Sustainable Luxury Travel: 6 Reasons Why Sailing Yachts Are the Perfect Choice

Posted April 14, 2023 in Brokerage & New Build by Ashleigh King

As we grow more conscious of our impact on the planet, it’s crucial that we find luxurious travel options that prioritize sustainability. Sailing yachts are the perfect option.

These eco-friendly vessels combine green technology with luxury and adventure, providing a unique and unforgettable way to explore the world’s oceans while minimizing the carbon footprint we leave behind. With the power of wind and minimal fuel consumption, sailing yachts are the ideal choice for travelers who want to indulge in high-end adventures while also being environmentally conscious.

Here’s why a sailing yacht should be your next choice of vessel.

1. Harnessing renewable power

Harnessing renewable power is one of the most significant advantages of sailing yachts. In addition to using the wind, many newer builds also come equipped with solar panels, allowing them to reduce their dependency on fossil fuels further and navigate open waters with minimal harmful emissions. This reduces the carbon footprint left behind and provides a unique experience for travelers as they become more attuned to the natural rhythms of the ocean and weather patterns that drive their journey.

2. Minimal fuel consumption

Sailing yachts require less fuel than other vessels, making them a much greener option. Under the control of a skilled crew, they only turn to fuel for auxiliary purposes: think running the generators or powering the engine in low wind and sun conditions. Sailing yachts can cover vast distances with just a fraction of the fuel consumption of motor yachts—not only a more sustainable choice but an economic one too.

3. Reducing noise pollution

With less dependency on loud engines and humming generators, these vessels have the added benefit of producing less noise pollution. There is nothing to disrupt the tranquility of the sea, allowing travelers to immerse themselves in the natural environment better and experience the peaceful sounds of the water, from gentle waves lapping against the hull to the songs of whales and dolphins, if lucky enough. By choosing a sailing yacht over a motorized vessel, guests minimize their environmental impact while maximizing their connection to nature.

They’re also less likely to disturb marine life with the vibrations from the engine, making encounters with wildlife much more likely.

4. Contributing to science

With such proximity to marine life, many sailors can contribute to global scientific efforts via citizen science. Recording wildlife sightings is one example of monitoring the health of vital coral reefs by reporting on their location and appearance.

Equipping your vessel with scientific kit—or using what you already have on board—can also make collecting data a much more hands-off experience: think meteorological data, which is likely already being monitored by the crew, or even diving equipment, submarines and ROVs.

5. Slow travel and respectful mobility

With less reliance on fossil fuels, fewer emissions and a smaller carbon footprint, sailing necessarily means traveling at a slower pace, entirely dependent on the wind’s strength and direction—which can vary significantly. Sailing yachts rely on a skilled and practiced crew who are experienced in navigating with the wind. This makes for a more immersive and hands-on travel experience, where travelers can learn more about the workings of the yacht and engage in the sailing process themselves.

This slower pace of travel makes it the perfect vessel for the slow travel movement, where sailors and their guests can undertake a more mindful journey rather than rushing to the destination. Sailing encourages travelers to disconnect from the distractions of the modern world and be present in the moment.

Sailing yachts available exclusively with Northrop & Johnson

For thrill-seekers and slow travelers alike, sailing yachts are ideal for those looking for an authentic connection to the sea. These sailing yachts are available for sale exclusively with Northrop & Johnson.


Launched in 2018, the 89’ (27.32m) SPIRIT OF VENICE was built to be sailed single-handedly worldwide in total comfort and ease. Her classic style, combined with all the modern accouterments required for a minimal crew, allows her to access small harbors and shallow sailing areas in style.


The award-winning NAEMA is an elegant sailing yacht with regatta-winning performance. She was a finalist in 2017 at the Showboats Design Awards for best naval architecture and the Sailing Yachts International Superyacht Society Awards for best sailboat 24-40 meters.


AZIZAM catamaran right facing profile

Luxury sailing catamaran AZIZAM has undertaken three successful circumnavigations around the world. A proven blue-water cruiser, she’s perfect for sailing enthusiasts looking for a vessel to speedily traverse the world’s oceans in total comfort and safety.


The 75’10 (23.1m) CIN CIN is a carbon-built lightweight sailing yacht designed for relaxed cruising and sophisticated comfort, combining quality and elegance for the discerning sailor. Her light displacement and nearly 300 square meters of sail mean she can move in low wind conditions, and thanks to her easy maneuverability, she is perfect for a small crew.


DESTINATION alloy yacht running shot

From the tropics to the polar climes, the 134’ (41m) DESTINATION is a tried-and-true world cruiser. She’s a pedigree Dubois/Alley performance sailing yacht in immaculate condition thanks to a meticulous maintenance schedule and substantial refits every five years.

If you’re interested in buying or selling a yacht, contact the professional team of yacht brokers at Northrop & Johnson today. As a world-leading yacht brokerage, Northrop & Johnson offers access to thousands of luxury yachts for sale around the world, including private yachts not publicly advertised for sale. From yacht sales to new construction, contact our team of yacht brokers to get the results you need.

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