My friend Tamás Fehér in Hungary sent this in today.
It's a few years old, but he just came across it.
There are few boats in the lagoon as impressive as the big boat at Querini.
The writer of this piece was lucky enough to catch a ride (with 18 people rowing) during the famous Vogalonga.
It's a little long, but well worth reading:
"Touring Venice by Boat"