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on 13 December 2009
This book does a good job at explaining most of the basics concepts of navigation. It covers all elements of navigation in simple language which is easy enough for an interested novice to understand. However, it would prove to be insufficient to support anyone who is studying to pass his/her shorebased Day Skipper or Coastal Skipper/Yachtmaster exam. Whilst the book illustrates most of the concepts which are discussed, there are too few practical examples which allow the reader to test his/her understanding. There are also a lot of references to the use of radar for navigation which is a bit of overkill. The book is clearly written at the level of a novice to navigation and it would have been more helpful to explore the basic concepts with more depth rather than confuse the readers with references to the use of radar, a navigation tool they are unlikely to use any time soon. All in all, a good book to read before following a shore based RYA course, but of little value to anyone who understands the basics of navigation.
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on 8 March 2008
Excellent book for revision of shore based RYA courses. Very comprehensive and well put together. Recommended for anyone interested in navigation.
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on 9 August 2009
I have just finished reading this excellent book and would highly recommend it. All aspects of marine navigation (with the exception of Astro Nav. that the author covers in a seperate book) are comprehensively covered in an easy to read manner. Another quality RYA product, well thought out and fully deserving of 5 stars! I have seen numerous other books on marine navigation and this is the best.
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on 3 March 2010
You NEED this book if you have a boat, if you are planning to work at sea, if you are going to do the Yachtmaster exam (theroy and practical), if you are a crew member, if you are going to do an OOW (officer of the watch) oral exam or simply just because you living by the Sea !!
Good book to review all the coastal navigation. Always buy together with the Navigation Exercises book to test your skills. One of the MUST have book.
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on 6 May 2010
An excellent book covering all you need to know for the RYA Day Skipper course and exam. Its well written and logically laid out with worked examples to illustrate the points being made. I'd also recommend buying the Navigation exersises so that you can put into practice what you've just learnt in this book.
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on 19 April 2010
Excellent book,
It show you all the aspects of navigation every step of the way. It make it easy to understand the more complex theories because you were shown how it got there in very simple steps.
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on 13 December 2009
Excellent supplement for anyone studying the Day Skipper Course. Comprehensively expands on a potentially difficult aspect of the course.
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on 14 March 2011
Comprehensive information is easily understood via the clear text and first class illustrations. Few, if any, questions were left unanswered after reading this book.
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on 3 June 2012
This is the best coastal and offshore navigation book I have read. It is a fantastic aid to the RYA navigation courses and we recommend it to all of our students. Tim has successfully integrated electronic and paper chart navigation into one subject instead of dealing with them in separate chapters.
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on 29 August 2011
RYA do an excellant series of pulications for the yachtsperson, and this is no exception. The text is factual and progressively builds on concepts to tackle quite complex topics. Graphics and sidebars are used extensively to make the book visually appealing and appropriate to various learning styles.
With the advent of GPS navigation and chartplotters in the last decade, navigation has changed dramatically, and this book has been written to embrace the technology. However it still explores the use of more traditional techniques, and points out the advantages of both.
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