If you've dreamed of spending an exotic night on a Chinese junk, you don't have to go to China.
In Long Beach, a 53-foot-long wooden junk has been catching the attention of passersby who wonder where this exotic boat came from and why it's docked in Rainbow Harbor.
Actually, it's part of a five-ship fleet run by Dockside Boat and Bed, a company that has put an oceanic twist to the bed and breakfast business.
Kim Harris and her husband, Kent Ryskamp, rent out luxury boats for overnight stays. One of those is a Chinese junk ordered nearly 10 years ago by a Bakersfield couple who brought it over from China on a container ship.
"It's very popular," said Kim Harris, vice president of the bed and breakfast company, which operates out of a houseboat office.
The junk rents for $240 a night and is located just a few docks down from the Aquarium of the Pacific. From atop the aft deck, which has been outfitted with rattan garden furniture, you get a sweeping view of the Queen Mary and the city's skyline.
Dockside Boat and Bed was started 10 years ago in Oakland by Rob Harris, father of Kim Harris. An advertising man, he was always interested in ships and wanted to start a business with a maritime theme.
By agreeing to rent out their boat, owners get a free place to dock their vessels and 25 percent of the evening's gross rental fee.
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