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Bill Harrah, the founder of Harrah’s Entertainment, had the Tahoe Star built as his personal yacht.  These photos are of when it was launched into Lake Tahoe in 1978.

After a period of disrepair and near loss of certification required by the Coast Guard, the Tahoe Star has returned to the Jewel of the Sierra and is now available to the general public for private charters under new ownership. “The coast guard inspection was going to expire because of engine issues,” part owner Zach Shearer told the Tribune. “We got it running, and during the one-year grace period, we were able to get the COI (certificate of inspection) renewed.” “Basically, the entire boat was stripped. We thought we were going to do a little paint job and a little engine work, but that wasn’t the case.” After a year and a half, the Tahoe Star is expected to begin booking private charters for a fully customizable experience.

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The below images show the boat’s transformation from the time it was acquired by us in August 2021 until its complete overhaul and return to the waters in May 2023.

Before the extensive remodel

a plane sitting on top of a boat

Completed overhaul

a airplane that is parked on the side of a boat