Originally Posted by Hubec
I'm about to buy a Yamaha 4hp 4 stroke
- Great fuel economy
- Low noise
- Low emissions
- Only weighs 48lbs
Cruisers often claim to be advocates for the untouched natural world. To me that seems hypocritical if you're running around with a very dirty outboard
I think this would make a great thread in its own right if someone were to start it. Cruisers are indeed more environmentally benign than any land dwellers (save the ones in the woods that rely on nature) anyway.
You win some, you lose some.
For instance: I use a 2 stroke outboard and use the ocean as my toilet. (Yeah... I have the **** to admit it.) I also pour toxic copper based paint
into the water
at a rate of 2 gallons per year. That's about where the extent of my pollution ends, except things we all have in common like buying food
Land people do the following:
*Water Lawns, mow lawns and spray incredibly toxic chemicals on their lawns (and into the rivers and oceans) to keep them free of "weeds"
*Use more than 5 gals of fresh water
per day for everything
*Drive to work every single
day in a car, then drive all over the place for entertainment or more "stuff" for their house - typically an SUV or truck
*Use energy to create hot water
*Fire up their nice, clean, electric
, "energy star" appliances
... thinking the electric
toaster, electric oven
, electric air conditioner, computer etc... don't pollute. All the while they are oblivious to the fact that coal is the way the majority of electricity they waste is produced on land. Electric Power Monthly
*Buy and waste tires and brakes for their car(s)
*Build HUGE houses that are completely unnecessary with wasted room and space they must waste more energy to heat and cool. I don't even want to BEGIN to get into the ones with more than one house...
*I could go on for hours, but I think you get the picture.
Let's look at my environmental footprint - this is for 2(!) people!
*Uses 5 gals fresh water MAX per day for all purposes. With our new saltwater pump and rain cachement system, we are looking at using close to 1 gal for both of us
*Has a car, but uses it 3 days a week to drive 20 mins each way, getting groceries on the way back.
*Heats with wood - a resource that has a 0 carbon footprint, as it's already existing and would be rotting away if I didn't burn it. I use fallen deadwood only... no live trees.
*Runs a diesel
genset for 45 mins per day max to produce all power used by both people. This equates to roughly 5 gals of fuel in a week and a half. To produce a normal house's power requirements, I'd need to run the thing all day long.
*Burns all paper/packaging to start fires rather than throws it out to the landfill
*My home was constructed using a comparably tiny amount of the Earth's resources to most homes.
*Doesn't use hot water at all - no wasted energy
I'd like to see anyone living a land based life (save the woodsman) even come CLOSE to having as small of an environmental impact as my wife and I do.