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The Ultimate American Boating License Exam! 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.


Questions and Answers
  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. Give way to the other vessel
    Explanation
    When encountering a vessel displaying this light, it indicates that the vessel is restricted in its ability to maneuver. Therefore, it is necessary for the power vessel to give way to the restricted vessel. This ensures the safety of both vessels and helps to avoid any potential collisions.

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  • 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)

    Correct Answer
    D. Maximum speed 4 nautical miles per hour (knots)
    Explanation
    The given signs indicate different instructions or information related to distances and speed. The correct answer, "Maximum speed 4 nautical miles per hour (knots)", is the sign that indicates the maximum speed limit in that area, specifying that it should not exceed 4 nautical miles per hour.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. A vessel travelling at a speed at which any sudden danger can be avoided
    Explanation
    A vessel traveling at a speed at which any sudden danger can be avoided is considered safe. This means that the vessel is traveling at a speed that allows it to quickly respond and maneuver to avoid any potential hazards or dangers that may arise. By maintaining a speed that allows for quick reactions and maneuverability, the vessel is better able to ensure the safety of its passengers, crew, and other vessels in its vicinity.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    C. Maximum of three people
    Explanation
    The correct answer is maximum of three people. This means that the number of persons allowed to be towed behind a vessel should not exceed three individuals. This is an important safety measure to ensure that the vessel can safely tow the apparatus and that the individuals being towed are not at risk of injury or harm. It is crucial to adhere to this maximum limit to maintain the safety of everyone involved in the towing activity.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. Shallow weedy areas, which may contain endangered seagrasses
    Explanation
    You should avoid driving your boat in shallow weedy areas, which may contain endangered seagrasses, for environmental reasons. Seagrasses are important for the ecosystem as they provide habitat for many marine species and help maintain water quality. By avoiding these areas, you can prevent damage to the seagrass beds and protect the delicate balance of the marine environment.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. A vehicular ferry
    Explanation
    The lights seen in a channel at night indicate the presence of a vehicular ferry. These lights are typically displayed on the ferry to help other vessels navigate and avoid any potential collisions. This is important because ferries often have a larger size and may have restricted maneuverability compared to other vessels. Therefore, the lights serve as a warning and guide for other boats in the channel.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. Where it can be clearly seen from the steering position
    Explanation
    The Safety Label of a power-driven vessel must be displayed where it can be clearly seen from the steering position. This ensures that the label is easily visible to the operator of the vessel, allowing them to quickly reference important safety information while navigating. Placing the label in a location that can be clearly seen from the steering position promotes safe operation and adherence to safety guidelines.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. 60 metres or if not possible a safe distance
    Explanation
    When driving a power vessel at 10 knots or more or towing a person, both the vessel and the towed person must maintain a minimum distance of 60 meters from a non-powered vessel or a person in the water. If it is not possible to maintain this distance, they should keep a safe distance to ensure the safety of all parties involved.

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  • 9. 

    When traveling 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

    Correct Answer
    B. Your starboard (right hand) side
    Explanation
    When traveling upstream at night, keeping a flashing green light on your starboard (right hand) side helps you stay within the channel. This is because the flashing green light indicates the right side of the channel, and by keeping it on your starboard side, you ensure that you are staying within the designated navigational path.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. Lifejacket Level 100+ (Type 1’s) for each person onboard
    Explanation
    In order to ensure safety in open water, it is necessary to carry Lifejacket Level 100+ (Type 1’s) for each person onboard. This type of lifejacket provides the highest level of buoyancy and is designed to keep a person afloat in rough or remote waters. It is specifically recommended for use in open water where rescue may be delayed. Therefore, carrying this type of lifejacket is essential to meet the safety requirements and protect the individuals on the vessel.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    C. Keep to a speed which does not create damaging or annoying waves
    Explanation
    This sign indicates that boats should maintain a speed that does not produce waves that can cause damage or annoyance. It is important to be considerate of other boaters, swimmers, and the surrounding environment to prevent any negative impacts.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. From sunset to sunrise and in restricted visibility
    Explanation
    Navigation lights on a vessel should be switched on and displayed from sunset to sunrise and in restricted visibility. This is to ensure that the vessel is visible to other vessels and to prevent collisions. By having the navigation lights on during these times, it allows other vessels to see and identify the vessel's position, direction, and status, promoting safe navigation.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. West
    Explanation
    A navigational marker showing a white light flashing quickly in groups of nine flashes indicates that deeper water is to the west.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. By observing the effects of your wash and adjusting your speed as necessary
    Explanation
    By observing the effects of your wash and adjusting your speed as necessary, you can ensure that your boat's wash does not excessively impact on foreshores or other vessels. This means being mindful of the waves and turbulence created by your boat and making necessary adjustments to your speed to minimize any negative impact. It is important to be aware of your surroundings and adapt your speed accordingly to protect the environment and other vessels.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. Your port (left hand side)
    Explanation
    When traveling upstream (away from the sea), keeping the navigation mark on your port (left-hand side) ensures you stay within the designated channel. Navigation marks guide vessels safely, and aligning with the mark on the port side helps avoid potential hazards. This practice is essential for maintaining safe navigation and ensuring vessels stay on course when traveling upstream.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. On the port (left hand) side where it is clearly visible
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "On the port (left hand) side where it is clearly visible." This is because according to boating regulations, the registration label must be displayed on the port side of the vessel. The port side refers to the left side of the vessel when facing forward. Displaying the label on this side ensures that it is easily visible to other boaters and authorities for identification and compliance purposes.

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  • 17. 

    What does this navigation mark indicate? Deeper water lies to the: 

    • A.

      North

    • B.

      East

    • C.

      South

    • D.

      West

    Correct Answer
    B. East
    Explanation
    This navigation mark indicates that deeper water lies to the east.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    The responsibility of the master (driver) includes maintaining a proper lookout and avoiding collision, ensuring the safety of those onboard the vessel, and ensuring that all safety equipment is accessible and stored onboard correctly. All of these tasks are crucial for the safe operation of the vessel and the well-being of everyone on board.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. At all times unless overtaking, or if the power vessel is displaying an orange diamond
    Explanation
    Sail vessels have the right of way over power driven vessels at all times unless they are overtaking, or if the power vessel is displaying an orange diamond. This means that in general, sail vessels have priority over power driven vessels when it comes to determining who should yield and give way. However, if the power vessel is overtaking the sail vessel or if it is displaying an orange diamond, indicating restricted maneuverability, then the power vessel has the right of way. This ensures safety and allows for proper navigation and communication between different types of vessels on the water.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. Deeper water in a compass direction away from danger
    Explanation
    Cardinal marks indicate deeper water in a compass direction away from danger. These marks are used to guide mariners and indicate safe navigational routes by pointing towards the deepest water, away from hazards or dangerous areas. They are placed strategically to help ships navigate through channels or avoid shallow areas, ensuring safe passage. By following the cardinal marks, mariners can avoid potential dangers and navigate through deeper waters, ensuring the safety of their vessels.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    A. Your port (left hand) side
    Explanation
    When traveling downstream (toward the sea) at night, you should keep a flashing red light on your port (left) side to stay within the channel. This is a navigation rule in many maritime contexts and helps ensure safe passage within a designated channel. The red light indicates the left side of the channel when heading in the downstream direction.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    B. On an outgoing tide (ebb tide)
    Explanation
    Crossing a coastal bar on an outgoing tide (ebb tide) is considered the most dangerous time. During this time, the water is flowing from the shore out to sea, which can create strong currents and turbulent conditions. These conditions make it difficult for boats to navigate and can increase the risk of capsizing or getting caught in the bar. It is generally safer to cross during an incoming tide (flood tide) or slack water when the currents are weaker.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. 7 metres
    Explanation
    The minimum length of a tow rope when performing towing operations (waterskiing) is 7 metres. This length is necessary to ensure that there is enough distance between the boat and the skier, allowing for proper maneuverability and safety during the activity. A shorter rope length could increase the risk of collision or accidents, so a minimum of 7 metres is recommended.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    C. A special mark
    Explanation
    This navigation mark is classified as a "special mark" because it does not fit into any of the other standard categories such as isolated danger mark, channel blocked mark, or port lateral mark. Special marks are used to indicate specific navigational information or hazards that are not covered by the other types of marks.

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  • 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

    Correct Answer
    D. A safe distance
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "A safe distance". When driving a vessel at 10 knots or more or towing a person, it is important to maintain a safe distance from any other vessel towing a person. This ensures the safety of both the vessel and the towed person, as well as prevents any potential collisions or accidents. The specific distance may vary depending on the circumstances and conditions, but it is crucial to always prioritize safety and maintain a distance that allows for safe maneuvering and avoids any potential hazards.

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  • 26. 

    When navigating through a mooring area you MUST:

    • A.

      Keep a lookout for people and objects in the water

    • B.

      Travel at a safe speed

    • C.

      Keep wash to a minimum

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    When navigating through a mooring area, it is important to keep a lookout for people and objects in the water to avoid any collisions or accidents. Traveling at a safe speed ensures that you have enough time to react to any obstacles or hazards in the area. Additionally, keeping wash to a minimum helps to prevent any disturbance or damage to other boats or structures in the mooring area. Therefore, all of the above options are necessary when navigating through a mooring area.

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  • 27. 

    Where should you drive a vessel in a channel? 

    • A.

      On the port (left-hand) side

    • B.

      In the middle of the channel

    • C.

      On the starboard (right-hand) side

    • D.

      On any side – it does not matter as long as a collision does not occur

    Correct Answer
    C. On the starboard (right-hand) side
    Explanation
    When driving a vessel in a channel, it is recommended to drive on the starboard (right-hand) side. This is because vessels are expected to keep to the right side of the channel to maintain a consistent flow of traffic. By driving on the starboard side, vessels can avoid collisions and navigate safely within the channel.

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  • 28. 

    What kind of navigation mark is this? 

    • A.

      A port lateral mark

    • B.

      A channel blocked mark

    • C.

      A safe water mark

    • D.

      An isolated danger mark

    Correct Answer
    D. An isolated danger mark
    Explanation
    An isolated danger mark is a type of navigation mark that is used to indicate the presence of a single isolated danger, such as a wreck or a rock, in the vicinity. It is typically a black and red vertically striped buoy or beacon with two black spheres on top. The purpose of an isolated danger mark is to warn mariners to keep a safe distance from the danger and to navigate around it.

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  • 29. 

    What MUST you do when driving your vessel within a No Wash Zone?

    • A.

      Travel at a speed which creates minimal wash to ensure that your wash does not affect other people or vessels

    • B.

      Travel at no more than 8 knots

    • C.

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

    • D.

      Not tow a waterskier or an aquaplaner

    Correct Answer
    A. Travel at a speed which creates minimal wash to ensure that your wash does not affect other people or vessels
    Explanation
    When driving your vessel within a No Wash Zone, it is necessary to travel at a speed that creates minimal wash to avoid affecting other people or vessels. This is important to maintain safety and prevent any potential damage or disturbance caused by the wash created by the vessel. By adhering to this requirement, boaters can ensure that they are being considerate of others and minimizing any negative impact on the surrounding environment.

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  • 30. 

    If an unpredictable change in weather occurs and you are unable to make it to a safe harbour, you should:

    • A.

      Ride out the initial onslaught by keeping your bow into the wind and waves

    • B.

      Activate a distress signal such as an EPIRB or red hand held flare

    • C.

      Maintain a sufficient speed to allow you to steer the vessel, but no faster

    • D.

      Both ‘A’ and ‘C’

    Correct Answer
    D. Both ‘A’ and ‘C’
    Explanation
    In the given scenario, if an unpredictable change in weather occurs and you are unable to make it to a safe harbor, it is advised to ride out the initial onslaught by keeping your bow into the wind and waves. This position helps to stabilize the vessel and prevent it from being capsized by the waves. Additionally, it is important to maintain a sufficient speed to allow you to steer the vessel, but no faster. This allows you to have control over the direction of the vessel while avoiding excessive speed that may lead to loss of control in rough conditions. Therefore, both options 'A' and 'C' are correct.

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  • 31. 

    If you find yourself in cold water, what can you do to extend survival time?

    • A.

      Move constantly and do not remove clothing

    • B.

      Remove all wet clothing and float on your back

    • C.

      Assume the Heat Escape Lessening Posture (HELP) and do not remove clothing

    • D.

      Remove clothing and maintain movement of your arms and legs

    Correct Answer
    C. Assume the Heat Escape Lessening Posture (HELP) and do not remove clothing
    Explanation
    Assuming the Heat Escape Lessening Posture (HELP) and not removing clothing can help extend survival time in cold water. This posture involves drawing the knees to the chest and crossing the arms tightly over the chest, while keeping the head out of the water. This position helps to conserve body heat by reducing heat loss through the extremities and minimizing the body's surface area exposed to the cold water. Removing clothing would increase heat loss and decrease survival time. Therefore, assuming the HELP posture and keeping clothing on would be the best approach to extend survival time in cold water.

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  • 32. 

    If you see a white light flashing in groups of two, what should you do? 

    • A.

      Keep a lookout for overhead powerlines

    • B.

      Pass on the right hand side of the light

    • C.

      Pass on any side of the light but do not pass too close

    • D.

      Keep wash to a minimum

    Correct Answer
    C. Pass on any side of the light but do not pass too close
    Explanation
    Passing on any side of the light but not too close is the correct answer because a white light flashing in groups of two is typically used to indicate a level crossing or a pedestrian crossing. It is important to pass with caution and not too close to ensure the safety of pedestrians or vehicles crossing the road. Keeping a lookout for overhead powerlines, passing on the right hand side of the light, and keeping wash to a minimum are not relevant actions in this situation.

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  • 33. 

    You are driving a vessel at high speed and your vision is suddenly affected by sun or spray. Your immediate reaction should be:

    • A.

      Slow down or stop

    • B.

      Continue driving at speed in anticipation that you will regain your vision

    • C.

      Increase speed and manoeuvre vessel to find a direction to minimise spray and the effect of the sun

    • D.

      Alter course to port and continue at speed

    Correct Answer
    A. Slow down or stop
    Explanation
    When driving a vessel at high speed, sudden impairment of vision due to sun or spray can be extremely dangerous. Continuing to drive at high speed in anticipation of regaining vision is risky and can lead to accidents. Increasing speed and maneuvering the vessel to minimize spray and the effect of the sun is also not a safe option. Altering the course to port and continuing at speed may not address the immediate issue of impaired vision. The safest and most appropriate reaction in this situation would be to slow down or stop the vessel, allowing time for vision to be restored and ensuring the safety of everyone on board.

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  • 34. 

    You are driving a power driven vessel and see a vessel ahead of you exhibiting these lights. What should you do? 

    • A.

      Alter your course to starboard (right)

    • B.

      Alter your course to port (left)

    • C.

      Maintain your speed and course

    • D.

      Stop immediately and turn off all lights

    Correct Answer
    A. Alter your course to starboard (right)
    Explanation
    When you see a vessel ahead of you exhibiting these lights, you should alter your course to starboard (right). This is because the vessel ahead is displaying the red light on its port (left) side and the green light on its starboard (right) side. According to the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS), when two power-driven vessels are approaching each other head-on or nearly so, both vessels should alter their course to starboard (right) to pass each other safely. By altering your course to starboard, you are following the rules and ensuring a safe passage.

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  • 35. 

    When using navigational Leads, you should: 

    • A.

      Pass to the right when going upstream

    • B.

      Pass either side but not too close

    • C.

      Line the leads up, one behind the other

    • D.

      Ignore them as they are only used by large commercial vessels

    Correct Answer
    C. Line the leads up, one behind the other
    Explanation
    When using navigational leads, it is important to line them up, one behind the other. Navigational leads are a set of markers or objects used to guide the navigation of a vessel through a channel or waterway. By lining them up, one can ensure that they are following the correct path and staying within the designated channel. This helps to prevent grounding or colliding with any obstacles or shallow areas.

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  • 36. 

    What action should NOT be taken when a person falls overboard?

    • A.

      Keep driving and notify marine rescue on your return home

    • B.

      Keep the person in sight at all times. If other passengers are onboard use them as a lookout

    • C.

      Throw over a lifejacket

    • D.

      Once alongside, stop the engine and make sure the weight in the vessel is evenly distributed before bringing the person onboard

    Correct Answer
    A. Keep driving and notify marine rescue on your return home
    Explanation
    When a person falls overboard, it is important to immediately stop the boat and attempt a rescue. Continuing to drive and notifying marine rescue only upon returning home would cause a delay in rescue efforts and increase the risk to the person in the water. Therefore, this action should not be taken in such a situation.

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  • 37. 

    Which of the following vessels are required to have or display lights at night?

    • A.

      Power driven vessels

    • B.

      Canoes and rowboats

    • C.

      Sailing vessels

    • D.

      All vessels need to have or display lights at night

    Correct Answer
    D. All vessels need to have or display lights at night
    Explanation
    All vessels need to have or display lights at night in order to ensure visibility and prevent collisions. This is important for the safety of the vessel itself as well as other vessels in the vicinity. Lights help to indicate the position, direction, and status of a vessel, allowing other vessels to navigate safely and take appropriate actions. Whether it is a power driven vessel, a canoe or rowboat, or a sailing vessel, having or displaying lights at night is a necessary requirement.

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  • 38. 

    What situation is this vessel in based on the lights displayed? 

    • A.

      Vessel constrained by draft

    • B.

      Vessel not under command

    • C.

      Vessel at anchor

    • D.

      Vessel aground

    Correct Answer
    D. Vessel aground
    Explanation
    Based on the lights displayed, the vessel is in a situation where it is aground. "Aground" refers to a vessel that is stranded or stuck on the bottom of the sea or waterway. The lights displayed by a vessel aground may vary, but typically they would include a white light at the forward end and a red light at the aft end. This indicates that the vessel is unable to move and is stuck in a fixed position.

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  • 39. 

    Review the picture below and determine the signals that should be displayed. 

    • A.

      Two red lights with 225 degree forward arch

    • B.

      Anchor ball or light is adequate

    • C.

      Two red all-round lights, one anchor light and deck lighting

    • D.

      Red - White - Red all-round lights with anchor ball or light

    Correct Answer
    C. Two red all-round lights, one anchor light and deck lighting
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Two red all-round lights, one anchor light and deck lighting". This is because according to the picture, there are two red all-round lights, which are required for a vessel that is not under command or restricted in its ability to maneuver. Additionally, there is one anchor light, which is necessary when the vessel is at anchor. Finally, there is deck lighting, which helps to illuminate the deck of the vessel for safety purposes.

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  • 40. 

    The part of the boat labelled A in the diagram below is the: 

    • A.

      Transom

    • B.

      Gunwale

    • C.

      Freeboard

    • D.

      Draught

    Correct Answer
    C. Freeboard
    Explanation
    The part of the boat labelled A in the diagram is the freeboard. Freeboard refers to the vertical distance between the waterline and the upper deck level of a boat. It is an important measurement as it determines the boat's stability and ability to handle rough water conditions.

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  • 41. 

    The part of the boat labelled B in the diagram below is the: 

    • A.

      Stern

    • B.

      Draught

    • C.

      Gunwale

    • D.

      Freeboard

    Correct Answer
    B. Draught
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Draught." In boating terminology, the draught refers to the depth of a boat's hull below the waterline. It is the vertical distance between the waterline and the lowest point of the boat. This measurement is important for determining the boat's stability and the depth of water it requires to navigate safely.

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  • 42. 

    The correct EPIRB for use in Australian waters is now:

    • A.

      406 Mhz

    • B.

      121.5 Mhz

    • C.

      243 Mhz

    • D.

      800 Mhz

    Correct Answer
    A. 406 Mhz
    Explanation
    The correct EPIRB for use in Australian waters is 406 Mhz. This frequency is recommended because it allows for more accurate and reliable distress signal transmission and can be detected by satellites. The 121.5 Mhz frequency was previously used but is now being phased out due to its limitations in terms of signal accuracy and satellite detection. The 243 Mhz and 800 Mhz frequencies are not commonly used for EPIRBs in Australian waters.

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  • 43. 

    Which of the following boats handle adverse conditions on a bar the best?

    • A.

      Punt

    • B.

      Shallow V

    • C.

      Displacement

    • D.

      Deep V hull

    Correct Answer
    D. Deep V hull
    Explanation
    A deep V hull is the best type of boat for handling adverse conditions on a bar. This type of hull has a sharp V shape at the bottom, which allows it to cut through rough waves and choppy waters more easily. The deep V hull provides better stability and control, reducing the chances of capsizing or losing control in adverse conditions. It also helps to minimize the impact of waves and provides a smoother ride, making it the ideal choice for navigating through challenging waters.

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  • 44. 

    The formula for carrying fuel is:

    • A.

      One third out, one third back and one third in reserve

    • B.

      Two thirds out and one third back

    • C.

      One half out and one half back

    • D.

      Just make sure the tank is full

    Correct Answer
    A. One third out, one third back and one third in reserve
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "One third out, one third back and one third in reserve." This formula suggests that when carrying fuel, one should use one third of the fuel for the outbound journey, another third for the return journey, and keep one third as a reserve. This approach ensures that there is enough fuel for the entire trip and also accounts for any unexpected circumstances or emergencies that may require additional fuel.

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  • 45. 

    It is illegal in Australia for any person with a blood alcohol level of ___ or above to operate a powerboat.

    • A.

      .05

    • B.

      .08

    • C.

      1.0

    • D.

      2.0

    Correct Answer
    A. .05
    Explanation
    In Australia, it is illegal for any person to operate a powerboat if their blood alcohol level is .05 or above. This is because alcohol impairs a person's judgment, coordination, and reaction time, which can increase the risk of accidents and endanger the safety of both the boat operator and others on the water. The legal limit of .05 is set to ensure that boat operators are sober and capable of safely navigating the waterways.

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  • 46. 

    What action do you take if you are overtaking another vessel?

    • A.

      Wait till the vessel slows down

    • B.

      Pass on the port side

    • C.

      Pass on the starboard side

    • D.

      Keep well clear of the way of the vessel you are overtaking

    Correct Answer
    D. Keep well clear of the way of the vessel you are overtaking
    Explanation
    When overtaking another vessel, it is important to keep well clear of its way. This means maintaining a safe distance and ensuring that there is enough space between the two vessels to avoid any collision or interference with each other's course. By keeping well clear, you minimize the risk of accidents and ensure a safe and smooth overtaking maneuver.

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  • 47. 

    Which of the following is correct? 

    • A.

      The tidal range on the 22 June is 2.1 metres

    • B.

      There is a full moon on the 6th June

    • C.

      High water on the 21st July is at 8.00 am

    • D.

      Low water on the 20th June is at 7.22 pm

    Correct Answer
    A. The tidal range on the 22 June is 2.1 metres
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "The tidal range on the 22 June is 2.1 metres." This answer is correct because it provides specific information about the tidal range on a specific date, which is 2.1 meters. The other options do not provide any information about the tidal range or are unrelated to the topic of tidal range.

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  • 48. 

    Your motor on your 3.5 meter boat has failed and you are drifting in a strong outgoing tidal current. The correct call to the local marine rescue association would be:

    • A.

      MAYDAY

    • B.

      SECURITE

    • C.

      PAN PAN

    • D.

      MOBILE PHONE

    Correct Answer
    C. PAN PAN
    Explanation
    In maritime communication, "PAN PAN" is used to indicate an urgent situation that is not immediately life-threatening. This is the correct call to make in this scenario because although the motor has failed, the person is not in immediate danger. By making a PAN PAN call, the person can inform the local marine rescue association about their situation and request assistance without causing unnecessary panic or confusion.

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  • 49. 

    If the wind is blowing against the tide, you could expect:

    • A.

      Smooth boating

    • B.

      A rough ride

    • C.

      To anchor before high tide

    • D.

      Good fishing weather

    Correct Answer
    B. A rough ride
    Explanation
    When the wind is blowing against the tide, it creates opposing forces that can result in rough conditions on the water. The wind pushes against the tide, causing waves to become larger and choppier. This can make boating more challenging and uncomfortable, leading to a rough ride.

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  • 50. 

    Which of the following checks (3) are necessary to ensure your propeller is useable?

    • A.

      It is securely mounted to the shaft.

    • B.

      The paint is not worn.

    • C.

      There is no surface rust.

    • D.

      There are no cracks.

    • E.

      There are no dents in the leading edge.

    • F.

      There is no oil inside your propeller.

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. It is securely mounted to the shaft.
    D. There are no cracks.
    E. There are no dents in the leading edge.
    Explanation
    To ensure that the propeller is usable, it must be securely mounted to the shaft to prevent any potential detachment during operation. Additionally, there should be no cracks in the propeller, as this could compromise its structural integrity and lead to failure. Lastly, there should be no dents in the leading edge of the propeller, as this could disrupt its aerodynamic performance.

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