The Galeon 305 HTS is a 34-foot motor yacht that was launched by Poland-based yacht building firm Galeon in 2014. A compact hard-top model ideal for day boating, the Galeon 305 HTS also has enough room on the lower-deck to transform this modern vessel into the ideal weekend cruiser. Though one of the smaller yachts in the current Galeon fleet, this entry-level boat impresses with larger-than-life contemporary style, a sleek, curved superstructure, superb seaworthiness and the sort of modern glazing and amenities you would normally only find on a much bigger yacht. Galeon Boats partnered with renowned naval architect Roberto Curto to design the Galeon 305 HTS, which won the award for boat of the year in its class at the 2015 Champions Yachting awards held that year in Warsaw, Poland.
There is plenty of opportunity to enjoy sun, sea and surf on the single main deck of this yacht, with a pair of lengthy sunpads boasting marina-facing views situated out on the foredeck. At the rear of the boat there is a full-beam hydraulic swimming platform lined in teak with an outdoor shower, as well as an elevated sunpad to stern that sits atop a convenient storage locker where you can keep your swimming or snorkeling gear. The 305 HTS’s open cockpit is a masterclass in how to artfully arrange space to get the most out of limited dimensions. A U-shaped sofa to starboard surrounds a removable breakfast table, while to port there is a modular wet-bar with a sink and a grill, sitting deftly alongside a chaise-longue. At the front of the cockpit and benefiting from superb visibility out of dynamically sculpted windows, not to mention the overhead retractable sunroof, sits a comfortable loveseat facing the helm. This modern helm station comes equipped with either Garmin or Raymarine electronics, trim tab and thruster controls, an optional Penta joystick, power-steering, compass displays and VHF radio.
There is sleeping space for up to four on the lower deck, with a snug double cabin located amidship with its own side sofa. At the bow, meanwhile, there is a V-shaped dining lounge with knife-insert windows, a skylight and a removable table, and this can swiftly be turned into a second double cabin. Also located down here is a mini-dinette with oak or walnut cabinets, Corian countertops, a two-zone hob, a fridge, an induction oven and a stainless-steel sink, along with day-head facilities.
You can choose between a single Volvo Penta D4 260MHP diesel inboard engine or a pair of Mercury Mercruiser 4.5MPI DTS petrol engines, for top speeds reaching up to 30 knots and cruising speeds of 25 knots. The Galeon 305 HTS’s resin-infused lightweight GRP hull provides high levels of fuel efficiency while cruising and proves to be a nimble performer when negotiating tricky marina entrances or navigating shallow coves.