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

1. INTERNATIONAL RULES: You are underway in restricted visibility and hear 1 short, 1 prolonged and 1 short blast. This means:

A. vessel in distress

B. vessel fishing

C. vessel at anchor

D. vessel towing

2. INTERNATIONAL RULES: A sailboat is approaching from your port side on a collision course. You should:

A. keep clear

B. maintain course and speed

C. sound 1 blast on the whistle and turn to starboard

D. stop engines

3. INTERNATIONAL RULES: The danger signal may be given in which of the following situations:

A. meeting and overtaking

B. meeting and crossing

C. overtaking and crossing

D. meeting, crossing or overtaking

4. The abbreviation “hrd” on a chart means:

A. bottom is hard

B. harbor

C. headland

D. horizontal clearance

5. A dye marker used as a distress signal must be:

A. red

B. orange

C. yellow

D. any color

ANSWERS: 1. C, Rule 35(g) 2. A, Rule 18 3. D, Rule 34(d) 4. A 5. D

This article originally appeared in the June 2018 issue.