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Old 16-10-2014, 09:47   #1
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Annapolis or Chapman?

Hey Everybody!

First post here. And as a good newbie I am asking a newbie question.

I got into sailing this past summer and just started a general boating course in order to have a good start next spring. However, aside from my course text book I wanted to expand and do some more reading on the subject.

I have read many threads here about books and it seems like there are 2 "bibles like" books when it comes to seamanship.

- The Annapolis Book of Seamanship: Fourth Edition

- Chapman Piloting & Seamanship 67th Edition

Any major differences between them?...I'm assuming there will be a lot of the same info on both of them, but if I want to get just one, which one you think will be more complete and readable?

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Old 16-10-2014, 11:00   #2
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Re: Annapolis or Chapman?

I have both. Chapman is more general and Annapolis is skewed toward sail. Both are excellent references. Starting out I would go with the Chapman's.

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Re: Annapolis or Chapman?

Both very complete and readable (as reference books go). Annapolis is more sailing oriented. For that reason I might suggest Annapolis if just choosing one. I bet if you look for used copies in good condition on Amazon you can pick them both up at a reasonable cost.
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I have read both. I think Chapman is better.
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Ditto for Chapman.
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Re: Annapolis or Chapman?


I usually recommend both to new sailors.

I got my first copy of Chapman's a LONG time ago when I was a boy and read it cover to cover. It became the stuff of many nights dreaming of going to sea.

Then I was given a copy of Annapolis book (in the 1990s as I recall it was newly published) and while I enjoyed it, and found it nice, I felt at the time that the Chapman's book gave me a much broader sense of boating and stuff to know on the water. It does cover subjects that are for both sail and power, but I found that informative and good to know.

Either is good reading for a sailor.
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Hi all!

Thanks for the kind replies.
So just to update, I bought the Annapolis book and I am definitely enjoying it. Although having taken a course on navigation I feel like sometimes skipping some material as it is relevant to me now. On some subjects the book author goes deeply into detail (e.i: sail trimming) but on others I feel he just gives a good overall understanding on the subject (e.i: weather).

As we know there's no one size fits all. This is a great reference book and it has also inspire me to go on and read more about weather and other subjects.

Maybe I will eventually get Chapman's book but again I feel like it will repeat a lot of the same info...maybe some more detailed but I don't know if it's worth it for the bits of info I will get. I am thinking getting some of the Pardey's and Annie hill's books...
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Re: Annapolis or Chapman?

I had both given to me a presents. They are very much the same thing. I sold the Annapolis on eBay and kept the Chapman, which seemed just a bit more complete. They are a bit too big to keep both on boat.

If you have the Annapolis, do not bother getting Chapman.

Get PDF of Bowditch instead if want additional reference material.
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Re: Annapolis or Chapman?

Originally Posted by Dennis.G View Post

Get PDF of Bowditch instead if want additional reference material.

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The link to the Bowditch manual is for 2002 edition. So many things have changed in navigation due to electronic advances, I wonder if it is still a valuable reference.

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