From our friends at Stephens/Waring…
Before we dive into this month’s topic, we hope all of you are well and getting through this demanding time as best you can. We thought an installment of our newsletter might give you a short reprieve.
As every sector looks to incorporate sustainable best-practices, so too, does the boat building industry. Professor Fahmi Bellalouna at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences sums it up in an article (Innovation Origins), “The interest of customers in environmentally friendly and sustainable products has also reached the boat market. Sailing is per se an environmentally friendly and sustainable form of mobility that only uses wind and thermal as energy sources. As a result, many customers now pay attention to the composition of materials and the manufacturing processes of sailboats.”
As custom yacht designers, we see the complexity of this issue first hand. We know all too well the compromises inherent in the craft. Add the noble goal of lowering the environmental impact throughout the process, and more compromises arise. As with most things, it’s important to take a comprehensive look at any improvement towards sustainability to ensure that performance and function goals can still be reached and no unintended environmental hazard is created inadvertently at a different stage. Read on.