Design and Ownership
The Madam Carroll is the largest licensed United States Coast Guard approved vessel in Indiana, made in August of 1976. She was designed and built from scratch by Captain Bill Luse. The Luse Family owned and operated the boat through 2012 when it was purchased by Tom Heckard of Logansport. In 2018 the boat was purchased by business partners Chris Peters and Chris Lehe.
If the Madam were on salt water, she would be classified as a ship. She is 135 feet in length with a beam of 36 feet. She is powered by twin V-8 Detroit Diesel Engines and cruises at 10 knots. Her electric power is a 150KVA powered by a 6 cylinder Detroit Diesel. She carries 750 gallons of fresh water, and 825 gallons of diesel fuel. The boat has a total capacity of 500 passengers.
Exploring the Boat
The First Deck
The first deck features an enclosed cocktail lounge with a large 22 x 18 foot oak dance floor, and a recently expanded 27 x 10 foot stage. It is fully equipped with lights and a sound system. The lounge seats up to 200 passengers comfortably and stays cool with climate controlled air conditioning. On this deck, you’ll be completely surrounded by windows for a nearly 360-degree view of the lake. Restrooms are close to the lounge for a quick trip. A wheelchair ramp and side access was recently added making the boat and the first deck wheelchair accessible.
The Second Deck
Ascending to the second deck you will find an enclosed galley complete with a snack bar and recently added additional restrooms. Outside, you can enjoy the open air and moonlight view of Lake Freeman while dancing under the stars. If you’re ready for a break, cozy up under the canopy on the new cushion seating arrangements.
The Third Deck
Visit the bridge on the third deck and meet the Captain behind the controls, visit with them as they plot the course and learn more about the historic boat you’re on. From here, you’ll be nearly 30 feet above the water for the best possible views of the lake.