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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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Heavy Weather Powerboating

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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Cuba Run

Sailing into danger in Cuban waters

Dave Schaefer, a cruising sailor and writer with an affinity for Cuba, has penned a fictional action thriller with the island as the centerpiece.

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The Patuxent Ghost Fleet

'Ghost fleet' chronicled

Cruisers familiar with Chesapeake Bay know of the fleet well - the deteriorating "ghost fleet" of mothballed German steamships in the backwaters of Maryland's Patuxent River.

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