The Galeon 290 Fly is a 28-foot entry-level sports cruiser with a flybridge that was produced by Polish boat-building firm Galeon between the years of 2011 and 2017. The first and smallest model in Galeon’s Fly range, this compact yacht has been built around the weekend cruising experience, with plenty of relaxation room across the bridge and main deck and sleeping quarters for up to four on the lower level. A sporty profile with classic lines and cresting wave windows is bound to impress onlookers in any marina, while hand-finished interiors provide a sumptuous space to recharge the batteries during extended trips island-hopping.
The designers at Galeon know a thing or two about making the most out of confined spaces, and their intuitive knack for deck layouts are very much in evidence on this vessel. The flybridge, for instance, features enough room for a fully-equipped upper helm and two comfortable piloting chairs, while setting aside the rear of the bridge for a sprawling al-fresco sunpad that can be turned into a sofa with a backrest. One level down and you will find another double sunpad out on the foredeck, while those who prefer to relax in the shade will enjoy the teak-lined aft-cockpit. Back here there is an L-shaped transom sofa surrounding an open space that is large enough to host a breakfast table, as well as a ladder up to the bridge that is so unobtrusive you could almost miss it. The aft cockpit connects to a same-level swimming platform with a shower via a transom gate, and this sturdy platform is large and robust enough to be used as tender storage.
Authentic timber surfaces and galena leather furnishings await as you step through tinted sliding glass doors and into the main deck salon, where a port-side U-shaped sofa and dining table sit across from an open mini-dinette with a two-zone hob and chilled storage. Ahead of this there is a single helm chair facing a dashboard with Raymarine electronics, Side Power bow thruster controls, trim tab controls, USB sockets, VHF radio, compasses and classic analogue instrumentation.
A couple of steps lead down to the lower deck, where up to four guests can enjoy a blissful night’s rest across the Galeon 290 Fly’s two cabins. A double bedroom nestled up by the bow comes with plenty of storage and a skylight, while located amidship is a snug double berth with porthole windows. Also located on this level is a Corian-lined head with an open shower fixture.
This yacht’s fiberglass planing hull has been paired with twin Volvo D4 300MHP diesel engines for top speeds of around 32 knots, cruising speeds in the mid-20 knot range and a stable ride as you accelerate through the waves.