Power Coxswain

A Powerboats Have a detailed knowledge of the steering and sailing rules for power and sailing vessels and show by demonstration, using diagrams of models, that you have a practical knowledge of local waters, including: Tides and/or currents. Local hazards, sandbars, shallows, rocks, underwater obstructions and any dangerous features such as weirs. Lights, daymarks and buoyage in relation to local water traffic, including fishing craft and fishing grounds. Alteration of course and turning signals. Know the safety precautions necessary in power craft, including the proper use of fire-fighting appliances and 'man overboard' drill. Have a knowledge of the elementary principles of the motor boat engine and by demonstration afloat show: That you can start the engine, operate the gears and understand the effect of transverse thrust with a single screw. That you can turn circles using reverse gear, control the boat in confined waters and stop the engine when going slow ahead. That you can recognise the minor faults in an engine. Take charge of a small crew and prepare the boat for service, to include the provision of all equipment. Supervise checking the engine, fuel and pump, and then: Show that you can operate the correct towing procedure, including disposition of crew, and that you are familiar with the use of the kedge anchor in an emergency. With minimum assistance, cast off with the tide (or current) ahead using the spring method. Steer a compass course (as set by the examiner) and anchor

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correctly. Recover the ground tackle, get under way and return alongside against the tide (or current) without using reverse gear. Moor with spring and headrope. Respond to a 'distress' signal, take charge of the crew, cast off with the tide (or current) astern, using the spring and headrope method and proceed to a 'stranded craft' (aground in confined waters). Approach across the tide (or current) and take aboard a 'survivor'; manoeuvre clear, using reverse gear, and proceed to pick up a 'body' (not an actual person) from the water. Bring your boat alongside with tide (or current), using reverse gear, giving appropriate orders to crew, and make fast. Supervise preparations necessary to disembark the 'casualty'. Notes: The conditions described are designed for the use of inboard power craft and this type of craft should be used if practicable. For the use of outboard motor craft the tests should be modified accordingly, for example: Include use of engine safety cut-out (kill cord). (a) Include some 'additional practical knowledge in care and maintenance of outboard engine' and 'mixture of fuel and lubricant'. (b) Modify accordingly. (c) Substitute 'veer down on wreck using anchor'. Holders of the R.Y.A. National Powerboat Certificate 2 qualify automatically for parts 1, 2 and 3 of this badge. B Narrowboats Have a detailed knowledge of the steering of a narrowboat on canals and have a knowledge of a canal including: Suitable places to moor and wind; Locks, bridges and local hazards; Water points, sanitary stations; Shops and telephones. Know the safety precautions necessary in narrowboats including:

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Fire-fighting appliances; 'Man overboard' drill; Locks; Tunnels. Have a knowledge of the elementary principles of a marine engine and by demonstration afloat show: That you can start and stop the engine, operate the gears and understand the effect of transverse thrust with a single screw. That you can turn the boat in a winding hole and control the boat in confined waters. That you can recognise fouling of the screw due to weed or rubbish and know how to clear it with special emphasis on immobilising the engine. Demonstrate how to use the stern gland screw. Take charge of the boat under qualified supervision and complete the following manoeuvres: Prepare the boat for service and, with the help of a crew, cast off and leave your moorings. With the help of a crew take the boat through a lock. Show that you can steer the boat past moored boats, past a boat moving towards you and through a bridge hold, and show that you can moor the boat. Whilst moving forward, stop and reverse the boat to an object dropped in the water. Be aware of the dangers to a person in the water from a moving screw.

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