Doing our part for the environment.
As boaters, we are very conscious of the environment and the negative impact that boats can have on it. At the time of purchase, we outfitted THRILLER with the most fuel efficient diesel engines available that would fit into the allotted space in the hull.
In fact we are likely the only tour boat in Charleston Harbor that meets EPA
tier 2 emissions requirements.
THRILLER utilizes Arneson Surface Drives.
In addition to their 15-30% higher efficiency than traditional drive systems, on the
Thriller boat they do not extend below the bottom of the vessel thus making
Thriller less likely to injure marine life than a typical recreational
vessel. You won't see seagulls following Thriller's wake looking for a
churned up fish lunch. In fact, surface drives are becoming
the marine propulsion of choice for modern whale watching vessels.
To help keep our impact on the water down, we have not applied any bottom paint to the boat that would eventually flake off into the water as time passes.
Bottom paint works because it is toxic to marine life. To keep the plant growth off the bottom of the boat, we have purchased a special floating boat lift. The boat pulls up onto the lift, which is submerged at the dock, and the lift raises THRILLER out of the water for the night. What makes this lift special is the fact that it uses
salt water to raise the lift up and down instead of hydraulic oil. This way, there is no chance of any type of hazardous material spill in the water. Also, since the lift is floating, there is no need to permanently install any pilings to hold the lift in place thus eliminating any impact on the marina from this lift.
At Pegasus Charters, we are aware of the concerns others may have
regarding the noise pollution that can be generated from tour boats
of this size and type. To minimize our impact on others enjoying
the harbor, we have done two things. First, we are using diesel
engines instead of gas engines which are typically found in high
speed, cigarette boats. Diesel engines are significantly quieter
than the gas versions and secondly, we redesigned the exhaust system
on THRILLER to produce an even quieter ride. In fact, our
exhaust design is being incorporated into all future Thriller boats
Finally we use a state of art electronic booking and ticketing system - No Paper
Tickets Required. We even recycle our boarding passes.
As technologies continue to evolve and new environmentally friendlier products are produced for larger tour boats, we will strive to incorporate these technologies into THRILLER. Helping to keep the environment safe and clean for future generations is important to us at Pegasus Charters and we are committed to trying to do our part.