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Galeon’s 640 Fly Passes the Test

The new model from the Polish builder has excellent interior volume and an entertainment-friendly layout.

May 22, 2018
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The Galeon 640 Fly can hit a top speed of 27 knots with twin 1,000 hp Volvo Penta D13s. Galeon Yachts

Galeon, which is headquartered in Gdansk, Poland, has been churning out highly innovative yachts since its founding in 1982. Currently, it builds about 100 boats per year in the 40- to 70-foot range, and has cultivated a loyal following thanks to high build quality and layout schemes that are simply smart. The 640 Fly, which debuted this past February in Miami, is right in line with the Galeon business model. She provides a seaworthy ride coupled with some cool design details that should keep boaters happy.

The 640 Fly has an LOA of 68 feet, 3 inches, and a “resting” beam of 16 feet, 3 inches. The term resting is key here since the boat has flip-down terraces that expand her breadth to 23 feet, 3 inches. That’s more like the beam you’d see on a 90 footer. There’s an outdoor bar for two to port, and lounge seating on the starboard terrace. The terraces adjoin to the cockpit, which has a dining settee for eight as well as a 40-inch television. The cockpit also has an electric sunshade to offer respite from the sun’s rays. A hydraulic swim platform aft of that handles tender duties, and can also act as a miniature beach club should you want to go for a swim. Access to the crew quarters is through the swim platform. That cabin offers twin berths, a refrigerator, sink and engine-room access.

The salon houses an L-shaped dining settee to port, which is across from the galley. Forward of that are two helm chairs, where the captain will enjoy excellent sightlines thanks to the boat’s large windows. The forward section of the windshield opens up to create a passage way to the bowdeck, meaning that the entire main deck of the yacht can essentially become one, making for an epic party platform.

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The 640 Fly comes with either a three or four stateroom layout (left). A roomy interior features a dining settee and a galley at amidships, as well as large windows. Galeon Yachts

Down below, the accommodations level can be configured with either three or four staterooms. If the three-stateroom layout is chosen, the master is full beam and amidships. If the four-stateroom layout is the plan, the master moves to the forepeak.

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The lower helm (left) benefits from the yacht’s large, raked windshield, which offers excellent sightlines. The yacht’s gunwales flip down to make her main deck truly expansive for a vessel this size. Galeon Yachts

The boat’s namesake flybridge is relatively large for a vessel in this class, and has a helm station, U-shaped seating aft and a two-person wetbar to starboard. It’s everything you need to have an excellent time up top.

The Galeon 640 Fly is powered by either twin 1,000 hp Volvo Penta D13s or twin 1,200 hp Man diesels. With the Volvos, she tops out at 27 knots and can cruise at 23 knots for 230 nautical miles — enough to get you from South Florida to the Bahamas with ease, where you can drop the hook, drop the terraces and relax to the fullest.(Update February 20, 2019: Following our sea trial, Galeon made some hull modifications, including adding some rocker into the design. The builder reports that the 640 Fly now makes a 25-knot cruise and 30-knot top-end with the Volvo Penta D13 diesels.)

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