"John Kretschmer is a superb seaman, a master story teller, and a delivery skipper of vast experience. His tales of tropical passages and Atlantic gales, of near sinkings and quirky owners will appeal to anyone who dreams of far horizons and tropical beaches. He has written a book of rollicking humor and abundant common sense that any sailor will find hard to put down." - Brian Fagan, author, archaeologist, and sailor
"Not only has John Kretschmer lived a life wildly festooned with adventure, romance and outrageous characters - his reality outstrapping our most Walter Mittyesque sea fantasies - now he has gone and turned it all into a collection of yarns that incite yet more envy among those of us stuck behind landbound computers.
"Not only can the sailor sail - through hurricanes and civil wars - but the sailor can write. It's a hell of a read. It's just not fair." - Fred Grimm, Miami Herald columnist
"Flirting with Mermaids follows John as he delivers a variety of boats around the world, from aging hulks with a fondness for the bottom to luxury yachts owned by would-be circumnavigators. While he's doing this, with a conscripted crew of friends, relatives, his wife, and total strangers found holding empty glasses at beach bars, he's also learning about navigating the uncharted territory of his heart.
"The glamorous life of a professional sailor? Here's the straight story, with humor, salty adventures, and a steep learning curve." - Gregory O. Jones, editor, Sailing magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Stories of interest to any sailor. Good insight into the life of a delivery captain. Lots of storms. Good sense of humor in unexpected places.Published 13 days ago by W. K. White
Absolutely rollicking series of nautical adventures. A great read for the sailing enthusiast and non-sailor alike. Lots of humor and wise observations. Read morePublished 16 days ago by KillerChihuahua
The book is well written and carries you on a seemless rumba line of excitement and fun.Published 1 month ago by Jerome Stanbury
I got to hear a presentation by John a couple of times and found him to be knowledgeable, humble and self effacing...much like he appears in his book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nick Bigney
A series of good sea stories well told. I bought this copy for a friend to keep on his boat - something to enjoy during the times they wait for a change of tide or weather.Published 5 months ago by Syd
This book was wonderfully entertaining. It is chock full of wit, humor, sex, money, failure, and success. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sharon
I really like sailing books where there is adversity and interesting characters along the way. A good read about an unusual occupation.Published 7 months ago by saxman
Some books draw you in and you are immersed in the story.This one felt like
I was on the outside following a documentary of sorts. Read more