Boat Safety Test FLORIDA

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All boats operating between sunset and sunrise

Turn on navigation lights

What must you do when anchoring at night?

Turn on an all-around white light

In the United States, what is the safety and distress calling frequency?

VHF Channel 16

HF Channel 16


At a minimum, what should a non-powered canoe or kayak display in reduced visibility?

All around white light

Which is a characteristic of a Type III PFD?

It will not turn most unconscious wearers face-up

When paddling a canoe at night, which piece of equipment should be carried to help avoid a collision?


According to the Navigation Rules, which must be aboard a 22-foot powerboat?

A whistle or horn

If pyrotechnic visual distress signals are used, how many must be onboard?


What type of boat requires navigation lights?

All boats operating between sunset and sunrise

The tongue weight of a trailer should be what percent of the Gross Trailer Weight Rating (GTWR)?

5 to 15%

Trailer ratings are based on what?

The total weight of the trailer and boat

What is the best course of action if you see a thunderstorm approaching?

Put your life jacket on, secure crew and gear, and keep a sharp lookout

Tide tables contain which of the following?

The height of the tide

What currents are a result of the movement of the sun and the moon?

Tidal currents

What should you do when operating a boat in large waves and high wind?

Head into the waves at a slight angle and reduce speed

What is an important step in the fueling process?

Ensuring electrical switches are off

In many states, trailers with a GVWR of 1,500 pounds or greater are required by law to have what equipment?


When retrieving a boat at a ramp what should be avoided?

Power loading onto the trailer

How much fuel is it illegal to spill overboard?

Any amount that causes a sheen

What should you do when operating in conditions of reduced visibility?

Turn on navigation lights

What is being signaled when you hear 5 short blasts from another vessel’s horn?

They are indicating a dangerous situation exists

A boat less than 12 meters (39.4 feet) in length, must have which of the following aboard?

Sound signaling device

Which statement is true concerning visual distress signals?

Flares are rated for day, night or combined day/night use

Boating safety advocates suggest that adults wear a PFD during what activity?

At all times when on the water

Which of the following is required to have a backfire flame arrestor?

A boat with a gasoline inboard engine

According to the Navigation Rules, which must be aboard a 22-foot powerboat?

A whistle or horn

How often should the inflator on a Type V PFD be checked?

Every time it is worn

Which class of trailer hitch is best suited for a boat and its equipment weighing less than 2,000 pounds?

Class I

When are lights required to be installed on a trailer?

Lights are required on every trailer

Water current has the greatest effect on which type of boat?

Displacement sailboat

What test can be performed to detect a leak after fueling a gasoline-powered boat

Sniff test

Which safety precaution should be taken first by a boat operator when boating in stormy weather?

Make sure all aboard are wearing USCG-approved PFDs

Where should non-essential passengers stand during the fueling process?


How many minutes should a blower be operated before starting an engine?


Which one of the following is designated as a mooring buoy?

White buoy with horizontal blue stripe

When is a sailboat the stand-on vessel in relations to a recreational power boat?

Only when under sail alone and is crossing the path of the powerboat

Which of the following is true about the use of alcohol while boating?

It is against the law to operate a vessel while intoxicated

Which of the following is recommended when docking your boat?

Have your fenders and dock lines ready before you approach the dock

When can a Navigation Rule be overlooked?

If necessary to avoid immediate danger

Maintaining a proper lookout using human sight and hearing applies to boats under what circumstances?

All boats at all hours

What is the proper technique for anchoring?

From the bow

What is the term for the disturbed water left behind as a boat moves through the water?


On a recreational boat, the location of emergency equipment (life jackets, fire extinguishers, visual distress signals, radio, etc.) should be reviewed before departure with which persons?

Everyone aboard

Under the Navigation Rules, in which situation is it OK to break the rules?

hen absolutely necessary to avoid a collision

What should you do if you suddenly find yourself in cold water?

Put on a PFD and get into the HELP position

What should you do if your small open boat capsizes?

Stay with the boat and signal for help

If you run your boat aground, what should you do first?

Calmly assess the situation and get everyone to don PFDs

What type of report must be filed if there is an accident while boating?

Boating Accident Report

How many B1 fire extinguishers must motorboats between 26 and 40 feet have aboard?


In general, what are dry chemical fire extinguishers designed to do?

Smother the fire

What should you do if your boat capsizes?

Stay with the boat

If you run aground in an outboard boat and you are not taking on water, what is the first step in attempting to free your vessel?

Stop the engine and lift it

Which one of the following is a Coast Guard requirement for fire extinguishers?

Must be maintained in a fully charged usable condition

What does the letter "B" on a B-1 fire extinguisher indicate??

The type of fire it is designed to extinguish

What must you do to maintain steerage on a personal water craft?

You must apply the throttle

Other than a PFD, what two things must be aboard every personal watercraft?

Fire extinguisher and emergency signaling devices

Personal water craft are considered what type of motor vessel?

Class A

When passing through a lock, which light means "approach the lock under full control?"


When loading a small open boat, which of the following is important?

Do not exceed any of the recommended limits as found on the capacity plate

What is the leading cause of PWC accidents?

Striking an object

The U.S. Coast Guard considers personal watercraft what kind of boat?

Class "A" Inboard Boats

Carbon monoxide poisoning is sometimes mistakenly identified as what?


Which of the following can help detect a carbon monoxide build up?

A carbon monoxide detector

Which of the following is a symptom of carbon monoxide poisoning?


What should sportsman always consider when hunting from a boat?

Most accidents happen in open motorboats 16 feet or less

What does a slashing hand motion over the neck mean by a waterskiing participant?

Cut the motor or stop

What do courteous PWC operators always do?

Control speed, noise and wake

Which of the following is a recommended practice for PWC operation?

Using courtesy and common sense at all times

Which of the following is required equipment for personal watercraft?

Fire extinguisher, emergency signaling devices and PFDs

Which is a recommended water-skiing safety practice?

Holding up a ski after falling

Which of the following is a symptom of carbon monoxide poisoning?

Drowsiness and nausea

what special care must you take with your hull identification number (HIN)

Be careful not to remove or destroy this number

When is the best time for cleaning your boat to stop the spread of aquatic nuisance species?

Before you leave the ramp area

A cathedral hull allows a boat to do what?

Get up on a plane quicker

What is true of a no discharge zone or NDZ?

Discharge of sewage is illegal

Which of the following is a requirement for PFDs?

Must be properly sized for the intended wearer

Which of the following is a legal requirement for a PFD?

Must be in good, serviceable condition

Which of the following is required to be carried aboard a 25 foot powerboat when operating at night?

Approved visual distress signals

Which of the following items are required on a 12 foot inflatable dinghy?

A PDF for each person on board

Which of the following is a characteristic of an overloaded boat?

Handles Poorly

What must a Type III Sanitation Device have when boating on inland waters?

Closed and secured Y valve

What does a marine pump out station do?

Pumps out waste from holding tanks

On power-driven vessels, which of the following is true of navigation lights?

Must be turned on during periods of restricted visibility

If another boat signals their intention to pass you from astern, what should you do?

Answer with the same signal if in agreement and maintain course and speed

Which of the following indicates an emergency situation aboard?

Orange Smoke blowing from a boat

In the United States, what is the VHF radio safety and distress calling channel?


Why is the height of a VHF radio antenna important?

VHF radio works by the line of sight principle

What should you do with a torn PFD?

Discard and replace it – do not attempt to fix it

Which if the following is required to have a backfire arrestor?

A boat wit a gasoline inboard engine

Inboard gasoline boats built after July 31st, 1980 must have what type of ventilation system?


Which of the following is required on federally-controlled waters for boats less than 39.4 feet?

Sound producing device

USCG regulations require that a 14 foot powerboat carry which of the following items between sunset and sunrise?

Navigation Lights

By law, what must you do if oil or fuel spills into the water?

Report it to the U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center

In Navigation Rules, what must give-way boats do?

Keep clear of stand-on boats

According to the Navigation Rules, which of the following is true?

An overtaking boat always gives way to the boat being overtaken.

When approaching a mooring buoy, which of the following should you do?

Approach slowly

What information is most important when passing near a lighthouse?

water depth

When a sailboat overtakes a powerboat, which vessel is the stand-on vessel?


When returning from sea, a green navigation buoy should be passed in what manner?

always kept on port side

What does a regulatory buoy with a diamond symbol indicate?


When returning to homeport from seaward and you see a red buoy, how should you respond?

Keep the buoy on your starboard side

What should a boater do with a float plan?

Give it to a friend or relative ashore

The state of visibility should be a determining factor when deciding what?

A safe operating speed

What is the requirement for Coast Guard assistance when a vessel is aground?

When the grounded vessel or crew are in immediate danger

What is the best way to avoid running aground?

look at the nautical chart

What is the primary responsibility for a vessel operator assisting a boat in destress?

Keeping his/her vessel and him/herself out of danger

Which is the major cause of fatalities involving small boats?

falling overboard and drowning

where should you aim a fire extinguisher’s stream when extinguishing a fire?

At the base of the fiire and use sweeping motion

What does a red flag with a diagonal white stripe mean?

diver in water

What must be visible to law enforcement personnel while operating a PWC?

Registration numbers

Which is characteristic of low head dams?

They poze hazards both above and below dams

Florida law states that a boater is considered to be under the influence if he or she has a blood or breath alcohol concentration of

.08 or greater

In Florida, skiing and towing activities may only take place when?

1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour past sunset

People born on or after January 1, 1988 who operate a powerboat of atleast what horsepower (hp) are required to carry a Florida boating education card?


Every person watercraft is required to wear what in Florida?

Connect it to the operator at all times

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