Seamanship Quiz

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

Answers below

1. INTERNATIONAL RULES: When seen from directly astern, the minimum lights a vessel under way must show are:

A. one yellow light

B. two yellow lights

C. one white light

D. two white lights

2. INTERNATIONAL RULES: For determining safe speed, all of the following factors are mentioned in the rules except:

A. the presence of background light at night

B. draft in relation to the available water depth

C. competency of the crew

D. constraints imposed by the radar range scale in use

3. The letter "F" next to a buoy symbol means:

A. flashing

B. fixed

C. foreign

D. flame

4. In reading a weather map, closely spaced pressure gradient lines indicate:

A. calm winds

B. strong winds

C. rough seas

D. clear weather

5. Which of the following may ignite

fuel vapors?

A. static electricity

B. an open and running motor

C. loose wiring

D. any of the above

1.C, Rule 23   2.C, Rule 6   3.B   4.B   5.D

This article originally appeared in the June 2011 issue.