Over the weekend, in the midst of research, I happened across The Old Salt Blog. I found a book called Star-Crossed by Linda Collison. It is a nautical fiction with a female protagonist. I have to get a copy. I've already emailed my local book store, Cover-to-Cover books. I can barely wait.
In the meantime, Julian Stockwin, author of the Kydd series of nautical fiction, was kind enough to answer my email. I tried very hard to read his answer with a British accent.