Safety First! What’s Your Score?
Compiled By Tom Nunes
- Required on-board equipment for a boat to comply with federal laws is dictated by —
- the boat’s freeboard.
- the boat’s wholesale price.
- the boat’s weight (gross tonnage).
- the boat’s overall length.
- It’s important that a boat trailer have sufficient weight carrying ability to —
- hold the boat, gear, and all passengers when on the road.
- keep the trailer on the road surface when traveling at very high speeds.
- support the boat, engine, fuel, and all gear carried.
- carry just the weight of the boat.
- If you are caught on the water in bad weather, your first step should be to —
- listen for a weather forecast.
- pour water into the bilge to increase stability.
- turn and head for shore at full speed.
- see that all aboard are wearing life jackets.
- If your boat swamps or capsizes, the primary rule to remember is —
- immediately send someone over the side to swim for help.
- fasten a line to the boat and ask all to pull it ashore.
- always stay with the boat.
- swim some distance from the boat to avoid oil slicks.
- A sailing vessel with sails raised and the engine running is a —
- power-driven vessel.
- vessel not under command.
- vessel restricted in its ability to maneuver.
- fast vessel.
- A safety-minded skipper never starts an inboard gasoline engine on a boat before —
- all passengers are comfortably seated on the foredeck, gunwale, or transom.
- checking to see that there is enough alcohol and additives to the fuel.
- sniffing for vapors in the engine and fuel compartments.
- checking the Sunday newspaper for a weather forecast.
- In Arizona, how far must a boat (including Jet Skis) stay away from another boat?
- 10 feet
- 400 feet
- 60 feet
- 200 feet
- In Arizona, all boats propelled by machinery —
- are not required to have a muffler to control noise.
- must not emit engine noise above 15 decibels.
- do not make a lot of noise.
- 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.
- Which of the following statements is true?
- Personal watercraft (PWCs, Jet Skis) do not disturb the ecology of the water bottom.
- Wakes from PWCs are too minor to contribute to shoreline erosion.
- Noise from PWCs rarely disturbs people or wildlife.
- As when operating any boat, having consideration for others is most important when operating a PWC.
- The minimum age for operating a vessel propelled by machinery in Arizona is —