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"Penobscot Bay: People, Ports and Pastimes"

The heart of coastal Maine
Where else could Franklin D. Roosevelt fool everyone into thinking he was going fishing when he was actually secretly meeting with Winston Churchill?

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"Seaworthy: A Swordboat Captain Returns to the Sea"

The call of the ocean
You can take the woman out of the sea, but you can't take the sea out of the woman.
Linda Greenlaw - first introduced to readers in Sebastian Junger's book "The Perfect Storm," and the 2000 film of the same name - shares her return to bluewater fishing at age 47 in "Seaworthy: A Swordboat Captain Returns to the Sea" ($25.95, Viking, 2010).

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The Chapman deck of essential knots

All knotted up

If knowing three or four ways to tie off a pesky line is "knot" enough, boaters should turn to "The Chapman Deck of Essential Knots" ($9.95, Sterling Publishing Co., 2009) by Pat Piper, illustrated by Bob Steimle.

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My Life

Sailing in many eras

With more than 80 years of sailing and management activity in seven America's Cup campaigns, one could say that Edward du Moulin was the consummate sailor.

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Maritime Annapolis: A History of Watermen, Sails and Shipmen

Annapolis: the boater's paradise

"Maritime Annapolis: A History of Watermen, Sails and Shipmen" ($19.99, The History Press, 2009) by Rosemary F. Williams depicts the history of the city from its earliest beginnings.

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