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Best Nautical Books You Should Enjoy

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Nautical books.

1. 2019 EZ Celestial Nautical Almanac (2019)

Best Nautical Books You Should EnjoyComplete 2019 Nautical Almanac. Includes all daily pages for 2019, the 2019 Pole Star Tables, and all interpolation and correction tables available in the official Nautical Almanac…
Author(s): EZ Celestial LLC

2. Guest Book: Nautical Baby Shower Guest Book Includes Gift Tracker and Picture Pages to Create a Lasting Keepsake of Your Special Day (2018)

Best Nautical Books You Should EnjoyBeautiful Nautical Baby Shower Guest Book + Plus Bonus Gift Tracker + Bonus Baby Shower Printable Games You Can Print Out to Make Your Baby Shower Even More Memorable Baby Shower Guest Book High quality beautiful hard wearing gloss cover Square 8.25” x 8.25” 100 Plus pages With Spaces for over 150 Guests Name and Relationship to Parent/s Give their top tips for parents Special Message to Baby Memory Section to put Photos of the Event Free Gift Tracker Use the gift tracker to keep a record of all gifts so you can send the correct Thank You message. 10 Free Printable Baby…
Author(s): Butterfly Design

3. How to Read a Nautical Chart, 2nd Edition (Includes ALL of Chart #1): A Complete Guide to Using and Understanding Electronic and Paper Charts (2012)

Best Nautical Books You Should EnjoyThe classic How to Read a Nautical Chart explains every aspect of electronic and paper nautical charts: how a chart is assembled, how to gauge the accuracy of chart data, how to read charts created by other governments, how to use information such as scale, projection technique and datum that every chart contains; how not to get fooled or run aground by overzooming. Nigel Calder teaches you how to squeeze every ounce of information out of a nautical chart (on your GPS, chartplotter, or nav station) and understand the limits of accuracy for all charts, paper and electronic, raster and vector. This much-awaited second edition…
Author(s): Nigel Calder

4. The Nautical Almanac for the Year 1981: For Training Purposes Only (2011)

Best Nautical Books You Should EnjoyData in this book are no longer valid for navigation. It is preserved in print because many training programs (including USCG and US Navy ) use examples from 1981 to teach celestial navigation. USCG license exams require data from this almanac. These exams also require Sight Reduction Tables, Pub 229, Vol. 2 and a 2102-D Star Finder….
Author(s): Nautical Almanac Office, Usno, Nautical Almanac Office, H. M.

5. Nautical Almanac 2019: Commercial Edition (2018)

Best Nautical Books You Should EnjoyBeware of the fraudulent hardcover copy of this book. It is a photocopy of the real book and produced without a license. Paradise Cay Publications is the only entity in the United States other than the US Government legally authorized to publish the full contents of the Nautical Almanac. The cornerstone for all celestial navigation, listing the celestial bodies used for navigation, a sight reduction table, and other information valuable to the offshore navigator. The content of this edition is identical to the United States Naval Observatory edition….
Author(s): UK Hydrographic

6. The One-Minute Guide to the Nautical Rules of the Road (United States Power Squadrons Guides) (2006)

Best Nautical Books You Should EnjoyThe U.S. Coast Guard requires every boat more than 39-feet long to carry a copy of the nautical rules of the road onboard. Here’s one that is convenient and handy enough for quick reference on the water. This bestselling guide includes the full text of the original rules, and Charlie Wing’s clear, rule-by-rule translations make them easy to follow. It also includes a “One-Minute Guide Decision Tree” and a brief overview of the rules’ intent to give you a good idea of what to do in any common situation….
Author(s): Charlie Wing

7. Baby Shower Guest Book: Nautical Navy Blue and Gold Advice for Parents and Gift Log (2019)

Best Nautical Books You Should EnjoyBaby Shower Guest Book with Advice for Parents and Gift Log This cute PAPERBACK baby shower guestbook is perfect to capture the memories of your shower. With 110 pages, your guests will be able to sign their names and leave advice for the parents, plus give the new baby their well wishes! Each signature page has 4 lined sections: Name, Advice for Parents and Wishes for Baby. At the end of the book there are 10 GIFT LOG PAGES! Stay organized and Keep track of gifts you receive at your baby shower. There is a place in the back of the book to write down your guests’ names and their gifts, making it easy to send thank you cards…
Author(s): M2MParty Designs

8. Reeds Nautical Almanac 2020 (Reed’s Almanac) (2019)

Best Nautical Books You Should EnjoyReeds Nautical Almanac provides all the information required for yachtsmen and motorboaters to navigate Atlantic coastal waters around the whole of the UK, Ireland, Channel Islands and the entire European coastline from the tip of Denmark right down to Gibraltar, Northern Morocco, the Azores, and Madeira.The 2020 edition continues the Almanac’s tradition of year on year improvement and meticulous presentation of all the data required for safe navigation. The almanac now boasts an improved layout for easier reference and over 45,000 annual changes, including: 700 harbor chartlets; tide…
Author(s): Perrin Towler, Mark Fishwick

9. Learn the Nautical Rules of the Road: The Essential Guide to the COLREGs (2018)

Best Nautical Books You Should EnjoyCollisions are expensive! Learning, understanding and remembering the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGs) is essential for anyone venturing onto the water. Leisure boaters, as much as professional mariners, need to know the rules, and a firm understanding is required to pass many nautical exams. But with the COLREGs stretching to over 12,000 words, this is no small task. This is where Paul Boissier’s excellent book comes in. Paul knows the COLREGs backwards having used them extensively in his career with the Royal Navy –…
Author(s): Paul Boissier

11. Nautical Quilts: 12 Stitched and Quilted Projects Celebrating the Sea (2019)

Best Nautical Books You Should EnjoyA brand new collection of beautiful quilted and stitched projects by internationally-renowned designer, Lynette Anderson. Lynette brings her distinctive style of patchwork mixed with exquisite hand embroidery and applique to the theme of nautical quilts. This subject was inspired by her own family history and her grandfather's career in the navy, giving it a very personal flavour. This collection of projects celebrating the sea includes large and small quilted projects so there is something for everyone. Choose from full-sized quilts, wall hangings, a needlework roll, pillows, bags and wall hangings, all illustrated with…
Author(s): Lynette Anderson

12. Waterway Guide 2019 Northern (2019)

Best Nautical Books You Should EnjoyUpdated annually, Waterway Guide Northern 2019 edition is the indispensable cruising companion for boaters exploring the Atlantic coast from Cape May through Maine, as well as the Hudson River, Long Island Sound and Cape Cod Bay. The guide features mile-by-mile navigation information, aerial photography with marked routes, marina listings and locater charts, anchorage information and expanded "Goin’ Ashore" articles on ports along the way. Helpful cruising data like GPS waypoints, detailed planning maps, distance charts and bridge tables help get cruisers there safely. Flexible spiral binding and heavy laminated…
Author(s): Waterway Guide Media, LLC

13. Imray Chart A233: Virgin Islands – Double-Sided Sheet Combining Charts A231 and A232 (Iolaire Charts) ()

Best Nautical Books You Should EnjoyA double-sided chart combining charts A231 and A232 St Thomas to Virgin Gorda Plans included: Charlotte Amalie (St Thomas) (1:30,000) Cruz Bay (St John) (1:20,000) Road Harbour, Sea Cow Bay & Nanny Cay Marina (Tortola) (1:20,000) Benner Bay (St Thomas) (1:20,000) Great Camanoe to Scrub Island (1:20,000) On this 2016 edition the latest depth surveys have been applied. The latest information on the works to extend Nanny Cay Marina are included. The chart specification has been improved to show coloured light flashes. There has been general updating throughout….
Author(s): Jan 1, 1792

14. Guest Book: Ahoy Baby Shower Guest Book (2018)

Best Nautical Books You Should EnjoyBeautiful Ahoy Baby Shower Guest Book + Plus Bonus Gift Tracker + Bonus Baby Shower Printable Games You Can Print Out to Make Your Baby Shower Even More Memorable Ahoy Baby Shower Guest Book High quality thick cream 100+ lined interior pages with beautiful hard-wearing gloss cover. Square 8.25” x 8.25” 100 Plus pages With Spaces for over 150 Guests Name and Relationship to Parent/s Give their top tips for parents Special Message to Baby Memory Section to put Photos of the Event Free Gift Tracker Use the gift tracker to keep a record of all gifts so you can send the correct Thank You message. 10 Free Printable Baby Shower…
Author(s): Butterfly Designs

“No literature is richer than that of the sea. No story more enthralling, no tradition is more secure.” – Felix Riesenberg The call of the ocean has been irresistible to mankind ever since we figured out how to build the means to explore its mysteries. The books in this section will enable you to experience all the trials, tribulations and At Bookharbour we sell an extensive range of nautical charts, cruising guides & pilots, books and instruments. If you are looking for an Imray or Admiralty Chart, we recommend opening our Chart Selector using the button in the banner below. Welcome to Maryland Nautical Sales where you can purchase nautical charts, books and other navigational resources at 10 – 40% off. Founded in 1949, Maryland Nautical Sales is one of the largest nautical chart agents in the United States. Cindy wrote: “Yeah, the list is “Nautical NOVEL”, so memoirs, non-fiction, autobiographies, etc. do NOT belong on here. About the last half of the list is non-fiction.” Yeah, it’s quite annoying! I just spent about 1/2 an hour deleting non-fiction books and I know I still didn’t get them all. Grrr.

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some nautical books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The oceanographer's companion : essential nautical skills for seagoing scientists and engineers

Author(s): Maul, George A
Publisher: CRC Press, Year: 2017, Size: 13 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1679539

Strange Vernaculars: How Eighteenth-Century Slang, Cant, Provincial Languages, and Nautical Jargon Became English

Author(s): Janet Sorensen
Publisher: Princeton University Press, Year: 2017, Size: 8 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1704990

Tales from the Captain’s Log: From Captain Cook to Charles Darwin, Blackbeard and Nelson - Accounts of Great Events at Sea from Those Who Were There

Author(s): The National Archives
Publisher: Adlard Coles Nautical, Year: 2017, Size: 154 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2333201

The Barefoot Navigator: Wayfinding with the Skills of the Ancients

Author(s): Jack Lagan
Publisher: Adlard Coles Nautical Press, Year: 2017, Size: 13 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2335755

The Origins of the Lost Fleet of the Mongol Empire

Author(s): Randall James Sasaki
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press, Year: 2015, Size: 11 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1401199

Dutch East India Company Shipbuilding: The Archaeological Study of Batavia and Other Seventeenth-Century VOC Ships

Author(s): Wendy van Duivenvoorde, Jeremy Green
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press, Year: 2015, Size: 176 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1402596

The Nautical Home : Coastline-Inspired Ideas to Decorate with Seaside Spirit

Author(s): Örnberg, Anna; Penhoat, Gun
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Year: 2015, Size: 49 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1432842

Death Goes To Sea: The Titantic, Lusitania, And More Epic Nautical Tradgedies

Author(s): Bolden, Richard
Publisher: , Year: 2015, Size: 123 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2071011

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are absolutely hot items according to USA Today, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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