Enjoy a relaxing coastal cruise aboard the Isle of Man's largest pleasure boat, the classic M V Karina. See the stunning Manx coastline with its pretty bays and towering cliffs; all sorts of wild life may be observed including numerous varieties of sea birds, seals, porpoises, dolphins, basking sharks and whales; along with shipwrecks, lighthouses and interesting historical buildings.

The Karina normally sails from the Villiers Steps on Douglas Promenade, opposite the Jubilee Clock near the Sea Terminal. At low tide the Karina sails from the Battery Pier ferry steps near the lifeboat station. Advance booking is not normally necessary and tickets are available at the gangway.

On landing cruises one way tickets are available and many choose to travel from, say, Laxey by boat and return by Horse and Electric Trams back to the departure point.

Private parties and charters welcome. For up-to-date sailing details and departure times, please see the notices on this website, in the Isle of Man Courier or on the blackboards displayed adjacent to the Villiers Steps. Alternatively telephone (07624) 493592, (01624) 617436 or (01624) 861724.

The Laxey Towing Company Ltd is based in Douglas. The company own and operate a fleet of 8 commercial vessels from Douglas. Laxey Towing also provide the licensed pilotage service for the Isle of Man and the managing director who has been at sea around the Isle of Man and Irish Sea for over 40 years has advised both film and television companies regarding marine filming locations around the Island.


The company owns a fleet of 8 period vessels and 3 cranes all still working commercially and all of which at times have been used either as working props in films or in providing camera and support platforms for marine locations.


• Passenger vessel Karina. Length 65ft built 1946 licensed for 100 passengers


Motor tug Wendy Ann length 82ft built 1934


Pilot launch Girl Mary length 31ft built 1972 licensed for 12 passengers


Motor tug Lonan length 30ft built 1970


Steam launch tug Dunraven length 23ft built 1900 (engine coal fired steam built 1876)


Dumb hopper barge LTC No 6  length 80ft built 1911


Wooden ex German naval launch Eva built 1940 length 24ft


Plus various traditional rowing boats and dingies.




Smiths Super 10 crawler crane/ excavator built 1955


Lorain ( American) MC 540 built 1964


Hydrocon Clansman hydraulic crane built 1976


Fordson winch tractor built 1954


For further information contact the Laxey Towing Company Ltd.  30 North Quay, Douglas, Isle of Man. Tel 01624617436 or 07624 493592

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