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INSTRUCTIONS After you have completed the Chapter Review Quizzes, print this exam . The exam is designed to test your understanding of boating and safety laws. It consists of 50 multiple choice questions. Read each statement carefully. On the answer sheet that appears at the end of the questions, place a circle around the letter of the answer which best completes the statement. Each question has only one correct answer. Read all the answers and choose the most complete correct answer.

1. Type II “Near-shore Buoyant Vests”

a) always turn an unconscious wearer face-up
b) are favored for water sports.
c) have at least 15.5 pounds of buoyancy in the adult size.
d) include wearable cushions.

2. Type III “Flotation Aid” life preservers

a) always turn an unconscious wearer face-up.
b) are favored for water sports.
c) have at least 22 pounds of buoyancy in the adult size.
d) include throwable cushions.

3. A Type IV buoyant flotation device:

a) must offer immediate access.
b) must be approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.
c) should be strapped over the back like a saddle.
d) both a) and b).

4. What must a boatÂ’s capacity plate show?

a) The most horsepower allowed.
b) The most weight allowed aboard the boat.
c) The minimum battery current needed to start the motor.
d) Just a) and b) are true.

5. Pyrotechnic Visual Distress Signals:

a) must be approved by U.S. Coast Guard.
b) are best used only if another vessel is in sight.
c) should be fired downwind or held over the leeward side of the boat.
d) all of the above.

6. The blower for an inboard gasoline motor:

a) should run 4 minutes before the motor is started.
b) should be turned on right after the motor is started.
c) must be on whenever the motor is running.
d) is not needed if you smell no fumes.

7. Carburetor backfire flame arrestors

a) are required on all boats.
b) are attached to the fuel tank.
c) reduce the chance of a fire.
d) need no maintenance.

8. Most boat explosions and fires occur

a) during or right after fueling.
b) during thunderstorms.
c) after dark.
d) in the boatÂ’s bow.

9. How should you use a fire extinguisher?

a) Get 1 to 2 feet from the flames.
b) Make short sweeps across the top of the flames.
c) Make sweeps of one-half second each along the base of the flames.
d) Make one long sweep aimed at the top of the flames.

10. What does the letter “B” on a Class B fire extinguisher indicate?

a) It is to be used on Class B boats.
b) The amount of extinguishant in it.
c) It is best for flammable liquids.
d) It is best for electrical fires.

11. What is the marking on “BOATS EXCLUSION AREA” markers in the Uniform State Waterways Marking System?

a) An orange diamond with a circle in it.
b) An orange triangle.
c) An orange diamond with a cross in it
d) An orange triangle with a “D” in it.

12. Most boating deaths result from

a) falling out of a small open boat.
b) collisions between boats.
c) boats being swamped.
d) fires and explosions.

13. In the Nav Rules, what must a Give-Way boat do?

a) Stop NOW.
b) Take early and substantial action to avoid the other boat.
c) Maintain course and speed
d) Sound his horn three times.

14. In the Nav Rules,

a) Overtaking boats are always ‘Give-Way’ boats.
b) Motoring boats are always ‘Give-Way’ boats.
c) Sailing boats are always ‘Stand-On’ boats.
d) Personal watercraft are always ‘Give-Way’ boats.

15. In the Nav Rules, what is a Motoring boatÂ’s danger zone?

a) Dead ahead and to starboard
b) Dead ahead and to port.
c) Dead ahead.
d) Dead astern.

16. In the Nav Rules, what does a solid green light moving on the water at night indicate?

a) The port side of a boat thatÂ’s Motoring.
b) The starboard side of` a boat thatÂ’s Sailing.
c) The port side of a boat thatÂ’s Sailing.
d) The stern of a boat thatÂ’s Motoring.

17. What equipment needs U.S. Coast Guard approval?

a) motors
b) life preservers and fire extinguishers
c) electrical equipment and batteries
d) anchors and dock lines

18. If you are in a stable boat and a storm is near,

a) close up the boat and duck into the lee of land for wind and wave protection, if youÂ’re sure you will make it.
b) close up the boat and head into wind and waves.
c) consider a), then b).
d) sound the danger signal.

19. Drinking too much alcohol while operating a boat

a) reduces coordination and balance.
b) increases risk-taking.
c) reduces judgment.
d) all of the above.

20. You should always watch for changes in the weather while boating. Most changes come from the

a) West.
b) East.
c) South.
d) North.

21. Regulatory Buoys in the Uniform State Waterway Marking System are recognized by:

a) their solid orange color.
b) their sizes.
c) the horizontal orange bands at the top and bottom.
d) the red and green lights on top.

22. Being a courteous boater includes:

a) not throwing litter into the water.
b) keeping noise to a minimum at night.
c) watching your wake so as not to cause damage to other vessels or to shorelines.
d) all three of the above.

23. When boarding a small boat from a dock or low pier:

a) step onto the bow of the boat.
b) step into the center of the boat.
c) step onto a side of the boat.
d) jump into the boat.

24. The necessary length of a boat trailer is determined by:

a) the length of the car towing it.
b) the length of the boat.
c) the beam (width) of the boat.
d) state law.

25. A boat is less stable and more likely to capsize when:

a) overloaded or overpowered.
b) its load is kept low and evenly distributed.
c) empty.
d) in deep water.

26. Planing hulls:

a) are designed to skim on top of the water.
b) require very little power to plow through the water.
c) are often found on very large trawler yachts.
d) cannot go very fast.

27. An example of negligent or reckless operation would be:

a) excessive speed in a congested area.
b) operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
c) operating in a swimming area with bathers present.
d) all three of the above.

28. If a boat capsizes:

a) grab a PFD and swim to the nearest shore.
b) grab a PFD, swim to the boat, and stay with the boat.
c) grab a PFD and yell until help arrives.
d) swim away from the boat as quickly as possible.

29. If you see something off the port beam, you are seeing something:

a) straight out from the middle of the vessel on the left side.
b) straight ahead of the vessel.
c) straight out from the middle of the vessel on the right side.
d) directly behind the vessel.

30. You must always have the following required equipment on your vessel:

a) a Coast Guard approved PFD for each person on board.
b) paddles or oars.
c) tool kit and spare parts.
d) all of the above.

31. Under the Lateral Buoyage System, you can tell which side of the channel a buoy is on by its:

a) color.
b) shape(unlighted buoys)
c) number.
d) all the above.

32. The following vessels always have the right-of-way:

a) sailboats.
b) sailboats using motors.
c) motorboats over 26 feet in length.
d) large ships in narrow channels.

33. To avoid a collision:

a) keep a sharp lookout for others.
b) know and follow the rules of the road.
c) be courteous.
d) all three of the above.

34. In poor visibility, motorboat operators, while making way, must sound on the horn every two minutes:

a) one prolonged blast plus two short blasts.
b) two prolonged blasts.
c) one prolonged blast.
d) one prolonged blast plus three short blasts.

35. Fire extinguishers are classified, according to the type and size fire they can put out, by:

a) color of the containers.
b) size of the containers.
c) letters and numbers.
d) all of the above.

36. Before you buy a PFD, you should make sure that:

a) its color matches your boat.
b) its color contrasts with the color of your boat and it will be seen.
c) it is Coast Guard approved.
d) you donÂ’t have to make sure of anything; all PFDs are the same.

37. The skipper of a boat is responsible for:

a) the safety of all guests.
b) the boat.
c) any damage the boatÂ’s wake may cause.
d) all three of the above.

38. Jet drives are usually found on:

a) luxury yachts.
b) PWCs.
c) houseboats.
d) displacement vessels.

39. The condition in which the human body loses heat faster than it can be produced is called:

a) shock.
b) suffocation.
c) hypothermia.
d) dry rot.

40. A vessel being overtaken must:

a) maintain course and slow down.
b) move to port.
c) hold course and speed.
d) move to starboard.

41. When you are in a lock system you should:

a) shut off the motor.
b) hang boat fenders on both sides of the boat.
c) follow the lock attendantÂ’s instructions.
d) all of the above.

42. Water skiers should always be able to control the actions of the boat through:

a) yelling.
b) foot signals.
c) hand signals
d) large signs.

43. A sailboat usually has the right of way over a motorboat except:

a) when it yields to commercial vessels in narrow channels.
b) when the sailboat is the overtaking boat.
c) when it is under power.
d) all the above.

44. The operator of a boat involved in an accident must report the accident immediately if:

a) a person dies.
b) a person loses consciousness or receives medical treatment beyond first aid.
c) property damage is more than $500.
d) any of the above.

45. A buoy flying a red flag with a white diagonal stripe indicates:

a) first leg of a sailing race course.
b) divers down – steer clear by at least 100 feet.
c) ski slalom course – steer well clear.
d) hatchery fish in area – proceed slowly.

46. You should not operate around low head dams because:

a) the calm water you see can be deceiving and treacherous.
b) the water above the dam is flowing and could carry you into and over it.
c) the turbulence near the face of the dam can pull you under and not allow you to come to the top.
d) all of the above.

47. If a person falls overboard, you should:

a) turn on your running lights to warn others
b) toss a life saving device to the person.
c) immediately speed the boat up so the person will not float away too far.
d) report the accident immediately.

48. When going upstream or entering a channel from seaward:

a) the red buoys are on the port (left) side.
b) remember red, right, returning.
c) stay close to shore to avoid other craft.
d) keep the black or green buoys on the starboard (right] side.

49. You should leave a copy of your float plan with

a) the Coast Guard.
b) the state police.
c) a close friend or relative.
d) the President.

50. Navigation lights on pleasure boats are restricted to colors that are:

a) red, green, and white only.
b) white only.
c) red and green only.
d) red, blue, green, and white only.


Basic Boating Course Final Exam Answer Sheet

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