Fun facts to know and tell
094 | Your alternator should put out an amperage of at least 25 percent of the total ampere hours in all your batteries.
095 | If your steering is off by five degrees, you'll end up a mile off-course for every 11 1⁄2 miles you run.
096 | If properly cared for and used regularly, the average marine gasoline engine has a life expectancy of about 1,500 hours before needing a major overhaul, diesels about 3,000 hours.
097 | Dock lines should have 1⁄8" of diameter for every 9' of LOA. A 36-footer should have 1⁄2" lines.
098 | Have at least three fenders for each side with 1" of diameter for every 5' of LOA.
099 | Get the biggest bilge pumps you can afford. A small 2" hole 3' below the waterline lets in more than 4,000 gallons per hour. Most pumps can handle 3,000 gph, and then only under ideal conditions.
100 | GPS gives distances in tenths of a mile. How long is a tenth of a mile? About 200 yards -- picture the length of two football fields.
101 | Your fiberglass boat shows up as a weak-to-nonexistent blob on a ship's radar screen. Rig a radar reflector, and make it a big one. Doubling its size increases its effectiveness 16 times.
102 | Twelve hours of wind blowing in the same direction will create a surface current that is 2 percent of the wind's speed.