Only A True Captain Can Pass This Boating Quiz

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Ahoy, there fellow sea dwellers! If you’re a boat person, then you know that there’s nothing quite like the feeling of the sun on your face while getting misted with seawater. It’s the feeling of complete calm and relaxation. But how well do you know your way around a vessel?

Do you know the difference between the starboard and port sides? How about what a funnel or donkey engine is used for? Only true sea captains will be able to pass this boating quiz. Go ahead and test your nautical knowledge, perhaps you’ll surprise yourself. Good Luck!

What is the main body of the boat called?

What is the main body of the boat called?
Retry Correct Incorrect Boats consist of many different parts. The main body of a boat is called the hull. This part of the boat may open on the top, or it may be partially covered with a deck.
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What is the main body of the boat called?

  • The bow
  • The stern
  • The boat
  • The hull
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What type of ship transports goods to ports around the world?

What type of ship transports goods to ports around the world?
Retry Correct Incorrect A cargo ship carries goods from one port to another, usually around the world. Thousands of these ships are on the water each year and are responsible for a big chunk of international trade.
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KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images

What type of ship transports goods to ports around the world?

  • Ferry
  • Aircraft carrier
  • Pontoon boat
  • Cargo ship
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What is an important step in a pre-launch routine?

What is an important step in a pre-launch routine?
Retry Correct Incorrect It is very important to check the propeller of the boat prior to launching. This is absolutely necessary if you have an outboard or stern drive boat. All you have to do is get a deep socket wrench and make sure the propeller nut is secured.
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Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/NurPhoto via Getty Images

What is an important step in a pre-launch routine?

  • Clean the steering wheel
  • Make sure your fishing rod is on board
  • Check the propeller
  • You have your sandwhich
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What type of boat relies on floats?

What type of boat relies on floats?
Retry Correct Incorrect Pontoon boats are flattish boats that rely on floats to keep them buoyant. These floats allow for boat designers to create massive deck plans fitted with accommodations such as extensive lounging areas.
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Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

What type of boat relies on floats?

  • Rowboat
  • Pontoon boat
  • Speedboat
  • Fishing boat
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What is the rear part of a boat called?

What is the rear part of a boat called?
Retry Correct Incorrect The rear part of any ship is called the stern and is meant to keep the water out of the main hull area. Under the stern hang the rudders, propeller, and, in some cases, a dinghy.
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NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images

What is the rear part of a boat called?

  • The stern
  • The hull
  • The anchor
  • The bow
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What is awarded to the person who wins a series of races between sailing yachts?

What is awarded to the person who wins a series of races between sailing yachts?
Retry Correct Incorrect America’s Cup is awarded to the winner of a series of races between sailing yachts. The first time the cup was awarded was in 1851. The trophy is the oldest international sporting trophy in the world.
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What is awarded to the person who wins a series of races between sailing yachts?

  • A blue ribbon
  • The Boat Bowl
  • The America’s Cup
  • The Champion’s Medal
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What is the right side of a ship called?

What is the right side of a ship called?
Retry Correct Incorrect When looking towards the front of the ship, the right-hand side is called the starboard side. This can get confusing while you are on board, so if you’re walking towards the back of the boat and someone says “starboard!” be sure to know it’s the opposite side then what you’re facing!
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DAMIEN MEYER/AFP via Getty Images

What is the right side of a ship called?

  • Stern
  • Starboard
  • Port
  • Bow
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What were the earliest canoes made out of?

What were the earliest canoes made out of?
Retry Correct Incorrect The earliest canoes were made out of wood. Native Americans would chop down large trees, carve their centers out, and use the newly formed log as a boat to catch fish further out in rivers and oceans.
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David Talukdar/NurPhoto via Getty Images

What were the earliest canoes made out of?

  • Stone
  • Wood
  • Hardened mud and clay
  • Corn stalks
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What types of boats do people typically live on?

What types of boats do people typically live on?
Retry Correct Incorrect The boats people tend to live on are called houseboats. Inside, these types of boats are very similar to the layout of a house. Most of these boats don’t actually move, but rather stay in one spot year-round.
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What types of boats do people typically live on?

  • Houseboats
  • Live-on-board boats
  • Sleeper boats
  • Rowboats
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Who is responsible for boat maintenance?

What movie was not set on a boat?
Retry Correct Incorrect A deckhand is a member of a ship’s crew that is responsible for the maintenance of the hull, deck, superstructure, mooring, and cargo handling. Pretty much anything that requires physical labor!
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Jean-Marie Liot/ALeA/Getty Images

Who is responsible for boat maintenance?

  • The passangers
  • The deckhand
  • Stewardess
  • The captain
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What type of boat carries people and cars across small distances

What type of boat carries people and cars across small distances
Retry Correct Incorrect Ferries are the type of boat that transport people and cars across small distances, such as across rivers, lakes, or between close islands. While some ferries are built to only carry a few cars below deck, there are some that are built to carry hundreds or none at all.
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Gary Hershorn/Getty Images

What type of boat carries people and cars across small distances

  • Ferry
  • Cargo ship
  • Sailboat
  • Speedboat
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What year did the “unsinkable ship,” Titanic, sink?

What year did the
Retry Correct Incorrect The ship that was believed to be unsinkable, the Titanic, hit an iceberg and sunk in 1912 on its way to New York City. 1,517 people ended up going down with the ship.
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Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

What year did the “unsinkable ship,” Titanic, sink?

  • 1923
  • 1912
  • 1942
  • 1910
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What is the term to describe running a vessel aground?

What is the term to describe running a vessel aground?
Retry Correct Incorrect Beaching is the term used when a vessel is deliberately run to ground to load or unload people or goods. It is also used when a damaged vessel is being brought to land, so it doesn’t sink.
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JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images

What is the term to describe running a vessel aground?

  • To ground
  • Beaching
  • Landing
  • Water to Land
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A small boat that is carried by, or towed behind, a larger ship is called what?

A small boat that is carried by, or towed behind, a larger ship is called what?
Retry Correct Incorrect A dinghy is a small boat that is typically carried on board or towed behind a larger vessel. Dinghies are typically small rowboats or have an outboard motor. These types of boats are typically used to bring people to land while the larger vessel is anchored or as a life raft.
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Bildagentur-online/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

A small boat that is carried by, or towed behind, a larger ship is called what?

  • Carrier
  • Canoe
  • Mini boat
  • A dinghy
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A donkey engine is referring to what?

A donkey engine is referring to what?
Retry Correct Incorrect A donkey engine is a small auxiliary engine that is used to start a larger engine, or it can also be used independently if a larger engine is not needed. This type of engine is typically used on steamships for pumping water.
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Jens Büttner/picture alliance via Getty Images

A donkey engine is referring to what?

  • The main engine that powers the boat
  • An engine shaped like a donkey
  • A small auxiliary engine
  • An engine powered by a donkey walking in circles
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What is the funnel used for?

What is the funnel used for?
Retry Correct Incorrect A funnel is a curved, rotatable tube that comes out of the deck of a ship. It is designed to direct fresh air into the interior of the ship. Its main purpose is ventilation.
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Visions of America/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

What is the funnel used for?

  • Ventilation
  • To hold a sail
  • To pour oil a bit easier
  • To make funnel cake
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What is the first step to removing barnacles from a boat?

What is the first step to removing barnacles from a boat?
Retry Correct Incorrect The first step to removing barnacles from your boat is to take the vessels out of the water. This is because you want to dry out the sea creatures before trying any type of removal.
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John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images

What is the first step to removing barnacles from a boat?

  • None of these answers
  • Take your boat out of the water
  • Hack at them with a pick
  • Leave them
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Who is supposedly the first person to sail around the world?

Who is supposedly the first person to sail around the world?
Retry Correct Incorrect It is said that the first person to sail around the world was Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. He set sail from Spain in 1519 but was killed before completing the journey. The expedition continued, and, in 1522, one of his ships returned safely back to Spain with 18 out of the original 260 crewmen.
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Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images

Who is supposedly the first person to sail around the world?

  • Christopher Columbus
  • Troy Carson
  • Hernan Cortes
  • Ferdinand Magellan
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‘The World’ Is in reference to what?

Who is supposedly the first person to sail around the world?
Retry Correct Incorrect ‘The World’ is a 600-foot-long REV that will become the world’s largest privately-owned superyacht in 2020. The yacht will have 165 residents from more than 45 countries who will live on the vessel either full-time or part-time.
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Osman Uras/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

‘The World’ Is in reference to what?

  • The world, duh
  • A privately-owned dinghy
  • A docking station
  • A suepryacht
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Who were the first people to use a compass for maritime navigation?

Who were the first people to use a compass for maritime navigation?
Retry Correct Incorrect The Chinese were the first people to use a compass for maritime navigation. Thankfully, now we don’t have to worry about bringing a compass on board, as they are installed right in the dashboards of vessels.
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MyLoupe/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Who were the first people to use a compass for maritime navigation?

  • Spanish
  • Pirates
  • Chinese
  • Native Americans
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Congrats, you finished! Here are your results:

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Congrats, you finished! Here are your results:

Retry Maybe stick to watching movies about boats We recommend brushing up on all of the boating information you can get your hands on one. Be sure to wear a life vest aboard any ship you’re on! Not horrible, but we definitely recommend you let the professionals be in charge of maintaining and driving the vessel. You’ll be driving a boat in no time! By the look of this score, you’ve definitely driven a boat a time or two. You’re a true captain! You know your maritime terminology and facts! So, either you’re just very good at boating trivia, or you’ve been the captain of your own vessel since before you could walk. Congratulations!
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