M/V Carol M
The Carol M is a classically updated 1948 bridged-deck cruiser with a fusion of impecable old world-charm and modern conviniences. The vessel is set up to be the ideal dinner cruise platform for groups of up to six guests.
The moment you step aboard our lovingly restored bridge deck cruiser, the Carol M., you will be transported to what can only seem like another time. From a scenic outing, to a full gourmet dinner cruise, your host and chef Mark Lanfear provides a truly enchanting experience. Most of our cruises begin on Lake Union, home of the famous Sleepless in Seattle houseboat, and the city’s thriving houseboat community. Passing through Portage Bay, the Montlake Cut, and by Husky Stadium, you will enter Lake Washington. There you will glide by some of Seattle’s most beautiful waterfront homes and properties. We travel slowly, and stay close in, giving you unsurpassed views of lake, land, and sky. Mark, a former restaurateur and chef, artist, and gardener, takes a seasonal, fresh, and organic approach to food. He is happy to suggest wines that you may bring to complement your meal. Escape with us, as we savor the natural beauty of the water, with an exquisite meal, all in a private and unique setting.
Length: 38 ft.
Beam: 11 ft.
Draft: 3 ft.
Year Launched: 1948
Builder: Grandy Boat Company (Seattle)
Designer: Ed Monk
Propulsion: 120 hp Issuzu Diesel
Speed: 10 knots
Passengers: 6 + crew
History of the Carol M
The Carol M., a vessel designed by the famed Ed. Monk, was built in 1948 by Grandy boat builders right on Lake Union, where she lives today. She was originally launched as the Enchantress, thus giving us the name for our business. I renamed her after my wife and partner, Dr. Carol Radlo. It is really she who has given me this opportunity to act as caretaker and business owner of this beautiful boat.
The Carol M. is a forty-foot wooden cruiser, that we have spent many, many hours restoring, and I am continually learning she will never be finished. That being said, she is beautiful, and has been entirely refastened, with most of a new bottom and one third of the keel replaced. A few years ago a new diesel Isuzu engine was installed, all new electrical, new head, new galley, and new bridge deck top with full canvas.
Our goal from the beginning was to turn her into a commercial cruising vessel, offering wonderful food on the waterways in and around Seattle. With my background as a chef, and previous owner of a high-end dinner restaurant, it seemed a natural thing to do, and with that in mind we began the restoration. This began a wonderful, fulfilling, venture as caretaker and manager of an old classic.