U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILIARY

Flotilla 42, Rochester, New York

MINI BOATER SAFETY LESSON

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INTRODUCTION:   Flotilla 42 (United States Coast Guard Auxiliary) presents a short mini-lesson on safe boating topics. This mini lesson gives only the minimum training for safety equipment and general information. To obtain a greater knowledge of boating skills and seamanship, we encourage you to attend more in-depth boating courses. There are links below for Flotilla 42 boating courses.

Test on Navigation Rules

Part of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary's mission is boater safety. Part of the boater safety on the water is knowledge of the the rules pertaining to the operateration of the watercraft. The course "About Boating Safely" is taught in our classrooms by USCGAux instructors. A candidate taking a boater safety course is tutored and quizzed about the subject matter in a classroom environment. In the past we have posted mini-lessons with a few questions.

The quiz below is 20 questions on the "Navigation Rules". You should miss no more than four (4) questions. Try the test!

  1. In poor visibility, sailboat operators must sound ________________ on the horn every two minutes:
    1. ) one prolonged blast plus two short blasts
    2. ) two prolonged blasts
    3. ) one prolonged blast
    4. ) one prolonged blast plus three short blasts


  2. The purpose of The Navigation Rules is to:
    1. ) prevent collisions.
    2. ) complement nautical charts in navigation.
    3. ) set standards for plotting courses.
    4. ) set limits for the size and speed of vessels.


  3. Sailing vessel with sails raised and under power is a:
    1. ) vessel not under command. .
    2. ) vessel restricted in her ability to maneuver.
    3. ) fast vessel.
    4. ) power-driven vessel.


  4. In terms of The Navigation Rules, the GIVE-WAY vessel, in order to avoid collision, shall:
    1. ) take action to avoid collision when the other vessel comes close abeam.
    2. ) put all engines in full reverse, making a 90 degree turn, always to port.
    3. ) take immediate action to keep out of the way of the other vessel.
    4. ) keep her course and speed, ever mindful of the movement of the other vessel.


  5. Navigation lights on pleasure boats are restricted to the following colors:
    1. ) red, green, and white.
    2. ) white only.
    3. ) red, yellow and green only.
    4. ) red, blue, green and/or white only


  6. At night, off your starboard side, you see a boat with a white light over a red light. You take immediate precautions because you are meeting a:
    1. ) large vessel in a narrow channel.
    2. ) vessel engaged in diving.
    3. ) powerboat crossing in front of you from right to left.
    4. ) law enforcement vessel.


  7. According to The Navigation Rules, the stand-on vessel when two power boats meet bow to bow is:
    1. ) the one with the wind on its starboard side.
    2. ) the one proceeding against the current.
    3. ) the one that signals first.
    4. ) neither vessel.


  8. While operating in a thick fog, you hear one prolonged blast every two minutes off your starboard bow. You proceed slowly and watch for a _____________ ahead of you.
    1. ) vessel not under command.
    2. ) vessel engaged in fishing.
    3. ) sailing vessel underway.
    4. ) powerboat under way.


  9. The Navigational Rules state that every vessel shall at all times proceed at a safe speed. Safe speed is one that:
    1. ) will get you home promptly if you are running out of fuel.
    2. ) will not place a strain on your sail rigging.
    3. ) will not throw a wake behind your 14 foot utility boat.
    4. ) allows you to take proper and effective action against collision.


  10. You see two white lights ahead on a masthead. You should take immediate action because you are meeting a :
    1. ) surfaced submarine.
    2. ) large commercial fisherman.
    3. ) vessel with a tow, or pushing a barge ahead.
    4. ) night-time sail race.


  11. Navigation lights for both powerboats and sailing vessels under 65.6 feet include red and green sidelights and a white sternlight. However, powerboats of that length also are required to have a:
    1. ) yellow all-round light.
    2. ) red strobe light.
    3. ) white masthead light.
    4. ) flashing blue light.


  12. Navigation lights most frequently found on sailing vessels under 65.6 feet include a white sternlight and:
    1. ) red and green sidelights.
    2. ) a white masthead light.
    3. ) a blue anchor light.
    4. ) a yellow sternlight


  13. The doubt or danger signal prescribed in The Navigation Rules that expresses disagreement with an intended maneuver is:
    1. ) one short blast on the whistle.
    2. ) shouting DANGER as loudly as possible.
    3. ) five or more short blasts on the whistle.
    4. ) rapid and constant waving of the arms


  14. According to The Navigation Rules, a prolonged blast of the horn has a duration of:
    1. ) 2 to 3 seconds.
    2. ) 1 minute.
    3. ) 4 to 6 seconds.
    4. ) 30 to 40 seconds.


  15. The Navigation Rules state that every vessel shall at all times maintain a proper lookout by sight and hearing. A proper lookout is a major factor in:
    1. ) finding navigational lines of demarcation.
    2. ) preventing collisions.
    3. ) finding an unmarked and uncharted channel.
    4. ) checking the accuracy of a compass.


  16. In The Navigation Rules, the General Rule of Responsibility states that nothing in The Rules will exonerate any boater from consequences of neglect in complying with The Rules, or in taking any precaution needed to avoid collision. This means that:
    1. ) it is not necessary to carry general insurance on your boat.
    2. ) the person with the "right of way" always rules.
    3. ) there is no right of way on the water and The Rules may always be broken to avoid collision.
    4. ) when underway, you should generally stop your boat when you meet other vessels.


  17. When two powerboats are on crossing courses, the give-way boat is:
    1. ) the vessel with the other on its starboard side.
    2. ) the one with the wind on starboard.
    3. ) the vessel with the other on its port side.
    4. ) the faster boat.


  18. A red flag with a white diagonal stripe indicates:
    1. ) the first leg of a sailing course.
    2. ) scuba divers down, stay well clear.
    3. ) uncharted shallow water below.
    4. ) a fish hatchery in the area, proceed slowly.


  19. According to The Navigation Rules, the following vessel has the greatest priority of movement:
    1. ) A sailboat under sail.
    2. ) A larger motorboat over 26 feet in length.
    3. ) A sailboat under power.
    4. ) A large ship in a narrow channel.


  20. You are trolling a lure for black bass behind your slow moving boat. According to The Navigation Rules you have:
    1. ) no special rights or privileges.
    2. ) priority of movement over sailing vessels and other powerboats.
    3. ) special privileges, because you are a boat restricted in maneuverability.
    4. ) special privileges as long as you show the lights of a vessel engaged in fishing.


Answers follow the information below.

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Answers to Previous Questions:

  1. In poor visibility, sailboat operators must sound ________________ on the horn every two minutes:
    1. ) one prolonged blast plus two short blasts.
    2. ) two prolonged blasts
    3. ) one prolonged blast
    4. ) one prolonged blast plus three short blasts


  2. The purpose of The Navigation Rules is to:
    1. ) prevent collisions.
    2. ) complement nautical charts in navigation.
    3. ) set standards for plotting courses.
    4. ) set limits for the size and speed of vessels.


  3. Sailing vessel with sails raised and under power is a:
    1. ) vessel not under command.
    2. ) vessel restricted in her ability to maneuver.
    3. ) fast vessel.
    4. ) power-driven vessel.


  4. In terms of The Navigation Rules, the GIVE-WAY vessel, in order to avoid collision, shall:
    1. ) take action to avoid collision when the other vessel comes close abeam.
    2. ) put all engines in full reverse, making a 90 degree turn, always to port.
    3. ) take immediate action to keep out of the way of the other vessel.
    4. ) keep her course and speed, ever mindful of the movement of the other vessel.


  5. Navigation lights on pleasure boats are restricted to the following colors:
    1. ) red, green, and white.
    2. ) white only.
    3. ) red, yellow and green only.
    4. ) red, blue, green and/or white only


  6. At night, off your starboard side, you see a boat with a white light over a red light. You take immediate precautions because you are meeting a:
    1. ) large vessel in a narrow channel.
    2. ) vessel engaged in diving.
    3. ) powerboat crossing in front of you from right to left.
    4. ) law enforcement vessel.


  7. According to The Navigation Rules, the stand-on vessel when two power boats meet bow to bow is:
    1. ) the one with the wind on its starboard side.
    2. ) the one proceeding against the current.
    3. ) the one that signals first.
    4. ) neither vessel.


  8. While operating in a thick fog, you hear one prolonged blast every two minutes off your starboard bow. You proceed slowly and watch for a _____________ ahead of you.
    1. ) vessel not under command.
    2. ) vessel engaged in fishing.
    3. ) sailing vessel underway.
    4. ) powerboat under way.


  9. The Navigational Rules state that every vessel shall at all times proceed at a safe speed. Safe speed is one that:
    1. ) will get you home promptly if you are running out of fuel.
    2. ) will not place a strain on your sail rigging.
    3. ) will not throw a wake behind your 14 foot utility boat.
    4. ) allows you to take proper and effective action against collision.


  10. You see two white lights ahead on a masthead. You should take immediate action because you are meeting a :
    1. ) surfaced submarine.
    2. ) large commercial fisherman.
    3. ) vessel with a tow, or pushing a barge ahead.
    4. ) night-time sail race.


  11. Navigation lights for both powerboats and sailing vessels under 65.6 feet include red and green sidelights and a white sternlight. However, powerboats of that length also are required to have a:
    1. ) yellow all-round light.
    2. ) red strobe light.
    3. ) white masthead light.
    4. ) flashing blue light.


  12. Navigation lights most frequently found on sailing vessels under 65.6 feet include a white sternlight and:
    1. ) red and green sidelights.
    2. ) a white masthead light.
    3. ) a blue anchor light.
    4. ) a yellow sternlight


  13. The doubt or danger signal prescribed in The Navigation Rules that expresses disagreement with an intended maneuver is:
    1. ) one short blast on the whistle.
    2. ) shouting DANGER as loudly as possible.
    3. ) five or more short blasts on the whistle.
    4. ) rapid and constant waving of the arms


  14. According to The Navigation Rules, a prolonged blast of the horn has a duration of:
    1. ) 2 to 3 seconds.
    2. ) 1 minute.
    3. ) 4 to 6 seconds.
    4. ) 30 to 40 seconds.


  15. The Navigation Rules state that every vessel shall at all times maintain a proper lookout by sight and hearing. A proper lookout is a major factor in:
    1. ) finding navigational lines of demarcation.
    2. ) preventing collisions.
    3. ) finding an unmarked and uncharted channel.
    4. ) checking the accuracy of a compass.


  16. In The Navigation Rules, the General Rule of Responsibility states that nothing in The Rules will exonerate any boater from consequences of neglect in complying with The Rules, or in taking any precaution needed to avoid collision. This means that:
    1. ) it is not necessary to carry general insurance on your boat.
    2. ) the person with the "right of way" always rules.
    3. ) there is no right of way on the water and The Rules may always be broken to avoid collision.
    4. ) when underway, you should generally stop your boat when you meet other vessels.


  17. When two powerboats are on crossing courses, the give-way boat is:
    1. ) the vessel with the other on its starboard side.
    2. ) the one with the wind on starboard.
    3. ) the vessel with the other on its port side.
    4. ) the faster boat.


  18. A red flag with a white diagonal stripe indicates:
    1. ) the first leg of a sailing course.
    2. ) scuba divers down, stay well clear.
    3. ) uncharted shallow water below.
    4. ) a fish hatchery in the area, proceed slowly.


  19. According to The Navigation Rules, the following vessel has the greatest priority of movement:
    1. ) A sailboat under sail.
    2. ) A larger motorboat over 26 feet in length.
    3. ) A sailboat under power.
    4. ) A large ship in a narrow channel.


  20. You are trolling a lure for black bass behind your slow moving boat. According to The Navigation Rules you have:
    1. ) no special rights or privileges.
    2. ) priority of movement over sailing vessels and other powerboats.
    3. ) special privileges, because you are a boat restricted in maneuverability.
    4. ) special privileges as long as you show the lights of a vessel engaged in fishing.