Sunday, December 17, 2017
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A 25-question quiz will be given, consisting of multiple choice, true-false, matching and short answer, as appropriate.

The quiz will cover:


Ground Tackle:

1. the parts of an anchor

2. anchoring

3. types of anchors

4. proper use of each type of anchor

Motor Boating:

1. boat types

2. boat equipment

3. motors

4. getting underway

5. handling and maneuvering

6. leaving and approaching dock/moorings

7. safety and fueling

Three of the team members (chosen by the crew) will each take the quiz, and their scores will be totaled. The remaining three team members will participate in the practical while the written test is being administered.

Equipment will be a small motorboat, such as an 11' Boston Whaler with wheel steering. The team will be required to safely and properly load a small motor vessel with safety equipment and board. Under the guidance of the cox'n, the crew will properly anchor the vessel, taking into account all present weather and water conditions. Motor boating crew will be judged on general seamanship, observance of safety procedures in leaving and returning to dock, boat handling and proper anchoring procedures.


Physically challenged participants must have permission of the waterfront Head Judge to participate in the practical portion of this event. Any note MUST be presented at registration for initial clearance. The judge's decision is final.


Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated at Rendezvous. Any talking/texting during written tests, coaching or copying at any event will result in automatic disqualification of the entire team from that event. This applies to both scouts and adults.



The following are guidelines for the duties of the cox'n in handling a power vessel:

  1. Appoint jobs for each team member
  2. Instruct crew on use of life preservers
  3. Instruct all present that there will be no smoking allowed
  4. Check for fuel vapors in bilge
  5. Measure fuel supply
  6. Check fire extinguishers
  7. Count life preservers
  8. Check to make sure anchor line is clear and rode is secured properly
  9. Check that fenders are secure and outboard

10. Check for a compass

11. Ask for any missing safety items

12. Start engine

13. Leave dock

14. Be prepared to respond to a simulated emergency situation while underway

15. Anchor vessel

16. Pull anchor

17. Return to dock

Disembark safely