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. 
    • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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’

  • 31. 
    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

  • 32. 
    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

  • 33. 
    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

  • 34. 
    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

  • 35. 
    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

  • 36. 
    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

  • 37. 
    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

  • 38. 
    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

  • 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

  • 40. 
    The part of the boat labelled A in the diagram below is the: 
    • A. 

      Transom

    • B. 

      Gunwale

    • C. 

      Freeboard

    • D. 

      Draught

  • 41. 
    The part of the boat labelled B in the diagram below is the: 
    • A. 

      Stern

    • B. 

      Draught

    • C. 

      Gunwale

    • D. 

      Freeboard

  • 42. 
    The correct EPIRB for use in Australian waters is now:
    • A. 

      406 Mhz

    • B. 

      121.5 Mhz

    • C. 

      243 Mhz

    • D. 

      800 Mhz

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 48. 
    Your motor on your 3.5 metre 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

  • 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

  • 50. 
    • 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.

  • 51. 
    You always need to add oil in with your fuel on boats, even if they are 4-stroke engines.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 52. 
    • A. 

      Anchor A

    • B. 

      Anchor B

    • C. 

      Anchor C

  • 53. 
    If you were boating in calm weather and decided to anchor in 3 metres of water, approximately how much anchor rope should you let out (in addition to the 2 metres of chain)? 
    • A. 

      13 metres

    • B. 

      24 metres

    • C. 

      6 metres

    • D. 

      30 metres

  • 54. 
    If you have a 2-stroke engine that runs a mixture of 50:1, how much oil would you have to add to 25 litres of fuel.
    • A. 

      250ml

    • B. 

      500ml

    • C. 

      750 ml

    • D. 

      1 Litre

  • 55. 
    Sacrificial anodes should be replaced when they are smaller than 60% of their original size.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 56. 
    Which of the following statements about fuel is true?
    • A. 

      All fuel should be thrown out after 3 months

    • B. 

      2-stroke mixtures should be thrown out after 3 months and 4-stroke after 6 months

    • C. 

      2-stroke mixtures should be thrown out after 6 months and 4-stroke after 3 months

    • D. 

      All fuel should be thrown out after 6 months

  • 57. 
    You are just about to leave to go fishing offshore when you realise that your flares are out of date by 2 days. As you would assume that they are still in good working order, should you continue on your trip as planned?
    • A. 

      No

    • B. 

      Yes

  • 58. 
    You don't need a boat licence if the motor is less than 10hp.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False