Boat Books
For anyone who likes a nautical atmosphere, these are books where boats are key to the setting.
1 Life of Pi
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 745,922 ratings
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2 The Old Man and the Sea
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3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 296,016 ratings
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3 Moby-Dick; or, The Whale
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3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 300,810 ratings
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4 The Odyssey
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 544,035 ratings
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5 Treasure Island
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 196,354 ratings
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6 The Voyage of the Dawn Trea...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 236,214 ratings
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7 Heart of Darkness and the C...
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3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 161,566 ratings
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8 Twenty Thousand Leagues Und...
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 76,359 ratings
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9 Master and Commander (Aubre...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 21,943 ratings
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10 The Perfect Storm: A True S...
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 53,399 ratings
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11 Robinson Crusoe
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 124,090 ratings
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12 The Caine Mutiny
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 10,563 ratings
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13 Three Men in a Boat
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 20,449 ratings
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14 Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 6,310 ratings
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15 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 800,464 ratings
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16 Jaws
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 68,913 ratings
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17 The Sea Wolf
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 11,856 ratings
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18 Billy Budd and Other Stories
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3.44 of 5 stars 3.44 avg rating — 3,102 ratings
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19 Two Years Before the Mast: ...
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 6,341 ratings
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20 In the Heart of the Sea: Th...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 28,498 ratings
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21 Lieutenant Hornblower (Horn...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 4,958 ratings
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22 Lord Jim
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 15,492 ratings
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23 The Shipping News
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 73,581 ratings
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24 Unbroken: A World War II St...
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 213,687 ratings
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25 Captains Courageous
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 10,708 ratings
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26 Sailing Alone around the World
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 3,437 ratings
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27 Part the Hawser, Limn the Sea
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 35 ratings
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28 Peter Pan
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 119,507 ratings
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29 Death on the Nile (Hercule ...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 44,609 ratings
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30 Kidnapped (David Balfour, #1)
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 32,482 ratings
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31 Ship of Fools
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 1,113 ratings
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32 Endurance: Shackleton's Inc...
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 28,943 ratings
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33 The Cruel Sea
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 2,474 ratings
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34 The Cat's Table
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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 15,037 ratings
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34 Captain Blood
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 6,726 ratings
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36 Mutiny on the Bounty (The B...
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 7,637 ratings
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37 Smilla's Sense of Snow
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 21,454 ratings
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38 Mid Ocean
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 147 ratings
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38 Big River's Daughter
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 49 ratings
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40 Billy Budd, Sailor
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3.02 of 5 stars 3.02 avg rating — 8,701 ratings
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41 Swallows and Amazons
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 14,396 ratings
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42 Zeitoun
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 43,145 ratings
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43 The Riddle of the Sands
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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 2,102 ratings
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44 The Rime of the Ancient Mar...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 26,672 ratings
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45 Polar Star (Arkady Renko, #2)
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 3,699 ratings
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46 The Wanderer
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 7,161 ratings
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47 Jamrach's Menagerie
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 4,375 ratings
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48 Message in a Bottle
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 133,575 ratings
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49 A High Wind in Jamaica
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 4,099 ratings
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50 Heart of Darkness and Selec...
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 11,385 ratings
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51 Mayflower: A Story of Coura...
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 17,055 ratings
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52 The Lifeboat
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3.21 of 5 stars 3.21 avg rating — 13,305 ratings
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53 HMS Ulysses
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 2,696 ratings
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54 The Sailor Who Fell from Gr...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 6,064 ratings
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55 Saved!: the Story of the An...
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 51 ratings
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56 Pirate Latitudes
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3.33 of 5 stars 3.33 avg rating — 20,582 ratings
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57 Boat Girl: A Memoir of Yout...
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 57 ratings
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58 An Embarrassment of Mangoes...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 2,373 ratings
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59 Looking for a Ship
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 674 ratings
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60 Voyage on the Great Titanic...
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 4,720 ratings
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61 Kensuke's Kingdom
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 5,101 ratings
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62 Das Boot: The Boat
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 1,616 ratings
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62 The Hunt for Red October (J...
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 213,216 ratings
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64 Dove
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 1,152 ratings
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65 At the Mercy of the Sea: Th...
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 72 ratings
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65 Rebecca
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 207,328 ratings
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67 A Dangerous Harbor
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3.52 of 5 stars 3.52 avg rating — 173 ratings
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68 Adrift: Seventy Six Days Lo...
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 5,618 ratings
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69 Sea of Glory: America's Voy...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 2,141 ratings
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70 Throne of Jade (Temeraire, #2)
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 15,065 ratings
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71 The Endurance: Shackleton's...
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 7,675 ratings
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72 The Open Boat
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 970 ratings
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73 The Light Between Oceans
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 108,039 ratings
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74 Deep Water
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 8 ratings
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75 To Have and Have Not
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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 11,876 ratings
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76 The Voyage of Saint Brendan...
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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 39 ratings
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77 The Secret Sharer and other...
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 661 ratings
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78 Seven on the Blue
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 12 ratings
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78 American Amaranth
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4.69 of 5 stars 4.69 avg rating — 13 ratings
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78 Uncharted: Story for a Ship...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 24 ratings
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81 Circle Of Bones: a Caribbea...
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 682 ratings
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82 Last Exit In New Jersey
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3.2 of 5 stars 3.20 avg rating — 232 ratings
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83 The Death and Life of Charl...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 34,668 ratings
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84 Maiden Voyage
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 1,098 ratings
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85 The Nigger of the Narcissus
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 890 ratings
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85 Skinny Dip
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 23,699 ratings
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87 Awake Now, Sailor
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4.55 of 5 stars 4.55 avg rating — 11 ratings
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88 The Lion's Paw
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4.46 of 5 stars 4.46 avg rating — 232 ratings
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89 The Deep Blue Good-By (Trav...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 5,336 ratings
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89 The African Queen
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 3,745 ratings
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91 Nobody's Boy
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 4,536 ratings
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92 Shrader Marks: Keelhouse
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4.8 of 5 stars 4.80 avg rating — 10 ratings
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93 To Say Nothing of the Dog
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 16,093 ratings
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93 Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 7,209 ratings
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95 The Secret of the Unicorn (...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 7,106 ratings
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96 The Ice Master: The Doomed ...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 946 ratings
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97 Tales of the Pacific
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 65 ratings
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98 Titanic: A Man-Made Disaster
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 3 ratings
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98 Cup of Gold
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3.37 of 5 stars 3.37 avg rating — 1,235 ratings
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100 The Voyage
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 195 ratings
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371 books · 333 voters · list created October 14th, 2010 by C.E. Grundler (votes) .
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message 11: by Tracy (new)

Tracy Why would someone add two pro-life books to a list about books which feature boats? Desperate much?


message 10: by Rachael (new)

Rachael Wow...pro-life books. Way to randomly push an agenda.


message 9: by Tracy (new)

Tracy That's what I thought!


message 8: by Tima (new)

Tima Pro-Life Answers to Pro-Choice Arguments
by Randy Alcorn

That's the only one I saw in a quick scan, so I removed it. If you let me know what number the second one is at, I can remove it as well :)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads "Why Pro-Life" by the same author is at 77, currently.

I'll remove it.


message 6: by Tima (new)

Tima Thanks for grabbing that one, Susanna. :)

Sam wrote: "What? No 'Noah and the Arc' as a voting option?"

Sam, you can add books to the list if you don't see the ones you'd like to vote for. Top right of the list, there's a tab that says "add books to this list". =)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads You add books to the list at the top of the list, at the tab next to "all votes."


message 2: by Seymour (new)

Seymour Hamilton Seymour Hamilton

The books I have tried to celebrate in this list (by Ransome, Forester, Hemingway, Melville and more), are the ones that have influenced me most.


message 1: by Riku (new)

Riku Sayuj Thanks for making me realize i love so many "boat-books"!


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