Seamanship quiz

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Coast Guard license exam prep questions from the National Captain’s Institute

1. INTERNATIONAL RULES: When, from any cause, the stand-on vessel finds itself so close that a collision cannot be avoided by action of the give-way vessel alone, the stand-on vessel shall:
A. take action necessary to avoid collision
B. sound the danger signal
C. sound the danger signal and take any necessary action
D. back down quickly

2. What is the effect of shallow water on a floating buoy?
A. leans more
B. drifts off location
C. bobs more
D. none of the above

3. Where would the tide be strongest in a channel?
A. at a bend
B. in the center
C. at the mouth of the inlet
D. along the edge

4. After fueling with gasoline, you should:
A. close all doors and hatches to the fuel tank compartment
B. start engine immediately to prevent vapor lock
C. ventilate bilges before starting engine
D. smell the bilges to determine the need for ventilation

5. If one of your passengers got a splinter in his eye while at sea, you should:
A. remove gently with tweezers
B. advise wearing safety goggles
C. put a patch over the eye with the splinter
D. put a bandage over both eyes

1.A (Rule 17) 2.A 3.B 4.C 5.D

This article originally appeared in the October 2011 issue.