Posts Tagged ‘interactive quiz’

Know your nautical buoyage – IALA Regions A and B

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Some years ago, approaching the finish of the Melbourne-Osaka double-handed yacht race, one boat came to grief. The crew, probably excited about completing the 5,500 mile race, forgot that Japan is located in IALA Region B. So, instead of steering their yacht through safe water, they ran it aground. Ouch! And after all that effort.

To save you from suffering a similar fate, we’ve developed Buoyage – IALA Regions A and B. As well as listing the countries under their region, there’s a section where you can learn or revise the cardinal, lateral and all the other buoys – their shapes, colours and the lights they display at night.

When you’re ready, you can take an interactive quiz to check your recognition of all the buoys.

Buoyage – IALA Regions A and B is just one of five quizzes we’ve developed in the Nautical Knowledge. The other subjects are:

  • Rules of the Road
  • Navigation Lights
  • Signal Flags
  • Fog and other Sound Signals

The Nautical Knowledge is available as a download for only AU$9.95.

Nautical Knowledge

Monday, September 21st, 2009

I’ve been having a bit of a break from blogging, working on an exciting project. But now I can announce the release of our new product. It’s called the Nautical Knowledge and is an audio-visual representation of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS).

Yes. The team at The Boating Bible has developed a stand-alone download from the five interactive quizzes that are otherwise to be found on individual CDs in The Boating Bible Manual of Seamanship.

This means that you can learn, revise and then test yourself on five key areas of safety and seamanship:

  • Rules of the Road
  • Buoyage – IALA Regions A and B
  • Navigation Lights
  • Signal Flags
  • Fog and other Sound Signals

What’s more, you can refer to the Nautical Knowledge over and over again.

For instance, if you’re sailing at night and see a configuration of lights that puzzle you, you can scroll through the learning section of Navigation Lights to locate the vessel. At sea at night you need to know whether a vessel is fishing, towing or at anchor so that you can take steps to avoid it.

Why not get your copy today? The Nautical Knowledge download is available immediately after you have completed the order process. You don’t have to wait!

Arriving at night

Monday, January 12th, 2009

If you are unlucky enough to approach an unfamiliar port at night, consider standing off and entering after daybreak the following day.

If you do elect to enter at night, you’ll need to be thoroughly prepared. Well before arrival, study the chart and then make a chartlet that you can keep on deck so that you don’t have to keep ducking down to the nav station.

It will be very difficult to discern navigation lights – both moving on other vessels and static on obstacles and the shore – from the background lights of the port. Obviously this is the case when arriving in a major city but it may also occur in smaller centres.

Another factor is that at the end of a long passage, the watch system may have been ignored as everyone expected to arrive that day. Tiredness can increase the difficulty of arriving safely and lead to poor decision making.

In the Safety and Emergencies CD we have compiled an Interactive Navigation Lights Quiz so that you can learn and then test your recognition of the various lights that vessels are required to display. Our Navigation and Passage Planning CD has a similar quiz on the IALA Buoyage Systems A and B.

Murderous idiocy

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

What is it with people? Despite the obvious lunacy of not displaying navigation lights at night, people all over the world still don’t do it – sometimes resulting in the death of innocents on other boats.

What brought this to mind was an incident on Sydney Harbour in March last year in which a collision between two boats – one allegedly inadequately lit – resulted in the deaths of four people and the serious injury of three.

Two deckhands on a Sydney ferry who dived into the harbour and saved several people were receiving awards for bravery.

One said: “I don’t feel brave for what I did. I just feel sorry for the families.” He warned that it was going to happen again “because people are still out there doing the same”.

This is despite a stricter regulatory stance from the government.

What is it about people?


An interactive quiz on navigation lights is in Safety and Emergencies, part of The Boating Bible Manual of Seamanship. You can study and learn the lights before testing your recognition of them in different degrees of darkness.