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The American Practical Navigator: Bowditch Hardcover – December 1, 2015
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But (a) it's enormous in both physical volume and weight and (b) it does get updated. What to do? ...
A search on "nga bowditch" will provide you with the current pdf version, chapter by chapter on the web.
Exhaustively encyclopedic in scope, BOWDITCH is the sailor's mentor on just about any nautical subject, and it is also simply fascinating to read.
Although online editions of BOWDITCH are constantly updated, a hardcover edition never crashes and has to be rebooted, and is never subject to the vagaries of battery failure.
Despite its heftiness, every confirmed boat handler should have a copy of THE AMERICAN PRACTICAL NAVIGATOR.
As a Commanding Officer I would put notes in the Night Orders which would cause the watchstnders to research during quiet time, usually they could find the answers in Bowditch.
A real gem, I still keep my copy close to read, when the lack of salt air causes me to feel remorse for my retired life.
CDR USN (ret)
As others have noted the book is available on the internet. However, the there's no substitute for having a real copy and the price is far below that quoted by some posters.
Sadly gps has replaced basic navigation skills among many who fly and sail with a resulting dependence that often masks a lack of situational awareness. For those whose sailing is recreational dependence on gps navigation removes one of the joys that comes from the exercise of competency in basic navigation skills.
The other great thing is that the majority of the text is written in clear and plain English.
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All the information is there, but it appears they printed this book straight from a low quality PDF. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Phil
The best of it's kind.
If you go out of sight of land, you need this book.
If only the matrix existed so I could download this all in seconds. What an amazing book!Published 6 months ago by J. Johnston
I felt like a huge dork ordering this, but it was nice to have my own copy. Some parts are rough going, doubly so if you've never had exposure to the concepts. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Harry Reckinrod