Most greenhouse gasses come from combustion engines used for transportation. Cars and trucks usually take most of the heat for this pollution, but did you know marine vessels are also major emitters?
In fact, marine gasoline and diesel engines are among the greatest contributors of hydrocarbons (HC) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) pollution in the United States. So while cruising around the lake may feel better than sitting in traffic, it's actually having a similar negative impact on the planet.
Traditional boat owners can take steps to minimize their vessel's polluting ways, like eliminating unnecessary idling and avoiding carburetor equipped engines. Or they can simply buy a boat that doesn't have a pollution-emitting engine, like this sweet all-electric motorboat from Hammacher Schlemmer.
Forget about costly gas and dangerous tail-pipe emissions--this 5-foot craft is perfect for lounging on the water in eco-friendly style. Outfitted with a 12-volt electric motor that drives a two-bladed propeller, it's true that this compact watercraft isn't going to break boating speed records anytime soon, but its perfect for taking 4 mph cruises around the pond or small lake without disturbing everyone in a five-mile radius (including the fish!). On a full charge, the batteries will provide up to 6 hours of continuous use.
Featuring advanced fiberglass construction technology, the Hammacher Schlemmer limited edition is trimmed with mahogany, chromed moldings, and stainless steel drink holders, cradling riders in twin foam-padded recumbent seats upholstered in marine-grand vinyl. It also includes a waterproof 120-watt audio system with two 5" speakers that play music from a connected iPod and a built-in cooler that holds up to 24 bottles or cans...of soda, right? No drinking and boating allowed.
Best of all, it's made in the USA, and unlike many all-electric alternatives, is pretty cost-competitive. Sail away with it for only $4,000.