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44 %100 smarty pants 8 4.42%
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30-38 99 54.70%
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Old 10-12-2009, 14:49   #46
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35 I've never owned a single screw boat that wasn't an outboard. I know there's such thing as propwalk but have never experienced it while I was steering. I use aft springs to control my cat when I'm backing into my slip. We grab the upwind spring as the stern passes the outer piling and put it on the midship cleat. I'm then able to easily control the position of the boat by manipulating the throttles. We then get the downwind spring attached. I leave the engines idling in reverse while we get all the other lines attached. It's quite easy even on a windy day.
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Old 10-12-2009, 14:58   #47
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34, I wish they gave the supposed "correct" answers.
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Old 10-12-2009, 15:00   #48
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38. Found the one about the hurricane difficult (don't get them out here on West Coast - at least not very often).
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36. I guess I am normal. I missed the dredger question in real life at 0300 coming into Fort Myers. They just sat there and laughed until we got off ourselves and wearily came into the bridge.The the USCG woke us up at 0600 to ask us what we were doing out there in the middle of the night!
I still love those guys though...
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38. Found the one about the hurricane difficult (don't get them out here on West Coast - at least not very often).
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Old 10-12-2009, 15:23   #51
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36/44 did better than I thought. The towing one definitely got me, hung up on the yellow light, that damn yellow light!
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South, The storm us headed west and spinning counterclockwise (anti for the brits). In this case the northwest quadrant of the storm is the stongest as the wind is moving in the direction of the storm's advance and the forward motion of the storm adds to the circulation speed. In the southwest quadrant the wind is rretreating so is subtracted from the circulation speed. With the storm moving at 12 MPH the wind speed in the southwest quadrant will be as much as 24 mph less that in the northwest. The wind will also tend to push you out of the storm rather than along with it.
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Old 10-12-2009, 16:04   #53
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33 on the second try after I worked out that my boat must have a left hand prop as it pulls to starboard in reverse...
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South, The storm us headed west and spinning counterclockwise (anti for the brits). In this case the northwest quadrant of the storm is the stongest as the wind is moving in the direction of the storm's advance and the forward motion of the storm adds to the circulation speed. In the southwest quadrant the wind is rretreating so is subtracted from the circulation speed. With the storm moving at 12 MPH the wind speed in the southwest quadrant will be as much as 24 mph less that in the northwest. The wind will also tend to push you out of the storm rather than along with it.
For some reason I thought that the storm was heading West to East.
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Old 10-12-2009, 20:24   #55
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I am not sure I want to discuss docking with two guys named Ram and Bash.
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Wow - I appreciate everyone's honesty. Sorta woudn't have suspected that - LOL.

I got a 32. Barely squeeked in. The ones I knew, I knew and the ones I guessed I apparently guessed all wrong - LOL...

I think I'd rather go sailing this weekend than study to retake this test...

BTW - The Singapore powerboat license test has 30 questions (IIR) and you can only miss 3.

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But what is a "snuffing box"?
But what knot do you use when you don't have a "bowsman's chair"? (I don't really care cuz the stupid skinny fellah who dropped tha main halyard is the one going up the mast - and he's gonna winch his own ass up there, dumbass...)

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A few of the questions are too specific to be relevant to testing someones breadth of knowledge. I'm sure that is what the test was intended to do and not to be a game of Nautical Trivia, which it partially is.
Bad score, eh Dave?

Seriously somewhat agree. However all the questions were "valid" questions. With only 44 questions it is difficult to go deep.

Sort of a sampling program really.

However let's talk about testing = safety and then the idea of licensing - running & ducking...
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But what knot do you use when you don't have a "bowsman's chair"? (I don't really care cuz the stupid skinny fellah who dropped tha main halyard is the one going up the mast - and he's gonna winch his own ass up there, dumbass...)


I think that would be a bowline on a bite but I can't really imagine that being practical.
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I think that would be a bowline on a bite but I can't really imagine that being practical.
I think Ex-Calif is poking fun at the way whoever composed the sailing test used "bowsman" for boatswain / bosun / bo's'n.

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I think Ex-Calif is poking fun at the way whoever composed the sailing test used "bowsman" for boatswain / bosun / bo's'n.

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On a schooner you send the Bosun up the mizzen and the Bowsman up the foremast right?
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some of these questions are rather ambiguous, and some of the survival questions in particular do not appear to take the drag device database, or even USCG recommendations into account.

Some of them are facile.

Not a great test IMHO.
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