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A boatload of fun in Britain

Imagine yourself at the helm of a boat leisurely cruising along England's River Thames or Scotland's highland lakes. Not only is this an ideal way to avoid crowds and get a fresh view of the countryside, it combines transportation and accommodation at a price that's about the same as renting a flat.

But is chartering a cabin cruiser to explore Britain really an option for inexperienced sailors? It couldn't be easier, say Michael and Laura Murphy: "There is nothing about the operation and navigation of the rental motor cruisers that cannot be learned from scratch in an hour or so."

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The Murphys' new guide to rental boating, The Natural Waterways of Great Britain (Interlink Books, $15), includes a detailed discussion of the waterways of England and Scotland, what's to be seen along them, boat- rental firms in each region, even the best time of year to go. It provides a valuable perspective on a peaceful, unhurried way to travel.

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