Texas doesn’t attract too many megayachts. However, seeing Boardwalk in Galveston isn’t a surprise. Her owner has strong ties to the state, as well as to the city itself. Tilman Fertitta, the CEO and owner of the hospitality, entertainment, and gaming company Landry’s, is a born-and-raised son of Galveston. He additionally has business interests in other cities, like Kemah and Houston, and soon Galveston as well.
One of the largest deliveries in the world in 2021, Boardwalk arrived in the city in January. At 250’10” (76.5 meters), she’s much larger and much more voluminous than Fertitta’s previous yacht. That previous yacht a 164-footer (50-meter), also christened Boardwalk. Furthermore, that yacht was semi-custom, from Westport. This larger lady is a fully custom build, from Feadship.
Fertitta isn’t just docking Boardwalk in Galveston, however. He and his family hosted their famous annual Mardis Gras party onboard there, for example. He even invited a local television news crew to film a brief tour of her spaces—the clips of which you can see here. And, since Landry’s is taking over the city’s Pier 21 entertainment and dining district, you may see more of Boardwalk in Galveston in years to come.
The onboard ambience is quite lush, with relaxation and social areas Fertitta personally put his touch upon. It’s quite a different look than his previous Boardwalk, too. When he designed that one—which saw delivery in 2010—he chose an abundance of rich-tone, high-gloss wood. It enveloped walls from room to room. This time around, however, far lighter paneling characterizes the saloon and staterooms. Additionally, an extra stateroom is aboard the newer Boardwalk: seven, versus six.
A few bars—“you always have a bar,” he laughs—and 112 underwater lights are just a few of the other special features you get to learn about. What only dockwalkers get to see of Boardwalk in Galveston, though, is a special logo on her mast. It’s not her name, however, or an abbreviation of it. Rather, the logo is that of the Houston Rockets—one of Fertitta’s holdings.