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Good book, but needs a technical editor,
This review is from: Dutton's Nautical Navigation, 15th Edition (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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Initial post: Sep 12, 2009 7:33:51 PM PDT
The Helmsman says:
Agreed. Dutton's is less dense and easier to read and comprehend than Bowditch, but the latter book is much superior in terms of demonstrating the math. And Dutton's doesn't have the tables, anyway. Bowditch is absolutely essential for all professional mariners, but Dutton's is a nice supplement that's easier to digest.
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