June 2007

Quiz #3 Safety First! What’s Your Score?

Compiled By Tom Nunes

1.  Before fueling a boat with a built-in fuel tank, you should:

  1. close all portholes, doors, and hatches.
  2. keep all smokers at least 3 feet away.
  3. turn on the bilge blower, if so equipped.
  4. open all portholes, doors, and hatches.

2. Under normal conditions, the recommended scope (length) of an anchor line should be approximately:

  1. 25: 1
  2. 15:1
  3. 7:1
  4. 2:1

3.  In Arizona, watercraft are registered by —

  1. the Arizona Department of Transportation.
  2. the Arizona Game & Fish Department.
  3. the Department of Motor Vehicles.
  4. the county in which the owner resides.

4.  Steering a Personal Watercraft (PWC) (aka: Jet Ski) involves turning a movable nozzle that directs a high-pressure stream of water either right or left, turning the boat to one side or the other.  It is important to know that a PWC will turn only when the —

  1. engine is at operating temperature.
  2. jet pump is operating and pushing a stream of water.
  3. two rudders are in contact with the water.
  4. engine is turning at least 4,000 rpm.

5.  In Arizona all engine driven watercraft —

  1. are not required to have a muffler-type device to control noise.
  2. must not emit engine noise above 125 decibels.
  3. does not make a lot of noise.
  4. must be equipped with a device to prevent excessive noise and shall not emit a sound level in excess of 86 decibels at 50 feet or more.

6.  The skipper (operator) of a boat is obligated by law to provide assistance to any individual in danger at sea (including lakes) providing —

  1. assistance cannot be provided by someone else.
  2. assistance can be provided safely without endangering his own boat or crew.
  3. recipient is adequately insured.
  4. person in need agrees to financial remuneration.

7.  The best fire extinguisher for a recreational boat is one that is Coast Guard approved and that will put out —

  1. A, B, and C fires.
  2. A and C fires only.
  3. carbon dioxide fires.
  4. Halon fires.

8.  A sailboat with sails rigged and the engine running and in gear is a :

  1. power-driven vessel.
  2. vessel not under commander.
  3. vessel restricted in its ability to maneuver.
  4. fast vessel.

9.  Which of the following is a true statement while boating in Arizona?

  1. It is illegal to allow a person to ride on the gunwales, transom, or decked over bow of a watercraft operated by machinery in excess of a wake-less speed.
  2. It’s ok to block a boat ramp in the winter since no one uses them in the winter.
  3. While water skiing, you only need a boat driver and do not need a ski flag.
  4. A watercraft with a 50 hp engine may have a sole operator who is 10 years old.

10.  If you are caught on the water in bad weather, your first step should be to —

  1. Listen to the weather forecast.
  2. Pour water into the bilge to increase stability.
  3. Turn and head for shore at full speed.
  4. See that all people aboard are wearing life jackets.

Quiz #3 Safety First! Quiz Answers