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

1. INTERNATIONAL RULES: A sailboat is approaching your power vessel from the port side. Who has right of way?

A. Sailboat because he is on your port side

B. Sailboat because he is under sail alone.

C. You because you are on his starboard.

D. You because he is under sail.

2. INTERNATIONAL RULES: A fishing vessel making way in fog with nets out gives what signal?

A. short-prolonged-short

B. one prolonged

C. prolonged-short-short

D. danger signal

3. INLAND RULES: Two short flashes on a signal light means:

A. My horn is broken.

B. I intend to leave you on my starboard side.

C. I am turning to port.

D. I am turning to starboard.

4. INLAND RULES: Which vessels are normally allowed to anchor in a narrow channel?

A. not under command

B. restricted in ability to maneuver

C. engaged in fishing

D. none of the above

5. The best way to reduce or control yawing is:

A. increase speed

B. shift weight to the stern

C. shift weight to the bow

D. none of the above


1. B, Rule 18

2. C, Rule 35

3. B, Rule 34

4. D, Rule 9

5. B

May 2015 issue