A new hardtop sport cruiser lands on American shores.
Though only a player in the U.S. boating market since 2016, Galeon Yachts has been building boats for more than 35 years and has quickly gained traction in the U.S. thanks to a partnership with MarineMax. Its newest model, introduced at the Miami International Boat Show in February, is the 425 HTS, an express yacht that gives owners the option to run like an open boat when it’s nice outside or an enclosed one on inclement days.
Sleek lines and a knife-like hull window that runs from the bow to the forward part of the cockpit, about three-quarters of the length of the hull, give the Galeon 425 HTS an aggressive appearance. A substantial bow sunpad and cockpit seating tone that aggressiveness down a bit with a social and entertainment angle.
Inside, folks at the starboard settee and the doublewide captain’s seat can keep things closed up and stay warm or cool artificially, or they can open the large sunroof, the side windows, and the bulkhead door and window to let the breeze blow through. With the aft door and window open, the main deck is connected from helm to transom.
Amidships is an owner’s suite that stretches across the near-13-foot beam and includes an en suite head, a built-in bureau, a hanging locker, good-sized hull windows and more. A second stateroom is in the bow, and a galley and a dinette are between the staterooms. There is a second head.
Several engine options exist, both from MerCruiser and Volvo Penta, though the Volvo Penta D6 IPS500 option — 740 hp total — is likely to be the most popular. No matter the engine package chosen, the captain will command the Galeon 425 HTS from a helm that has room for twin big-screen MFDs or a single and multiple instrument displays. In addition, analog engine gauges flank the central dash, and the throttles and IPS joystick (if so equipped) occupy a helm extension arm to the operator’s right.