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: If you sight a vessel displaying three white lights in a
vertical line, it is a:
A. power-driven vessel pushing a barge
B. power-driven vessel towing more than 200 meters of tow astern
C. power-driven vessel towing less than 200 meters of tow astern
D. vessel in distress

2. INTERNATIONAL RULES: A sailboat on a port tack sees another sailboat but cannot determine its tack. What should it do?
A. hold course and speed
B. give way
C. get a lot closer
D. change tack

3. The height of a light on a chart is usually given from:
A. the height of your eye
B. mean high water
C. 15 feet
D. mean low water

4. The term “spring tides” means tides that:
A. have lows lower and highs higher than normal
B. have lows higher and highs lower than normal
C. are unpredictable
D. occur in the spring

5. A second-degree burn can be
recognized by:
A. charring of the skin and tissue
B. white and lifeless skin
C. blistering of the burn area
D. redness of the burn area


1.B (Rule 24) 2.B (Rule 12) 3.B 4.A 5.C

This quiz originally appeared in the December 2011 issue.