Recreation: Hot Houseboat

Time was when owning a houseboat was considered downright lubberly. Proper yachtsmen snickered whenever one tied up at the dock, and out on the water skippers of fast-moving cruisers delighted in leaving the lumbering arks pitching and wallowing in their wake. Not any longer. There is a new kind of hot houseboat that comes with a deep V hull and powerful twin in-board-outdrive engines, and can plane at speeds of 30 m.p.h. or more, as fast as conventional cruisers costing twice as much. With prices beginning as low as $9,000, houseboats are gaining converts faster than any other type...