I need to research sailing technology and techniques from the 16th & 17th centuries for a maritime-focused sort of Baroque-punk campaign idea. Types of ships, sails, cannon, the relative advantages and disadvantages of the types; techniques for sailing inland seas, high seas, oceanic coastline; techniques for outsailing pirates and enemy warships; techniques for fighting pirates and enemy warships; and so on. As much detail as I can find!
I probably won't use all the details for the actual campaign (for one thing, it's alt history), but I want all of it so I can make educated decisions as to what goes in and what doesn't.
I don't know where to start. Can anybody name some good sources? I don't mind dense and dry reading, but I'd prefer some stuff with a bit of attitude. Secondary research is okay. Perhaps there is a GURPS book on this? If so, is it worth a look?