We live on the water and in close contact with nature. From the way the weather and temperatures are changing, we believe we can feel the beginnings of the predicted climatic disruption. Because of this we are deeply committed to changing both our and others behaviour in a radical way at all of our activities and events that will mitigate against the impending environmental catastrophe.
We are bound by the international conventions on the prevention of pollution at sea. This means we have systems in place to avoid the discharge of spilt or waste oils into the sea. We can control the location where human soil is discharged and if necessary, arrange for the wastewater storage tanks to be pumped out for treatment ashore.
We strive to purchase from suppliers who limit or recycle their packaging and who use recycled and recyclable packaging materials. Where this is impractical, we seek to ensure that our waste is recycled either by separating it at source or ensuring there is post-collection sorting. We are particularly conscious of the problems of oceanic plastic pollution and do not dispose of any waste overboard and endeavour to avoid single-use plastics wherever practical.
Snark is well insulated to ensure we can maintain comfort below without excessive energy use. However, we are limited in fuel choices and so use smokeless fuel and recovered wood fuel for heating in the winter. Hot water is generated from the stoves back boiler or from the combined heat and power unit which runs on diesel. The boat has a heat reclaim system on its permanent ventilation system to limit heat waste while controlling humidity and so limiting condensation.
Ironically the management of water use is particularly important aboard a ship. We recycle water for use in the toilets (it might sometimes be a bit grey, literally). We also collect rainwater for the same purpose. We urge our customers to use as little water as practical both to extend our off-grid time and limit processed water use generally.
Our engines and generator are diesel powered and can be heard outside the vessel. We try to limit their use to waking hours and control the revs to avoid unnecessary noise pollution. We do not have installed loudspeakers and discourage the playing of recorded or amplified music above or below deck.
Many of the locations we sail and moor in are special because of their remoteness and isolation. The resulting dark skies make star gazing particularly good. We do not use floodlighting and other intrusive above deck lighting. We do have deck lights so people can move around the decks and board and disembark safely in the dark.
Snark is a sailing vessel with auxiliary engines. We use these as little as possible preferring to use the free and environmentally friendly wind. However, for safety and passenger convenience it is necessary to use the engines in port and when there is no wind! The engines and propellers are high-efficiency modern units which comply with current EU emissions and efficiency regulations.
We do not impose environmentally driven dietary obligations on our passengers, believing that they are best placed to make their own choices. We do however prepare menus that allow for these choices and use locally sourced, seasonal, organic produce as much as practical.