Galeon has been constructing motor yachts in Gdansk since 1982 however solely turned a family title within the yachting world after the discharge of the five hundred Fly designed by UK-based Tony Castro Yacht Design. This still-iconic flybridge motor yacht pioneered the model’s ‘seashore mode’ – describing the open cockpit when each balconies are lowered – and different transformer-style options.
The drop-down sides adopted on different flybridge fashions together with the 640 Fly, 400 Fly and former 460 Fly. Though they don’t seem on the 680 Fly and flagship 800 Fly, the ‘wings’ have been fitted on chosen fashions from the builder’s different ranges, which embody Skydeck (sportbridge), HTC (exhausting high coupe), HTS (exhausting high sport) and the dynamic new GTO (grand touring outboard) collection.
This yr, Galeon has fleshed out its flybridge collection by debuting two new fashions with the drop-down sides, the 440 and 560 Fly, which fill in gaps between the 400, 500 and 640. Each new fashions had their world premieres on the Miami Worldwide Boat Present, the place they have been amongst 9 Galeon fashions showcased with US consultant MarineMax, the world’s largest yacht vendor.
In Europe, the 2 new Fly fashions have been amongst six Galeons at September’s Cannes Yachting Competition. At late October’s Fort Lauderdale Worldwide Boat Present, the 560 Fly was amongst 9 Galeon fashions together with the worldwide debut of the 450 HTC, basically the 440 Fly with out the flybridge.
In the meantime, the primary 440 Fly in Asia is because of arrive in 2024 via Asiamarine, which represents Galeon in Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand whereas managing a community of sellers for the shipyard in an extra 9 markets within the area.
Asiamarine has bought over 60 Galeon yachts since taking up the dealership in 2016 and is assured the 440 Fly – which has an general size of just about 46ft – may have an identical attraction to large sisters like the five hundred Fly and 640 Fly, with one other hull of the latter set to reach in Thailand early subsequent yr.
“Galeon’s Fly fashions with the seashore mode have all been profitable in Asia and are the model’s hottest fashions with purchasers on the lookout for yachts of a sure dimension and high quality,” mentioned CEO Eric Noyel, who based Asiamarine in 2013.
“I count on the 440 Fly to be a hit as a result of it expands on the 400 Fly and provides way more house in lots of areas, each in and out, whereas together with all of the ‘transformer’ furnishings Galeon is understood for.”
The 440 Fly’s hull is 5ft longer than the 400 Fly’s and nearly a foot wider, with a near-14ft beam. It’s obvious within the full-beam, hydraulic swim platform, which is about 5ft deep so large enough to hold a small tender or a jetski. The teak platform has a foldout swim ladder with teak treads to port, whereas an built-in starboard stairway to the cockpit is revealed when the platform lowers into the water.
The platform additionally provides entry to the aft galley, the place a flip-up cowl panel raises on struts to disclose a grill, two sinks and counter house. Surrounded by a grabrail, the ‘summer time kitchen’ is cleverly designed and situated, maintaining smells and smoke away from the inside. Beneath are broad lockers for fenders and features.
On both facet of the transom, there are simply two steps to the cockpit, the place you realise the boarding gates don’t swing open however as a substitute slide behind the couch when not in use.
Teak can be used within the cockpit and even on a lot of the balconies, which in any other case function glazing lined by a non-skid floor. When folded out, the bulwarks enhance the yacht’s wingspan by 7ft to 20ft 8in, presenting an additional 3ft 6in on both sides.
The cockpit has a forward-facing L-shaped couch and the starboard backrest will be moved inwards to create an outward-facing couch or day mattress, providing nice sea views over the balcony. Exterior upholstery is accessible in tan and mocha, white and mocha, or white and silver.
The desk spans 5ft 3in, however the port half can fold inwards to create extra room by the flybridge stairs and the doorway to the saloon. The inside can change into fully open to the cockpit when the three sliding doorways are folded collectively and tucked to the facet.
Galeon’s ‘transformer’ DNA even infuses the inside furnishings. The aft finish of the saloon’s C-shaped couch has a movable backrest, so can provide an aft-facing couch permitting communication with mates within the cockpit.
As if that wasn’t sufficient, the identical couch may even swivel 90 levels to starboard and create an prolonged, if barely clunky, J-shaped seating association linking visitors in each the cockpit and saloon, even the ahead galley.
It’s a bit of extra typical within the bow. Two symmetrical facet decks result in a foredeck that includes a big triple sunpad with adjustable backrests, whereas within the ahead finish is a hidden, fold-up backrest that may create a small couch.
Galeon’s Fly collection is famend for the scale of its flybridges and the 440 Fly backs up this status. The highest deck is accessed by port stairs that result in a big outside galley, which is useful however may very well be aesthetically improved by streamlining the protruding black fridge door.
The flybridge – which will be lined by an non-compulsory foldable bimini – is fitted with a protracted J-shaped couch that wraps across the aft finish and alongside the starboard facet, the place the helm’s benchseat backrest will be moved ahead to supply extra desk seating.
When totally opened, the desk is a whopping 7ft 7in lengthy – however it is a Galeon, so it’s not fastened. The aft third can fold ahead to liberate house, whereas on the ahead finish, the port nook panel can fold to starboard to disclose a helpful seize rail and permit simpler entry to and from the helm.
As if there wasn’t sufficient house for household and mates, the ahead port nook has an L-shaped couch that faces the desk and completes the expansive seating on all 4 sides of the flybridge.
BREEZE BOTH SIDES
If the step up from the 400 Fly to 440 Fly is quickly evident within the outside areas, it’s equally so inside, the place the saloon feels way more habitable. White or beige upholstery retains it mild, whereas the beige ceiling contains rectangular panels lined by recessed lighting. Cabinetry selections embody darkish walnut and beech, with gloss walnut and gloss eucalyptus amongst improve choices.
To starboard is a C-shaped couch, and a high-low desk that may fold out to seat as much as six individuals, and the saloon’s largest home windows, with pull-up shades amongst choices. To port is a two-seat bench couch backed by storage for the high-low TV, whereas the aft nook incorporates a diagonal cupboard and angled protrusions as a result of flybridge stairs (and is essentially the most notable inside distinction to the 450 HTC).
Ahead are two steps as much as a snug helm station with a padded two-seat couch and customised console for a number of screens. There’s additionally a big facet door, permitting deck entry for the skipper and a via breeze for everybody inside.
There’s additionally recent air to port, the place the C-shaped galley advantages from an nearly 4ft-wide window that may electrically open to supply air flow and clearer views, making it a pleasure to cook dinner and prep right here. There’s storage overhead, whereas beneath the cooktop is a microwave oven, half-height Isotherm fridge and a slim however very deep, three-level pullout rack for bottles and condiments.
The aft finish of the galley options plenty of drawers, storage and a sink with a canopy that may be lifted and positioned in an insert to type a backsplash and divider from the saloon.
The 440 Fly presents three lower-deck choices, starting from two en-suite cabins to 2 very completely different three-cabin layouts, every with two bogs. A pleasant contact is that every cabin and loo door is fitted with a magnet to remain closed as a substitute of a retractable latch, a safety-inspired change.
The primary hull for Asia options the ‘normal’ three-cabin format, with a full-beam grasp with en-suite midships, a port bunk cabin, ahead VIP and day head to starboard.
Set two steps down from the lower-deck corridor, the grasp has a curious mixture of flooring ranges and ceiling heights, which vary from 6ft 9in on the starboard facet of the mattress to only over 4ft of headroom to port. The spacious en-suite toilet to starboard has a excessive ceiling and separate walk-in bathe.
On this format, the ahead VIP has an angled double mattress (or scissor berths) tucked into the starboard facet, so the mattress can solely be accessed from the port facet. In addition to hull home windows, there are three skylights together with a gap hatch within the center. The day head to starboard has a big hull window above the sink, plus a rest room and bathe space on the opposite facet of a transparent display.
The ‘typical’ three-cabin format has a extra spacious model of the ahead cabin, which turns into the grasp and has an en-suite to starboard, whereas the 2 visitor cabins midships share a smaller toilet to port. In the meantime, the two-cabin possibility options the biggest variations of the midships and ahead cabins, every with spectacular en-suite bogs with enormous hull home windows.
Galeon is responsible of something, it’s of making an attempt to squeeze in an excessive amount of downstairs in a 41ft hull additionally housing an engine room with two Volvo Penta D6 inboards. Nevertheless, the shipyard stays a category chief in outside dwelling and the flexibleness of its social zones, with the 440 Fly a welcome further providing for ‘seashore mode’ followers.
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