The Ultimate American Boating License Exam Practice Test!

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The Ultimate American Boating License Exam Practice Test!

The Ultimate American Boating License Exam Practice Test! For you to take that boat out for a ride, it is essential to ensure that you pass the licensing exam and earn that license. Are you ready for the licensing exam? This quiz will help you see the topics you have understood so far, do give it a try and see just how well you will do.


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  • 1. 
    You are driving a power vessel and see a vessel ahead of you displaying this light, what should you do? 
    • A. 

      Maintain your speed and course as the other vessel should give way

    • B. 

      Give way to the other vessel

    • C. 

      Ignore the other vessel as it is travelling away from you

    • D. 

      Sound your sound signal once and maintain course

  • 2. 
    What do these signs mean? 
    • A. 

      4 kilometres to the next hazard

    • B. 

      Water depth is below 4 metres in this direction

    • C. 

      Keep 4 metres from the banks in this area

    • D. 

      Maximum speed 4 nautical miles per hour (knots)

  • 3. 
    All vessels are required to travel at a safe speed at all times. Which of the following IS considered safe?
    • A. 

      A vessel travelling at speed in poor visibility

    • B. 

      A vessel travelling at a speed at which any sudden danger can be avoided

    • C. 

      A vessel travelling at speed towards background shore lights at night

    • D. 

      A vessel travelling at speed in unfamiliar waters

  • 4. 
    The number of persons permitted to be towed behind a vessel is:
    • A. 

      Determined by the number of handles on the apparatus being towed

    • B. 

      Whatever the apparatus manufacturer states is permissible

    • C. 

      Maximum of three people

    • D. 

      Whatever the vessel’s master (driver) thinks is safe

  • 5. 
    For environmental reasons, where should you avoid driving your boat?
    • A. 

      Deep river channels

    • B. 

      Shallow weedy areas, which may contain endangered seagrasses

    • C. 

      Boundaries between murky and clear water

    • D. 

      Bar crossings

  • 6. 
    You see these lights in a channel at night. What do they indicate? 
    • A. 

      Channel is blocked

    • B. 

      A vessel is dredging

    • C. 

      Port and starboard channel marks

    • D. 

      A vehicular ferry

  • 7. 
    Where MUST a power driven vessel’s Safety Label be displayed?
    • A. 

      Where it can be clearly seen from the steering position

    • B. 

      On the port hand (left hand) side of the vessel, next to the registration numbers

    • C. 

      On the starboard (right hand) side of the vessel, next to the registration numbers

    • D. 

      On the stern of the vessel

  • 8. 
    When driving a power vessel at 10 knots or more or towing a person, what is the MINIMUM distance both the vessel and the towed person MUST keep from a non-powered vessel or a person in the water? 
    • A. 

      60 metres or if not possible a safe distance

    • B. 

      30 metres or if not possible a safe distance

    • C. 

      100 metres or if not possible a safe distance

    • D. 

      Any distance which you consider safe

  • 9. 
    When travelling UPSTREAM (away from the sea) at night, on which side should you keep a flashing green light to stay within the channel? 
    • A. 

      Your port (left hand) side

    • B. 

      Your starboard (right hand) side

    • C. 

      Either side (it does not matter)

    • D. 

      Stay in the middle of the channel regardless of the mark

  • 10. 
    What type of lifejacket MUST you carry if you take a vessel into OPEN water? 
    • A. 

      Lifejacket Level 100+ (Type 1’s) for each person onboard

    • B. 

      Either lifejacket Level 100+ (Type 1’s) or lifejacket Level 50 (Type 2’s) for each person onboard

    • C. 

      Any type of lifejacket as long as there is one for each person onboard

    • D. 

      Any mixture of lifejacket Level 100+, Level 50 or Level 50S (Types 1, 2 or 3), or a wetsuit as long as there is one for each person onboard

  • 11. 
    What does this sign mean? 
    • A. 

      Maximum speed of 4 knots

    • B. 

      Vessels prohibited in this area

    • C. 

      Keep to a speed which does not create damaging or annoying waves

    • D. 

      Water skiing prohibited

  • 12. 
    When should you switch on and display navigation lights on a vessel underway?
    • A. 

      Only when it is dark

    • B. 

      From sunset to sunrise and in restricted visibility

    • C. 

      At night only when travelling on open waters (the sea)

    • D. 

      At night in port areas only

  • 13. 
    A navigational marker shows a white light flashing quickly in groups of nine flashes. What does it mean? Deeper water is to the: 
    • A. 

      North

    • B. 

      East

    • C. 

      South

    • D. 

      West

  • 14. 
    How can you best ensure that your boat’s wash does NOT excessively impact on foreshores or other vessels?
    • A. 

      By slowing down to 8 knots

    • B. 

      By observing the effects of your wash and adjusting your speed as necessary

    • C. 

      By always travelling at the speed shown on a speed restriction sign

    • D. 

      By travelling as close to other vessels or the shore as possible

  • 15. 
    When travelling UPSTREAM (away from the sea) on which side should you keep this type of navigation mark to stay in the channel? 
    • A. 

      Your port (left hand side)

    • B. 

      Your starboard (right hand) side

    • C. 

      Either side (it does not matter)

    • D. 

      Stay in the middle of the channel regardless of the mark

  • 16. 
    Where MUST the registration label be displayed on a powered vessel?
    • A. 

      On the starboard (right hand) side where it is clearly visible

    • B. 

      On the transom where it is clearly visible

    • C. 

      It doesn’t matter as long as it is clearly visible

    • D. 

      On the port (left hand) side where it is clearly visible

  • 17. 
    What does this navigation mark indicate? Deeper water lies to the: 
    • A. 

      North

    • B. 

      East

    • C. 

      South

    • D. 

      West

  • 18. 
    The responsibility of the master (driver) is to:
    • A. 

      Maintain a proper lookout and avoid collision

    • B. 

      Ensure the safety of those onboard the vessel

    • C. 

      Ensure that all safety equipment is accessible and stored onboard correctly

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 19. 
    When do sail vessels, operating only under sail, have right of way over a power driven vessel?
    • A. 

      At all times unless overtaking, or if the power vessel is displaying an orange diamond

    • B. 

      Only when approaching from the right hand side

    • C. 

      Only when participating in an aquatic event eg: a race or regatta

    • D. 

      When a powerboat is at anchor

  • 20. 
    What do cardinal marks indicate?
    • A. 

      Special features such as underwater pipes

    • B. 

      Deeper water in a compass direction away from danger

    • C. 

      Specific dangers such as wrecks

    • D. 

      Large shipping channels

  • 21. 
    When travelling DOWNSTREAM (toward the sea) at night, on which side should you keep a flashing red light to stay within the channel? 
    • A. 

      Your port (left hand) side

    • B. 

      Your starboard (right hand) side

    • C. 

      Either side (it does not matter)

    • D. 

      Stay in the middle of the channel regardless of the mark

  • 22. 
    When is the MOST DANGEROUS time to cross a coastal bar? 
    • A. 

      On an incoming tide (flood tide)

    • B. 

      On an outgoing tide (ebb tide)

    • C. 

      Slack water (top or bottom of the tide)

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 23. 
    What is the minimum length of a tow rope when performing towing operations (waterskiing)?
    • A. 

      4 metres

    • B. 

      5 metres

    • C. 

      6 metres

    • D. 

      7 metres

  • 24. 
    What navigation mark is this? 
    • A. 

      An isolated danger mark

    • B. 

      A channel blocked mark

    • C. 

      A special mark

    • D. 

      A port lateral mark

  • 25. 
    When driving a vessel at 10 knots or more or towing a person, what is the MINIMUM distance both the vessel and the towed person MUST keep from any other vessel towing a person?
    • A. 

      100 metres

    • B. 

      30 metres

    • C. 

      60 metres

    • D. 

      A safe distance