Top Tips To Ensure Your Boating Habit Is Eco-Friendly

As we become more and more aware of the negative impact that our lifestyles can have on the environment, we start to make increased efforts to find alternative means to live the way we want but at less of a cost to the environment. Many people, for instance are now buying hybrid or 100% electric cars to reduce their carbon footprint but what about boat owners?

Boat engines can have just as much negative impact on the environment as cars, especially when you consider how many pollutants are released off boats into the water, such as cleaning fluids and fuel. However, many owners are not aware of what they can do to help reduce this negative environmental impact, so below you will find 5 useful tips that, if followed, will help you do just that.

Before going out onto the water:

Effectively prepping the outside of your boat
By this, we mean adding a wax coat onto your boat. Wax is extremely good at keeping dirt and grime at arm’s length, which means that, if done well and regularly, you will not have to clean your boat as much as you had to when your boat was not covered in wax. If you don’t have to clean your boat as much, it means you won’t be using as many harmful chemicals, so fewer pollutants are therefore released.

Only ever refuel on land

Mistakes happen and sometimes this means that fuel spillages occur when refueling your boat. If this happens on land, it is not too big a deal, however, if it happens when your boat is on the water, it can turn into a big deal. Even if you think it doesn’t matter because it is only a tiny spillage, if everyone had this attitude and didn’t care about their tiny spillage when they were refueling on the water, think how devastating this could be to the creatures living in that area.

So, next time you go to refuel on the water, think about the natural environment and how you’d rather the sea birds living in that area continued to live a healthy life, rather than be bogged down and eventually killed by their oily feathers. Refuel on land, it does not take that much extra effort and is definitely worth it in the long run.
When refueling, don’t fill the tank to the top.

What many people don’t realise, when topping up their fuel tank, is that gasoline expands when it is warm. This means that if your tank is full to the brim, it will spill over when you’re out at sea and that is no good for anyone. Not only do you not get the extra mileage from the fuel that you’ve put in but the natural environment gets polluted.
So, next time you are refueling (on land), be sure to leave approximately 10% free space in the tank, which will allow the gasoline to expand without risking a hazardous spillage.

When you come to dock your boat:

Try cleaning your boat with natural cleaning solutions
Many people tend to be of the opinion that natural cleaning solutions do not work as well as the commercial (polluting) products. However, people have been cleaning with natural cleaning solutions for a lot longer than those commercial products have been around and if it means you can save the environment at the same time, well there’s just no worthwhile argument not to go natural.

Vinegar is one of the most common and most effective environmentally friendly products that you can use and, when mixed with a little water, works very well at cleaning dirt, oil and sea scum off your boat. This vinegar/water mix is also very adept at cleaning windows and leaving them streak-free. Alternatively, you can also create a bicarbonate of soda and water mixture, which works wonders on mildew and stubborn marks.
In addition to these cleaning solutions, you should also look at investing in a boat cover, which will help to prevent the buildup of grime when your boat is docked.

Make sure you know how to change, replace & dispose of things properly

There is always going to be a time when your boat requires servicing and this may mean that you have to change the oil, replace the filters and even adjust certain chemical imbalances. When it comes to this, if you are doing it yourself, you have got to make sure that you perform these actions on land and in a secure area. You should never risk doing anything near a water source, where you could possible end up releasing pollutants.
You also need to make sure that you know how and where to dispose of any oil and chemicals that you have taken from your boat. Oil and filters can, more often than not, now be recycled so maybe ask around the boatyard for advice on where you can take them. Alternatively have a look online and look for advice on how to safely store or get rid of your oil and filters.

Whatever you do, don’t just dismissively throw things away. You never know what damage they might end up doing to the environment. Above all, take careful note of the tips above and you can be safe and proud in the knowledge that you are doing your bit for the environment.

James blogs for dry stack boat storage in Australia company, Wickens. When he isn’t blogging about boat storage or cantilever racking systems he’s cycling around in the big outdoors or trying to get a bit better at the ukulele…

Sailing The Seven Seas: Safety Equipment Every Boat Must Have

Going out on the water is fun but potentially dangerous. You’ve all the heard safety advice before, but did you take it seriously? You must not go out into open waters without safety equipment. It’s not worth the risk. Fortunately, safety doesn’t take the fun out of sailing. Here’s a shortlist of things you should stash on your boat just in case:

Personal Floatation Device

Yes, some consider life jackets “uncool,” but they also save lives. If you hit a squall, you’ll be glad to wear one. Your floatation device should be appropriate for your vessel type, activity, and the weather conditions. Plan for the worst, and hope for the best.

Fire Extinguisher

A dry chemical powder extinguisher is what you want. With all the water at sea, you may wonder why  you’d want an extinguisher. Most fires at sea involve oil or gasoline, which must be extinguished with a dry chemical extinguisher. Water won’t remedy oil and gas fires.


There are times when your vessel takes on water. A bailer is incredibly handy in these situations. A bailer lets you bail out water to keep afloat, reducing the risk of capsizing.

Bucket with Lanyard

A large bucket with a lanyard has multiple uses, such as serving as a backup bailer.

Bilge Pumping System

A bilge pumping system is necessary when your sailboat has a covered bilge or any type of enclosed underfloor compartment. It will pump water out of your boat, which is obviously a good thing.


These are also called “lifesavers” and good to have if you go overboard. Someone can throw you a lifebuoy; you won’t have to fight against the current while you’re in the water, making rescue easier, since the buoy can be attached to the boat using a rope.

Waterproof Torch

Waterproof torches or flashlights are excellent when stranded at sea in need of some type of marker for other boats to find you. Torches and lights are also good for poking around in the dark if the electricity on your boat goes out. If you don’t have electricity on your boat, it can be a lifesaver in its own right if you happen to stay out at sea just a bit too long.


Anchors should be an obvious choice since they allow you to dock just about anywhere.

Marine Radio

This is a VHF or HP radio. Keep one of these handy if you’re going out alone; you can get weather updates and be warned of bad weather before it hits you. Once you’re out at sea, you have limited options to avoid an oncoming storm. It’s better to have advanced warning; you can get out of the water rather than fight a storm in your sailboat.


If you have to abandon your ship, a life raft ensures you make it out of the ordeal alive. Check your raft for leaks each time before you go out. You don’t want to get out onto the water, finding out your raft has a hole in it.


A compass keeps you pointed in the right direction. If you venture out beyond the coastline, your only guide will be a compass and a map. Without a compass, you’re basically lost at sea.


Flares are one of the only tools you have to signal for help while you’re at sea. Carry plenty of them, ensuring you have multiple chances of being seen. If you do get lost, ample flares will allow you to signal at least once every half hour for several hours until you’re found.

Having all the right safety equipment and taking the time to learn how to use it can bring you peace of mind. Even so, boat insurance is always a must. Even if you don’t strike tragedy in the open seas, rubbing up against a million dollar yacht in the harbor in rough conditions can be more than embarrassing.

Joanne Lemke is a final year creative writing student at UOW, who is looking to break into the corporate copywriting space once she graduates and hopefully go on to eventually some day write a book around her other passions, namely cooking and travel.

Boats For Sale Online

Finding boats for sale online can be difficult. However with the Buy Boats Online system listings from boat dealers, brokers and private sellers are brought together in the one place to make it easy to find exactly what you are after.

Buy Boats Online specialises in listing all kinds of boats for sale including power boats, yachts, commercial boats, boating partnerships and jetskis. But that’s not all you will find at Buy Boats Online, in addition to the latest boats for sale and boat sales you will find boating hardware, boating news & reviews, video and a unique boating blog chronicling the adventures of our staff.

If you have participated in an event, caught a spectacular fish or been cruising through some of Australia’s beautiful marine country please send us a couple of words and a photo and we will add it to our news section. We love to hear from local clubs and associations, and would be excited to promote your upcoming event.

The search to find a suitable boat for sale has never been easier. The system designed by The Hillary Boat, has been refined and designed to provide you with the most relevant of search results across a huge number of variable and present boats for sale from both private sellers and dealer alike.

Weather you’re looking for your first boat, or just upgrading, The Hillary Boat has a huge number of craft of all sizes and prices, and spread across 3 different continents. So finding that perfect new boat for you and your family has never been easier.

Tips For Selling Your Boat

By far the most stressful part of the process of change boats is the selling process boats. When you finally decide to make the switch there are a couple of things you need to know before you decide to sell boats.

The Economy, regardless of where you are or what the value of your boat is, the economy is going to affect how easy it is to sell boats. When the economy is in depression few people have disposable incomes and even fewer are willing to spend frivolously. If you are mid depression then it can often make sense to hold onto your older boat rather than selling it, if you can wait a year or two you can quite likely increase your overall sale price by a considerable amount. Economies can be tricky and can effectively turn overnight if you’re not monitoring the situation closely.

While you may live in a certain area, listing your boat there may not be as effective as listing it in a slightly different location. If you’re going to sell boats, location is everything! Living in a remote area might be nice for the fishing, ambiance and overall beauty of the location, but it may not be an area that is sufficiently stocked with potential boat buyers. If you live in a remote area or a smaller town, consider selling your boat in the closest major city rather than your local area. You may find this draws a considerably larger number of potential buyers and yields a significantly higher final sale price. Secondly, if you live in an area that is characteristically away from the water you may want to sell your boat in an area that is likely to be inhabited by more boat users. Areas near lake, harbours, rivers and the ocean make better selling locations than deserts or inland cities.

Time of the year, it may sound strange, but the best time of year to sell your boat is actually right at the end of winter rather than in summer. People who buy boats in summer know they are likely to only use it for a month or so before having to cover it up and store it for winter, this adds considerable expenses in the first period of ownership while minimising the amount of initial usage. Those buying at the end of winter will gain maximum usage before the weather starts to turn cold again and they are forced to store the boat, possibly at great expense.