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American Practical Navigator, The "Bowditch" [Hardcover]

Nathaniel Bowditch
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This edition of The American Practical Navigator, "Bowditch", is offered by Celestaire and Paradise Cay Publications. This edition is the most recent update of Bowditch, the definitive work on navigation.

Nathanial Bowditch first published this encyclopedic work in 1802. During the last two centuries over 75 editions, almost 1,000,000 copies, of Bowditch have been published by the US Government. It has lived because it has combined the best technologies of each generation of navigator. This new Bicentennial Edition includes the latest advances in electronic navigation and digital charting technology. It also covers nonelectronic navigation such as celestial, plotting and dead reckoning. Bowditch contains numerous tables which have been valued for years by practicing navigators.

Bowditch is carried on the bridge of every U.S. Navy ship and should be the mainstay of any serious navigatorâs library. Paradise Cay and Celestaireâs commercial edition of Bowditch is a complete copy of the latest Government edition.


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5.0 out of 5 stars The navigator's bible Feb. 11 2013
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Chock full of information, theory and practice. Great for anyone interested in navigation. For the price, it cannot be beat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an essential text, but don't waste your money March 27 2004
Format:Hardcover
unless you want the book so it'll look cool on your bookshelf, don't waste the money to buy it. it's available for free download in pdf format from NIMA, along with several other publications.
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5.0 out of 5 stars King of navigation June 30 2004
Format:Hardcover
Although it appears intimidating, it's actually quite readable. It happens also to be the very pinnacle of all marine navigation guides; all others refer to it and every navigator/pilot should own a copy.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Free online version available Nov. 26 2003
Format:Hardcover
Great classic book! Even if you hardly read it this can be a good book for your personal nautical library. However, if you just want to get some technical knowledge from the book free on-line version in pdf format is available at [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars The bible of navigation Feb. 25 2003
Format:Hardcover
This is the book the other navigation books keep referring to when trying to make a point or explain some fact of navigation. Might as well just get this book to start with. I just wish the first line on page 230 would have printed, I would like to know what it says.
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