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Grand Ambition

The tale of a lovely Lady

G. Bruce Knecht’s “Grand Ambition” (2013, Simon & Schuster, $26.99 hardcover, $14.99 e-book) tells the story of the $40 million 187-foot megayacht Lady Linda, whose construction began on the eve of the 2008 financial collapse.

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Tiggie: The Lure and Lore of Commercial Fishing in New England

Swapping stories with an old salt

The setup sounds more like the plot for a Hollywood film than a true story. A salty old fisherman by chance meets the government regulator threatening his livelihood in a coffee shop, and he recounts engaging tales from a lifetime spent working off Cape Cod, Mass.

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Seahawk Burning

The Civil War, fought at sea

Naval history fans may already be familiar with Randall Peffer’s “Seahawk” series of books that novelize the real-life adventures of Capt. Raphael Semmes, a skilled seaman in the Confederate Navy whose ship, the CSS Alabama, burned and seized dozens of Union Navy ships during the Civil War.

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Hostage: A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Pirates

Cruising nightmare: abducted by pirates

On Oct. 23, 2009, Paul and Rachel Chandler were abducted at gunpoint from their 38-foot cruising sailboat off the Seychelles.

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Race France to France: Leave Antarctica to Starboard

A grueling account from a tough sailor

Rich Wilson is the second American sailor to finish the Vendee Globe, the non-stop solo race around the world.

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