We spent three nights (four days) exploring the greater Richmond area and were delighted to stay at this warm and cozy houseboat. Ron was very friendly and gave us the full tour and instructions upon arrival. His suggestion to contact Sails Angels (Tom Lewis) for a boat ride up and down the James River was a perfect idea for how to spend Friday afternoon.
Heaters in both ends of the boat along with a small one in the bathroom kept the place quite warm. The spacious shower had great water pressure and plenty of hot water. We spent our days out and about but then retreated for the evening to relax, snack, and play cards. We didn't use the TV but did enjoy the radio for a bit of music. We just wanted to relax and gently bobbing along on the water was what we wanted.
We spent time exploring the battlefield trails along with some great sights in Richmond. If we ever returned to explore more, we would definitely be back on the Gia Maria.