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I thought it would be fun to add a section on basic questions that you would find on the ASA Certification.  By no means am I an expert, just thought it would be a fun way to brush up on the basics.  I will be adding new questions every month.  Let's get started.  There are twenty questions.  The answers are at the bottom but don't cheat!!

1.  The body of a boat minus the rigging is the?
a cabin
b keel
c hull
d bow

2.  The weighted fin at the bottom of the boat is the?
a rudder
b dagger
c keel
d foot

3.  The front of the boat is called the?
a bow
b tack
c beam
d head

4.  The back of the boat is the?
a hull
b stern
c foot
d cockpit

5.  The space where the helm is located is the?
a traveller
b mast
c cockpit
d port

6.  The fin used for steering is the?
a wheel
b rudder
c tiller
d keel

7.  The leaning action of a sailboat is called?
a leaning
b keeling
c heeling
d hauling

8.  What color is a nun buoy?
a white
b red
c green
d black

9.  Are you permitted to dump plastic in the ocean?
a never
b if 12 miles off shore
c yes
d if 3 miles off shore

10.  What is the purpose of safety harnesses, jacklines, and tethers?
a to satisfy USCG rules
b to keep crew attached to boat
c to keep crew onboard
d to retrieve crew who have fallen overboard

11.  What scope should you use when anchoring for lunch with a rope/chain rode?
a 5:1
b 7:1
c 3:1
d 12:1

12.  Which is a responsibility of the crew?
a all of these
b assist in the safe operations of the boat
c assume responsibility for a particular aspect of the boat
d obey the skipper and keep a lookout

13.  If the jib roller furling line becomes fouled on the drum, your first step is to?
a use winch to increase mechanical advantage
b turn on engine and motor to harbor
c secure sail half furled
d relieve pressure on line and try to free

14.  Your boat's engine consumes 0.75 gallons of fuel per hour at a cruising speed of 5 knots.  The 10 gallon tank is 3/4 full.  The fuel level should not go below 1/8 of a tank.  How far can you go before refueling?
a 39 nm
b 49 nm
c 45 nm

15.  Sailboats carry enough fresh water to sink the boat if a tank or line ruptures.
a false
b true

16.  The angle difference between true north and magnetic north is called?
a correction
b true angle
c angle made good
d variation

17.  Use short dock lines when you tie to a fixed dock in an area of high tidal range?
a true
b false

18.  Commercial towing companies listen for requests for help on a specially reserved radio channel for towing.
a false
b true

19.  Sea surface is smooth and mirror like.  On land everything is calm and smoke rises vertically.
a force 1, 1-3 knots, light air
b force 2, 4-6 knots, light breeze
c force 3, 7-10 knots, gentle breeze
d force 0. 0-1 knot, calm

20.  Pointing in the direction of place you want to go?
a stop
b direction changes
c freeze

Answers: 1. c 2. c 3. a 4. b 5. c 6.b 7. c 8. b 9. a 10. b

11. a 12. a 13. d 14. a 15. a 16. d 17. b 18. a 19 d 20. b

Posted By O. Cavanaugh

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