Galeon 640 Fly

Power & Motor Yacht - - NEW BOATS - ga­le­ony­ —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 he was also im­pressed by 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 via a whisper-quiet mo­tor and slides back, dis­ap­pear­ing into a com­part­ment the com­pany says is wa­ter­tight. With this panel of glass re­moved, the cabin is open to the breeze, and pas­sen­gers with wob­bly sea legs don’t have to tip­toe down the sid­edecks to get to the party at the front of the boat.

You can or­ga­nize a good-size get to­gether in 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 into a gi­ant sun­pad. “It has to be one of the largest and most ver­sa­tile fore­decks in its size range,” says Bob Burke, brand man­ager for Galeon at MarineMax

Fea­tures like these have in­dus­try in­sid­ers won­der­ing if the 640 Fly has an in­no­va­tion award in its fu­ture. They’re cou­pled with other space-ex­pand­ing 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. (Com­bined, the bal­conies add 108 square feet of en­ter­tain­ing space.) The cabin is sur­rounded by large win­dows, which isn’t a big deal, but the glaz­ing is no­table as pan­els on all three sides slide open. Other mov­ing parts on board in­clude the “teak beach” hy­draulic swim plat­form equipped with a stair­case that dips deep into the cool 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 this builder rang­ing from 40 to 68 feet. Galeon own­ers have ac­cess to MarineMax’s 62 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 at the helm and Onan un­der the deck. For propul­sion, the 640 Fly has a pair of Volvo 1,000-hp D13s with straight shafts. To en­hance ma­neu­ver­abil­ity, the boat comes with stan­dard thrusters.

The 640, which has three state­rooms, is fully found as it’s equipped with all the sys­tems, com­po­nents and com­forts you need to start cruis­ing the day you get the keys. You’ll have to pay more for some of the re­ally cool stuff—bal­conies, for in­stance, and the op­tional crew’s quar­ters, which could boost re­sale value—but there might be room in the bud­get for a few splurges since the Galeon is priced pretty com­pet­i­tively at $2,995,000. (Boats from Pres­tige are typ­i­cally direct com­pe­ti­tion for this brand.) In re­turn for the in­vest­ment, you get one tricked-out cruiser.

LOA: 68'3" Beam: 16'5" Displ.: 68,343 lb. Draft: 4'0" Fuel: 686 gal. Wa­ter: 211 gal. Power: 2/1,000-hp Volvo Penta D13-1000 Cruise Speed: 23 knots Top Speed: 27 knots Price: $2,995,000

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