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Nicholson Yachts’ SY REE establishes a gREEn Vibe Strategy
It is no surprise that the well-being of our planet is under significant threat from both climate change and the unsustainable use of natural resources. Additionally, it has become clear that the behavior of individuals everywhere needs to change if there is to be some chance of saving our planet. Superyachts are no exception, and unfortunately, they are large consumers of fossil fuel and chemical products. Furthermore, superyachts produce copious amounts of garbage that is not always recycled properly.
In effort to reduce the substantial impact yachts have on the environment, Nicholson Yachts maintains their position as a leader in the charter yacht industry by encouraging their fleet of yachts to adhere to specific recycling, packaging, and electricity and fuel consumption regulations.
SY REE is a prime example of a charter yacht in the Nicholson fleet that actively participates in the on-going effort to reduce their impact on the environment. The yacht has embarked on a strategy referred to as the gREEn vibe!
Since some of the places REE visits does not have or cannot afford full recycling infrastructure, the crew aboard the sailing yacht now separates all commonly recyclable waste. If reception facilities are not available on the dockside where they happen to be, then the crew takes the recycling to main depots or stores it aboard in biodegradable bags until the next opportunity presents itself to dispose of it properly.
REE consciously avoids buying products that are over-packaged, not package in biodegradable or natural materials. Additionally, the yacht purchases everything it can in bulk to avoid excess packaging.
Electricity and Fuel Consumption
The most effective way SY REE reduces the fuel burned aboard is by simply sailing more and motoring less. However, the reality is that there is invariably a schedule to keep and that the winds of the world are fickle in both strength and direction. With that in mind, the yacht has made two commitments: a new gennaker to keep the yacht sailing better with the wind aft beam; and to leave ports earlier to allow more travel time and to make the best use of what wind may come their way.
While this may seem an obvious step, for a busy charter yacht, this is a big change in the usual policy.
As far as electricity consumption, keeping SY REE’s systems running 24/7 means we are very power hungry. The power must either come from our diesel generators or from a shore power cable. To reduce the demand, the long list of equipment not strictly necessary to the moment, will be shut down or turned off until needed, which is not always thought of on the average Superyacht.
Most contentious is the AC system which consumes a great deal of power night and day. When on charter this is of course run and the yacht is kept as cool as the current guest requires, but off-charter REE is now routinely shutting down sections of the yacht not in regular use and preferring to simply open a porthole or hatch as an alternative to reaching for the cold air switch.
As a method to replace taxis and hire cars, REE has recently acquired three beautiful Brompton folding bikes. For all local running around, the Brompton bikes will replace taxis and hire cars. They come with modular luggage bags so the Chef can do all her regular crew shopping by bike. Another benefit of these bikes is their availability for guest use. Bromptons are well known for being a joy to ride, even for serious cyclists. Guests will be able to explore ashore with that special freedom and enjoyment bicycles provide!