Be Admiral Of Your Own Houseboat

Take family and friends, see the sights--and cruise with all the comforts of home

Just as we were setting out on the family vacation, the reality of what I'd done began to hit me. Six months earlier, in a burst of frustration over a long winter in New Jersey, I'd booked a houseboat on a lake somewhere in the Arizona wilderness. My cousin had taken a similar vacation and raved about it. Up to then, my nautical experience consisted of rowing a 12-ft. boat in New York City's Central Park. Awaiting us in Arizona, though, was not a modest little craft. Nope, I'd be piloting a 60-ft., 15-ton double-decker leviathan, dubbed the Admiral by the...

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