I finally did it! I found a copy of Persuasion that met my standards! I know you were waiting with bated breath to see if I found a good copy. We got a new edition in at work, a Vintage Classic from Random House, and here it is:
The sea. A fabulous red dress. A spyglass. A feathered hat. Oh yes. It seems to me that Anne is the proper captain here, not Wentworth.
If I only I could read this by the sea.