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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.



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.



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.



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.



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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