GRACE AND POWER

The GA­LEON 485 HTS has line­backer brawn and DANCER DEX­TER­ITY.

Yachting - - CONTENTS - by pa­trick sci­acca

The Ga­leon 485 HTS com­bines nim­ble per­for­mance with sturdy con­struc­tion and on­board el­e­gance.

3,000 rpm cruise, the 485 HTS sped along at 25 knots. Di­al­ing the en­gines back to 2,500 rpm jogged her along at 18.6 knots. ¶ And she was con­ver­sa­tion-level quiet: no creaks or groans, doors or cab­i­nets pop­ping open, or sun pads flip­ping up. The 485 HTS, which dis­places 37,930 pounds when fully loaded, al­ways felt solid un­der­foot. ¶ Her im­pres­sive per­for­mance was due, in part, to her build process, which starts with get­ting weight down low. Ga­leon be­gins the 485 HTS’s hull con­struc­tion with a layer of hand-laid fiber­glass, us­ing the resin-soaked glass to add weight where it’s wanted. Next, Ga­leon places a dry mat and then vac­uum-in­fuses the hull, mod­er­at­ing the ves­sel’s over­all weight, which, in turn, af­fects horse­power re­quire­ments, per­for­mance, fuel tank­age, fuel burn, range and the like. (See “On Per­for­mance,” this page.) ¶ The builder gives equal at­ten­tion to the yacht’s lay­out and ameni­ties, which I wish the con­di­tions had al­lowed me to “test” as thor­oughly as per­for­mance. Start­ing at the full-beam teak hy­draulic swim plat­form (a fixed plat­form is stan­dard), Trans­former-style swim steps fold open as the plat­form is low­ered. An owner can add chocks for a dinghy. The tran­som garage has stowage for a cou­ple of pad­dle­boards and an in­flat­able dinghy. A garage hatch pro­vides ac­cess to the en­gine room, which had enough space to scoot around the mo­tors and ac­cess reg­u­lar en­gine service points such as strain­ers and fil­ters. ¶ Flank­ing the garage are teak steps. The port­side steps lead to the side deck, and three star­board-side steps lead to the cock­pit, which has a U-shaped set­tee to port and a high-low ta­ble. Drop­ping the ta­ble and adding a filler cush­ion cre­ates a sun pad. An op­tional

the hud­son river’s southerly ad­vance col­lided against a 15-plus-knot southerly ze­phyr whip­ping through the Ver­razano-Nar­rows Bridge and into New York Har­bor. I was run­ning the Ga­leon 485 Hard­top Sport (HTS) down­river at speed into a 3-foot-steep head sea. I rolled the Zip­wake trim sys­tem’s con­trol wheel for­ward to drop the ves­sel’s nose, and the 485 HTS’s fine en­try and solid fiber­glass hull dis­patched the seas with mal­ice. She skirted across the chop at a 31-knot top hop. ¶ This rate of speed — even in those con­di­tions — was 1 knot faster than the builder’s 30-knot topend pro­jec­tion. The yacht hit that speed as her twin 435 hp Volvo Penta IPS600s (the only en­gine op­tion) spun at 3,500 rpm, spot on with the mo­tors’ max­i­mum rpm rat­ing. At a

A drop-down helm win­dow lets the skipper com­mu­ni­cate with crew han­dling lines while they tran­sit the foot-wide side decks.

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