- Paperback: 235 pages
- Publisher: Emerald Point Publications; 2 edition (March 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 096835470X
- ISBN-13: 978-0968354704
- Package Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,094,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
The Author was born in Holland and roamed the 7 seas while serving in the Dutch and British merchant marine before coming to Canada. He alternates his residence between Grenada and Vancouver and is a regular contributor of short stories and articles on boating for various magazines.
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This is one of those books that will really make you hate your job...unless your job is captain of a 100'+ charter yacht. However, Jan doesn't make it sound as though it's a job spent reclining on deck catching some sun. He does wonders to suppress that myth and put it into a more down-to-earth perspective. Still, it's better than being stuck in a cubicle breathing everyone elses exhalations.
Obviously this is his first book and the writing is a bit stiff at the beginning, but don't give up he loosens up and turns into a wonderful story teller.
Highly recommend this entertaining read! And then don't stop till you are done with the second book!
Jan de Groot spins a good yarn. One of the main attributes of a captain is to keep his guests entertained. As a reader you will feel the excitement, fun, sometime aggravation, and danger, sailing the eastern Caribbean. There is even a BIG BONUS, a bounty of wonderful pictures. And there are some true charter business insights such as " What makes chartering unique is.....the operator will be living with his clientele. Or, Chartering is a business.. A business is supposed to make a profit.........from a monetary point of view, chartering is a complete flop". The author quickly balances this, by quoting others who say NO, its the lifestyle!".
This is not just a HOW TO book. It is the story of one man's love affair with his boat, his young wife, his children from an earlier marriage, and a spectacular life style at sea. Even if you are not interested in investigating chartering as a business, but like travel, cruising or plain old boating, you will walk away with a warm feeling living the charter life through de Groot's eyes. To find out if he sleeps with Kate, you will have to buy the book because, I wont give that away.
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anyone who loves boats and has spent any time cruising will love the stories and the characters ...Read more