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Boating Safety Quiz Answers

1. Which category of life jacket is designed to turn an unconscious person face up in the water?

a. Type I
ABC textbook. page 21. Paragraph 10. "Designed to turn an unconscious wearer face-up"

2. You are in a power-driven vessel and you are overtaking another power-driven vessel.  

e. You are the give way vessel and must keep clear
ABC textbook. page 57, Paragraph 58.
 
Overtaking rule. (a) Notwithstanding anything contained in Rules 4-18, any other vessel overtaking shall keep out of the way of the vessel being overtaken.  

3. Federal Law requires that boats must be equipped with:

c. Visual Distress Signals.
ABC textbook. page 28. Visual Distress Signals
Federal Law requires that boats must be equipped with USCG approved visual distress signals.
  •    On coastal waters
  •    The Great Lakes
  •    Those waters connected directly to coastal waters or the Great Lakes, up to a point where the body of water is less than two miles wide

4. When two power-driven vessels meet on reciprocal or nearly reciprocol courses. 

c. Both are considered give way vessels and should alter course to starboard and pass port to port.
ABC textbook, page 57. Paragraph 61. (a) Unless otherwise agreed when two power-driven vessels are meeting on reciprocal or nearly reciprocal courses so as involve risk of collision, each shall alter her course to starboard so that each shall pass on the port side of the other

5. You are in a power-driven vessel and you see a vessel with red and green sidelights dead ahead.   You are looking at:

f. A sailing vessel

ABC Textbook, page 79. paragraph 33. 

Sailboats underway shall exhibit side-lights and a stern light 

f. A sailing vessel.
ABC textbook, page 79, paragraph 33. Sailboats underway shall exhibit side-lights and a stern light.

6. You are in a power-driven vessel at night and you see a vessel with a red side light and a white mast light on starboard:

d. You are the give way vessel 
ABC textbook, page 57, Crossing Situation (Rule 15)
(a) When two power-driven vessels are crossing so as to avoid a collision, the vessel which the other on her starboard side shall keep out of the way and shall, if circumstances of the case admit, avoid crossing ahead of the other vessel.

7. You are underway in a power-driven vessel and your engine dies.  You check the fuel gauge and it reads empty.  You decide to call the Coast Guard for assistance on your VHF radio.  You should change to channel:

d. 16. This is the distress, safety and calling channel 
ABC textbook, page 136. Table 12-2.
A required channel on all VHF radios. Channel 16 is monitored by the Coast Guard.  After contact on this channel, you must switch to a working channel for your communication.
 
 
 

8. You are underway in a 40 foot power-driven vessel in fog. You should sound a signal:  

a. One prolonged blast at intervals of not more than two minutes.
ABC textbook. Page 82. Sound signals in restricted visibility.
Making way - sound one prolonged blast at intervals of not more than two minutes.

9. You plan to enter a harbor whose entrance has a safe water mark (red and white, vertically striped buoy).  The light color and light pattern of a safe water mark is:

e. White light, short flash-long-flash (Morse A)

ABC textbook. Page 67.Table 5-4. Safe Water Marks

10. You need to measure the distance between two points on a chart with your dividers. You should use the:

 

e. Latitude scale

Duttons. Page 21. Paragraph 304. Measuring and plotting distance on Mercator charts. It is always the latitude scale that must be used for measuring distance, never the longitude scale.