September 2007

Safety First! What’s Your Score?

(Quiz #6)
Compiled By Tom Nunes

  1. Required on-board equipment for a boat to comply with federal laws is dictated by —
    1. the boat’s freeboard.
    2. the boat’s wholesale price.
    3. the boat’s weight (gross tonnage).
    4. the boat’s overall length.
  1. It’s important that a boat trailer have sufficient weight carrying ability to —
    1. hold the boat, gear, and all passengers when on the road.
    2. keep the trailer on the road surface when traveling at very high speeds.
    3. support the boat, engine, fuel, and all gear carried.
    4. carry just the weight of the boat.
  1. If you are caught on the water in bad weather, your first step should be to —
    1. listen for a weather forecast.
    2. pour water into the bilge to increase stability.
    3. turn and head for shore at full speed.
    4. see that all aboard are wearing life jackets.
  1. If your boat swamps or capsizes, the primary rule to remember is —
    1. immediately send someone over the side to swim for help.
    2. fasten a line to the boat and ask all to pull it ashore.
    3. always stay with the boat.
    4. swim some distance from the boat to avoid oil slicks.
  1. A sailing vessel with sails raised and the engine running is a —
    1. power-driven vessel.
    2. vessel not under command.
    3. vessel restricted in its ability to maneuver.
    4. fast vessel.
  1.  A safety-minded skipper never starts an inboard gasoline engine on a boat before —
    1. all passengers are comfortably seated on the foredeck, gunwale, or transom.
    2. checking to see that there is enough alcohol and additives to the fuel.
    3. sniffing for vapors in the engine and fuel compartments.
    4. checking the Sunday newspaper for a weather forecast.
  1. In Arizona, how far must a boat (including Jet Skis) stay away from another boat?
    1. 10 feet
    2. 400 feet
    3. 60 feet
    4. 200 feet
  1. In Arizona, all boats propelled by machinery —
    1. are not required to have a muffler to control noise.
    2. must not emit engine noise above 15 decibels.
    3. do 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.
  1. Which of the following statements is true?
    1. Personal watercraft (PWCs, Jet Skis) do not disturb the ecology of the water bottom.
    2. Wakes from PWCs are too minor to contribute to shoreline erosion.
    3. Noise from PWCs rarely disturbs people or wildlife.
    4. As when operating any boat, having consideration for others is most important when operating a PWC.
  1. The minimum age for operating a vessel propelled by machinery in Arizona is —
    1. 12.
    2. 15.
    3. 16.
    4. 21.