At speed, the [Galeon] 500 Fly makes it easy to appreciate her muscular, Euro-style profile and spacious flybridge. But there’s more. Much more. With the push of several buttons, 5-foot-long salon windows slide forward into the bulkheads, and the bulwarks fold down into balconies. Suddenly, a few feet above the water, there is an alfresco bar on one side and a balcony with a chaise lounge on the other. The bow and aft decks also have convertible-style seating.
This jigsaw concept came out of designer Tony Castro’s playbook, many years after his London studio created foldout balconies for his superyacht designs. “These slide-out windows were a logical progression to make the interior engage with the cockpit in a way that increases usable space,” Castro explains.
Connecting the salon and cockpit via glass doors is nothing new, but blurring the line between interior and exterior by opening the boat’s sides is. “These panels won’t compromise structural integrity,” Castro says.
Galeon, represented in the United States by MarineMax, has never shied from innovative design challenges on new models, many from Castro’s studio. The European builder fashioned the windows to retract manually, while the balconies are electric.
“I think the 500 Fly shows how far we can go to redefine the design terms of production boats,” Castro says.