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

1. INTERNATIONAL RULES: When is the signal of prolonged-prolonged-short given?

A. when no other vessels are in sight

B. only in a narrow channel when overtaking

C. as an answer to the same signal

D. only at anchor to warn other vessels

2. INTERNATIONAL RULES: A fishing vessel at night not making way would exhibit:

A. red over white, side lights and stern light

B. one white light

C. red over white light

D. red over white, with anchor light

3. INLAND RULES: When two sailing vessels approach, the vessel which shall keep out of the way of the other when both have the wind on the same side is:

A. the one on a port tack

B. the one with the wind on its port side

C. the one to windward of the other

D. the one to leeward of the other

4. What datum is used for tide predictions along the Atlantic coast?

A. mean lower low water

B. mean high water

C. mean low water

D. slack water

5. If you saw a “Danger, Cable Area” sign, it would mean:

A. overhead cables are crossing the channel

B. submerged cables are crossing the channel

C. submerged cables are in the area

D. overhead cables are in the area


1. B. Rule 34 (c)

2. C. Rule 26

3. C

4. A

5. C

July 2014 issue