Memorial Day Weekend Test: Do You Know The Seven Rules of the Water?


The Memorial Day holiday season is , in many regions of America, the kickoff to the summer. Right now, from Maine to the Carolinas, their chart plotters are being dusted off by a great deal of skippers and attempting to recall what the hell all of the buttons do.

It is a good time to get a refresher on the waterway rules of the street. Would you answer these seven states, which can be based on the U.S. Coast Guard's navigation rules? (Answers are available in the bottom of the page).

1: Your powerboat is going right for a powerboat that's coming in the opposite direction. What should you do to avoid a collision?

A. Alter your course to port

B. Alter your course to starboard

c. Blare the horn before another skipper blinks

2: True or false: Principle 33 states that boats, depending on their size, should have a whistle, a bell and/or a gong as a means of signaling to other boats via noise.

a. True

b. False

3: When cruising through a narrow channel, a skipper should keep his boat:

a. As far to starboard as is possible

B. Near the center, to avoid shoaling in the borders 

c. On a continuous heading toward the closest beach bar

4: Cruising powerboats have to stay out of the way of:

A. Commercial fishing boats, but when they have actually caught some fish

B. Sailboats, but just when the winds are weak and the sails are fluttering

c. Sailing vessels, fishing boats and vessels restricted in their ability to maneuver, such as freight and cruise ships

A. Skip to the head of this line when awaiting a bridge opening alongside craft 

6: True or false: A yacht which is more than 328 feet long must illuminate her decks , in addition to getting all-round white lights on display:

a. True

b. False

7: One brief blast of a ship's horn signifies:

A. I intend to leave you 

B. I intend to leave you on my port side

c. Get out of the way, guy; I am overdue for a clambake

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