Alabama Boating Basics Study Guide

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Four classes of motorboats
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*class A *class 1 *class 2 *class 3
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planning hulls
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ride on top of the water allowing the boat to travel at a higher speed
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utility and jon boats
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are very small and light weight, therefore very tippy (D) all of the above
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outward motors
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most motorboats are powered by.. (the motor outside the boat)
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certificate of number
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is pocket sized and must be on board whenever you use the boat
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hull identification number
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acts the same way as the (VIN) or serial number on a car, Boat numbers must read left to right.
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Personal Flotation Device
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be sure your PFD is Coast Guard approved
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boats 16 feet and longer..
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must have a type 1,2,3 and a throwable device (type 4)
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letters and numbers
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classify fire extinguishers D?
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navgation lights
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are restricted to red, green, and white (only these colors) No Blue Lights!!
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all boats must carry some..
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means of producing an eficent sound signal. (horn or whistle)
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5 MPH
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is the speed limit you must go within 100 feet of a swimmer or beach
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12 years of age
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you must be this age to be able to operate a vessel on the water
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boat parts
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*port- to the left *bow-front *starboard- to the right *stern-back
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if your boat is being overtaken from the stern..
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then you should hold your course and speed
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hand signals
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are what skiers should be able to communicat with
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large ships in narrow channels
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always have the right of way
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the capacity plate on a boat tells..
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the maximium load and horsepower rating
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in poor visibility..
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1 prolonged sound blast every two minutes
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divers flag
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is red with a white diagonal stripe. which means near that flag, people are scuba diving
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a sailboat has a right of way over a
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motorboat, except when the sailboat is passing or underpowered
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red,right,returning
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when entering a channel from seward
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you can tell the side if the channel by a buoy’s:
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color, shape and number
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when loading a boat,
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hand equipment to someone on the boat
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step into the center of the boat while..
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boarding
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always leave a copy of your float plan with
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a family member or close friend. (in case something happened to you someone would know where you would be)
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slowly lower an anchor
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by hand
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most boating fatalities are a result of
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capsizing (flipping over) or falls overboard
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if your boat should capsize
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grab a PFD and a stay with the boat
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bring someone in over the stern
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that has fallen over board
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weekends during summer months
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is when most boating fatalities occur
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reach,throw, row and go
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and go to assit a person from the shore
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in U.S. coastal waters
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you must have a visual distress signal
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hypothermia
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is a condition in which the body loses heat faster than it can produce it
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weather changes usually from
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the west
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low head dams
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usually tend to trap boats against the face of the dam
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regulatory buoys
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have horizontal orange bands at the top and the bottom reconize this:
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the boat operator must file an accident report
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if the damage in an acccident is over $50 or someone is injured over 72 hours
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five short blasts from an air horn
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are a danger signal in a congested boating area
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if youre caught out in foul weather
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reduce your speed and head for the nearest shore

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