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29: You are approaching a multiple-span bridge at night. The main navigational channel span will be indicated by __________.
N a. a quick flashing red or green aid to navigation N b. a steady blue light in the center of the span Y c. 3 white lights in a vertical line in the center of the span N d. a flashing green light in the center of the span51: In the U.S. Aids to Navigation System, red and green horizontally-banded buoys mark __________.
N a. channels for shallow draft vessels N b. general anchorage areas N c. fishing grounds Y d. junctions or bifurcations67: What is the definition of height of tide?
Y a. The vertical distance from the tidal datum to the level of the water at any time N b. The vertical difference between the heights of low and high water N c. The vertical difference between a datum plane and the ocean bottom N d. The vertical distance from the surface of the water to the ocean floor80: When the moon is at first quarter or third quarter phase, what type of tides will occur?
N a. Apogean N b. Perigean Y c. Neap N d. Spring123: If the radio signal ground wave extends out for less distance than the minimum skywave distance, there is an area in which no signal is received. This is called the __________.
Y a. skip zone N b. blackout zone N c. diffraction zone N d. shadow zone159: The apparent wind can be zero when the true wind is from __________.
N a. ahead and equal to the ship's speed Y b. astern and equal to the ship's speed N c. ahead and equal to twice the ship's speed N d. astern and equal to twice the ship's speed207: An important lunar cycle affecting the tidal cycle is called the nodal period. How long is this cycle?
N a. 16 days N b. 18 days N c. 6 years Y d. 19 years210: The position labeled C is a(n) __________. (D051NG )
N a. fix Y b. running fix N c. estimated position N d. dead reckoning position269: The wind at Frying Pan shoals has been south-southwesterly at an average velocity of 30 knots. The predicted set and drift of the rotary current are 232° at 0.8 knot. What current should you expect?
N a. 065° at 1.2 knots N b. 092° at 1.3 knots N c. 139° at 0.6 knot Y d. 224° at 0.4 knot286: On the pole side of the trade wind belt, there is an area of high pressure with weak pressure gradients and light, variable winds. This area is called the __________.
N a. prevailing westerlies N b. geostrophic winds N c. doldrums Y d. horse latitudes297: The tides in Boston Harbor generally __________.
N a. are diurnal in nature N b. have their variations caused by the changing declination of the Moon Y c. have a greater range than the tides in Gulf Coast ports N d. All of the above340: Information about the direction and velocity of rotary tidal currents is found in the __________.
N a. Mariner's Guide N b. Nautical Almanac N c. Tide Tables Y d. Tidal Current Tables348: When using a radar in an unstabilized mode, fixes are determined most easily from __________.
N a. center bearings N b. tangent bearings N c. objects that are close aboard Y d. ranges476: Tropical cyclones normally form within which of the following belts of latitude?
Y a. 5° to 15° N b. 15° to 30° N c. 30° to 45° N d. 45° to 60°594: Barometers are calibrated at a standard temperature of __________.
N a. 0°F Y b. 32°F N c. 60°F N d. 70°F655: The equator is __________.
Y a. the primary great circle of the Earth perpendicular to the axis N b. the line to which all celestial observations are reduced N c. the line from which a celestial body's altitude is measured N d. All of the above660: What is the length of a nautical mile?
N a. 1,850 meters N b. 5,280 feet N c. 1,760 yards Y d. 6,076 feet727: What is an ebb current?
N a. A current at minimum flow N b. A current coming in Y c. A current going out N d. A current at maximum flow729: The doldrums are characterized by __________.
N a. steady, light to moderate winds Y b. frequent calms N c. clear skies N d. low humidity735: The period of the Earth's revolution from perihelion to perihelion is the __________.
N a. astronomical year Y b. anomalistic year N c. solar year N d. sidereal year735: The period of the Earth's revolution from perihelion to perihelion is the __________.
N a. astronomical year Y b. anomalistic year N c. solar year N d. sidereal year744: A hand held instrument used to measure distances between objects and the ship is a __________.
N a. vernier N b. psychrometer N c. hygrometer Y d. stadimeter762: Chart correction information is NOT disseminated through the __________.
N a. Summary of Corrections N b. Local Notice to Mariners N c. Daily Memorandum Y d. Chart Correction Card825: While steering a course of 150°T, you wish to observe the Sun for a speed check. What would the azimuth have to be?
N a. 000°T N b. 090°T Y c. 150°T N d. 240°T849: The Light List shows that a navigational light has a nominal range of 12 miles and a height above water of 25 feet (7.6 meters). Your height of eye is 30 feet (9.1 meters) and the visibility is 0.5 mile. At what approximate range will you first sight the light?
N a. 0.5 mile Y b. 1.4 miles N c. 5.2 miles N d. 12.0 miles964: The thin, whitish, high clouds composed of ice crystals, popularly known as "mares' tails" are __________.
Y a. cirrus N b. cirrocumulus N c. altostratus N d. nimbostratus970: You are preparing a weather report form, WS Form B-80. The sky is overcast, and the anemometer indicates that the apparent wind is from 144° relative at 8 knots. You are on course 162°T at 15 knots. How should you encode group Nddff? (D041NG )
N a. 91521 Y b. 83322 N c. 81408 N d. 016151000: You are inbound in a channel marked by a range. The range line is 309°T. You are steering 306°T. The range appears as shown and is closing. Which action should you take? (D047NG )
Y a. Continue on course until the range is closed, then alter course to the right. N b. Continue on the present heading until the range is in line, then alter course to the left. N c. Immediately alter course to the right to bring the range in line. N d. Immediately alter course to 309°T to bring the range in line.1015: Which statement about the time diagram shown is correct? (D005NG )
N a. The Greenwich hour angle of the Sun is greater than 180°. N b. The meridian angle of the Sun is labeled west. N c. The date of Greenwich is the day after the date for observer at M. Y d. The Sun has already passed the lower branch of the observer's meridian.1075: The expression "first magnitude" is usually used to refer only to bodies of magnitude __________.
Y a. 1.5 and greater N b. 1.25 and greater N c. 1.0 and greater N d. 0.5 and greater1099: You are enroute to assist vessel A. Vessel A is underway at 6 knots on course 133°T, and bears 343°T at 92 miles from you. What is the course to steer at 9 knots to intercept vessel A?
N a. 356° Y b. 003° N c. 022° N d. 038°1131: On navigational aids, what does the light characteristic "Fl(2+1)" mean?
N a. A flashing light combined with a fixed light of greater brightness Y b. Light flashes combined in groups, with a different number of flashes in each group N c. A light showing groups of two or more flashes at regular intervals N d. A fixed light varied at regular intervals by groups of two or more flashes of greater brightness1231: Some lights used as aids to marine navigation have a red sector to indicate a danger area. How are the limits of a colored sector of light listed in the Light List?
N a. Geographical positions outlining the area of the sector N b. True bearings as observed from the light toward a vessel Y c. True bearings as observed from a vessel toward the light N d. Bearings given in the Light List are always magnetic1259: General information on enroute weather and climate is found in __________.
Y a. the Sailing Directions and the Coast Pilot N b. a weather fax N c. the Local Notice to Mariners N d. the Light List1462: Altocumulus clouds are indicated by which number? (D039NG )
N a. 1 N b. 3 N c. 4 Y d. 51521: To avoid error you should read the scale of an aneroid barometer with your eye placed __________.
N a. to the right of the pointer N b. to the left of the pointer Y c. directly in front of the pointer N d. slightly above the meniscus1556: The vertical distance from the tidal datum to the level of the water is the __________.
N a. range of tide N b. charted depth Y c. height of tide N d. actual water depth1557: A Doppler log in the volume reverberation mode indicates __________.
N a. speed being made good Y b. speed through the water N c. the set of the current N d. the depth of the water1599: The time interval between successive wave crests is called the __________.
N a. trough Y b. period N c. frequency N d. epoch1636: A type of precipitation that occurs only in thunderstorms with strong convection currents that convey raindrops above and below the freezing level is known as __________.
N a. sleet Y b. hail N c. freezing rain N d. rime1640: Clouds with the prefix "nimbo" in their name __________.
N a. are sheet or layer clouds N b. have undergone great vertical development N c. are middle or high altitude clouds Y d. are rain clouds2085: Information about major breakdowns, repairs, or other emergency operations with regard to weirs and (or) wicket dams, on the western rivers, may be obtained from the __________.
Y a. Broadcast Notice to Mariners N b. Light List Vol. V N c. U.S. Coast Pilot N d. Sailing Directions2163: The letter C in illustration D006NG represents the __________.
N a. visible horizon N b. geoidal horizon Y c. celestial horizon N d. sensible horizon2212: Which information is found in the chart title?
N a. Number of the chart N b. Edition date N c. Variation information Y d. Survey information2234: A vessel is heading magnetic north and its magnetic compass indicates a heading of 003°. What action should be taken to remove this error during compass adjustment?
N a. Move the quadrantal spheres closer to the compass N b. Raise the heeling magnet if the red end is up N c. Remove some of the Flinders bar Y d. Raise or lower the athwartship magnets2301: The letter C in illustration D006NG represents the __________.
Y a. celestial horizon N b. geoidal horizon N c. visible horizon N d. sensible horizon2372: In the North Sea area, you sight a buoy showing a quick white light showing 6 flashes followed by one long flash at 15 second intervals. Which of the four topmarks illustrated in diagram D031NG would be fitted to this buoy? (D031NG )
N a. A N b. B Y c. C N d. D2618: You must draw a plotting sheet covering latitudes 38°N to 43°N and longitudes 179°E to 178°W. If the distance between each degree of longitude is 5 inches, what is the distance between latitude 38°N and latitude 43°N?
N a. 29.0 inches N b. 29.6 inches N c. 32.1 inches Y d. 32.8 inches2668: You are approaching a drawbridge and have sounded the request-for-opening signal. The bridge has responded with five short blasts. What reply should you sound?
N a. None; No reply is required Y b. Five short blasts N c. Two prolonged blasts N d. One prolonged, one short blast2690: Right ascension is primarily used by the navigator for __________.
N a. calculating amplitudes N b. calculating great circle sailings by the Ageton method N c. entering the Air Navigation Tables (Selected Stars) Pub 249 Y d. plotting on star finders2712: A bold reef is a reef __________.
N a. with part of it extending above the water Y b. that can be detected by water turbulence N c. that drops off sharply N d. perpendicular to the current2780: You are pushing a tow ahead and passing close to another towboat which is pushing ahead in the same direction (you are overtaking). After the towheads pass close alongside __________.
N a. you will gain speed N b. both boats will gain speed N c. the tows will tend to drift apart Y d. the tows will tend to drift together2780: You are pushing a tow ahead and passing close to another towboat which is pushing ahead in the same direction (you are overtaking). After the towheads pass close alongside __________.
N a. you will gain speed N b. both boats will gain speed N c. the tows will tend to drift apart Y d. the tows will tend to drift together2928: You are in a buoyed channel at night and pass a lighted buoy with an irregular characteristic. You should report this to the __________.
Y a. Coast Guard N b. harbor master N c. Corps of Engineers N d. National Ocean Service2944: The height of a wave is the vertical distance __________.
N a. from the still water plane to the crest N b. from the still water plane to the trough Y c. from crest to trough N d. between water levels at one-quarter of the wave's length3057: IN REGION A of the IALA Buoyage System, when entering from seaward, the starboard side of a channel would be marked by a __________.
Y a. green conical buoy N b. green can buoy N c. red can buoy N d. red conical buoy3081: The highest level of commercial navigational accuracy is provided by __________.
Y a. DGPS, within a coverage area N b. SPS, without selective availability N c. PPS, without selective availability N d. NAVSAT, using the Doppler-shift3112: With respect to automatic identification systems (AIS) which of the following information is broadcast every one to ten seconds?
N a. Vessel's draft N b. Air Draft Y c. Navigational status N d. Dimensions of vessel3113: With respect to automatic identification systems (AIS), which information is required to be broadcast every 1 to 10 seconds?
N a. Call sign N b. Vessel's draft N c. Route plan Y d. None of the above3115: With respect to automatic identification systems (AIS), which information is required to be broadcast every 1 to 10 seconds?
Y a. Time stamp N b. Destination N c. Location of antenna N d. None of the above