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What type of boat is most likely to have a planing hull?

A Ski Boat

What must be done with the vessel’s registration paper?

Keep it aboard the boat when in operation

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

Handles Poorly

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

Be Careful not to remove or destory this number

Where onboard a boat are the gunwales located?

At the top of the sides

What type of planning hull handles rough water the best?

Deep V Hull

What is a characteristic of a catamaran hull?

A Stable Ride

What is true of a No Discharge Zone or NDZ?

Discharge of sewage is illegal

Which of the following vessels are exempt from being titled and registered in Virginia?

Canoe and kayaks without an engine

In washington, where can you get a boat trailer registration?

Department of license

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

Lights must be on during periods of restricted visibility

According to the Navigation Rules, a rapidly ringing bell every minute signals what?

A boat at anchor in the fog

Which of the following is true of a carburetor backfire flame arrestor?

Prevents explosions on inboard gasoline engines

What is the USCG-approved meaning of "serviceable condition" for PFDs?

Straps and zippers work

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

Navigations Lights

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

A PFD for everyone aboard

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

Every time it is worn

Which type of fire extinguisher should be onboard a vessel with a permanently installed fuel tank?

Type B

Every person aboard a personal watercraft is required to wear what in Virginia?

A personal floatation device

When not below deck or in an enclosed cabin, children under what age must wear PFDs when boating in Virginia?


Trailer ratings are based on what?

The total weight of the trailer and boat

When are lights required to be installed on a trailer?

Lights are required on every trailer

Which of the following is considered a safe refueling practice?

Closing all hatches and doors while refueling

What should you do if caught in severe storm conditions?

Put on your life jacket if it’s not on already

Which of the following is a sign that the weather may change for the worse?

A sudden drop in the temperature

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

Sniff Test

Which is a common first indicator of an approaching thunderstorm?

A Buildup of dark clouds

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


Which one of the following is true about can buoys?

They are cylindrical in shape

A yellow buoy may mark which of the following?

A spoil area

What should be avoided when anchoring?

Throwing the anchor as far away from the boat as possible and backing up

For most anchoring situations, which is the best type of anchor line?

Three-strand twisted nylon

When is a lookout on a vessel required?

At All Times

A mooring buoy is a white buoy with which color stripe


By operating a boat in Virginia, you have consented to what kind of test if directed by a marine patrol officer?


Which statement is true about red buoys under the Inland Rules?

They should be passed on your starboard side when going upstream

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

Overtaking boats are give-way boats

What action should be taken when nearing a bend in a narrow channel?

Stay to the starboard edge of the channel and signal one prolonged blast

A boat operating in a narrow channel is required to keep as close as is safe to what side?

Side closest to starboard

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

What should a boater do with a float plan?

Give it to a friend or relative ashore

In Virginia, boaters with blood alcohol content (BAC) over what percent are considered Operating Under the Influence (OUI)?


In Virginia, a person must be how old to legally operate a PWC?


What is the primary purpose of the Navigation Rules?

To prevent collision and accidents

What does it mean if you are the stand on vessel in an overtaking situation?

You are about to be passed and should maintain course and speed

Which of the following should you do when anchoring?

Pick a reference point on shore to gauge if you are dragging

What information is most important when passing near a lighthouse?

Water Depth

When returning from sea, a red navigational buoy should be passed in what manner?

Always kept on the starboard side

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

All boats at all hours

Regulatory and informational markers are easily identified through which features?

White color with orange geometric shapes

In Virginia, when hailed by a marine patrol officer, what must you do?

Stop and permit the officer to come alongside

In Virginia, what must you do when operating a boat or PWC within 50 feet of a dock, boat launch, or people in the water?

Proceed at slow-no-wake speed

What should you always do when a person falls overboard?

Have someone keep the victim in sight

Where should fire extinguishers be stored on a boat?

Where they are readily available

When someone falls overboard, what action should the skipper take?

Get flotation to the person and assign a spotter

What is a requirement for fire extinguishers on a boat?

Must be Coast Guard Approved

What should you do if your boat capsizes?

Stay with the boat

Which is the major cause of fatalities involving small boats?

Falling overboard and drowning

What is the term for the depth of the water needed to float a boat clear of the bottom?


Which of the following is a good technique when using a fire extinguisher?

Direct the extinguisher at the base of the flames using a sweeping motion

Within how many days must you file a boating accident for an incident that results in property damage only and exceeds $2000?


In Virginia, what are boat operators required to do when involved in an accident?

Give assistance to any person injured in the accident

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

Put on a PFD and get into the HELP position

If grounded aboard a small powerboat, which is a method to help free yourself?

Try to kedge your boat off the obstruction

Which of the following is a symptom of hypothermia?

Uncontrolled breathing

If your inboard/outboard boat runs aground, what action should you take in addition to shifting the weight away from the point of impact?

Stop the engine and lift the outdrive

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

Must be maintained in a fully charged usable condition

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

Calmly assess the situation and get everyone to don PFDs

Class "B" fire extinguishers are best suited to fight what kind of fires?


Which "class" of fires consists of flammable liquids including stove alcohol, gasoline and diesel?

Class B

The danger of hypothermia is greatest for a person in which situation?

Immersed in cold water

You must submit a written accident report to the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries if damage to property exceeds how much?


Why Must A personal Water Craft operator follow US Coast Guard Rules and Regulations?

Because they are considered a Class A motor Vessel

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

do not exceed any of the recommended limits on the capacity plate

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

Using courtesy and common sense at all times.

Which action may cause the loss of steering ability in a PWC?

Letting off the throttle control

When capsized and floating on your back in a swift river current, how should you position your feet?


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

Drowsiness and nausea

Deadly amounts of carbon monoxide can be released from which of the following?

Inboard Gas engine exhaust

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


Which of the following is not considered a deadly consequence of teak surfing or platform dragging?

Wood Splinter

When towed by a powerboat, waterskiing and other tow-sports must only take place during what hours in Virginia?

Half-hour before sunrise to half-hour after sunset

What does an automatic cut-off lanyard do when properly attached to a PWC operator?

It stops the engine when the operator falls overboard.

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

Registration numbers

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

What hidden and potentially deadly danger exists when teak surfing or platform dragging?

Carbon Monoxide can overcome participants

Carbon monoxide poisoning is sometimes mistakenly identified as what?


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