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Which category of life jacket is designed to turn an unconscious person face up in the water?

Off Shore/ Type 1


Which fire extinguisher type is correctly matched to its intended use?

Class B are designed to extinguish gasoline and oil fires


To whom should the skipper address a pre-departure briefing on emergency procedures and equipment use?

everyone aboard


What is the primary consideration when buying a boat?

think about how you will use it


What do the letters PASS mean when used to describe the operation of a fire extinguisher?

-pull the safety pin
-aim at the base of the fire
-squeeze the handle
-sweep the extinguisher from side to side


What is the best procedure for filling an outboard engine portable fuel tank?

fill the tank on the fuel dock, not on the boat


What condition renders a life jacket unserviceable?

it has a torn strap


How many portable fire extinguishers are required aboard an 18-foot powerboat with installed fuel tanks but with no fixed fire suppression system?



What is the primary consideration when selecting a life jacket for a small child?

match the child's weight to the capacity of the PFD


where do gasoline fumes tend to accumulate in a boat?

the bilge


During a Vessel Safety Check, the examiner notices oily rags in your bilge. Why should you immediately remove the rags?

to reduce the risk of fire


You have planned a long week-end cruise and have written a "float plan." With whom should you leave the float plan?

a responsible person indicating your intermediate stops and expected return date


What is the next step after running the engine compartment blower for at least 4 minutes, and before starting the inboard gasoline engine?

open the compartment cover and sniff for traces of gasoline fumes


How does a boat steer differently from an automobile?

in a different fashion because it pivots about a point approximately one-third of the way from the bow to the stern


What USCG approved equipment is required for boats operating in the United States coastal waters and the Great Lakes?

visual distress signals


What is an advantage of pistol-fired red meteor aerial flares over hand held flares?

are visible for a longer distance


What is a good practice just before taking in all mooring lines for a day at sea?

check the weather forecast


When boating on a large lake, the wind picks up. What should you do first?

Have everyone put on a USCG approved PFD


What is the proper storage practice for your visual distress signals?

in a cool, dry location in a red or orange watertight container clearly marked distress signals


How do you maintain good trim, not down by the bow or stern, when loading your boat?

load passengers and equipment alternately, checking trim frequently


What is a continuous and reliable source of weather information?

get an up to date NOAA weather advisory on the VHF weather channel


During your pre-departure boat check, what required equipment would you review with all aboard?

fire extinguisher, lights, first aid kits, PFDs etc.


What is the first rule for mooring?

plan your approach taking into consideration wind and current