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The Weekend Navigator, 2nd Edition
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2007
When this book was published I gave it a quick look in our library and bought it. I use it in an Electronic Navigation class I teach at a local ASA Sailing School. It is the best in its field, very understandable, gorgeous illustrations and it is one of the best manuals for Maptech Chart Navigator which they provide free on the accompanying CD.

There is nothing close to this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 5, 2009
I've got a half dozen books on coastal navigation (piloting actually) and all are good, but Bob Sweet's book integrates GPS with traditional piloting methods in a way none of the rest do. Most books are either all about getting the most out of your GPS, or they concentrate on traditional charting methods then update the subject with separate chapters on GPS, RADAR, LORAN, etc.
This book approaches 21 first century piloting as an integrated plan for most conditions that shows the roles played by your charts, your electronics, and your common sea sense in a balanced, minute by minute situational awareness where no single tool predominates.
In short, Sweet's book answers the question I always had after reading other books: "OK, so how to I put all this together on the bay with only two hands, two eyes and one brain? This book shows how to do it without overloading yourself.

A well planned book, manufactured nicely with good paper and color.

I recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I am buying a boat for the first time since my teenage years in the 60's. This book really gives me the data I'll need to navigate the very shallow Barnegat Bay. First rate and understandable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2013
I just completed navigation course and wish I had this book as the course book. They did mention it and I decided I needed more information and bought the book. It is well written. great graphics and examples. I highly recommend the book and the knowledge and writing style of Mr. Sweet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
For most boaters, power or sail, this is your best bet for a single, clear, comprehensive guide to piloting and navigation. The author, Sweet, is very knowledgeable and takes a straightforward approach to navigation in the electronic age. He makes a strong case for developing the skills to navigate without relying on electronic Chartplotters and Global Positioning Systems (which CAN and DO fail, like any other electronic device); however, he does not condescend to the reader on this issue, nor does he exclude those electronic devices from consideration. On the contrary, the nicest aspect of this book is the way it INTEGRATES electronic and traditional means of piloting, showing you how each can complement the other in useful ways. The result is a book that will teach you how to understand and use your electronics better, while developing traditional navigational skills that may save your life (or at least save you some inconvenience) the next time your electronics go down.

I've read a lot of books on navigation in the last 20 years. Sweet does a better-than-average job of explaining traditional piloting techniques in an accessible manner, with very nice illustrations that allow the reader to reflect on and absorb some of the abstract concepts involved. (Piloting is not hard, but it can feel overwhelming and confusing at first until you really "get" it.) Sweet is also one of the only authors I've come across who talks about electronic navigation methods as the normal reality for day-to-day navigation among most boaters (which it is!). Most other books relegate electronic devices to an isolated chapter, seem hopelessly out of date with regard to modern GPS innovations, and/or discuss electronic navigation as if it is an afterthought. Sweet talks as if he understands, realistically, that GPS will be the primary source of navigational information for the boaters he is addressing, and that is why his tone and approach come across so well. Along the way, he makes good recommendations about other resources to consult, such as Nigel Calder's definitive guide to reading a nautical chart, and to the free Coastal Explorer software that provides an excellent way to view NOAA raster charts for free on your computer. I am convinced of his credibility. This is a resource I would not hesitate to trust. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a clear and comprehensive guide to modern navigation.

I would NOT buy the Kindle edition, since the illustrations in this book are very important to developing a full understanding of certain concepts, and would not likely display well on the Kindle (smaller, without color, etc.).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2011
A great book for how most people navigate today. I completed the ASA navigation course, but its complete lack of GPS use and focus on complex math made for a steep learning curve, and I was not comfortable relying on it in practical applications without much more time on the water. This book uses a nice combination of paper charts and electronics, that actually works on the water. Being six years old, much of the specific tech has changed, but I was still able to use it with a new Garmin handheld chart-plotter to navigate my first three day charter in the Tampa Bay area. I wish I would have read it before purchasing a GPS as I would have purchased a more simple unit and invested more in other navigation areas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2013
Aside from the content being dated, I was very irritated by the format of this book. The author constantly repeats information presented whenever he adds illustrations. I found myself skipping the straight text and only reading the text that accompanies the illustrations.
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on March 21, 2015
I boat in the cold, rocky, unforgiving waters of coastal Maine where safety is ALWAYS a concern. The Weekend Navigator is worth every penny; it is well written with colorful graphics and has helped to greatly expand my navigation skills. If/when the GPS quits or the fog rolls in unexpectedly, I want to know how to safely get back home.
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on October 4, 2014
An excellent book for those wanting to learn safe navigation. Lots of details, examples, hints and tips. It is a book, not a series of learning points so you do have to read it rather than skim through it. Its based on US charting but the theory and principles are still very valid for Canadian boaters.
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on March 29, 2015
This is a great resource for the recreational boater that wants to know the essentials of navigating using the electronic tools that are available to the boater today. It explains the principles of navigation in an easy to understand manner and is quite comprehensive.
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