Alabama Boating Test (60 questions)

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How should a vessel’s registration number and validation decal be displayed?
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On both sides of the bow of the boat
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What is important when selecting the right PFD for a passenger?
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Passenger’s body weight and chest size
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What important safety information is found on a boat’s capacity plate?
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Maximum weight and/or number of people the boat can carry safely
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What is the best way to find out about hazards on a local waterway?
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Consult a nautical chart
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According to Alabama law, what operators are required to have completed an approved boating course in order to operate a PWC?
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Operators who are 12 years of age or older
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Which type of PFD will turn most unconscious people face up in the water?
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Type 1
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Everyone on board a vessel should understand basic safety practices. Who is responsible for ensuring this?
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The vessel operator
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Where is the best place to store a fire extinguisher on a boat?
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Mounted in an accessible location
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When should a life jacket be discarded and replaced?
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When it is slightly torn
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What effect does alcohol have when you are operating a vessel?
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Increases the likelihood of accidents
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When boating on federally controlled waters in an 18-foot boat, what equipment are you legally required to have on board?
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U.S. Coast Guard -approved visual distress signals
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What sound producing device(s) is required when boating on Alabama waters in an 18-foot powerboat?
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A whistle, a horn, or another sound device
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Which of these provides a warning that dangerous weather is approaching?
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Dark clouds and shifting winds
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What is one part of a regular vessel and engine maintenance program?
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Checking the oil level before every outing
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How should you approach the dock when docking your vessel?
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Into the wind or current, whichever is stronger
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What should you do before fueling your boat?
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Turn off the engine and close all windows, ports, doors, and other openings
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Where should your trailer be located while you prepare to launch your vessel?
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Well away from the boat ramp
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How can propeller strike accidents be avoided?
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Turn off the engine when passengers are boarding
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Which of the following is an example of careless operation?
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Not having enough PFDs on board
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What is the best way to minimize the risk of drowning while boating?
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Have everyone wear an appropriate life jacket at all times
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How can you prevent transporting nuisance species (plants or animals) with your vessel from one waterway to another?
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Remove any zebra mussels you add before leaving the body of water
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What should the vessel operator tell everyone on board before departing?
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Where to find the PFDs and visual distress signals
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What is the main function of an ignition safety switch?
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To shut off the engine is the operator is thrown overboard
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In Alabama, how far must a vessel stay from a diver-down flag?
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100 ft
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How does the effect of alcohol consumed while boating compare to the effect on land?
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Much greater while boating
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Which is true about operating a boat in Alabama while intoxicated?
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By operating a vessel on Alabama waters, a boater must submit to testing for BAC
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When two vessels are operating in the same general area, who is responsible for avoiding a collision?
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The operators of both vessels
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How do you know when you are operating your vessel at a safe speed?
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You have enough time to avoid a collision
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What is the main purpose of the lateral system of red and green buoys and markers?
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To mark the edges of safe water areas
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According to Alabama boating law, which of these is considered a legal operation?
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Operating at less than 5mph in a \”slow, no wake\” speed area
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When is a sailboat under sail the give-way vessel when encountering a power-driven vessel?
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When the sailboat is overtaking the power-driven vessel
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What should a vessel operator do to make sure everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency?
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Conduct an emergency drill with the passengers
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According to Alabama law, what equipment is required when a vessel (other than a PWC) is towing a skier and does not have a capable observer on board in addition to the operator?
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A wide-angle rear view mirror
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What is indicated by a white market with an orange crossed diamond and black lettering?
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Exclusion or keep-out area, such as a dam
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Why is Carbon monoxide dangerous?
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It is colorless, odorless, and tasteless and can be fatal
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A recreational vessel is approaching a U.S. Naval vessel. At what distance from the vessel must the recreational vessel slow to minimum speed?
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500 yards
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What must an opener do before allowing others to operate his or her vessel?
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Make sure they know how to operate it safely
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What should you do to reduce the risk of falling overboard?
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Keep centered in the boat
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What should a motorboat operator do when someone is being pulled into the boat from the water?
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Turn off the engine
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What is the first action required of a boat operator who witnesses a boating accident?
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To provide assistance
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Which condition required that you report a boating accident to the Alabama Marine Police Division?
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Damage to your host is more that $2,000 as the result of a boating accident
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Under which condition is a person at the greatest risk of developing hypothermia?
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When immersed in cold water
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What should you do immediately if a boat motor catches on fire?
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Shut off the fuel supply, and try to put out the fire with an extinguisher
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If your inboard/outboard boat runs aground, what action should you take in addition to shifting the weight away from the point of impact?
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Stop the engine and lift the outdrive
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Which action may cause the loss of steering ability in a PWC?
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Letting off the throttle control
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According to Alabama law, what age person who has boater safety certification may operate a personal watercraft without supervision?
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Those at least 14 years of age
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According to Alabama law, during what hours is it legal to tow a person behind a boat on water skis or other device?
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Between one hot before sunrise and one hour after sunset
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What should a vessel operator do to keep a proper lookout?
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Watch for navigational hazards
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Which of the following is legal operation of a PWC in Alabama?
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Crossing at right angles to another vessel when visibility is unobstructed
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In Alabama, what are the recommended hours for PWC operation?
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Between sunset and sunrise (daylight hours)
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Why should a vessel operator keep proper lookout?
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To avoid collision
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What should paddlers do to protect against capsizing their canoe or kayak?
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Keep a low center of gravity and three points of contact
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What should anglers and hunters do when they are fishing or hunting from a boat?
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Wear a life jacket at all times
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According to Alabama law, children of what age are required to wear a properly secured PFD while Ina vessel unless the child is enclosed in a cabin?
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Those under 8 years of age
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What determines if a speed is safe for your boat?
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Visibility conditions
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What should the operators of a PWC and a motorboat do when approaching head-on?
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Both vessels should turn to starboard (right)
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When must navigation lights be displayed?
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From sunset to sunrise when visibility is restricted
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What could happen if you anchor the boat from the stern?
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It may cause the boat to swamp
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Visibility is restored due to fog. What should the vessel operator do to avoid the risk of collision?
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Reduce speed to the minimum needed to stay on course
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What should you do if you fall overboard into cold water?
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Try to reboard your boat, even if it is swamped

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