"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.
A revealing frank honest collection of sail boat delivery stories and the evolution of John's sailing liffe. Very interesting and personable. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dana Wheeler
Not great literature, but lots of fun -- very honestly written, and with some great humor.Published 5 months ago by Elizabeth
Quick easy read. Good perspective into John's background. Enjoyed over a long airplane trip.Published 5 months ago by Brewing for you ....
Like a good wine, Kretschmer's writing improved with age and maturity. This book shows glimpses of what was to come - but never quite delivers on its promise. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bruce L Dover
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 6 months 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 6 months ago by KillerChihuahua