Flirting with Mermaids: The Unpredictable Life of a Sailboat Delivery Skipper

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In the course of twenty years of delivering sailboats to far-flung quaysides, John Kretschmer has had innumerable adventures, both humorous and terrifying In Flirting with Mermaids, he recounts the most memorable of them. He crosses the Western Caribbean with a crew of eccentric Swedes researching ancient Mayan mariners, lands in Aden at the outbreak of civil war, and endures a North Atlantic crossing during which he discovers the existence of Force 13 winds. Approaching Japan at the end of a particularly trying ...
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In the course of twenty years of delivering sailboats to far-flung quaysides, John Kretschmer has had innumerable adventures, both humorous and terrifying In Flirting with Mermaids, he recounts the most memorable of them. He crosses the Western Caribbean with a crew of eccentric Swedes researching ancient Mayan mariners, lands in Aden at the outbreak of civil war, and endures a North Atlantic crossing during which he discovers the existence of Force 13 winds. Approaching Japan at the end of a particularly trying delivery, he finds himself sailing in "a high impact debris zone," but his resolve is unshaken. "If a piece of rocketship jetsam fell out of the sky and sank [me] after encounters with Hurricane Floyd, General Noriega, a tsunami, an erupting volcano, and Typhoon Roy, then it was meant to be."
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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
In logging some 200,000 miles in years of delivering sailboats to celebrities and amidst natural and manmade disasters, this contributing editor to relates his adventures and misadventures. A sense of humor appears to be essential to survival. No references or index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
Miami Herald
Wildly festooned with adventure, romance and outrageous characters.
Sailing
Filled with a myriad of sea stories...all delivered with a wry and self-deprecating sense of humor.
Good Old Boat
I would highly recommend this book to anyone [with] a sense of adventure and romance.
Latitudes & Attitudes
John Kretschmer has an easygoing style that will ingratiate the reader from the very start of this book. It is a look at what a life at sea can mean to a person, and it is extremely well-written and easy to follow. Plenty of good insight into what can be expected when you are out there for days at a time. Consisting of anecdotes from his sailing career, this book is highly recommended for those who plan to go cruising.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574090550
  • Publisher: Sheridan House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/9/1999
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Kretschmer has been a sailboat delivery skipper for over 25 years and has made over 100 deliveries. He is the author of Cape Horn to Starboard and Used Boat Notebook and has had articles published in numerous boating and travel magazines. He is a contributing editor to 'Sailing' and currently lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, with his wife Lesa and their two daughters.
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Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Introduction 1
Chapter 1 A Shallow-Water Appointment 11
Chapter 2 A Show of Presence 33
Chapter 3 Famous 51
Chapter 4 Yacht Delivery 101 65
Chapter 5 A Waterfront Office 89
Chapter 6 Red Sky by Morn 108
Chapter 7 She Drives Me Crazy 132
Chapter 8 Just Another Crossing 153
Chapter 9 Force Unlucky 172
Chapter 10 A Home Delivery 195
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2004

    Romantic, Inspiring and Funny

    Kretschmer earns your respect, grabs your heart and opens your soul with this book. This guy bares it all. After I read through his 'Used boat notebook' I expected this book to be filled with all the little details I needed to function as a live aboard cruising sailor. It didn't. Instead I sat in the cockpit of John's boat and listened to him tell me a story about people like he and I. From it, I know each step I take closer to my goal is the right step. I'll find the details I need, but they won't amount to the value of this book. This book is so extraordinary I am begging to doubt that he's a better sailor than a writer!

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

    Don't pass this one by!

    Wow! I picked this book up ona whim and really, really enjoyed it. And I don't even sail! I have two friends at work that DO sail so I leant them the book and the absolutely loved reading about Mr. Kretschemer's adventures. If you like good story telling, this book is for you whether you sail or get seasick in a bathtub.

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