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Basic Boating Information


Laws and Safety Equipment


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Navigation Rules


Personal Watercraft and Other Boats


Accident Prevention and Emergency Response


Water Sports and the Environment
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Practice Exam Questions

A boating license or certificate is required in almost every state. You’re making the right choice to take advantage of our online boating course and practice exam. The program and following course review quiz will ensure you know all of the basic safety skills and tips on how to properly operate a water craft or boat.

You have reached the end of course. The questions below are for practice only. They have been selected to help you study and highlight some important information.

The nautical term quiz below is convenient and covers all areas discussed in the course. Take your time, read through each question and answer as best you can. Remember, preparing yourself for your next trip on the water could save your life and the lives of those boating with you.

Fill in the text entry boxes with your answer from the word bank. Answers may be used more than once. When you have finished, click Check Answers. The correct answers will be displayed in red after the questions.

NOTE: These are "fill in the blank" style questions and your answer may not exactly match the answer shown (i.e. different phrasing, different spelling, etc.) and will be marked as incorrect. Do not be discouraged as these questions are ONLY FOR PRACTICE and the practice test is just that - practice. As long as your answer is close to the answer displayed, you know you are on the right track! The final graded exam is multiple choice.

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1. The red navigation light is on the side of a boat.

2. The legal term means the boat is not moored at the dock, aground or anchored.

3. A(n) engine is a self-contained unit consisting of the power unit, transmission, and propulsion.

4. The placard is mounted near the driver's seat and shows the maximum number of persons and the horsepower rating for the boat.

5. The should be turned on for at least 4 minutes after refueling.

6. The hull identification number is located on the of the boat.

7. One way to minimize theft of your boat and its valuables is to keep it stored in a location.

8. The is the "flat vertical surface" of the stern.

9. When you first arrive at a boat ramp, you should pull off to the side and your boat for launching.

10. A float plan should be given to a or family member before you leave to go boating.

11. Fire extinguishers are required when engines are installed.

12. Pyrotechnic Visual Distress Signals must be approved, in serviceable condition, and readily accessible.

13. All boats using gasoline for electrical generation, mechanical power or propulsion are required to be equipped with a .

14. The exhaust of every internal combustion engine used on any motorized recreational vessel shall be effectively muffled at all times to prevent any excessive or unusual .

15. engines installed in a vessel after April 25, 1940, except outboard motors, must be equipped with an acceptable means of backfire flame control.

16. Vessels 39.4 feet/12 meters or more in length are required to carry on board a whistle or .

17.United States oceangoing vessels of 40 feet or longer, which are engaged in commerce or are equipped with a galley and berthing must have a written plan.

18. There must be a life jacket (Type I, II, or III or V) for each person on the boat, USCG approved, and of the appropriate size for the intended wearer.

19. life jackets are not allowed to be worn when operating or riding on a PWC.

20. The Type IV (throwable) personal flotation device (ring buoy/seat cushion) must be kept at all times when the boat is underway.

21. As the boat operator, the best way to ensure you have explained safety information to new guests is to use a pre-departure .

22. The best way to approach a dock when mooring is to note the direction of the wind and the current and operate the boat at a speed.

23. Boaters when they want to hold the boat in a given position on the water.

24. Boaters should always anchor from the of the boat.

25. To firmly anchor your boat, the amount of line you let out should be times the depth of the water you are anchoring in.

26. are moored to the seabed by concrete sinkers with chain or synthetic rope of various lengths and assist mariners in determining position on the water.

27. When returning from sea, or traveling upstream in a river, colored buoys or daymarkers are on your right side.

28. A uniform state waterway marker (buoy) showing a diamond shape in the center indicates .

29. On the intra-coastal waterway, yellow triangles [] indicate aids should be passed by keeping them on the side of the vessel.

30. Mooring Buoys are white in color with a that is blue in color.

31. When heading down-stream or away from a dam, green buoys are kept on your side.

32. Buoys with orange bands at the top and bottom are authorized by your and enforced by law.

33. By definition, a vessel is one that is propelled by machinery.

34. Every vessel shall, at all times, proceed at speed so that it can take proper and effective action to avoid collision.

35. A can occur if the compass bearing of an approaching vessel does not appreciably change and the distance between the two vessels decreases (constant bearing, decreasing range).

36. The navigation rules require all vessels keep near the side of a channel or fairway.

37. At night, a vessel displays a green and red bow light and a white all-round light (the white light may be a mast head light and stern light).

38. If you are operating a powerboat at night and observe a red bow light and a white light on another boat you must , according to the rules of the road.

39. A only has a stern light and red and green navigation lights.

40. In an overtaking situation, the vessel doing the overtaking is the boat.

41. A down-bound vessel on the rivers has the right of way over up-bound vessels.

42. When approaching a sailing vessel, vessels must stay out of the way.

43. A vessel underway is allowed to turn off all her when there is clear visibility during daylight hours.

44. You can only steer a Personal Watercraft when you apply some .

45. All states require be attached to the operator of a PWC.

46. Before turning left or right, a PWC operator should look to the of the craft.

47. To safely tow a person with a PWC, there should be mirrors and an extra person to observe the progress of the skier.

48. To move around safely in a canoe or small boat, always maintain three .

49. A(n) life jacket is not allowed to be worn when paddling in white-water.

50. All PWC are legally required to carry a USCG-approved in the event of a fire.

51. A smart operator will use 1/3 of the fuel going out, 1/3 for returning and leave of the fuel in reserve.

52. The type of tack (port or starboard) a sailboat is on is determined by the opposite side on which the are carried.

53. The side of a sailboat on which the wind is blowing is referred to as the side.

54. The most common cause of fatal boating accidents result from capsizing and .

55. When maneuvering a boat to retrieve a person who has fallen overboard, approach the person with the of the boat heading into the wind and seas.

56. If your boat runs aground, all persons should put on life jackets and then you should check the for damage.

57. To avoid poisoning keep fresh air circulating throughout the boat.

58. The best way to avoid a fire is to perform regular mechanical and maintenance.

59. If your boat and you are in the water, the preferred course of action is to stay with the boat.

60. A boating accident needs to be reported to your if your passenger falls and receives stitches.

61. The most frequent causes of boating collisions are improper and excessive speed.

62. To help protect the marine environment, and phosphate cleaning products should not be used.

63. The most dangerous section of a lowhead dam is the side.

64. Boaters must stay a minimum distance away from .

65. A red flag with a white diagonal stripe indicates that a or snorkeler is in the water.

66. You may proceed into a lock when the indicator light is .

67. The controls the speed of the boat while water skiing.

68. must not be spread from one water system to another.

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