USCG Rules of the Road: Master's License

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126: INLAND ONLY For the purpose of the Inland Navigation Rules, the term "Inland Waters" includes __________.


175: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND You see the display of lights shown. They indicate a vessel __________. (DIAGRAM 71 )


182: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND At night, you see the display of lights shown. They indicate a(n) __________. (DIAGRAM 74 )


185: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND You see the display of lights shown. It could be a __________. (DIAGRAM 54 )

    N a. pilot vessel with a motor launch alongside
    N b. fishing vessel adrift and fishing with handlines
    N c. fishing vessel at anchor
    Y d. fishing vessel with outlying gear more than 150 meters

246: INLAND ONLY You are on vessel "A" as shown in a narrow channel. Vessel "B" sounds two short blasts. If you are in agreement you should __________. (DIAGRAM 32 )

    Y a. sound two short blasts
    N b. sound two prolonged followed by two short blasts
    N c. not answer the whistle signals from vessel "B"
    N d. None of the above

260: INLAND ONLY A vessel engaged in public safety activities may display an alternately flashing red and yellow light. This special light may be used by a vessel engaged in __________.

    Y a. search and rescue
    N b. restricted in ability to maneuver
    N c. not under command
    N d. river bank protection

312: INLAND ONLY You see the lights shown while proceeding in a channel. What should you do? (DIAGRAM 85 )

    N a. Proceed at full see speed through the two sets of double red lights.
    N b. Stop the vessel and await the red lights to change to green.
    Y c. Slow down and pass between the two sets of double red lights.
    N d. None of the above

366: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND Two power-driven vessels are crossing as shown. Vessel "A" sounds one short blast on the whistle. Vessel "B" is the __________. (DIAGRAM 42 )

    N a. give-way vessel
    Y b. stand-on vessel
    N c. overtaking vessel
    N d. burdened vessel

4058: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND Which factor is listed in the Rules as one which must be taken into account when determining safe speed?

    N a. The construction of the vessel
    Y b. The maneuverability of the vessel
    N c. The experience of vessel personnel
    N d. All of the above must be taken into account.

4095: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND When underway in a channel, you should keep to the __________.

    N a. middle of the channel
    Y b. starboard side of the channel
    N c. port side of the channel
    N d. side of the channel that has the widest turns

4102: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND A distress signal __________.

    N a. consists of 5 or more short blasts of the fog signal apparatus
    Y b. may be used separately or with other distress signals
    N c. consists of the raising and lowering of a large white flag
    N d. is used to indicate doubt about another vessel's intentions

4167: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND A vessel which is "restricted in her ability to maneuver" under the Rules, is a vessel which is __________.

    Y a. mineclearing
    N b. engaged in fishing
    N c. at anchor
    N d. not under command

4193: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND A 20-meter sailing vessel underway must exhibit a __________.

    Y a. stern light
    N b. combined lantern
    N c. red light over a green light at the masthead
    N d. All of the above

4212: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND While underway your vessel approaches a bend in a river where, due to the bank, you cannot see around the bend. You should __________.

    N a. keep to the starboard side of the channel and sound one short blast
    N b. sound the danger signal
    Y c. sound one prolonged blast
    N d. slow your vessel to bare steerageway

4272: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND A power-driven vessel, when towing another vessel astern shall show the light(s) in Diagram __________. (DIAGRAMS 46, 54, 60 )

    N a. 75
    Y b. 60
    N c. 54
    N d. 46

4272: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND A power-driven vessel, when towing another vessel astern shall show the light(s) in Diagram __________. (DIAGRAMS 46, 54, 60 )

    N a. 75
    Y b. 60
    N c. 54
    N d. 46

4372: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND You are the stand-on vessel in a crossing situation. If you think the give-way vessel is NOT taking sufficient action to avoid collision, you should sound __________.

    N a. one short blast and maintain course
    N b. two short blasts, alter to port, and pass astern
    N c. no signal and maneuver at will
    Y d. the danger signal

4411: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND For the purpose of the Rules, except where otherwise required, the term __________.

    Y a. "vessel" includes seaplanes
    N b. "seaplane" includes nondisplacement craft
    N c. "vessel engaged in fishing" includes a vessel fishing with trolling lines
    N d. "vessel restricted in her ability to maneuver" includes fishing vessels

4415: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND Which signal may be used by a vessel that is in doubt as to whether sufficient action is being taken by another vessel to avoid collision?

    N a. A continuous sounding of the fog horn
    N b. Firing a gun every minute
    Y c. Five or more short rapid blasts on the whistle
    N d. One prolonged blast on the whistle

4431: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND A vessel 50 meters in length at anchor must sound which fog signal?

    Y a. 5-second ringing of a bell every minute
    N b. 5-second ringing of a bell every two minutes
    N c. 5-second sounding of a gong every minute
    N d. 5-second sounding of both a bell and gong every two minutes

4433: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND Which vessel is NOT to be regarded as "restricted in her ability to maneuver"?

    N a. A vessel transferring provisions while underway
    Y b. A pushing vessel and a vessel being pushed when connected in a composite unit
    N c. A vessel servicing a navigation mark
    N d. A vessel launching aircraft

4481: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND While underway in fog, you hear the rapid ringing of a bell for about five seconds followed by the sounding of a gong for about five seconds. This signal came from a __________.

    N a. vessel engaged in fishing at anchor
    N b. sailing vessel at anchor
    Y c. vessel 150 meters in length at anchor
    N d. vessel aground

4538: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND What is a vessel "restricted in her ability to maneuver"?

    N a. A vessel not under command
    N b. A vessel constrained by her draft
    N c. A vessel underway in fog
    Y d. A vessel towing unable to deviate from her course

4652: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND A vessel displaying the day-shapes shown is __________. (DIAGRAM 18 )

    N a. towing astern with a tow greater than 200 meters in length
    N b. not under command
    Y c. dredging
    N d. carrying dangerous cargo

4699: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND What is the identity signal which may be sounded by a vessel engaged on pilotage duty in fog?

    N a. 2 short blasts
    N b. 3 short blasts
    Y c. 4 short blasts
    N d. 5 short blasts

4863: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND A sailing vessel is proceeding along a narrow channel and can safely navigate ONLY inside the channel. The sailing vessel approaches a vessel engaged in fishing. Which statement is TRUE?

    N a. The fishing vessel must sound the danger signal.
    Y b. The fishing vessel shall not impede the passage of the sailing vessel.
    N c. Each vessel should move to the edge of the channel on her port side.
    N d. Both vessels should be displaying the signal for a vessel restricted in her ability to maneuver.

5350: BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND A vessel using a traffic separation scheme shall __________.

    Y a. avoid anchoring in areas near the termination of the scheme
    N b. avoid crossing traffic lanes, but if obliged to do so, shall cross on as small an angle as is practical
    N c. only anchor in the separation zone
    N d. use the separation zone for navigating through the scheme if she is hindering other traffic due to her slower speed

8006: INTERNATIONAL ONLY The International Rules of the Road apply __________.

    N a. to all waters which are not inland waters
    N b. only to waters outside the territorial waters of the United States
    N c. only to waters where foreign vessels travel
    Y d. upon the high seas and connecting waters navigable by seagoing vessels

8019: INTERNATIONAL ONLY If a vessel displays three all-round red lights in a vertical line at night, during the day she may show __________.

    N a. three balls in a vertical line
    Y b. a cylinder
    N c. two diamonds in a vertical line
    N d. two cones, apexes together

8082: INTERNATIONAL ONLY Which statement is TRUE concerning light signals?

    N a. The time between flashes shall be about five seconds.
    N b. The light signals are to be used when not using sound signals.
    Y c. The time between successive signals shall be not less than ten seconds.
    N d. All of the above