Originally Posted by ScreaminAsian
what are you gonna be a captain of?
you can captain lots of stuff. boats, planes, zeppelins and other assorted airships, you can be a land captain if you're in the military and you stick with it long enough/are a college boy. sounds like an interesting and diverse field with lots of opportunities. good luck with it!
Oh, my bad. Forgot to mention that.
I work for an auto ferry that operates in a small harbor. It's pretty fun and the boats are pretty unique, they have 2 propellers, one on each side, and two rudders. I need to get a US Coast Guard issued license to drive them. There are several types of licenses, but the one I am going for is a Master/Mate Inland only (meaning I can only operate in harbors, rivers, and lakes) of vessels up to 50 Gross Tons. I have to pass 3 separate tests, as well as a thorough physical, drug test, and background check. I just applied for my TSA issued ID badge called a "TWIC" card last week, which I should be getting soon.
The test is quite difficult for most people, even though I'm taking the smallest one. It consists of 3 sections: Rules of the Road (traffic rules basically), Navigation, and Deck General + Safety. There's a 4th test called "Plotting Practical" which is just chart plotting, but since I can only get an inland license, I don't need to bother with it. Here are some sample questions from each section:
Deck General and Safety (50 questions, 70% req.)
Considering manning requirements for US flag vessels, your 2 watch cargo vessel has a deck crew of 20 people, exclusive of officers. How many of these people do the manning regulations require to be able seamen?
5: You are standing the wheelwatch when you hear the cry, "Man overboard starboard side". You should instinctively __________.
a. give full left rudder
b. give full right rudder
c. put the rudder amidships
d. throw a life ring to mark the spot
6: Which statement about a tunnel bow thruster is TRUE?
a. It provides lateral control without affecting headway.
b. It is fully effective at speeds up to about six knots.
c. It can be used to slow the ship in addition to backing down.
d. It will allow you to hold a position when the current is from astern.
Rules of the Road (30 questions, 90% required)
4: INLAND ONLY A vessel proceeding downstream in a narrow channel on the Western Rivers sights another vessel moving upstream. Which vessel has the right of way?
a. The vessel moving upstream against the current
b. The vessel moving downstream with a following current
c. The vessel located more towards the channel centerline
d. The vessel sounding the first whistle signal
5: INLAND ONLY You are overtaking a power-driven vessel in a narrow channel and wish to leave her on your starboard side. You may __________.
a. attempt to contact her on the radiotelephone to arrange for the passage
b. proceed to overtake her without sounding whistle signals
c. sound five short blasts
d. All of the above
8: INLAND ONLY If you were coming up on another power-driven vessel from dead astern and desired to overtake on the other vessel's starboard side, which whistle signal would you sound?
a. One short blast
b. One prolonged blast
c. Two short blasts
d. Two prolonged blasts
Navigation and Weather (20 questions, 70% required)
140: You are underway on course 050░T and your maximum speed is 12 knots. The eye of a hurricane bears 080░T, 100 miles from your position. The hurricane is moving towards 265░T at 22 knots. If you maneuver at 12 knots to avoid the hurricane, what could be the maximum CPA?
a. 76 miles
b. 69 miles
c. 63 miles
d. 56 miles
85: Your longitude is 179░59'W. The LMT at this longitude is 23h 56m of the 4th day of the month. Six minutes later your position is 179░59'E longitude. Your LMT and date is now __________.
a. 00h 02m on the 4th
b. 00h 02m on the 5th
c. 23h 50m on the 5th
d. 00h 02m on the 6th
111: Green lights may appear on __________.
a. horizontally banded buoys
b. vertically striped buoys
c. yellow buoys
d. spherical buoys
So, I'm preparing for that right now. I've passed the test twice before, so it's nothing new. I'm quite rusty though and the amount of material is HUGE - they draw from a pool of over 30,000 questions. So we'll see how i do. The only section I struggled with is Deck.