If you have had the pleasure to sail or work on a classic yacht you probably know that there is a big difference between these folk and the regular professional crew in the super-yacht industry.
The classic yacht crew often co-exist in a boat that is more than 100 years old and more-often-than-not lacks the commodities that a modern pleasure craft can offer. In my humble opinion they are the real last lovers of the sea for the way they live and work in this challenging maritime environment. Their different approach stems from the traditions these mariners follow in their day-to-day yachting life that integrates seamanship techniques from a bygone era involving forgotten skills.
One thing I am very serious about when I teach the steward/esses at my school, is a more natural approach when it comes to cleaning and cleaning products. Healthier contents of your cleaning caddies mean healthier stews and a healthier ocean. It is naïve to think that strong, chemically laden cleaning products will do a better job cleaning the interior of the yacht.
At first you would not think that a davit or passerelle could be environmentally friendly. However after posing the question to Rick Thomas, VP of sales of Nautical Structures, I was pleasantly surprised by his answer. Nautical Structures has been using a vegetable based hydraulic oil in their systems for three years. The oil is a Quaker state product.
Today many deck cleaning products are advertised as exceptionally effective, while requiring very little elbow grease. All you have to do is simply aim, gently pull the trigger, and that’s it—the grease, mold, black streaks and rust stains disappear magically. While caught up in the excitement of these miraculous cleaning products, many crew fail to realize they contain toxic, dangerous man-made chemicals and pesticides. Caution, danger, and warning aren’t written in bold on their labels for no reason...
For those who have been believing that drinking bottled water is safer than tap water in most western countries then it is time to readjust your beliefs. Statistics show that bottled water quality production is pretty much unregulated whereas the quality of what come out of our taps is scrutinized and quality controlled for safe consumption. In addition the BPA (Bisphenol-A) toxic chemical