SHAPE SHIFTER

THE GA­LEON 640 FLY HITS THE WA­TER WITH IN­NO­VA­TIVE FEA­TURES.

Yachts International - - Sternlines - BY JEANNE CRAIG

The word trans­former is used to de­scribe a lot of boats these days as more of them hit the wa­ter with con­vert­ible fea­tures that in­stantly switch up the look and func­tion of liv­ing spa­ces. But one mo­to­ry­acht ap­pears to have more of these clever con­ve­niences than most. When the Ga­leon 640 Fly de­buted at a show re­cently, a shop­per who saw it at the dock ini­ti­ated a swift pur­chase and then promptly made plans to paint the name Op­ti­mus Prime on its tran­som.

That buyer has a sense of hu­mor, but it seems he also was im­pressed with all of the ways this boat can dra­mat­i­cally change ap­pear­ance and lay­out. Ga­leon did its most in­ter­est­ing work at the bow. Here, you just push a but­ton and the big cen­ter sec­tion of the wind­shield lifts up on a quiet mo­tor and slides back to dis­ap­pear into a wa­ter­tight com­part­ment. With this panel of glass re­moved, the cabin is open to the breeze, and guests with wob­bly sea legs don’t have to tip­toe down the side decks to get to the party at the fore­deck.

You can or­ga­nize a good-size get-to­gether at the bow, as there are three lounges and two teak ta­bles. And yet, there’s more here than meets the eye. When it’s time to pull an­chor and ask guests to join you on the bridge, the lounges and ta­bles lower elec­tri­cally, seat­backs col­lapse and all com­po­nents slide aft so that cov­ers can be dropped over the whole ar­range­ment, turn­ing the bow deck into a pair of gi­ant sun­pads.

Fea­tures like these are cou­pled with other space­ex­pand­ing com­po­nents, in­clud­ing bal­conies at the port and star­board sides of the cabin that fold out to boost the boat’s beam from 16 feet, 5 inches to 23 feet. (Each bal­cony mea­sures 54 square feet.) Win­dows sur­round the cabin, and the glaz­ing is no­table as big pan­els on all three sides slide open. Other mov­ing parts on board in­clude the hy­draulic swim plat­form with a staircase that dips deep into the wa­ter.

Ga­leon is a Pol­ish brand that’s been of­fered state­side for a few years. MarineMax be­came the ex­clu­sive dealer in 2016, and it now of­fers mod­els from 40 to 68 feet. Thus, Ga­leon own­ers have ac­cess to MarineMax’s 60 ser­vice providers around the coun­try, and its con­sid­er­able in­ven­tory of spare parts. The 640 is made over­seas, but it’s been Amer­i­can­ized with brands U.S. boat own­ers rec­og­nize, in­clud­ing Ray­ma­rine and Onan. For propul­sion, the 640 Fly has a pair of 1,000-horse­power Volvo Penta D13s with straight shafts; to en­hance ma­neu­ver­abil­ity, the boat comes with stan­dard thrusters.

The 640 has three state­rooms on the ac­com­mo­da­tions level. Crew quar­ters are op­tional. The Ga­leon is priced at $2,995,000. In re­turn for the in­vest­ment, you get a tricked-out cruiser with one of the largest and most ver­sa­tile fore­decks in its size range.

clock­wise from above: The Ga­leon 640’s open in­te­rior lay­out is de­signed for en­ter­tain­ing large par­ties; Ad­ja­cent to all the ac­tion, the helm is tricked out with large flat-screen mon­i­tors; Fold-out bal­conies and open­ing win­dows on ei­ther side of the sa­lon trans­form the main deck into an open-air break­fast bar.

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