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Electronic books and charts

To what frequency do most sailors use electronic charts and books?
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MAW...welcome! Do you want to be a little more specific with that question?
Once you get beyond the day sailors it is quite common for boats to have electronic charts. They also have paper charts since you can't rely on electronics. What kind of "books" are you talking about?
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I have electronic charts and I have downloaded a bunch of ebooks. Is that what you mean ?
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Most small boat sailors would be fools to rely on just electronic charts. Electricity is too prone to failure on a small boat to have electronic charts considered reliable, without the need for paper backups.
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actually I was talking about NOAA rastor charts, paper in a digital for as for the books I was refering to things link Bowditch and sight reduction tables.
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What you need depends upon what you intend to do with them.

My personal, uneducated, inexperienced, take on the chart thing is this: have paper charts to back up your electronic charts which back up your GPS. Know how to navigate your local waters with and without charts, etc., as you never know what may happen. Be familiar with the "ways of the sea" and you'll be fine, with or without "stuff" to help you along.

Bowditch is a highly recommended reference book. There is an online version at http://www.irbs.com/bowditch. I'm beginning to read this as well. I'd also add "The Barefoot Navigator" and if you have a hankering for a sextant, "Celestial Navigation for Yachtsmen" and "The Sextant Handbook."

Again, depends upon what you want to do.

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