How to Be an Eco-Friendly Sailor


April 10, 2024


Sailing is an earth-friendly activity as it requires no fossil fuels while out on the water. However, there are big and small steps you can take as a sailor to preserve natural wonders! Whether sporting our signature SOL Sailboat or another sailing vessel, we want to help you make the sailing community proud by being an eco-friendly sailor.

Be mindful of marine life

When you’re out on the water, being mindful of the marine life around you is simply the right thing to do. Remember, you’re a visitor in their homes, so treating them with respect is essential. To do your part in protecting the environment, avoid anchoring on coral reefs or seagrass beds. Instead, use designated anchoring areas. Keep a safe distance from any marine life you encounter, and please choose products that don’t contain microplastics, whether on or off the water. If you plan on fishing, do it sustainably and responsibly.

Follow national and local environmental regulations

Whether you are new to sailing or a lifelong seafarer, it’s great to review environmental regulations.

Here are some resources to explore.

Local restrictions on anchoring, fishing, or other activities may apply, so be sure to do some research before your next voyage.

Reduce, reuse, and recycle

It can be tempting to use single-use plastics while on board your sailboat. However, it’s better to invest in reusable utensils, straws, and plates for your time on the water. We offer a 14-oz. SOL tumbler, designed to keep your hot and cold beverages at the perfect temperature. Additionally, consider using reusable microfiber towels instead of paper towels and recycled materials for supplies.

Support marine conservation

Make a positive impact on the marine ecosystem by supporting conservation organizations, volunteering for beach cleanups, starting your own clean-up group with your sailor friends, and advocating for policies that protect water and aquatic life.

Use eco-friendly cleaning products

Keeping your boat in top condition is essential for any sailor, and using eco-friendly and non-toxic cleaning products is the smart choice. By doing so, you can maintain your boat’s quality and longevity while protecting the environment. So, make the right decision and choose cleaning products that are biodegradable, non-toxic, and safe for both your boat and the planet.

Dispose of trash in an ethical way

Do not be the person who throws their trash overboard. Instead, store your trash in a bag and dispose of it properly after your voyage. You can find a nearby trash can once you arrive on shore or simply dispose of your waste at home.

Use products that are made to last

Reducing waste is a very effective way to support the environment, and investing in a sailboat built to last is one of the best ways to achieve this. The SOL Sailboat is a modern, durable, and user-friendly boat designed to last. We use top-quality materials that can withstand the wear and tear of the waves. By investing in a SOL Sailboat, you are investing in a boat that can last a lifetime and beyond!

Tips from our Facebook Group

We asked our SOL Sailboat Facebook Group for any eco-friendly tips, and here is what they had to say.

  • Don’t use disposable water bottles. At major regattas, we have a boat anchored with a 5-gallon jug with a pump so sailors can refill their water bottles. – Scott D.
  • I take old sails that would likely end up in a landfill and make bags out of them. While most are sold on my Etsy shop, some end up as regatta prizes or donations to charities, such as our local Hospice Regatta. – Paul D.

We would love to know how you add an eco-friendly spin to your voyages. Join our SOL Sailboat Facebook Group and share your green tips for sailors!