A Better Boating Industry: Decoding Sustainability Jargon 

The boating industry has been improving its sustainability credentials. However, it is a challenging and confusing landscape to navigate due to the complexity of the topic and solutions and the difficulty in defining and explaining it.

At Boatbookings, we understand there is a lot of jargon to untangle to provide a clearer understanding of the problems, solutions, and steps we can take to help pave a better pathway to the future.

Here, we have outlined some of the terminology related to this topic:


This is a broad and complex topic. It refers to actions, processes, or systems that can be maintained or continued over the longer term without depleting natural resources or causing harm to the environment. Sustainability considers economic, social, and environmental factors. 


When something is referred to as ‘eco-friendly’, this focuses on the products, practices, or lifestyles with minimal environmental impact. The emphasis is on reducing environmental harm, often through environmentally friendly materials, processes, or energy sources. 


When something will eventually decay into smaller and smaller pieces by natural processes, this means that it is biodegradable. 

Carbon footprint

This measures the total amount of greenhouse gases, specifically carbon dioxide, emitted directly or indirectly by an individual, event, organization, or product throughout its lifecycle. The carbon footprint quantifies the impact of human activities on the environment in terms of their contribution to climate change.

Carbon Neutral 

If something is carbon neutral, it means that carbon reduction efforts offset the carbon emissions produced during its life cycle. This can be achieved through reducing carbon emissions followed by carbon credit offsetting. At Boatbookings, we have our carbon calculator to help work this out. 

Net Zero 

This is similar to carbon neutrality, but net zero encompasses all greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, this is often used on a broader scale. Net zero means that the boat, product, or company in focus produces as much greenhouse gas emissions as it removes from the atmosphere. 

Carbon Offsetting 

A process to compensate for the carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions created by participating in schemes designed to make equivalent reductions of gases in the atmosphere. Using our carbon emissions calculator can help keep you accountable for your boating activities.

Circular Economy

This economic system is designed to eliminate waste and promote the continual use and recycling of resources to create a closed-loop system. 

While this is not an exhaustive list, we hope you found this helpful! We continue to put the future of the boating industry at the forefront of our commitment. Contact us about one of our greener-crewed charter catamarans today.

How can Transparent Reporting Revolutionize the Boating Industry?

The tide is turning on environmental responsibility and reporting within the boating industry.

At Boatbookings, we have seen various greener developments and positive change showcased through technological and mindset shifts in recent years. But, industry stakeholders must measure and track progress with non-financial and transparent reporting to continue on this better path. 

What is Sustainability Reporting? 

Sustainability reporting is a form of non-financial reporting that enables stakeholders to measure and track their progress toward goals on various parameters. These include environmental, social, and governance metrics (ESG). 

Shipyards and builders have made a concerted effort over the past few years to do so, with more releasing reports. Many yachting companies have also appointed sustainability and ESG officers to focus on the matter to develop more sustainable practices. The Beneteau Group is one example showcased by its certified environmental policy and a stronger focus on transparency within its Sustainability Performance Report. 

Quite simply, the industry cannot change what it doesn’t measure; therefore, sustainability reporting is vital. Here are some of the reasons why we believe there should be increased reporting across the industry: 

Better Accountability 

The industry and the wider world cannot afford to disregard the environmental consequences of our actions. This awareness is leading to greater calls for accountability. All stakeholders within the industry are facing increasing pressure to account for environmental impact, and the need for transparent reporting is evident. Reporting allows for better accountability and creates a system enabling stakeholders to measure, track, and communicate sustainability efforts. Our carbon emissions calculator is one way we help facilitate accountability. 

Greener Decisions 

The more data there is, the more it enables clients and stakeholders to make better, informed choices. With an increased demand for greener options, transparent reporting allows choices to be made that align with a greener ethos and responsibility. We have seen increased demand for our greener crewed charter catamarans and consistently strive to keep adding better options to our fleet.

Setting a Better Benchmark

Reporting promotes healthy competition across the whole industry. When companies share sustainability efforts and achievements, they set a benchmark for others to aspire to. This creates a positive cycle of continuous improvement and enables others to see what level their practices should reach.

Regulation On The Horizon 

The global market is already shifting toward a more sustainable future. Boating companies that proactively embrace sustainability reporting will be better prepared to adapt to these changing market dynamics. Financial companies are already beginning to pull back on lending to those if the assets do not show evidence of sustainability. The market will slowly become a place where eco-consciousness and responsible practices are not just preferred but expected by clients and regulators. Transparent reporting can help companies stay compliant with the increasing regulations that will begin to appear. 

Meeting the Demand 

More and more clients are conscious of their environmental impact, seeking eco-friendly and greener chartering for responsible boating. Reporting enables companies to demonstrate their commitment to principles. This ensures that clients can select the companies that align with their values, driving more demand for these greener options. 

By openly sharing data, initiatives, and progress, companies within the boating industry can contribute to the global effort while positioning themselves as responsible and forward-thinking leaders. 

Contact one of the Boatbookings team today to discuss how we are working to improve our impact and to enquire about one of our greener crewed charter catamarans.

Navigating a Greener Future: How is Technology Transforming the Boating Industry 

Innovations in technology are playing a pivotal role in reshaping the boating industry, offering more advanced solutions to minimize its environmental impact. With the growing concerns for climate change and environmental impact, the call for a more sustainable boating industry is getting louder. 

The transformative power of technology is evident in its ability to streamline processes and enhance overall efficiency. From operations to customer experiences, technology is proving to be the driving force toward a greener future. 

At Boatbookings, we value this role of advancing technology and take a look at some of the ways it is doing so here: 

Reducing Emissions 

One critical step toward a greener boating industry is the reduction of carbon footprints. Technology comes to the fore by providing tools to measure and mitigate these impacts. At Boatbookings, we have been ahead of this for years with our carbon emissions calculator, enabling clients to offset emissions of their crewed charter catamarans. With the technology in place, the industry can easily calculate and minimize emissions. This also helps with the increasing regulatory landscape, allowing companies and clients to implement targeted strategies for emissions. 

Digitizing Processes

The digital revolution has been transforming how the world of yachting operates, including marinas. The move toward digitization significantly reduces paperwork and manual processes, which enhances efficiency. Platforms like Dockwa and Seasy lead the charge in facilitating online marina bookings, allowing bareboat catamaran charter clients to easily book their stays. Not only does this simplify the booking process, but it also contributes to reducing waste associated with traditional paperwork. 

Enhancing Efficiency 

Advancements in GPS technology and automation are revolutionizing boat navigation. Smart navigation systems are now integrated into boats to improve efficiency and safety. These systems provide precise routes, optimizing fuel consumption and ensuring boats can navigate with the least environmental impact. The integration of technology is making navigation not only more reliable but also more environmentally conscious. 

Collaboration and Community 

Technology also fosters a sense of community and environmental responsibility within the industry. Apps like CleanSwell are empowering communities to collaborate in beach clean-up efforts. Individuals can now actively participate in conserving the marine environment by leveraging technology to organize and coordinate these initiatives. 

Sustainable Provisioning 

New apps such as Paradise Foods, a grocery delivery service in the Caribbean, are now providing an innovative way for crewed charter catamaran and bareboat charter catamaran clients and crew to deliver their provisions directly to the boat. This technology is also facilitating a shift toward more local and seasonal eating, minimizing the carbon footprint associated with food miles. This app allows users to enjoy fresh, locally sourced produce, contributing to the promotion of sustainable practices. 

Technology is undeniably at the forefront of transforming the boating industry into a more sustainable and environmentally conscious sector. As it advances, we hope to see even more positive changes. Contact the team at Boatbookings today to book your greener crewed charter catamaran and be part of this positive change. 

A Caribbean Charter: Embrace Eco-Friendly Activities in the Caribbean

The Caribbean is one of our favorite destinations for a crewed catamaran charter. But we need to become increasingly conscious of our impact as we travel, so engaging in more eco-friendly activities on vacation is one way to do so.

Our team at Boatbookings has been visiting the Caribbean for years and, unfortunately, is seeing increasing negative impacts on the islands. We want you and future generations to enjoy this paradise, and we need to preserve our planet and oceans. 

So, here are some ways you can enjoy the Caribbean with less of an impact: 

Snorkel in Marine Reserves

One of the best ways to appreciate the Caribbean’s underwater wonders is by snorkeling. There are so many designated marine reserves, like the Tobago Cays Marine Park in St Vincent and the Grenadines, that ensure that these ecosystems continue to be protected. When exploring the underwater world in these regulated parks, refrain from touching or disturbing any marine life and wear reef-friendly suncream to minimize your impact further.

Responsible Wildlife Encounters 

The Caribbean is home to unique and diverse wildlife throughout the islands, from sea turtles nesting on the beaches to exotic birds in the forests. Choose wildlife excursions that adhere to ethical practices, ensuring minimal disturbance to the animals and their habitats. Various islands offer opportunities to witness sea turtle conservation efforts; check out the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network to learn more. 

Community-Based Tourism 

While you are on your crewed charter catamaran, you can engage with local communities in plenty of ways. Contact us to learn about the community-based tourism initiatives in the area you will be cruising. These experiences offer authentic insights into Caribbean culture while directly benefitting local economies. There are plenty of activities that foster a connection with the community and contribute to sustainable development. 

Conservation Projects 

Take part in organized beach cleanups or conservation projects that aim to protect the coastal ecosystems. Many organizations in the Caribbean regularly host community events focused on protecting the coastal and marine environments. If you are chartering in the Bahamas, you can learn about the importance of coral reefs. The Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation offers various programs and expert-led snorkeling tours, and you can even adopt your own coral fragment! 

Fish Sustainably 

One particular threat to the Caribbean’s natural balance is the lionfish, an invasive species from the Pacific Ocean. There are various initiatives across the islands to try to control the population. In St Lucia, you can participate in educational lionfish diving and fishing excursions. 

Local Hiking Tours 

You can enjoy guided hiking tours with local tour operators within the lush rainforests that cover the islands. These give you an insight into the incredible environments and local cultures. The Wallings Nature Reserve in Antigua is managed by women from the nearby village of John Hughes, and they led various solo and guided hiking tours, highlighting local flora and species; all fees support the reserve. 

By choosing more eco-friendly activities and supporting sustainable initiatives, generations to come will also be able to enjoy the beauty of the Caribbean. Contact one of the Boatbookings team today to chat about your next greener crewed charter catamaran vacation in the Caribbean. And leave only footprints! 

Responsible Sailing: How to Embrace Greener Boating Using the 4 ‘R’s’

Not only are we passionate about bringing you an unforgettable crewed charter catamaran and barefoot charter catamaran experiences, but we also want to help you partake in responsible sailing and protect our oceans. 

Greener Boating 

At its core, to have a more sustainable boating industry is about minimizing the negative impacts on the environment and maximizing the benefits for everyone involved. One aspect of this mission of greener chartering is to promote and incorporate the ‘R’s throughout our entire operation and growing fleet.

These ‘R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, and Recycle – provide a roadmap for achieving these goals. We take a look into this framework that are the cornerstones to sustainability with regards to Boatbookings


The first ‘R’ is all about how you can reduce your environmental impact. At Boatbookings, we have made conscious choices to offer a range of greener crewed catamaran charters for you to choose from. We prioritize the selection of yachts we offer to ensure they are showcasing more sustainable technology, ensuring lower fuel consumption and reduced emissions. We aim to provide options from catamaran builders such as Silent Yachts, Sunreef Eco, and Fountaine Pajot

But our commitment to reducing doesn’t stop there. Our carbon emissions calculator helps us assess and continually improve our environmental practices. 

We advocate for our operators to reduce the amount of waste and pollution while promoting eco-friendly brands. We also encourage our clients and yachts to reduce speed, especially when sailing near vulnerable marine life habitats. Going slow reduces impact and enables clients to soak up the ocean’s magic. 


We ensure that our crewed charter partners regularly maintain and service their fleets to ensure longevity and reduce the need for unnecessary repairs. We also work with partners who are aligned with sustainable practices that reduce resource consumption and waste generation. 


At Boatbookings, we pride ourselves on promoting repurposing by collaborating with companies that repurpose marine waste into innovative products, contributing to a more circular economy. 

We want to raise more awareness about the critical issue of marine pollution that our oceans face. Education is essential in changing consumer behavior and inspiring a new sense of responsibility. 


The final ‘R’ is recycling, which you are probably already familiar with. We advocate responsible recycling throughout our operators and clients. We are always looking for better recycling initiatives within marinas worldwide to facilitate easier recycling for our clients. 

Responsible chartering is an integral part of experiencing the beauty of our oceans. By promoting these ‘R’s, we are not only committed to reducing the environmental impact of our selected fleet but also dedicated to creating eco-conscious charter experiences for our clients. 

Contact us today to discuss our greener crewed charter catamaran options for your next vacation.