Galloping Clam Private Charters


501 E Maxan St.

Port Isabel, Tx 78578

Phone: 956-943-6283


South Padre Island’s newest cruise boat

The Galloping Clam is designed for Private Charter including corporate events, birthdays (boy, do we love birthdays), reunions, family outings, wedding dinners and receptions (the captain gets to kiss the bride unless it’s that other kind of wedding when he’ll pass) etc. We’ll customize every trip for your occasion so long as it’s fun. If you can dream it up, we can make it happen.


Closed Tuesdays

1 Hour Sunset Cruise

Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
$10 per person

1.5 Hour Fireworks Cruise

Thursday and Friday
8 – 9:30 p.m.
$20 adults
$17 kids 12 and under

Bay Fishing

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
8 a.m. – Noon
2 – 5 p.m.
Sundays 2 – 5 p.m. only
$25 per fisherman
$15 per spectator


We specialize in fun! Call 956-943-6283
501 E Maxan St.
Port Isabel, TX 78578



  • Sunset Cruises (fun)
  • Sea Life Nature Tours (more fun)
  • Dolphin Watch (fun for everyone including the dolphins)
  • Picnic and Dinner Cruises (fun for the tummy)
  • Fireworks Cruises (spectacular fun)
  • Wine and beer tasting events (fun for the spirit)
  • Celebrations for any reason we can concoct (maximum fun)

The tale of the boat with no name

Boat names carry great meaning and superstition. To be a successful boat, it must carry a worthy name and be properly christened before being put to sea. The Galloping Clam carries quite a storied family history.

In 1939, the first namesake was set to sail in Connecticut races on Long Island Sound with one small distinction. The boat’s first name given by the owner was the “White Swan.” However, photos show that the wooden hull was stubby in shape and porpoised in its movement at speed under sail. The captain despised the name and in his genius called it “Galloping Clam” which was not only humorous, but pretty accurately described its appearance and movement during races.

Race days were Saturdays with registration using a large numbered chalk blackboard. The captain would enter the Galloping Clam while the owner, not far behind, erased the name and entered the “White Swan.” The captain of course would respond with the “better name.” And so, a playful feud began.

This to and fro went on every summer until he was drafted during WW2. The captain vowed he would never race a boat called “White Swan,” while the owner swore she would never allow him to paint “Galloping Clam” on the boat. As a result, the boat never bore a name …

But now, the name has a boat! We welcome the Galloping Clam to Jim’s Pier.

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