BoatU.S. FOUNDATION FOR BOATING
SAFETY AND CLEAN WATER BY SUSAN SHINGLEDECKER
HOW DO YOU STACK UP?
Test your boating knowledge on the most commonly missed questions
from our free online boating safety course
WHETHER YOU’VE BEEN BOATING for 20 days or 20 years, many boaters around the country are now required to take some form of boating education in their state. In fact, nearly 100,000 boaters registered for the BoatU.S. Foundation Free Online Boating Safety Course last year alone, in part,
no doubt, to meet state requirements. The course is a fun way to ramp up your
boating knowledge, and test what you already know. So how does your knowledge stack up to the rest? Are you a boating pro or a rookie? Our staff analyzed
hundreds of thousands of answers submitted by your fellow boaters, and we’ve
noticed that a few questions have emerged as the most missed, such as those
on the understanding of navigation rules, equipment-carriage requirements,
and state-specific regulations. See how your knowledge compares. Select the
best answers to these often-missed questions. Find the correct answers at
the end of this article.
1Which of the following is required on federally controlled waters for boats less
than 39. 4 feet ( 12 meters)?
a) A VHF radio
c) Paddle or oar
d) First-aid kit
2According to the Navigation Rules, which of the following is true?
a) A boat under power is always a
b) A personal watercraft is always a
c) An overtaking boat always gives way
to the boat being overtaken.
d) A boat under sail is always a
3Which of the following must follow Navigation Rules for a powerboat?
a) Any sailboat equipped with an engine
b) All sailboats under sail alone
c) A sailboat with sails up but no engine
d) A sailboat with its engine engaged
4A float plan should contain what information?
a) A date and time to contact the
b) A national weather service storm-
advisory signal listing
c) Coast Guard emergency radio
d) A pre-departure checklist
5Which of the following will increase the ffects of alcohol and drugs when boating?