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SEAMANSHIP QUIZ - December 2014

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

1. INTERNATIONAL RULES: Two vessels meeting head to head on reciprocal courses and will pass safely starboard to starboard 1/4 mile apart will signal:

A. nothing

B. 1 blast

C. 2 blasts

D. 4 or 5 short blasts

2. INTERNATIONAL RULES: When taking action to avoid a close-quarters situation, you should:

A. slow to bare steerageway

B. make a substantial course change

C. turn right

D. turn left

3. INTERNATIONAL RULES: Vessels are considered to be in sight of one another when:

A. a sound signal can be heard

B. a radiotelephone message has been exchanged

C. the vessel is sighted on radar

D. one can be seen by the other visually

4. INLAND RULES: Risk of collision is deemed to exist when:

A. approaching a vessel at close range

B. compass bearing doesn’t change appreciably for an approaching vessel

C. Both A and B

D. none of the above

5. Junctions and obstructions are marked by:

A. black and red horizontal bands

B. black can buoys with a bell or whistle

C. green and red horizontal bands

D. black and white vertically striped buoys


1. A, Rule 14

2. B, Rule 8

3. D, Rule 13

4. C, Rule 7

5. C

December 2014 issue