Boatmans Licence Syllabus
Portsmouth City Council Boatman’s Licence Syllabus
The candidate will be asked questions on the following subjects:
Buoyage and Lights
- Port and Starboard hand buoys; their purpose, shape, lights, colour
- Cardinal marks; their purpose, shape, lights, and colour
- Isolated danger marks; their purpose, shape, lights, and colour.
- Special marks; their purpose, shape, lights, and colour.
- Safe water marks; their purpose, shape lights and colour.
- Local lights within the area covered by the licence.
Tides, Depths and Tidal information
- The heights of High and Low water at springs and neaps.
- The spring and neap ranges of tide.
- The strength and direction of harbour tidal streams.
- The charted depth of main channels and dangers.
- The location and use of tide gauges.
Compass, Corrections, Courses and Transits
- The meaning of variation and Deviation.
- The effect on a compass of interfering items such as electronics and iron.
- Correcting a true course to a compass course.
- Compass headings of local transits.
- Compass courses entering and leaving harbour.
- Working out from the chart a true course to steer between two points.
- Taking a latitude and longitude of a point from the chart.
Rule of the Road
- Action to be taken in head on situations.
- Understanding of the terms short and prolonged blasts.
- The use of sound signals.
- Action on hearing sound signals in reduced visibility.
- Distress signals and their use.
Local Notices to Mariners
- Speed limits
- Whereabouts and use of the small boat channel.
- VHF channels used for traffic co-ordination and communication.
- Crossing the Harbour entrance.
- Harbour procedure in reduced visibility.
- Other relevant notices.
International Code of Signals
- Code flags, their colour and single letter meaning.
- Common flag hoists displayed in the harbour by ships.
- Coming alongside and leaving berths/pontoons.
- Coming to a buoy and allowing for wind and tide.
- Recovery of a man overboard.
- Action in the event of rudder loss.
- Knowledge of local creeks and berths.
- Location and use of vessels safety equipment.
- Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the engine, including pre-start checks, emergency stop, and maintenance procedures.
- Radio procedures.
- Availability of weather reports.
- Action in the event of fire.
- Action in the event of a casualty
- Action in the event of grounding.
- Distress procedures.
- Relationship and responsibility to the public.