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44 %100 smarty pants 8 4.42%
38-43 36 19.89%
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Old 11-12-2009, 09:12   #61
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Yikes! 34. I think I should buy some land in Iowa after that beating.
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Old 11-12-2009, 09:31   #62
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Maybe we should make up a real sailors test with questions that reflect real sailing situations...Such as
1. You are on a mooring in the PNW. The average tide is 3 meters and your depth is 60 feet. Should you be concerned about a freighter blasting his horn at a day sailor and turning your direction a mile away?
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Old 11-12-2009, 10:22   #63
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34...I thought I was better than that.
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Old 11-12-2009, 17:24   #64
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Maybe we should make up a real sailors test with questions that reflect real sailing situations...Such as
1. You are on a mooring in the PNW. The average tide is 3 meters and your depth is 60 feet. Should you be concerned about a freighter blasting his horn at a day sailor and turning your direction a mile away?

Better yet

2.You have a thousand dollars to go towards your new hobby boating. It will get you...
a.)didly squat
b.)zilch
c.)nada
d.)all of the above
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Old 11-12-2009, 17:37   #65
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A boat is

a) a hole in the water into which you throw money
b) an acronym for "Bring Out Another Thousand"
c) the subject of the happiest two days of your life
d) all of the above
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Old 11-12-2009, 20:48   #66
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35.
Not proud of it, but it brings back memories of my HAM test.

This was the actual question. I almost fell off my chair when I read it.

"How many questions were in the first part of this test?"

Really. WHAT KIND OF FULL OF YOUR BEAUREAUCRATIC SELF IS THAT ??
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Old 11-12-2009, 21:42   #67
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34. I must be pretty good at guessing - I've never seen anybody use day shapes out here and if I see a warehouse where it's not supposed to be its the inter-island barge so stay away cus they haul ass...
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Old 11-12-2009, 23:02   #68
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agreed. Not only have I never seen anyone fly an inverted cone while motorsailing, and not only do I not own such a cone should I want to hoist one, but I've never seen one for sail in a chandlery.

And as far as those three balls you're supposed to fly when you go aground, who is kidding whom?
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Old 12-12-2009, 07:11   #69
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33 on test. I knew the right answers only after I screwed up on the wording of the questions. Anyway, docking makes no difference to me. My engine will run great. Idle fine, go in and out of forward, neutral, and reverse forever without any problems until I am approaching the dock. Then, it stalls!
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You think these questions are archaic and weird try taking the piloting section of a captains course. So strange yet strangely very useful.

It definitely makes you feel like the general boating populous is getting dummer. It makes me realize that I have grown up in a different time. God bless GPS.
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Old 13-12-2009, 12:25   #71
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Another poll could ask, "Do you think passing this exam reflects a cruisers real knowledge?"

Got a 35 but if the questions were worded a bit better I would have done better.

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Old 13-12-2009, 15:10   #72
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Cheers unbusted67
I have bookmarked this, about to head out, but looking forward to participating when i get home.
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I do have both cone and ball dayshapes aboard. I have shown the inverted cone while motorsailing amongst commercial fishermen especially when they are not showing a gear out dayshape (double cone, apexes connected).
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I think day shapes are obsolete. If there are balls hanging from the spreaders they signify a castration. I'm not proud that I blantly defy this regulation I do though and don't plan to change my ways. I have the winter to reconsider. Mostly my rulesof the road are your an idiot so I stear clear.
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They aren't obsolete in case of a collision. If they apply, you would be well advised to show them if you are hit. Same with radar. If you have one, it had better be on if you are involved in a collision, regardless of conditions.
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