- The GRADE 13 practical examination is mainly a power-control test of a vessel, resulting from the fact that a launch with a higher motor output is faster and more “agile” and therefore demands appropriate reactions from the operator
- The examination will be carried out along a course which is similar to the course of the GRADE 12 examination: Four buoys forming a right-angled triangle, only in this case the perpendicular sides of that triangle will be 30 meters long.
- The examinee will bring the launch alongside a jetty or a vessel.
- The examinee will carry out a power control test run (“Slalom”) among the course-buoys at a minimal speed of 15 knots, in such manner as to finish the run at the starting point within 30 seconds ( See page 13, paragraph 3, for a detailed description of the control run.)
- The examinee will carry out a “Man Overboard” manouever to a buoy so that at it’s conclusion the launch should be positioned half a meter from the buoy, the buoy being near the forward third of the launch’s length, to windward - and the launch not making it’s way through the water.
- The examinee will carry out a “Bow-on” approach to a buoy, to a position where the buoy is one meter ahead of the launch’s keel-line, the launch not making it’s way through the water.
- The examinee shall bring-up a ski tow-rope to a buoy.
- The examinee will be asked questions concerning ASP Regulations and Notices to Mariners in the following subjects:
- Approaching bathing beaches and diver’s vessels
- Towing a water skier
- Towing inflatable recreation devices such as “Bananas” and inner tubes
GRADE 13 (LAUNCH) PRACTICAL EXAMINATION