On Board Galeon Yachts’ 375 GTO

The Galeon Yachts 375 GTO is a 47-knot, finely finished family vessel.
Galeon Yachts 375 GTO
In beach mode, fold-out sections increase the 375 GTO’s beam by more than 5 feet. Courtesy Galeon Yachts

The remnants of Hurricane Ian had turned the Atlantic into one angry ocean. At zero dark early, I started a trek from Long Island, New York, down to Somers Point, New Jersey, driving in a deluge with the hope that a weather window would open up and I would get a chance to see the Galeon Yachts 375 GTO, one of the top pocket cruisers, in action.

When I arrived, the rain had let up enough for Galeon’s Bob Burke and me to get off the dock. The wind was pumping, but the 375 GTO’s torque-filled 600 hp V-12 Mercury outboards, under the direction of Burke and a joystick control, made short work of leaving the marina and getting onto open water.

Galeon Yachts 375 GTO
The 375 GTO’s accommodations area includes twin berths for the kids. A filler cushion can be added for a couple. The forepeak seating converts to a berth for the owners. Courtesy Galeon Yachts

Easing up to the inlet, there was 8 to 10 feet of breaking white water from end to end. The bay offered up a stiff chop, but that didn’t deter the 375 GTO. In fact, the boat averaged a 47-knot top hop in the slop at 6,260 rpm. Fast cruise was 32 knots at 4,500 rpm, and at 4,000 rpm, cruise speed was 27 knots.

During my wheel time, it was readily apparent that these motors and this hull are well matched. The boat is real-time responsive with sports car-like handling. It also takes off instantaneously with throttle input. The Lenco trim tabs came in handy with the wind and sea state, and the twin Raymarine multifunction displays vividly showed our course. Skippers can dial in their helm experience with the electrically adjustable wheel and seats.

Galeon Yachts 375 GTO
The seats abaft the helm can slide forward and lower. Flip the backrests to form an L-shaped settee for cockpit conversation. The windows lower, and the roof opens. Courtesy Galeon Yachts

Performance is part of the 375 GTO’s story; the boat is also a fun-in-the-sun platform. The side decks fold out to increase the beam from 12 feet to 17 feet, 3 inches, creating a dance floor-size cockpit and what the builder calls beach mode. The cockpit bench seat slides on tracks aft to increase that dance floor, or forward to pull closer to the fold-out table for alfresco meals. Flip the seat’s backrest to face aft when the kids are in the water. A sunshade extends from the hardtop, protecting the entire cockpit from midday rays. The cockpit also has a Kenyon grill and a Vitrifrigo fridge, while the galley belowdecks is set up with an Isotherm fridge and a microwave by Black+Decker.

When sun is desired, pull back the shade, retract the roof, and drop the side windows to have a center-console experience.

At night, create some ambience with an armada of blue or white LEDs.

Galeon Yachts 375 GTO
The 375 GTO’s foredeck lounge sits low enough that it keeps guests out of the wind, for the most part. And when sitting up there underway—like I did during my time on board—the setup provides the sensation of floating. On the hook, this is a great place to escape with a book for some quiet time. Courtesy Galeon Yachts

Belowdecks, there is room for an owner’s berth forward and twin berths aft for guests. The space is bright, thanks to hullside windows, and it feels warm with a beechwood gray interior. Fit-and-finish is first-rate.

Even on a less-than-optimal day, the Galeon Yachts 375 GTO proved a versatile vessel that should have broad appeal.  

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