Carbon footprint

Recognizing the effects that climate change on fishery, we felt it was important to change our boat to make it use as little fossil fuel as possible.

Working with T Buck Suzuki Environmental Organization‘s fuel efficiency guide, we incorporated as many of the ideas from their guide as we could in our new (to us) vessel, the Michelle Rose:

  • We added a bulbous bow to increase the waterline length and we have the most hydrodynamic bow possible.
  • We extended the length in the stern by adding a tail fin that extends the length of the vessel aft (longer boats are more fuel efficient).
  • The tail fin adds lift to the aft end of the boat increasing fuel savings.
  • We haul the boat in our local Cowichan Bay shipyard for bottom painting and general maintenance every year to keep the hull as smooth and as hydrodynamic as possible.
  • We tested and rebuilt fuel pump so it would be burning diesel fully and not sending some of it unburned up the exhaust.
  • We partnered with T. Buck Suzuki Foundation we have installed a Flo-Scan fuel-monitoring system to help us understand how much fuel we are burning and what changes in operating and loading the boat have on how much fuel we burn.
  • We installed a small diesel engine that will run our freezer system at night, so we can shut off the main engine (saving more fuel and my hearing).
  • The CSF itself is a non-technical way of reducing our carbon footprint: selling fish locally instead of exporting it half way around the world.
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