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    Hello people,
    Just a quick question. Does anyone have any recommendations on good text books to buy or rent from the library for a deck cadet on the FD programme? I have already got the chart 5011 for chartwork and book for stability. Any know good ones for say cargo ops, terrestrial + celestrial nav and nav aids?
    Cheers
    Ben

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    I can heartily recommend 21st Century Seamanship, published by Witherby. In the Telegraph it was advertised as ?125, but I got it on Amazon for ?75, which is still a lot of money I know, but I think the book is worth it as a long term investment, not just for the course you're on, but for the rest of your career.

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    • #3
      I've always been a fan of "Seamanship Notes" again another Witherby published book. It's not a text book but a good investment as a cadet, a great reference for report writing and phase 5 cramming

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      • #4
        Both the navigation and stability books from witherby were a great help for mates and masters, and would be great for OOW level as a reference point. Worth adding to your Christmas list!
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        • #5
          Witherby Seamanship Notes is ?25 and you get get it as an eBook too.
          http://www.witherbyseamanship.com/se...e-product.html

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          • #6
            I borrowed a copy of "Seamanship notes" off a friend during oral prep... An excellent book and one definitely worth investing in (bought a copy now but wish i had got it at the start/middle of my cadetship), straight up bullet point answers covering basically everything required for OOW orals all in one place.

            I take it you have some form of the IRPCS?? I bought "a seamans guide to the rules of the road" by J.W.W. Ford (?12.50 off amazon) right at the start of my cadetship, god knows how many times I've read through that book (especially on sea phases)... mainly held together by sellotape now and it still comes with me on each and every trip, even as 2nd mate. The way the book is laid out really helped me learn the ROR.

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            • #7
              Sorry to resurrect this thread, but I too am looking for 'new' books (everything I have is circa late eighties).

              The '21st Century Seamanship' looks good, and seems to be relatively up to date. However, the 'Seamanship notes' is last published 2004? It was also suggested I pick up 'The Seamanship Examiner', but again this is 2005....

              I stumbled across MacNeil's Seamanship Examiner OOW & Master/Master which seem to be 2011, not sure how good these are.

              I started a cadetship with P&OCL a long time ago, and now want to pick up where I left off, but on tugs. Ideally I am looking for books with software based questions/answers and practical scenarios. I'm amazed there is not more software based training solutions, but maybe I am looking in the wrong place?

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              • #8
                **Disclaimer: I have a business which sells books.**

                Seamanship Notes has been updated since 2004. Latest edition is 2014 I believe (don't have a copy with me but it's definitely within the last two years). I would definitely recommend it. I might also recommend a website which sells it cheaper than the publisher. ;-)

                Unfortunately Witherby aren't great at keeping their product data up to date but it has definitely been updated.

                From a business point of view, I'd be interested to hear what books people really found useful to expand my range. It hasn't changed much in three years!
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by marky9074 View Post
                  Sorry to resurrect this thread, but I too am looking for 'new' books (everything I have is circa late eighties).

                  The '21st Century Seamanship' looks good, and seems to be relatively up to date. However, the 'Seamanship notes' is last published 2004? It was also suggested I pick up 'The Seamanship Examiner', but again this is 2005....

                  I stumbled across MacNeil's Seamanship Examiner OOW & Master/Master which seem to be 2011, not sure how good these are.

                  I started a cadetship with P&OCL a long time ago, and now want to pick up where I left off, but on tugs. Ideally I am looking for books with software based questions/answers and practical scenarios. I'm amazed there is not more software based training solutions, but maybe I am looking in the wrong place?
                  21st Century Seamanship is fantastic but pricey. Published last summer so relatively up to date. Good overview of everything though some specialised subjects are left out i.e. Anchor handling in the offshore section

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                  • #10
                    Thanks guys. CharlieDelta looks like you will soon have a new customer

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by bridgemonkey View Post
                      21st Century Seamanship is fantastic but pricey.
                      If purchased from Witherby as part of a bundle, and with the latest discount codes going around, it works out at ?45!

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                      • #12
                        Meteorology for Dummies was extremely useful! Bargain price too!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Maritimer View Post
                          If purchased from Witherby as part of a bundle, and with the latest discount codes going around, it works out at ?45!
                          Good call. With the bundle and 20% discount it was ?80 for four books, albeit ?7.50 postage....

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Maritimer View Post
                            If purchased from Witherby as part of a bundle, and with the latest discount codes going around, it works out at ?45!
                            Apologies if this is a silly question but I've never ordered anything direct from Witherby before. Are these discounts available to everyone? If so how do you get access to the promotion codes and bundle discounts, can't seem to find any information on the website

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by All At Sea View Post
                              Apologies if this is a silly question but I've never ordered anything direct from Witherby before. Are these discounts available to everyone? If so how do you get access to the promotion codes and bundle discounts, can't seem to find any information on the website
                              The bundles are on the https://www.seamanship.com web site (I didn't find them on the main Witherby site). The promotional code can be found here: http://www.couponsock.com/store-coupons/seamanship.com

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