I will admit I was skeptical about staying on a houseboat for 4 days (especially with 6 adults), but The Blue Pearl EXCEEDED my expectations! It was clean, spacious (considiering you're on a boat), very comfortable and well appointed. The owners have done a great job of thinking of all the creature comforts that you need to enjoy your stay. The marina offers exceptional views of the Boston skyline and Winthrop is a very quaint and neat town. Getting a cab into Boston was never a problem. Getting a cab back from Boston was a bit of a challenge because the cabbies don't like to go to Winthrop (presumably b/c its a small town and they're not terribly likely to get a return cab fare from Winthrop back to the City). But, it wasn't a problem b/c the subway station is only about 1 mile from the boat and it is a safe and easy walk. I'd definitely stay on The Blue Pearl again.