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Quiz 20 - Key to Answers

Boater's Quiz - Life Expectancies

Key to Answers

1c; 2b; 3a; 4c (new multi-season bottom paints can last several seasons in the right environment); 5c (assuming touch-ups as needed); 6c (but check for wear and integrity of straps); 7c (3 years is probably average, but some hold their charges far longer); 8a,b,c; 9c; 10a or b

If you thought the cost of owning a boat is all in the purchase price, the first year can come as a shock. How long things last depends on how your boat is used, but there are some rules of thumb. Before you go back into the water, are you being realistic about average replacement cycles for key items? Compare your estimates with the pros. And notice we've hedged some answers.

1. Oil
a. 50 hours
b. 1 year
c. Whichever comes first


2. Battery
a. 1 year
b. 2-3 years
c. 5 years


3. Spark plugs
a. 1 year
b. 2 years
c. 3-5 years


4. Bottom paint
a. 1 year
b. 2-3 years
c. Depends on paint and conditions
of use

5. Hull paint (Wood)
a. 1 year
b. 2 years
c. 5 years

6. Lifesaving gear
a. 5 years
b. 10 years
c. Forever

7. Fire extinguishers
a. 1 year
b. 3 years
c. Depend on gauge readings

8. Drain plugs
a. 2 years for rubber
b. 3 years for plastic
c. 3 or more years for bronze

9. Seals on prop shaft and water pump
a. 1 year
b. 3 year
c. Only if you find water

10. Thermostat
a. 1 year
b. 2 years
c. Forever

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