001 | My first bit of advice is to ignore a lot of what you've seen or read over the years. There are plenty of handy tips out there that are just plain wrong.
002 | I'm sure you've heard the one about using your engine's raw-water intake as an emergency bilge pump? Don't do it. The pump will barely make an impact and there's the big risk of it getting clogged from the nasty bits in your bilge, leaving you sinking -- and without power. Carry an inexpensive, easy to stow, high output, uncloggable, manual diaphragm pump from Whale or Guzzler instead.
003 | And the one about using pantyhose to replace a busted belt on the engine? Forget it. First, women on boats don't wear pantyhose. And if you're the kind of guy that keeps a pair on hand for kicks, you probably don't own a boat. If your belt breaks, replace it with three doubled-over strips of duct tape. | Both of these old standbys are bad ideas that have been passed on to defenseless boaters for decades. But I guarantee the following 99 will stand the test of time.