I like boating. I like sustainability. Boating and sustainability can coexist. What does this look like? It looks less like the power boats on Lake Red Rock on summer weekends and more like the sailboats. If you aren’t a big fan of burning through all the fossil fuel possible during your short tenure on earth why not go with a sailboat? I was surprised that larger sailboats generally have gas or diesel engines like powerboats, but the engines are much smaller and are used much less, generally only to get out of the marina and into the wind or the reverse. Still you have the hassles of gas engines – maintainenance, buying and storing gasoline, the smell of gas, the fire hazard of gas, etc. I chose another alternative to a sailboat with a gas engine this year, a small sailboat using oars as alternate propulsion should wind not be an option. It has been a blast. People invariably comment upon the boat or come over to see her. Several boaters on the lake have offered a tow when they see me rowing. I explain how enjoyable rowing is and how surprised I am that more people aren’t doing it. We laugh and move on. The lake isn’t that large and last weekend I rowed across it in half an hour (yes the wind died yet again). It is satisfying simple to not have a gas engine and I recommend it.
Boating and Sustainability, by David Booth
September 12, 2011 | Uncategorized