From the Bow to the Stern: Boating Quiz
by Staff
Life on the water is different than life on land. How much do you know about boating? Take this quiz to find out.

One knot (the speed unit used for boats) is equal to what speed in miles per hour?

  • 1.151 miles per hour (1.852 kilometers per hour)
  • 1.811 miles per hour
  • 2.131 miles per hour

How much horsepower might you find on a so-called "go-fast" or "cigarette" boat?

  • more than 200 horsepower (149,140 watts)
  • more than 500 horsepower
  • more than 1,000 horsepower

What color of navigational lights are used for boats?

  • red, white and blue
  • red, green and white
  • green, blue and white

What sort of boat is a laker?

  • fishing boat
  • bulk carrier
  • sailboat

Where is the white running light placed on a boat?

  • stern
  • bow
  • port side

True or false: On a crowded lake, the only rule for navigating traffic is to travel at a slow speed to avoid a collision.

  • true
  • false

What is the Harmsworth?

  • the first type of inboard motor
  • the first type of outboard motor
  • the first ever international motorboat race

What was the average speed of the winning boat in the 1961 Harmsworth Cup?

  • 75 miles per hour
  • 97 miles per hour
  • 116 miles per hour

You should pass on which side of a slower vessel?

  • left
  • right
  • It doesn't matter.

What is a PFD?

  • flare gun
  • life jacket
  • lifeboat

What does it mean when a boat is displaying two red running lights?

  • The boat is anchored.
  • The boat isn't under command.
  • The boat is sinking.

True or false: If a boat approaches from your right (starboard), it has right of way.

  • true
  • false

Powerboating first became an Olympics sport in what year?

  • 1904
  • 1908
  • 1912

What do you call a boat that has two parallel hulls of equal size?

  • longtail
  • cutter
  • catamaran

What power source was used for the first patented outboard motor?

  • electricity
  • diesel
  • steam

Which of the following vessels has the top priority, meaning others must give way?

  • fishing vessels with fishing equipment in the water
  • power-driven vessels
  • sailing vessels

What's a runabout?

  • a sailboat
  • a small motorboat
  • a boat equipped specifically for fishing

How many sails are there on a sloop?

  • one
  • two
  • three

To which part of the boat does the word "gunnel" refer?

  • the front
  • the sides
  • the rear

True or false: Sailboats are considered powered vessels if they are using their motors, even if they have their sails deployed.

  • true
  • false

How much horsepower did the first Evinrude outboard motor have?

  • 8 horsepower (5,966 watts)
  • 5 horsepower
  • 1.5 horsepower

When facing the front of the boat, "port" refers to what?

  • the left side of the boat
  • the right side of the boat
  • the top of the boat

Jon boats are best for what activities?

  • sailing and cruising
  • fishing and hunting
  • racing and water skiing

True or false: Boats often have several decks.

  • true
  • false

If you see only one green running light on the side of a boat, you're looking at what type of boat?

  • barge
  • fishing boat
  • sailboat

To what item does "holding power" refer?

  • engine
  • mast
  • anchor

When did fiberglass become a common material for recreational boats?

  • 1940s
  • 1960s
  • 1980s

If you are meeting an approaching boat head-on, you should veer which direction?

  • right
  • left
  • You should stop.

Trimarans are boats that are almost always used for what purpose?

  • combat
  • racing
  • fishing

Where should you NOT anchor a small boat?

  • from the port side
  • from the bow
  • from the stern