1. It’s always smart to carry a VHF, a first-aid
kit, and even a secondary means of propulsion, such as an oar. But the regulations require
that you carry a sound-making device, which
will help you get attention from nearby boats
if you need help. The correct answer is b.
2. When overtaking another boat, the rules
are clear: The overtaking boat must give way to
the boat it’s passing, and that means it needs
to keep its wake down, and mustn’t force the
slower boat into any uncompromising navigation position. Lots of folks get confused about
right of way between sail and power vessels —
even a sailboat under sail alone must give way
to a powerboat when the sailboat is passing.
The correct answer is c.
3. When a sailboat turns on its motor, and
is using it to make way, it then essentially
becomes a powerboat under the Navigation
Rules. It can sometimes be challenging to tell
when a boat with sails up is motor-sailing, so
if you see a sailboat with sails up, treat them
as if they’re under sail alone and restricted in
their ability to maneuver. But, if you’re the sailboat with your sails up and you’re operating
under power as well, ACT as if you’re a powerboat taking early and substantial action to
make your maneuvers clear to other boaters.
The correct answer is d.
4. The purpose of a float plan is to let others know the specifics of your trip so they
will know when to alert the authorities if you
haven’t returned and to provide additional
information that might be helpful should the
unexpected occur. The correct answer is a.
5. Research has shown that the stressors of
boating including sun, noise, vibration and
the motion of the water all contribute to a
type of fatigue called “boater’s hypnosis,”
which, when combined with alcohol, can
dramatically increase the effects of intoxication in both the operator and passengers.
While a designated driver is the safest bet on
land, on the water everyone needs to play it
safe and sober. The correct answer is b.
6. When we’re talking about life jackets, it is
important that they be the right size for the
intended wearer and that they be easy to reach
(if you’re not already wearing it). But when
the Coast Guard uses the term “serviceable
condition,” they really want to make sure the
life jacket works.
An emergency situation is not the right
time to find out that your life jackets won’t
fasten, or worse, won’t float anymore. So check
your life jackets frequently to make sure the
straps aren’t frayed, buckles and clips fasten,
and zippers work. Sun and water exposure
can also diminish their buoyancy over time, so
periodically try them on and jump in the water
to make sure they can still keep you afloat.
The correct answer is c.
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6What is the USCG-approved meaning of “serviceable condition” for life jackets?
AND THE WINNER IS ...
a) The ability to turn a person face up
b) Proper size and fit
c) Straps and zippers work
d) Must be within easy reach
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