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Mariner Advancement  AB-Lifeboatman 6.5


This study material is for the newer USCG question bank, under the new regulations. The older regulations' exam preparation software is still available by phone order: (251) 680-0310.  If you are not sure which regulations you fall under, contact the NMC: (888) 427 5662.


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Mariner Advancement is not required to, and does not, collect sales or use tax for states other than Florida. Under current law, purchases are not tax-exempt merely because a seller is not required to collect. Check with your state for filing and payment requirements.  The following states required the posting of  this notification - Washington State





This software is distributed on USB drives for easy transport between home, school, and work.  No time limits.  No limit on the number of tests.  This software will not lock you out.




Able Seaman - Lifeboat

Module Name

Question Bank Size

Num of Questions on Exam

Passing Score

Q450- Navigation and Rules of the Road




Q451- Deck General/Safety

1141 50 70

Q445 or Q447 Lifeboatman

477 50 70

Marlinespike Seamanship - Demonstration Exam Code: AB02

Knot, Bend, Splice, Hitch


Time Limit

Eye Splice with bitter end whipped

One of these items must be

successfully demonstrated


15 minutes

Short Splice with whipped ends



Each of these items must be successfully demonstrated







15 minutes

Square Knot

Clove Hitch

Sheet Bend

French Bowline




A combination of any six of these items must be successfully demonstrated

Running Bowline

Bowline on a Bight

Cats Paw

Figure Eight

Carrick Bend

Round Turn and Two Half Hitches

Rolling Hitch

Stopper Hitch

Timber Hitch

Stage Hitch

Barrel Hitch

Fishermans Bend

Double Becket Bend


* IAW 46 CFR 12.405(c), The applicant must provide evidence, to the satisfaction of the Coast Guard, of the knowledge of principal knots, bends, splices, and hitches in common use by actually making them.

* The demonstration can be completed at a Regional Exam Center or via a USCG approved course

* In order to successfully demonstrate the knowledge requirement the applicant MUST

* Successfully demonstrate ONE of the TWO splices within 15 minutes AND:

* Successfully demonstrate the four required AND six additional knots, hitches, or bends within 15 minutes


In the Deck Resources folder are several manuals, many of which are required to solve the USCG questions.  The following list of manuals are in pdf format and can be printed or transferred to a portable device:



U.S.N. Damage Controlman

Marine Fire and Safety

NOAA Chart Symbols

Rules of the Road

U.S.N. Tools and Their Uses

USCG Able Seaman Marlinspike Assessment Form.


See Products for screen shots and general information or download the latest manual to see all of the features available.  See warranty and shipping and sales tax information.

The Mariner Advancement testing application provides...

  • a reference for the USCG book, question, and illustration number.
  • USCG illustrations and Internet links to new or additional illustrations when available.
  • the ability to revisit previously answered test questions during the test.
  • the option to display all answer choices or only display the correct answer.
  • the ability to tag questions while testing and the ability to revisit the tagged questions through the tag question menu. 
  • a choice to the number of questions per test.
  • a full search utility of all questions and illustrations.
  • a feature that temporarily removes correctly answered questions from the question bank, allowing the user to focus on the more difficult questions rather than wasting time reviewing questions they already know.  The user may reset the question bank at any time, restoring the removed questions.
  • a speech synthesizer that is capable of reading the  current question or the entire test.
  • preview screens, which reduces study time by allowing the user to determine if they need to take the time to load the explanation or illustration in full screen mode.
  • the ability to take exams over and over with no time restraints, valid per user agreement.
  • one year of free updates.
  • distribution on a USB drive so you can take it with you.  Study on your vessels computer and study at home.  
  • compatibility with most PCs with a USB port.  Please check system requirements below.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • Microsoft Windows™ Version 7, 8, 8.1, and 10, Windows Surface and Windows Surface Pro (not compatible with Windows RT™ or Windows 10 S, neither of which run desktop apps.)
  • Mac with Microsoft Windows installed using Bootcamp or Parallels (not VMware™)
  • Latest version of Adobe® Reader® for Desktop (available for free online from Adobe®)
  • 1.0 GHz CPU, 2 GB RAM

  • 2.0 and 3.0 USB support

  • Mouse, compatible pointing device, or touch screen.

  • 1024 X 768 Screen Resolution

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