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Small Boat to Freedom: A Journey of Conscience to a New Life in America

Risky voyage spurred by ethics and principles

The paperback version of journalist John Vigor's "Small Boat to Freedom: A Journey of Conscience to a New Life in America" relaunches a biography originally published in 2004 (2011, Sheridan House, $17.95).

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Piracy Today: Fighting Villainy on the High Seas

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).

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Coming Full Circle:A Voyage on America's Great Loop

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).

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Yachtsman's Guide to the Bahamas

Venerable guide to a winter playground

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.

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Jack's Favorite: Adventures of a Colonial Smuggler

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.

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