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Investigation of sustainable technologies in the leisure craft sector

Lookup NU author(s): Melanie Landamore, Dr Peter Wright, Professor Richard Birmingham, Professor Martin Downie


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To ensure that boating can become both environmentally sustainable and economically viable the principles of sustainable engineering must be closely observed. This paper investigates sustainable technologies and methodologies potentially available for transfer into the inland craft market, and the applicable timescales and environmental and economic implications of such. In the case study area the charter boat market is well established and important to the local economy and environmental considerations are of importance to the area in general. Experience was drawn from all fields of sustainable engineering and design, but particularly from the larger marine and automobile markets, feeder markets for many technological advances in small craft. An initial review of the international state of the art and elicitation of local stakeholder knowledge was validated by a summary analysis of the ecological, economic and social implications of the considered technologies. Further detailed analysis of selected technologies was undertaken in the form of environmental life cycle, life cycle costing, and cost-benefit analyses. © 2006: Royal Institution of Naval Architects.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Landamore MJ, Wright PNH, Birmingham RW, Downie MJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Transactions of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects Part B: International Journal of Small Craft Technology

Year: 2006

Volume: 148

Issue: B2

Pages: 41-54

Print publication date: 01/01/2006

ISSN (print): 1740-0694

ISSN (electronic): 1740-2719

Publisher: Royal Institution of Naval Architects