such as the Bahamas and the BVIs.

Renewable opportunities 

The wider beam of a catamaran provides more space for renewable energy alternatives. Their exterior can be outfitted with solar panels, perfect for soaking up the Caribbean and Pacific sunshine while also enabling the yacht to operate on less power from the generators and engines. There are also plenty of catamarans that run off electric power, reducing the reliance on fossil fuels.

Choose a greener catamaran today 

Catamarans are part of a fast-growing segment of the charter industry. One that, thanks to innovative technology, is ever-evolving and improving its sustainability credentials.

Today there is a vast selection of eco-friendly catamarans that run on wind, solar, batteries and electric motors. As well as these greener technologies, many catamaran builders, such as Sunreef, implement a holistic sustainability process, using naturally-sourced materials throughout the build.

Boatbookings offers some of the best, greener catamaran options available for charter:

Sunreef, E Supercat 60:

This crewed Sunreef sailing catamaran, with nearly zero carbon emissions, boasts electric motors and rechargeable batteries while sailing; her eco-electric propulsion enables six hours of electric cruising.

Silent 64:

This Silent 64 power catamaran results in cleaner, electric cruising with zero emissions. 

Lagoon 420: 

This bareboat Lagoon 420 catamaran offers low fuel consumption and minimal emissions through her two electric motors and power by two sets of six batteries. 

Fountaine Pajot, Aura 51: 

This Fountaine Pajot 51 bareboat catamaran offers maximum space, that doubles up to provide renewable energy through its integrated solar panels. 

With our oceans facing increasing environmental pressures, considering your next choice when chartering is more important than ever. Not only do catamarans offer a range of benefits, but they are also better for our oceans. Contact the Boatbookings team about your next, greener summer charter and our range of available catamarans.

Reducing Yacht Carbon Emissions: Is HVO Fuel the Answer?

Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil produces dramatically fewer emissions than diesel 

Yacht carbon emissions are a pressing issue in the yachting industry, and for good reasons, but what are the alternatives? Boatbookings begins to explore this topic as the industry accelerates its environmental agenda.

Ahead of the 33rd MYBA Charter show from 24th – 27th April in Barcelona, we take a look at the findings from the most recent MYBA environmental committee’s AGM report. The report discusses the immediate need for a fuel alternative and the role of HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) fuel in moving toward net zero.

The emission problem 

The average person produces around 7 tonnes of C02 annually. Considering that statistic, one litre of diesel creates about 3 KG of C02 in the atmosphere; according to the report, if “a big yacht consumes 60,000 litres per week on charter, this is 180 metric tons of C02.” 

Given these statistics, it is no wonder that the industry’s future is steeped in a climate-conscious effort to pave the way toward a fossil fuel-free future. While there may be multiple challenges to fully decarbonizing the industry, there are also equal amounts of hope from innovative technologies and fast-developing hybrid and electrical solutions. 

HVO; An alternative? 

But how do we green the diesel-driven boats that are currently in our fleets? Experts believe HVO is the most viable alternative because there is no need to modify existing engines or generators. 

Originally the first-generation biofuel, FAME (Fatty Acid Methyl Esters), hailed a bad reputation. This was mainly due to FAME’s oxidation and affinity to water, leading to a significant risk of microbial growth. But HVO’s chemical makup, as well as storage stability, is similar to that of fossil fuels. Hence it offers a possible direct replacement, meaning that all yachts, not just retrofitted ones, can reduce their emissions immediately. 

So what exactly is HVO? It is made by using recycled sunflower oil. First, it undergoes hydro-treatment at high temperatures and pressures, where hydrogen is added to remove the oxygen. There are claims that it offers a 90% reduction in C02 emissions on the basis that it is made from recycled oil – having already made its environmental impact.

Who uses and supplies it?

Regarding the usage, Rolls Royce and MTU endorse HVO and have been testing their engines with it for a long time. As a tangible example, the charter yacht Lammouche has divulged its use of HVO fuel, which they source from Fioul83. 

The short-term challenges of HVO have focussed on the availability, production, and higher cost compared to diesel. However, the report outlines that “yachts can buy it for a premium of about 35 cents a litre for pure HVO.” 

In terms of supply, currently the best supplier is the Finland-based Neste, producing HVO with complete transparency – they are consistently ranked among the 100 most sustainable companies in the world. Although Neste is not yet “geared up to supply yachting, while aviation and ground-transport sectors are its primary consumers.” 

The report further reveals solutions through Neste’s distribution partners, a French company Altens and their partnership with Monaco-based sustainable fuel suppliers Romano Energy. Although they have only delivered to 18 (smaller) boats so far, the future holds lots of possibilities.

Choose a lower-carbon yacht

What is clear is that to reach net zero, the industry needs to burn less conventional fuel. Recent years have seen various alternatives out there, such as electric/battery yachts – each with pros and cons. Alongside alternatives, the report urges people to use tools to measure C02 to measure and reduce emissions. You can use our emissions calculator to determine your footprint based on distance and fuel consumed per mile or kilometer.

We are always keen to share our recommendations for charter yachts that hail lower carbon emissions. The Boatbookings team will be present at the Barcelona MYBA show and look forward to discussing this topic and the industry’s newest sustainable innovations for the charter fleet.