Our Green Mission

Propulsion

We have teamed up with some of the worlds leading marine electronics manufacturers to combine new technologies to make our crossing using only renewable energy! Wind for our sails, and solar power for a rechargeable electric motor.

Our electric motor will supplement our sails and will be able to run 'power neutral' during peak solar times. Solar panels will charge a dedicated battery for our electric motor and give us a boost through 'motor sailing'. This will also hopefully cut about 5-7days off our journey time, whilst testing some awesome new technologies. We have not found another sailing vessel to have attempted this.

 

Our motor will always have enough reserve battery left in case we need to manoeuvre the boat in an emergency, it will also allow us to dock and carry out pilotage safely at each side of the Atlantic.


Our Green Pledge

From the conception of the project was SofaToSailboat's aim to stay as ‘green’ as possible throughout the restoration, transport, during the ocean crossing, and afterwards.

Our promise includes:
 

  • A sensible selection of materials and equipment used in the restoration.

  • Safe and proper disposal of materials/chemicals/paints used during the restoration.

  • Work with manufacturers that have their own green and eco-friendly policies.

  • Use good quality second-hand equipment rather than buying new if possible.

  • Use a rechargeable electric motor as our source of secondary propulsion.

  • Use of natural renewable energy (solar/wind/hydro) for the boats charging systems.

  • Use of recyclable materials and try to avoid virgin single-use plastics.

  • Eco-friendly and no micro-beads or tiny plastics in washing and personal care products.

  • Leave no mark – Sort and store all rubbish until the end of the crossing to be disposed of / recycled responsibly at the destination port.

  • Carbon offsetting of any flights and boat transportation.
     

As part of making our project more environmentally sustainable, we will be following the best practice guidance of The Green Blue, which is the joint environmental awareness programme created by the Royal Yachting Association, established in 2005 at the Southampton Boat Show.​

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