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FLIBS18: Test your mates with our nautical quiz


How nautically minded are your crew mates? Find out with today’s questions in our little nautical quiz.

  1. How fast can you sync with times around the globe. If it is 9 a.m. at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, what time is it in Monaco, Sydney, Rio de Janeiro, Halifax, Tokyo, Johannesburg and Reykjavik?
  2. A boat in your danger zone, from dead ahead to two points abaft the starboard beam, is usually which: Give-way vessel, privileged vessel or burdened vessel?










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  1. Fort Lauderdale is UTC -4 hours. When it is 9 a.m. at FLIBS, it is 2 p.m. (UTC+1 hour) in Monaco; midnight (UTC+11 hours) in Sydney; 11 a.m. (UTC-2 hours) in Rio de Janeiro; 10 a.m. (UTC-3 hours) in Halifax; 10 p.m. (UTC+9 hours) in Tokyo; 3 p.m. (UTC+2 hours) in Johannesburg; and 1 p.m. (UTC) in Reykjavik.
  2. Privileged vessel.





Questions from Saturday:

  1. This instrument detects atmospheric pressure and scribes a line on a revolving drum marked in increments of time and millibars or hectopascals. The mariner is mostly interested in the trend of the pressure variations. A fast-dropping line usually indicates inclement weather on its way. What is this instrument? — A barograph
  2. If you are propelling a boat by pulling on the anchor chain with anchor attached, you are doing what? — Kedging off.

Questions from Friday:

  1. Where does the word “graving” come from in the term graving dock? — The word “graving” comes from the Dutch word “graven,” which means to dig. A graving dock is a  “dug out” dry dock..
  2. True or false: A boat on starboard tack is required to give way to a boat on a port tack. — False

Questions from Thursday:

  1. What is a seaman’s name for a reef knot tied upside down? — Rogue knot.
  2. A tide that has two equal daily high waters and two equal daily low waters is known as what? — Semidiurnal tide
  3. What does RADAR stand for? — The term RADAR was coined in 1940 by the United States Navy as an acronym for radio detection And ranging.

Questions from Wednesday:

  1. What does ARPA stand for? — Automatic Radar Plotting Aids
  2. Describe freeboard. — The vertical distance from the upper edge of the deck line to the load line.
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