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90M motoryacht NERO and other luxury yacht charter vessels lauded for green practices

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THE AWARD

The Charter Yacht Brokers Association (CYBA) has announced the 2017 winners of the “Going Green To Save The Blue” campaign, and the crew onboard superyacht NERO have been recognized in the “Designer Water” contest.  The contest recognizes the crews of private luxury yacht charter vessels for their “yacht-made” water, as an effort to reduce the use of disposable plastic water bottles on yachts.

three round glasses containing water infused with strawberries blueberries pomegranate orange cucumber

 

 

THE MESSAGE

Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charters, and a CYBA member, explains the program – and the urgency of the underlying message

“The campaign is designed to encourage yacht owners and crews to reduce, and eventually forego, the use of plastic water bottles by both the crews and the onboard luxury yacht charter guests.  The goal is to raise awareness as to the massive volume of water bottles that are consumed during charters, and the impact disposable plastic has in our landfills and more importantly, our oceans.”

 

THE WINNERS

The “Designer Water” contest is held annually at the opening of the Caribbean yacht charter winter/spring season.  The season, which has just concluded for 2017, saw more than one dozen private yacht charter vessels and their crews showcase their “flavored” waters, all generated from onboard watermakers that convert seawater into clean, safe drinking water.

This year’s winners are:

  • 111 foot sailing yacht REE – for Hibiscus Martini Water
  • 183 foot sailing yacht ROSEHEARTY – for Moranga-infused Detoxifying Water
  • 265 foot mega yacht NERO – for Coriander and Passionfruit Water

 

THE PROGRAM

Now in its fifth year, the CYBA “Going Green To Save The Blue” campaign has a dual-fold strategy.  By encouraging yacht owners and crews to offer eco-friendly options, private yacht charter guests can participate in this sustainable initiative.  Hopefully, the guests return home with a clearer understanding of the impact of plastic pollution, as well as how they can incorporate simple changes in their daily lives that can make a difference in safeguarding our environment for future generations.

“The ‘Going Green’ campaign highlights the numerous opportunities and options available to our private yacht charter clients, yacht owners, and crews – from avoiding plastic water bottles, to using green cleaning products, reef-friendly sunscreens, and solar panels for energy,” says Sheeder. “We congratulate motor yacht NERO and her owner and crew and all of the other Caribbean yacht charter teams for their commitment to the long-term health of our oceans and the marine environment.”

 

If you’re considering a private yacht charter vacation, turn to 1-800 Yacht Charters, the company with the industry-leading Best Price Guarantee, and a fleet of Eco-friendly yachts around the world. Call us toll-free in North America at +1.800.922.4824 or local and international at +1.305.253.7245 to plan your yachting vacation. 

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Green Star Superyachts Welcomed

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Green Star logo for RINA marine design certificate for environmental excellence.

SUSTAINABILITY IN YACHTING

Sustainability means avoiding depletion of natural resources to maintain an ecological balance.  The push for sustainability in the yacht industry is a result. 

Green yachting in the use of eco-friendly salmon skin upholstery in superyacht interiors, and the first self-sufficient zero carbon vessel are examples.

A design studio is now building hybrid propulsion green luxury yacht charter super yachts.

GREEN STAR DESIGN

Guido de Groot Design and Intec Marine are proposing two revolutionary concepts for propulsion; as a result, they tout increased energy efficiency, lower noise, and CO2 emissions in boats.  The Intec Marine hybrid propulsion concept uses electric propulsion; therefore using two generators. An additional smaller engine is used for calm water or at anchor.

 

Green star design photograph of profile of Intec Marine 90 hybrid yacht underway.

GREEN STAR DESIGN IN USE

Take for example a Monaco Grand Prix yacht, rented to be dockside for the race.  The boat then goes out  cruising the Côte d’Azur.  At cruising speed, one generator creates power for the two propulsion pods.  It also powers the interior (cabin lights, televisions, galley, etc.). This results in very low noise levels, estimated at 35 dBA.

 

Aerial photograph of monaco grand prix race track. To the left of the photo are people in the bleachers, track in the middle (no cars on it in picture), and to the right are large yachts docked next to the race track, behind barricades

 

The batteries enable the yacht to cruise out of the marina at 6 knots.  Simply start the redundant second generator for the yacht to reach maximum speed. The smaller, third generator runs at anchor.

 

 

HOW DOES GREEN STAR WORK?

Designers expect a 30% reduction of energy use as compared to a conventional setup. The setup uses three diesel engines continuously running  (two for propulsion and one for interior load).

AWARD FOR GREEN STAR COMPLIANCE

Yachts featuring Intec Marine hybrid propulsion receive the RINA marine green star design certificate for environmental excellence.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON HYBRIDS?

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New Polymer Shows Promise In Oil Spill Clean Up – Go Green Yachting

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Photograph of oil slick over calm water
A new polymer that might help luxury mega yacht charter vessels keep marinas free from leaking oil, could have an even greater impact on major oil spills, like the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Scientists from Pennsylvania State University (PSU) have come up with something that shows great promise – a polymer that soaks up 40 times its weight in oil.

When applied to body of water where an oil spill has occurred, the Polyolefin Oil Superabsorbent Polymer reportedly transforms the floating crude oil into “a soft, solid oil-containing gel.” The PSU scientists claim that one pound (453 grams) of the polymer can soak up around five gallons (19 liters) of oil, without absorbing any water. The gel can subsequently be collected, transported, and refined to recover the trapped oil.
Practical applications are being analyzed for the yachting industry, but the hope of the researchers is the new polymer can also be employed to fight large-scale oil cleanup projects.  Currently, more traditional oil-absorbing materials are employed, such as corn cobs and straw which only absorb about five times their weight in oil.=========================================

Read how a Prince encourages the Superyacht Industry to go green at https://www.1800yachtcharters.com/european-prince-encourages-superyacht-industry-to-go-green/

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Prince Asks Superyacht Industry for Sustainability

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Sustainability reminder. Photograph of 7 pairs of hands in a circle. Each person holds dirt with a plant growing up from the dirt.

SUSTAINABILITY WELCOMED BY A PRINCE

The key is sustainability.

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation introduced a program to encourage the builders of the world’s largest yachts to use timber from sustainably managed forests.

Entitled the, “Wood Forever” program, HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco unveiled the project to the media.  This happened during the Monaco Yacht Show.  The Show includes a gathering of luxury sailing charter vessels, new builds and motoryachts.

 

Prince Albert 2 of Monaco signing the Wood Forever pact in a room of people. Photo includes the Prince in front left side of photo, then others surrounding him.

SUSTAINABILITY MEMBERSHIP

Membership in the Wood Forever program represents a conscious step towards environmental and social responsibility.

The Prince recognized Burger Boat as the first official Wood Forever member.  This happened at during a press conference and ceremony in September.  Burger signed an agreement to analyze their wood supply chain, and committed to develop a sustainable wood purchasing policy to fight deforestation.

His Serene Highness is hopeful other yacht builders will follow Burger’s example in order to drive the yachting industry towards environmental excellence. 

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Related Articles – read about other efforts underway to bring about greater sustainability on the yachting industry:


Company Hopes Yacht Designers Will Turn to Sustainable Bamboo

Designer Touts New Generation of Green Megayachts

New Eco-Friendly Yacht Decor Does Not Smell Fishy

 

HOW DO I BOOK A YACHT CHARTER?

Contact 1-800 Yacht Charters at   to plan your charter a on green yacht TODAY. 

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Sustainable Bamboo Greens Yacht Design

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Photograph of salmon skin leather in different colors. It is used in yacht interior design and is sustainable. The colors are laid next to each other and range from dark blues to oranges and golds

SUSTAINABLE SALMON SKIN

Remember our eco-friendly green superyacht salmon skin decor blog post?  Introducing sustainable bamboo for yacht interiors. Sailboats and cruiseships also use it.

 

Photograph of a green forest of bamboo stalks

HOW TO USE BAMBOO?

Lamboo, Inc.’s product line presented yacht industry  designers like Dubois Naval Architects with a new challenge.  Designers always incorporate new materials into their work.

 

ELITE BAMBOO PANELS

The “Elite” product series has engineered bamboo panels and veneers, designed for the marine industry. Bamboo products are a sustainable alternative to wood on boats. They have superior weathering properties and resistance to fire.  Lamboo Elite panels are stained or dyed to match most colors. The panels are easily coated in matte and high gloss finishes. 
 

WHY USE SUSTAINABLE BAMBOO

Bamboo paneling requires no special equipment for use, as it sands and cuts using regular woodworking equipment.  Useability convinces designers to switch to low cost bamboo.  These sustainable products have anti-microbial and moisture resistant attributes. 
 

OTHER SUSTAINABLE IDEAS

Additional ways to promote green yachting include designer creativity.  Eleonore Cavalli of Italian luxury interior design brand Visionnaire uses wood in upholstery frames. That wood comes from plantations where trees are cut only when they reach a certain age.  Her leathers are free from chemical additives, and her rubber is vegetable-based.  She also uses hemp filling in cushions, instead of feathers.
Other sustainable items are not directly built into the yachts.  Renewables like skincare items, reef safe sunscreen, and solar powered watertoys are just a few of the many ways to help the ocean and the earth.
Sustainability is the way of the future for interior design. Yacht owners and charter guests demand a new outlook on protecting the environment, so that has changed the design of yachting, inside and out.

A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

We applaud Lamboo, Inc. and companies who work toward a greener future in the yachting industry.

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UPDATED Unique Yacht Paint Jobs

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Photograph of a yacht named Guilty that is painted with geometric blocks that are yellow, blue, and black. It is very bright. It is at anchor. It is facing the left side of the photograph.

UPDATE 1-18-2019 —

ADDED – THUNDERBIRD 2

Presenting powercat THUNDERBIRD 2.  A motorized catamaran with a very unique paintjob!  Thanks to Sarah for letting us know that it should be included in this blog. We agree!  Go green! #gogreen

Night photograph of a powercat with a unique paint job. It is painted green on the outside, with yellow and red highlights on the doors and exterior of the yacht. Bright night lighting highlights the yellow doors

YACHT PAINT JOBS

Everyone knows that picking house paint colors isn’t just difficult, it’s terrifying! Pick colors that are blah, and your house will seem featureless and flat. But if the colors you pick are too bold, they might overwhelm the architecture…and upset your neighbors.

CURB APPEAL

The best colors will highlight the most beautiful features of your home. Skillful use of color can even disguise design flaws, boosting the, “curb appeal” and market value of your home.

Finding that magic color combination also holds true for luxury mega yacht charter vessels. 

 

DOCK APPEAL

The first thing a potential client sees when preparing to rent a private yacht is the exterior. The “dock appeal” must catch the attention of the prospect and pique his curiosity to see the interior as well.

 

WHITE YACHTS

Traditionally, yachts were painted simply – clean, bright white.  With modern technology, new paints and colors that resist fading and the harsh marine environment have been developed.  Now, the only limit to the exterior color scheme of a yacht is the owner’s imagination.

SAMPLE YACHTS

Here’s a sampling of unique paint schemes and colors on some of the newest and largest yachts around the world:

 

QUITE ESSENTIAL

Aerial photograph of a red and white motoryacht. It is headed toward the lower left side of the photo
QUITE ESSENTIAL  – With a striking color scheme of Oyster White and Merlot Red, developed by the owner in close collaboration with Dobroserdov Design, Heesen motor yacht Quite Essential will certainly not pass unnoticed in the Mediterranean yacht charter fleet.  It is said the red color was inspired by the owner’s love for Merlot wine!    

SLIPSTREAM


Photograph of a black and silver motoryacht. It is running toward the right side of the photograph.
SLIPSTREAM – celebrity owner, former American Idol 
judge, and X-Factor creator Simon Cowell, is known for wearing simple, dark colored T-shirts against pale blue jeans. The classic deep blue hull and gun-blue superstructure of Cowell’s yacht Slipstream sets the scene for a truly nautical and contemporary super yacht. 

 

BLACK AND WHITE

Photograph of a black and white motoryacht underway. It is headed toward the bottom left side of the photo.
BLACK and WHITE –  the distinctive black and white theme onboard motor yacht BLACK AND WHITE 
is based on the ancient yin yang symbol, a Chinese sign for the mixing of complementary opposites.  Launched in 2010, this magnificent Sunseeker 34 yacht mixes not only color, but also high-end amenities and comfort with performance and power.

 

MISTER JINGLES

Aeriral photograph of a gold and black yacht underway.. It is coming toward the lower right side of the photo.
MISTER JINGLES – the global debt crisis has focused great attention on the value of gold.  The color gold draws nearly as much attention, especially on  a yacht painted stem to stern in this shiny, metallic palette.  Designed and built by Italy’s Fashion Yachts, motor yacht Mister Jingles 
debuted as a luxury yacht charter vessel in 2009.  The metallic performance yacht  boasts a 35 knot cruising speed – perfect for quickly getting from one famous port to another.

 

AURELIA


Photograph of a colorful motoryacht. It has a light blue hull, orange section at the top of the hull, then a white superstructure. There is a number 10 in black in a white circle, like a racecar, on the side of the yacht toward the back.
AURELIA – recently, we profiled yachts named after race horses by their loving owners
.  It seems another type of race fan – Formula 1 cars – is just as proud to display his passion on a yacht.  The 37-Meter Heesen motor yacht Aurelia boast an unusual color scheme from Dobroserdov Design, inspired by the owner’s passion for racing cars.  Zoom Zoom Zoom!

HOW TO RENT A YACHT


Know of any other yachts with cool paint jobs?  Email us a picture (to info@1800yachtcharters.com ),
along with your name, the name of the yacht, and where you saw it. We’ll post and share your pics with our readers!

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