Modern piracy detailed and examined
With headlines about increasingly brazen pirates off North Africa becoming more frequent, John C. Payne, a professional marine engineer who spent 35 years aboard merchant ships and offshore oil vessels, has written "Piracy Today: Fighting Villainy on the High Seas" (2010, Sheridan House, $29.95).
Four years on the Great Loop
For boaters with dreams of coastal and inland cruising, Bruce and Susan Armstrong have authored "Coming Full Circle: A Voyage on America's Great Loop" (2010, Armstrong Travel Ventures, www.armstrongtravelventures.com, $18.95).
The "Yachtsman's Guide to the Bahamas," first published in 1950, has been updated for the 2011 season. Published by Tropical Island Publishers, it is considered the definitive cruising guide for novice as well as seasoned boaters planning to cross the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos, and the Dominican Republic.
An adventure tale of a rogue captain
Maryland-based author Alfred Picardi's novel "Jack's Favorite: Adventures of a Colonial Smuggler" tells a tale of midnight backwater rendezvous, sea chases, smugglers' coves, brothels and waterfront riots.
Powerboating ... on steroids
Even casual cruisers will appreciate Hugo Montgomery-Swan's collection of tales from more than a dozen top professional mariners and powerboat racers about pushing the limits in extreme seas.
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