Category Archives: Boating Trivia Contest

Test Your Boating Knowledge Answers

Last week we ran a four day “Test Your Boating Knowledge” contest. Binnacle, was the winner. Here are the questions with the correct answers highlighted.

Q: A 20-meter power-driven vessel pushing ahead or towing alongside will display ___________

      1. two masthead lights in a vertical line

      2. a towing light above the stern light

      3. two towing lights in a vertical line

      4. two all-round red lights at the masthead

Q: What was the name of the boat on which Darwin traveled?

      1. Endeavor

      2. Resolution

      3. Beagle

      4. Agamemnon

Q: Which animal is a sign of bad luck on a ship?

      1. Rabbit

      2. Rat

      3. Cat

      4. Monkey

 Q: The term “Mayday” comes from what language?

    1. Greek

    2. French

    3. Italian

    4. Spanish

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Test Your Boating Knowledge Part IV

Today is the last day of “Test Your Boating Knowledge” week.  Please share your knowledge with us by responding with the correct answer either in the comment section or by emailing me at captmatt@boatsafe.com . The person(s) at the end of the week with the most correct answers will receive a Nautical Know How T-shirt.

Q: The term “Mayday” comes from what language?

    1. Greek

    2. French

    3. Italian

    4. Spanish

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Test Your Boating Knowledge Part III

For the remainder of this week, today and tomorrow, we will be posting a question each day to “Test Your Boating Knowledge.” Please share your knowledge with us by responding with the correct answer either in the comment section or by emailing me at captmatt@boatsafe.com . The person(s) at the end of the week with the most correct answers will receive a Nautical Know How T-shirt.

Q: Which animal is a sign of bad luck on a ship?

    1. Rabbit

    2. Rat

    3. Cat

    4. Monkey

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Test Your Boating Knowledge Part II

For the remainder of this week we will be posting a question each day to “Test Your Boating Knowledge.” Please share your knowledge with us by responding with the correct answer either in the comment section or by emailing me at captmatt@boatsafe.com . The person(s) at the end of the week with the most correct answers will receive a Nautical Know How T-shirt.

Q: What was the name of the boat on which Darwin traveled?

      1. Endeavor

      2. Resolution

      3. Beagle

      4. Agamemnon

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Test Your Boating Knowledge

For the remainder of this week we will be posting a question each day to “Test Your Boating Knowledge.” Please share your knowledge with us by responding with the correct answer either in the comment section or by emailing me at captmatt@boatsafe.com . The person(s) at the end of the week with the most correct answers will receive a Nautical Know How T-shirt.

Q: A 20-meter power-driven vessel pushing ahead or towing alongside will display ___________

      1. two masthead lights in a vertical line

      2. a towing light above the stern light

      3. two towing lights in a vertical line

      4. two all-round red lights at the masthead

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Virginia is for BOATERS

Source: Daily Boater

The folks that promote tourism for the Commonwealth of Virginia are announcing a major travel sweepstakes for 2012, and it’s quite nautical.

They are calling the promotion LOVE Aquatic, and it features four grand prize adventures that combine family fun and learning on the water…

Sweepstakes Details
Each of the four prize packages is for a family of four and includes airfare, rental car, overnight lodging, cash card, admission to attractions and a specific aquatic experience with personalized expert instruction. Highlights of the prizes include:

Four nights in a waterside hotel in Norfolk along with VIP access to the tall ships during OPSAIL2012.

A vacation at Smith Mountain Lake, complete with pontoon boat rental for four days and boating safety lessons

Four nights in an inn on the Chesapeake Bay, along with two mornings of sailing instructions and a guided kayak tour of Westmoreland State Park.

A four night getaway in Richmond, complete with a five-hour river experience and fly fishing lessons on the James River.

Drawings will be held March 16, May 11, June 15 and August 10. Adults 21 and over can register online to win by visiting www.Virginia.org/sweeps.

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The Clock is Ticking! Get Your Christmas Gifts Here


It’s that time of year to start thinking about presents for those boaters in your life. For today, we are offering the —

Nautical Know How Coastal Navigation Course

Order by Tuesday, December 20, 2011 to assure delivery by Christmas. Order will be shipped priority mail.

The Nautical Know How Coastal Navigation Course

Perfect for inland and near-shore boaters. This Navigation Course is a combination of a printed text/workbook for home study, sample and real-time chart work, online animated demonstrations and testing, chapter answers with step-by-step explanations and email instructor assistance.

For details and ordering click here.

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Introduction to Navigation
  • Understanding Latitude & Longitude
  • Reading the Nautical Chart
  • Finding Latitude, Longitude & Distance
  • Finding Direction
  • Distance, Speed & Time Calculations
  • Getting to Know Your Magnetic Compass
  • Dead Reckoning
  • Two & Three Bearing Fixes
  • Running Fixes
  • Finding Set & Drift
  • Estimated Position
  • Finding Course to Steer
  • Finding Relative Bearings
  • Tide and Current Calculations
  • Publications: Coast Pilot, Light List, Local Notice to Mariners
  • Publication Excerpts
  • Putting It All Together
  • Final Exam

A recent email regarding this course said “I’ve tried to learn this stuff for years. Thanks to your course, I finally get it. Thanks!” Linda

For details and ordering click here.

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