Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Green Sailing - Fuels, Land Travel, Water

We have looked at our fossil fuel consumption on Easy Go for the past year and were pleasantly surprised at how little we actually used. Easy Go was idle lastsummer 2011 relaxing at anchor. We filled our Jerry cans with 25 gallons of kerosene for the lamps and cooker and another 15 gallons of diesel fuel for the heater in September 2011. We purchased 5 more gallons of diesel fuel when we arrived in Lunenberg, May 2012 but have not used it yet. We have 7 gallons of kerosene left over as well. Not bad considering we lived full time aboard Easy Go between October 2011 and June 2012.

While abroad or at home we don't have a car. We use public transit and shuttles to get around when walking won't get us where we want to go. We don't use bicycles in foreign countries as an accident is more likely to happen with the complications that may come from such an event.

We carry approximately 90 gallons of water on Easy Go. This lasts us two months or more. We can collect rainwater or haul water in Jerry cans from a safe source of potable water.

Our blown out sails were converted to a sun shade on Easy Go and the remainder were donated to various people in Antigua. One industrious fisherman reworked our foresail to make an emergency "Get Home" sail in case his motor failed.

Being Green allows us to have more money to support our cruising lifestyle and tread softer on our planet, both at sea and on land.

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