Here at Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures our views on sustainable tourism are very important to us. We aim for our impact on the environment to be as minimal as we can. We want to enhance your understanding and interaction with the beautiful Abel Tasman environment in which we love to work and play.
Being sailing yachts, which harness the wind for our main propulsion, we are very much an environmentally interactive activity. So getting it right and doing our best to look after our space in the best possible way matters to us.
We were founding members of the Nelson Tasman Sustainable Tourism Charter and are Qualmark Enviro Silver rated. Through these we have looked at our business operations, at what we do well and ways we can do things better. We now have formalized views with written policies, have regular reviews and are externally audited annually.
We are always looking for ways to improve and really welcome your feedback.
Some of our sustainable practices:
- Approximately 90% of our operation is ‘off Grid’! Our yachts produce their own energy through solar and wind generation. This powers our batteries, winches, electrics – no need for mains electric power.
- Low power consumption is the key and LED lightening is great for this.
- Simplistic operations mean we don’t need power hungry gadgets, air conditioning or machinery.
- We have a home based office where the laundry is washed using solar heated hot water and great Nelson sunshine for line drying.
- Our boats only carry so much water, so efficient and sparing use is important. With our overnight trips this is our chance to educate you that you don’t need to have 20 minute showers or leave the tap running while you clean your teeth.
- We use salt water, not fresh, to flush the boat loos.
- The water from the laundry is recycled onto our garden keeping it green and helping to produce fresh veges and pretty flowers.
- The great thing about being a sailing yacht is the wind is free! Why use the engine when you can cruise along the environmentally friendly way.
- Of course there are times we need to use the engines and we try to keep fuel consumption to a minimum. A rough average over last season was 8 litres per trip – that should make the power boaties cry!
- Our engines are 20 Hp & a 60Hp outboards, regularly maintained to keep them running sweet and clean – it helps that the boss is a marine engineer by trade.
- Our company vehicles are regularly serviced and hooning not allowed.
Waste reduction & recycling
- Buying in bulk where we can helps cut down on packaging
- We provide water on board – lovely local tap water; sorry we are not encouraging plastic bottle water. The juice we provide also comes in the bigger size packets for us to share – no need for wasteful individual serve containers.
- Toilet paper is brought in bulk and made from recycled paper (not recycled toilet paper!)
- Yes we recycle glass, plastic, paper, metals, oil, batteries – whatever we can.
- Food scraps go onto the compost and keep the worms and garden happy.
- Black water disposable exceeds the minimum maritime regulations.
- When we have to buy cleaners we buy the eco-friendly stuff. Or none at all – have you tried the Enjo system? No chemicals J
- With hull maintenance we make sure no nasty stuff gets into the ground or waters by collecting any scrapings off the hull.
- We operate under strict Maritime regulations and have a big manual of our company’s Policies and Procedures.
Being Locals supporting locals
- We always try our best to source local products and services, supporting local businesses where we can. There is great locally produced food and fantastic wines and craft beers – we don’t have to look far.
- We enjoy getting our youth out on the yachts and offer great rates for schools and community groups.
- Supporting local community groups, schools and sports clubs with prizes, fund raising; support in rubbish collections on our beautiful beaches and waterways; offering mentoring and a bit of public speaking.
- We are on local community boards and involved with a good handful of community advisory groups.