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Chapman Piloting : Seamanship & Boat Handling Chapman Piloting : Seamanship & Boat Handling, 63rd Ed
by Elbert S. Maloney, Charles Frederic Chapman

An essential reference for even the most experienced sailor. A necessary component of any nautical library. Highly recommended.

The Annapolis Book of Seamanship The Annapolis Book of Seamanship
by John Rousmaniere, Mark Smith (Illustrator)

First launched in 1983, Annapolis remains the sailor's bible, a comprehensive chapter and verse guide to all aspects of seamanship from the simplest ABC's to the most advanced skills and latest electronics. Based on the US Naval Academy's courses in navigation, piloting, and seamanship.

Chart No. 1
by Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, NOAA, NIMA

Chart Number One is essential to correct and accurate use of nautical charts. It is a book that defines the symbols, abbreviations and terms used on charts. It also provides important information about buoys, light visibility (range) and aids to navigation.

Boat Navigation for the Rest of Us Boat Navigation for the Rest of Us
Finding Your Way By Eye and Electronics
by Bill Brogdon

"The title suggests a lightweight work - it isn't; thorough treatment of traditional and electronic methods by an expert." - WoodenBoat

Basic Coastal Navigation : An Introduction to Piloting Basic Coastal Navigation : An Introduction to Piloting
by Frank J. Larkin

Outlines most of the techniques of piloting that are still fundamental to safe navigation even with today's electronic aids. In addition to dead-reckoning techniques, covers tides and currents and introduces the major features of LORAN and GPS.

Dutton's Navigation and Piloting Dutton's Navigation and Piloting
by Benjamin Dutton, Elbert S. Maloney

This book is very complete covering all aspects of navigation from simple pilotage to gyro compass.

Problems and Answers in Navigation and Piloting Problems and Answers in Navigation and Piloting
by Elbert S. Maloney

For a firm foundation in piloting, dead reckoning, celestial navigation, and radionavigation, and fast access to specific information, it is the reference to use.

The American Practical Navigator The American Practical Navigator
An Epitome of Navigation 1995 Edition
by Nathaniel Bowditch

This book is the only reference one needs for any navigational issue.

Primer of Navigation Primer of Navigation
With Problems in Practical Work and Complete Tables
by George W. Mixter (Editor), Herrold Headley (Editor)

This book is primarily a textbook, highly technical and full of detailed information for the experienced skipper/navigator. If you lean toward deepwater cruising it's a must. If you collect classics it's a must.

Piloting and Dead Reckoning Piloting & Dead Reckoning
by H. H. Shufeldt, G. D. Dunlap, Bruce A. Bauer

Novice and experienced sailors alike can rely on this updated guide as a primary source of reference. Revised by a professional navigator and master mariner, it provides information on the important elements of piloting and dead reckoning--from understanding charts and the magnetic compass to calculating position, direction, speed, and currents with basic navigational tools and the scientific calculator.

Coastal Navigation Coastal Navigation
by Tom Cunliffe, Mark Smith (Illustrator), Kim Downing (Illustrator), Rob Eckhardt

The National Standard for Quality Sailing Instruction (The Certification Series) from US Sailing.

Inshore Navigation Inshore Navigation
by Tom Cunliffe
Captain Jack's Complete Navigation Captain Jack's Complete Navigation
by Jack I. Davis

Captain Jack's Complete Navigation is a combination of Captain Jack's Basic Navigation and Captain Jack's Celestial Navigation. Filled with knowledge, sea stories and humorous anecdotes, this book is not only a learning tool but thoroughly enjoyable to read.

The Quick and Easy Guide to Compass Correction The Quick and Easy Guide to Compass Correction
by George H. Reid

In this handy little book, George Reid describes the numerous causes of compass error: variation, deviation, misalignment, lazy compass, frozen compass, and intermittent deviation.

The Practical Pilot The Practical Pilot
Coastal Navigation by Eye, Intuition, and Common Sense
by Leonard Eyges

"Even in these electronic-ridden days, navigational skills of this elegance and simplicity are still indispensable." - The Ensign

Latitude Hooks and Azimuth Rings Latitude Hooks and Azimuth Rings
How to Build and Use 18 Traditional Navigational Instruments
by Dennis Fisher

An excellent overview ancient navigational instruments. In addition to sundials, octants and compasses, Fisher covers such esoteric tools as the traverse board (used to track direction and ship speed), the weatherglass (early barometer), the kamal (Arabian navigation tool) and the cross staff (predecessor to the octant).

Emergency Navigation Emergency Navigation
Pathfinding Techniques for the Inquisitive and Prudent Mariner
by David Burch

"Gives one a deeper understanding of the basic principles of navigation... a great store of knowledge which may serve you well in an emergency but will also give much pleasure off watch whilst improving your seamanship in the process." - British Cruising Association Bulletin

The Last Navigator The Last Navigator
by Steve Thomas, Stephen D. Thomas

Nonfiction account of a young American man's sojourn in the South Pacific, on the Micronesian island of Satawal in the Caroline archipelago, studying traditional navigation with Mau Piailug, the last of the palus. It was
Piailug who navigated a Polynesian vessel from Hawaii to Tahiti without compass or charts, as documented by a PBS film of the voyage. Thomas learns how to navigate by stars, wind, swell, birds, and memory. It is a story of seafaring, a dying culture, and self-discovery.

We, the Navigators We, the Navigators
The Ancient Art of Landfinding in the Pacific
by David Lewis, Derek, Sir Oulton (Editor)

"We, The Navigators" is one of the first books written about Polynesian navigation over great distances without benefit of any instruments except the senses of the navigators. The Polynesians steered by the stars, sun, swell patterns, wind, birds, clouds, phosphorescence in the sea.

Celestial Navigation
Celestial Navigation for Yachtsmen Celestial Navigation for Yachtsmen
The Inside Story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race
by Mary Blewitt, Thomas Bergel

"For those interested in learning or brushing up on their celestial skills... not much on theory, just how to do it." - Practical Sailor

"... simple, elegant, and easy to grasp." - WoodenBoat

The Complete On-Board Celestial Navigator The Complete On-Board Celestial Navigator
by George G. Bennett

This book has it all, almanac, tables, starfinder, in short, everything need to do sight reductions. A fantastic value!

Ocean Yachtmaster : Celestial Navigation Ocean Yachtmaster : Celestial Navigation
An Instructional Handbook With Exercises
by Pat Langley-Price, Philip Ouvry, Pat Langley Price

Now revised and updated, this is the ideal textbook for anyone embarking on the RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate. Using this book and its exercises the student will be able to study either in the classroom or from home. Covering both the theoretical and the practical aspects of the course, this edition includes satellite navigation and the use of calculators for celestial navigation.

Celestial Navigation Celestial Navigation
by Tom Cunliffe
The Sextant Handbook The Sextant Handbook
by Bruce Bauer

This book contains very helpful information on how to adjust (or how not to adjust, to avoid damage) your sextant to ensure accurate sightings. The book also covers what can be done to continue to use a sextant after damage, including what repairs can be done by its user.

Rules of the Road
Navigation Rules: International-Inland Navigation Rules: International-Inland
by Coast Guard Transportation Dept.

Contains the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (COLREGS), incorporating amendments, which became effective on November 19, 1989 and November 1995. Also includes the Inland Navigations Rules which have been in effect for all inland waters, including the Great Lakes, since March 1, 1983.

The One-Minute Guide to the Nautical Rules of the Road The One-Minute Guide to the Nautical Rules of the Road
A Boating Magazine Book
by Charles Wing

Learn the "Collision Regulations,'' or Rules of the Road, from this handy guide. It's an illustrated plain-English explanation of these often confusing rules.

Mariner's Guide to the Inland and International Rules Mariner's Guide to the Inland and International Rules
by Captain Mark Tilford

This book begins with a history of the navigation rules followed by an in depth look at the rules. A CFR reprint of each rule is provided to meet the Coast Guard's requirement as an onboard copy. Each rule is followed by a layman's discussion of what the rule means and what the courts have said about the rule. Each chapter has a quiz at the end to assist you in evaluating your understanding of that section of the rules.

Nautical Rules of the Road Explained Nautical Rules of the Road Explained
by William F. Conklin

Each chapter is a discussion of a subject such as vessels engaged in fishing, sailing vessel operations, towing, common misunderstandings and when and where the Rules apply. The book was written to give the reader more confidence and less confusion on the water.

A Yachtsman's Guide to the Collision Rules A Yachtsman's Guide to the Collision Rules
The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea-Explained
by John Campbell

Hundreds of color diagrams illustrate the regulations explained, and sample tests are offered for various nautical examinations.

Handbook of the Nautical Rules of the Road Handbook of the Nautical Rules of the Road
A Convenient Take-Along Guide for Sail and Power Boaters
by Christopher B. Llana, George P. Wisneskey (Contributor)

A guide to the rules governing vessels in international and US inland waters.


Quick Reference Navigation Rules Quick Reference Navigation Rules
by Seapoint

This 8 1/2" x 11" weatherproof heavy duty plastic card is a perfect quick reference for any boater. The inland and international rules (COLREGS) including right-of way, lights, and sound signals, and the U.S. Buoyage system are all included in a concise, accurate and graphically pleasing format which is easy to understand and use.

Quick Reference Coastwise Piloting Quick Reference Coastwise Piloting
by Seapoint

Weatherproof heavy duty plastic card. Clearly presents, at your fingertips, all the classic piloting information and easy-to-use instructions you need for safe coastal navigation (particularly if your electronics fail!)

Quick Reference Celestial Navigation Quick Reference Celestial Navigation
by Seapoint

Weatherproof heavy duty plastic card. Quick Reference Celestial Navigation is a simplified, yet complete, system for learning and remembering the details of Celestial Navigation. This card makes it unbelievably easy, proving that lengthy instruction, easily forgotten if not used regularly, is not essential to master the art of 'Celestial'.

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