From the Bow to the Stern

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#1. One knot (the speed unit used for boats) is equal to what speed in miles per hour?

One knot is 1.151 miles per hour, so if you’re traveling at 10 knots, your equivalent speed would be 11.5 mph.

#2. How much horsepower might you find on a so-called “go-fast” or “cigarette” boat?

They typically have two (or more) engines that combine for 1,000 or more horsepower, making them capable of very high speeds.

#3. What color of navigational lights are used for boats?

The basic navigation (or running) lights are red, green and white.

#4. What sort of boat is a laker?

Also known as “lake freighters,” bulk carriers are large ships often found in the waters of the Great Lakes.

#5. On a crowded lake, the only rule for navigating traffic is to travel at a slow speed to avoid a collision.

You should always travel at a safe speed, but there are plenty of guidelines for boating — many boaters, however, simply don’t know them.

#6. What is it called when a boat tips on its side?

There are many famous cases of boats capsizing. One occurred in 1915, when the SS Eastland tipped over in the Chicago River.

#7. What is required on your boat?

#8. You should pass on which side of a slower vessel?

You can pass on either side, but either way, you should do so with care to avoid a collision.

#9. What is a PFD?

PFDs, or personal flotation devices, are the all-important life jackets that should be standard equipment on every boat.

#10. What does it mean when a boat is displaying two red running lights?

It means the boat isn’t under command and may be having problems with steering or control.

#11. If a boat approaches from your right (starboard), it has right of way.

You must yield to a boat that approaches you from your starboard side.

#12. What do you call a boat that has two parallel hulls of equal size?

The two-hull design of a catamaran cuts down on resistance and increases stability.

#13. What power source was used for the first patented outboard motor?

Patented in 1880, the motor was created by a French electrical engineer named Gustave Trouve, who also made the world’s first electric vehicle.

#14. What power source was used for the first patented outboard motor?

Patented in 1880, the motor was created by a French electrical engineer named Gustave Trouve, who also made the world’s first electric vehicle.

#15. Which of the following vessels has the top priority, meaning others must give way?

With their gear deployed, fishing vessels have less maneuverability, meaning the other two types must do their part to stay clear.

#16. To which part of the boat does the word “gunnel” refer?

The word “gunnel” refers to the sides of the boat. The front of the boat is called the bow, and the rear is called the stern.

#17. Where must your boat registration number go?

#18. What causes the most accidents onboard a boat?

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