I was happy to rediscover the Cape Cod writer George Foy who in the mid eighties produced three terrific sea stories:
Asia Rip - set on Cape Cod; fisherman overcomes nasties.
Coaster - set mostly around southern England, educated child of privelege who became a coaster captain rather than a banker overcomes evil business people.
Challanger - Maine NA and boatbuilder overcome murder of NA cousin and partner in America's Cup quest.
And everyone finds true love after some loss.