Capt. Rick Castellini and I were standing next to the Galeon Yachts 410 HTC (hardtop cruiser), considering the wind howling down the waterway off Stuart, Florida, when his cap blew off. As he picked it up, he grinned: “Perfect day for a sea trial.”
Moments later, thanks to the Side-Power bow thruster that easily unpinned us from the pier, we were settled in the diamond-tufted, double-wide helm seat and enjoying the view through the windshield while the air conditioning pumped cool air. The Galeon was unfazed by the 35-knot gusts, and I was reminded why I enjoy sporty express cruisers.
Galeon Yachts is based in Poland, and MarineMax imports its boats to the United States. The Galeon 410 HTC allows all-weather and season-stretching pleasures, but also can feel as airy as a runabout with bi-fold doors that open the salon completely, a full-size door next to the helm, an overhead opening sunroof, and electric side windows.
Twin Raymarine monitors showed the yacht topping out at 30-plus knots. Dropping back to 21 knots, fuel burn is about 29 gph. Sound at the helm is a conversational 76 decibels.
The salon has 6-foot-5-inch headroom with the galley opposite the helm, a couch to port and a wraparound dinette to starboard. The dinette morphs into a rear-facing lounge when the salon doors are open.
Below are two staterooms and two heads. The aft stateroom is en suite with a stall shower and an island queen berth. Forward, the guest stateroom has a convertible V-berth that scissors into a twin, and has direct access to the day head with a shower.
The cockpit has foldout teak platforms and a canvas sunshade that slides out of the hardtop on a solid frame. There’s also a transom locker for fenders and gear.
The Galeon 410 HTC is thoughtfully designed with strong performance, ready to keep boaters comfortable no matter what the weather may bring.
The Galeon 410 HTC has a pair of 440 hp Volvo Penta D6 diesels with V-drives. Engine access is via a cockpit hatch with maintenance points close to the hatch. Skippers can get around the sides of the engines to the 12 kW Fischer Panda genset for service.
Twin teak-planked and optional “beaches” fold out to expand the cockpit. Each one has full rails for safety. When the foldout platforms are combined with the transom platform, L-shaped settee and folding table, the cockpit becomes an alfresco playground.
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