Chapter 7 Review—Safe Boat Operation
Before proceeding to the quiz, take a moment to review some of the highlights from Chapter 7 - Safe Boat Operation.
Ultimately, the boat operator is responsible for the safety and activity of all passengers. Additionally, the boat operator must respect other boaters and property. Before casting off, the operator should complete a pre-departure checklist to avoid emergencies later on.
"No Wake" speed is defined as the slowest possible speed required to maintain steerage and headway.
The following acts and maneuvers qualify as unsafe and unlawful while boating:
Operating at a speed where one's wake causes damage to another boat.
Exceeding maximum capacity. The recommended capacity indicated on the boats' capacity plate should not be exceeded.
Not maintaining a lookout. All operators are required to keep a constant lookout for other vessels and/or people in the water.
Not maintaining proper seating regulation aboard your vessel. It is unlawful to allow any person to ride or sit on the bow, gunwales, transomthe cross section of the stern., or on the decking over the bow of the vessel while underway unless such motorboat is provided with adequate guards or railing to prevent passengers from falling overboard. Passengers or other persons aboard a vessel may occupy these areas of the vessel to moor or anchor the vessel, to cast off, or for any other necessary purpose.
HOMELAND SECURITY MEASURES
The violation of Homeland Security Measures can result in severe consequences. Please be aware of the following Homeland Security Measures, and act accordingly to keep our waterways safe and secure:
Remain at least 100 yards from ALL military and naval vessels.
Slow to "no wake" speed within a distance of 500 yards of any large U.S. Navy vessel.
Observe and avoid all security zones.
Do not stop or anchor beneath bridges or in channels.
Report any suspicious activity immediately to local authorities, the U.S. Coast Guard, or marine security personnel.
When your boat is unattended always take the boat keys with you.