The Mermaid of the East
The World’s First “Eco” Ocean Rowing Boat
The irony of boat building is that while boats allow people to get closer to nature and the marine environment, the boats themselves are not very environmentally friendly, especially not when considering the materials and energy used in building them.
Our new R45 ocean rowing boat, built by Rannoch Adventure in Burnham on Crouch, will be made from sustainable green glass fibre, recycled foam and a green epoxy. Even the build will have as minimal impact on the environment as possible. Manufacturing techniques such as hand rolling all materials instead of vacuum infusing the boat and using off cuts to make bi-products lead to as little wasted materials as possible.
We wanted to take plastics awareness, sustainability and environmental responsibility a step further and were thrilled to find that Rannoch shared our vision. Rannoch Adventure have worked with world class naval architects and product suppliers to test new eco-friendly, sustainable materials and construction methods. After testing a number of products, they have created a laminate that is as strong and lightweight as other laminates, but is also nearly completely carbon neutral.
But we don’t want to stop there. We want to make our whole journey as eco friendly as possible and are spending a lot of time looking at ways of doing this without compromising safety. For example, we will not be using any antifoul on Mermaid, so that it doesn’t affect any marine ecology and we will not be using any single use plastic bags onboard.