With advances in technology and the increasing demand for sustainability, the future of yachting looks set to lie in maximising efficiencies.
Sustainable yachting to most seems like a conceptual oxymoron. The embodiment of luxury, yachting is in itself indulgent and lavish — hardly likely to be the hobby of anyone vaguely eco-conscious. But that is changing. With the trickle-down effect of sustainable energy in other fields of technology, there has been a gradual decrease in the sport’s carbon-heavy footprint.
Vassilis Fotilas, commercial director — Europe at Fraser Yachts, said: “Technological advances and regulatory developments are having a significant and positive impact in decreasing the carbon footprint of yachts. This is more of a quiet evolution rather than a major revolution. During our recent visit to some of the world’s top shipyards in Holland we witnessed and discussed these advances. The building process of a yacht has become far ‘greener’. Use of more environmentally friendly materials — such as paint — and more environmentally conscious procedures, waste management for instance, are two good examples”.