Seamanship  Quiz

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Test your knowledge with these Coast Guard license exam prep questions from the National Captain’s Institute

1. INTERNATIONAL RULES: A vessel in a narrow channel consenting to being overtaken would sound:

A. no signal unless a course change is made

B. 2 prolonged, 1 short blast

C. 2 prolonged, 2 short blasts

D. 1 prolonged, 1 short, 1 prolonged, 1 short blast

2. INTERNATIONAL RULES: When seen from directly astern, the minimum lights a vessel underway must show are:

A. 1 yellow light

B. 2 yellow lights

C. 1 white light

D. 2 white lights

3. INTERNATIONAL RULES: A vessel should enter a traffic separation scheme at right angles:

A. when obliged to cross the lane

B. when joining or leaving a lane from the side, rather than the termination of the lane

C. to fish in a separation zone

D. never

4. An ebb tide is:

A. moving in from shore, level rising

B. moving in from shore, level falling

C. flowing out of inlet, level rising

D. flowing out of inlet, level falling

5. Concerning the operation of radar in fog, which is most accurate?

A. Navigation buoys will always show up.

B. A sandy beach will show up clearer than a rocky cliff.

C. Ranges are less accurate in fog.

D. Small wooden boats may not show up.

ANSWERS: 1. D, Rule 34(c) 2. C, Rule 23 3. A, Rule 10 4. D 5. D

This article originally appeared in the April 2018 issue.