The Willamette Star is a 93-foot, custom-built yacht with a complete on-board galley, fullservice bar, two climate-controlled decks and a ship-wide sound system. With plated seating for up to 122 guests and a capacity of 144 passengers, the Willamette Star is a unique venue for all types of special events, including public cruises, private parties and corporate functions.
The Willamette Star was built in La Crosse, Wisconsin, shipped by truck and then fully assembled in Boardman, Oregon on January 24, 1996. The ship sailed from Boardman to Riverplace Marina in February of 1996 and set sail on its maiden voyage on March 20, 1996.
In February of 2003, the Willamette Star was fully remodeled. The ship was cut in half, and an 18-foot section was added to the middle, lengthening the boat from 75 to 93 feet and increasing the seating capacity from 65 to 122 people. A permanent buss station and buffet, walk-in cooler and Columbia Deck head were added as well, along with other upgrades. There is an archive of images and information from the project.