Mogul's yacht at Foss Waterway

If that 120-foot private yacht moored along the Thea Foss Waterway in Tacoma looks like a former Canadian fisheries patrol boat that once secured the waters north of Vancouver Island – it should. It is.

Built in 1981 and lunched as the M.V. James Sinclair, the boat has since been purchased by Northwest business mogul, theater owner and investor Chuck Tomas and rechristened as the Lestralaur – a name that derives from a combination of the first names of Tomas’ three daughters.

The yacht will be moored at the 16th Street Pier of the Dock Street Marina, near the Esplanade, until the end of July, said the marina’s Becky Flannigan on Wednesday.

The interior of the boat is being refurbished, said Clinton Devlin, the Lestalaur’s executive assistant, during a brief tour. Features aboard include a heliport, a trio of Jacuzzi hot tubs, several bars, sumptuous suites and space for a permanent crew of six, Devlin said.

He gives the boat’s length as 140 feet, although BoatInfo World.com lists it at 119.3 feet and bearing 162 gross tons. With a pair of engines and capacity for 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel, the yacht has traveled to Hawaii, Alaska and Mexico, Devlin said. Tomas was unavailable Wednesday, having taken his helicopter – from the deck of the yacht – with a guest to his ranch in the San Juans.

A video of the yacht can be found on YouTube.com. For a look at the Lestralaur under full power near the Narrows Bridges, search for “Chuck Tomas Surf Is Up” on YouTube.com.

And if it looks as if the yacht is making about 20 knots, and if it appears that the four-foot wake is high enough to accommodate a surfboard, you’re right.

It is.

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