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older copy of th Chapman Book of Piloting and Seamanship

The other day, I was perusing the “nautical” section at the local used book seller, and saw an older copy of Chapman Book of Piloting and Seamanship. I was a really cheap price, and the book looked like it had never even been cracked. So my questions to you are:

1.Is the Chapman Book of Piloting and Seamanship a useful resource for a beginner?

2.And Is there all that much difference between editions? I want to say the used book I saw was the 60th or 62nd addition, and apparently the current addition is 66th. I’ve noticed that a lot of (collage or scholastic) textbooks really do not have much of a difference from addition to addition, is this the case with the Chapman book?

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I have the 59th edition and still find it useful. It is a good reference for any sailor. Some things have changed over time, e.g., WIGs added to ColRegs in 2003 and emergency wreck buoys added to to nav aids, but navigation is still navigation.
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How old a copy are you talking about? There have been some advances in recent editions, like covering GPS, DSC, etc., that are well worth having. Considering that they're up to the 66th edition or so, you'd probably be okay with any edition that is above the mid 50s, but YMMV.

Another really good book on Navigation specifically is Hubbard's Boater's Bowditch.
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Chapmans is the Bible of boating. Even the US Coast Guard uses it as a text. Actually there is not much difference between the 60th edition and the latest 66th edition. See Chapman Piloting - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I have a 54th edition I still use. It's the Bicentenial Edition. Came in a nice red leather binding and has one of those cases it slides into. The basics are still the basics. Any way there have not been many changes in the last four or five years, so go for it.
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I have a 54th edition I still use.
I have the 48th edition. It is very entertaining. There are chapters on "Flag Etiquette", and "Clothing and Uniform" Even the vocab words in the back are a lot of fun, a large percentage not even used nowadays.

I also have the 59th (representing when I learned to sail) and the 66th. As long as they are not too old they have some useful info but the newer the more relevant info and the better it is presented. This is easily noted from looking at my copies spanning 40 years.

It is worthwhile having Chapmans as a resource but the best resource IMO is Annapolis book of seamanship. It is very much like Chapmans but is sailing specific. I have whole library of subjects related to sailing but I find with few exceptions that the Annapolis book covers most subjects in great detail that is easy to understand.
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I bought the 66th Edition and it's current with 2009 technology/information.

I read Chapmans most every day.
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