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 fishing vessel must give way to which of the following types of vessels?

A. Power driven vessel

B. Towing vessel

C. Sailing vessel

D. Vessel Restricted in Ability to Maneuver

2. INTERNATIONAL RULES: What signal would you give when coming to a bend and visibility is blocked by a high bank?

A. A short blast, 1 second

B. A long blast, 8 to 10 seconds

C. A prolonged blast of 4 to 6 seconds

D. A prolonged and two short blasts

3. INTERNATIONAL RULES: The minimum visibility of a masthead light on a 10 meter motorboat is:

A. 1 mile

B. 2 miles

C. 3 miles

D. 5 miles

4. Under the U.S. Aids to Navigation System, spherical buoys may be:

A. Numbered

B. Lettered

C. Lighted

D. All of the above

5. An occluded front is when the:

A. Front ceases to move

B. Front overtakes another front

C. Cold front becomes a warm front

D. Front reverses direction

ANSWERS: 1. D, Rule 18 2. C, Rule 9(f) 3. B, Rule 22(c) 4. B 5. B

This article originally appeared in the August 2018 issue.