Flirting with Mermaids: The Unpredictable Life of a Sailboat Delivery Skipperby John Kretschmer
He crosses the Western Caribbean with a crew of eccentric Swedes researching ancient Mayan mariners, lands in Aden at the outbreak of
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Over 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 disocvers 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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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.
John Kretschmer has been a sailboat delivery skipper for over 25 years and has made over 100 deliveries. 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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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.
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!
Great book for anyone wanting to REALLY know what sailing and cruising passages are really like.