One of my favourite genres, even if the Spanish fleet takes the worst part. I have read the complete Aubrey/Maturin and Hornblower series. I prefer the former.
I am also extremely fond od the sea, sailing and tallships. I intend to to get my sailing license soon. I also visited two great gatherings of tallships, Portsmouth 98 and Rouen 99. They were places full of nostalgia, I can tell you, for that was how sea ports must have been in the mast: true forests of masts.
Ah, there is nothing like the feel of sailing and the sound of the wind on the sails...