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Dutton's Nautical Navigation, 15th Edition Hardcover – December 7, 2003

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"...an invaluable reference...that will save the day when the batteries in the GPS run dry." -- Armada International, January 2004

"For those who want in-depth understanding of navigation techniques--both high-tech and low-tech." -- Soundings, November 2004

About the Author

Thomas J. Cutler has been a student, teacher, and practitioner of the navigational arts and sciences for nearly forty years while serving the Navy as a surface warfare officer in vessels ranging from patrol boats to aircraft carriers. He is the current author of The Bluejacket's Manual and other books and articles on naval topics.
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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press; 15th edition (December 7, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155750248X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557502483
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 9 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Webb on November 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Dutton's is well illustrated and clearly written and it covers a lot of ground. However, it is full of technical errors. When I was writing a sailings application I worked the example problems in the sailings section of the book and was distressed to find they were full of mistakes. Later, when I took my Captain's course I spoke about this with the navigation instructor there and he claimed that he never used Dutton's examples because the problems are wide spread. So, I'd suggest reading Dutton's for the prose and then going to Bowditch if you need the math. This is all a bit sad as Dutton's is a text book and into it's 15th edition.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is very complete covering all aspects of navigation from simple pilotage to gyro compass. The approach is always didactic and very complete describing f.i. not less than 4 methods of sight reduction for Astro Navigation. Although written for merchant navy, it is also suitable for small craft navigation.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jon N. Nylander on August 22, 2005
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Dutton's is a good intro for anyone who dreams of being a sailor, or actually intends to do something about it someday. It is arranged in logical style and the material is presented in straightforward and easily understandable terms. Such details as tides, currents & piloting as well as the more esoteric matters of Hyperbolic, Celestial and Bathymetric Navigation are explained. Having finished Dutton's, the actual or would-be sailor/navigator will be ready to pick up a copy of Bowditch and head down to the sea.
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28 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Joseph H Pierre on June 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The essentials to celestial navigation are a sextant, the current nautical almanac, and an accurate timepiece correctible to Greenwich Mean Time (Coordinated Universal Time.)

Given those things and some basic instruments and charts, and of course the requisite knowledge and skills to use them, you can find your way on the trackless oceans of the world.

If you lack the knowledge and skills to use the above instruments and objects, you can learn to use them, with the application of the necessary dilligence and intelligence, in either of two volumes, this one and the 'American Practical Navigator.' The latter comes in two volumes, and is published by the U.S. government (Defense Mapping Agency Hydrographic Center).

Both volumes are used as textbooks by the United States Naval Academy and the United States Power Squadrons, to teach celestial navigation. I am a full certificate member of the latter organization.
I recommend them to you.

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Author of THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS: Our Journey Through Etermnity
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alfredo B on June 1, 2011
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Excellent book for a quick consult and to know more about all nautical navigational issues..very easy to understand, good drawings and smart explanations ...For me the (nautical) bible onboard.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Frederick Costanza on November 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I thought that Dutton's explanation of basic celestial navigation was easier to understand and ultimately to use than the explaination given in the Bowditch American Practical Navigator 2002 edition.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Daniel L. Stephenson on June 26, 2007
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How one person can have such a comprehensive knowledge of a subject and still provide the information in a useful and pragmatic format is just a pleasure to read. This text walks you through the history of navigation, practical current application and pitfalls of all aspects of navigation theory and application. It is an easy read, well documented and focused without flare and sidelines. Very helpful, will be a standard reference in my navigational education.
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By Sean Daggett on December 30, 2012
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Honestly, a great book for any navigator. Great for learning the basics as well as refreshing on the principles. I would definitely say, this book better be in your library somewhere if you plan to sail. Additionally, the seller was good, no problems with the transaction and the shipping was just fine as well, timely one might say.
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