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: On a vessel of 30 meters, what is the minimum required visibility distance in miles of the masthead light?

A. 2 miles

B. 3 miles

C. 4 miles

D. 5 miles

2. INTERNATIONAL RULES: A vessel underway at night and displaying a green light above a white light would be:

A. trawling

B. mine clearing

C. under sail

D. a pilot boat

3. INTERNATIONAL RULES: A vessel wishing to overtake another vessel on her starboard side in a narrow channel would sound which signal?

A. 1 prolonged, 1 short, 1 prolonged, 1 short

B. 2 prolonged and two short

C. 2 prolonged and 1 short

D. no signal required unless changing course

4. The four standard light colors used for lighted aids to navigation are red, green, white and:

A. purple

B. orange

C. blue

D. yellow

5. What kind of front has been pushed up and away from the Earth’s surface?

A. occluded

B. stationary

C. cold

D. none of the above

ANSWERS: 1. D, Rule 22 2. A, Rule 26 3. C, Rule 34(c) 4. D 5. A