The Galeon 430 HTC is a 43-foot express cruiser with a hard-top that was launched by Polish yacht-building firm Galeon in 2013. Designed in collaboration with naval architect Tony Castro, the 430 HTC abounds with innovative features usually only found on much larger, and much more expensive, yachts, such as a modular aft-beach club, hand-finished interiors, a mullioned, electronic sunroof and powerful next-generation engines. Built on the same seaworthy hull as its sister vessel the Galeon 430 Skydeck, this yacht boasts a similar sharp profile, but with entertaining and leisure spaces focused on its immaculately laid-out main deck. A hugely popular boat, the Galeon 430 HTC was nominated for the Reader’s Choice Boat of the Year award by World Sports Boats magazine in 2013.
Out on the foredeck there are a pair of curved sunpads with marina-facing views, safely enclosed by tall stainless-steel guardrails. At the stern there is a teak-lined, full-beam swimming platform, more than capable of hosting modern water tenders, that seamlessly connects to a stern-facing trio of modular chaise-longues to create a beach club feel. The three chaises can be connected to turn this space into a four-seater sunpad, or can be transformed into an impromptu, wrap-around sofa surrounding a pop-up cocktail table.
Fully retractable sliding glass doors to the rear of the cockpit lead into a light-filled space with double-height windows, an electronic sunroof with mullioned panes and surfaces in your choice of dark American walnut, silver-trim walnut, pale oak or composite Lati grey. Furnishings in leather or suede include a vast L-shaped sofa to starboard surrounding an extending coffee table, a loveseat to port and a twin-seater helm chair with foot and headrests. The helm dashboard features everything needed for weekend voyaging, including Raymarine electronics, VHF radio, a Volvo engine monitor, Side Power thrusters, Bennett trim tab controls, a Penta joystick, power-steering and compass displays. Also to be found in here on a partially sunken mezzanine level between the decks is an L-shaped open galley with marbled Corian work surfaces, a Siemens combination oven, a two-zone hob and fridge-freezer units, from where you can work on your culinary skills.
There is room for up to six overnight guests on the lower-deck, across a pair of twin bedrooms amidship and a master double stateroom nestled up by the bow with a five-foot skylight, hanging lockers and hidden storage. There is also space on this level for a pair of bathrooms, one connected to the master stateroom, which boasts Corian surfaces, a Dometic toilet and an open shower fixture.
You can choose between a variety of propulsion options to power the Galeon 430 HTC, from the very latest IPS pod-drives and Axius or Aquadrive systems to more traditional shaft or stern-drives. Top speeds of around 30 knots are achieved thanks to a pair of Volvo Penta D6-435MHP diesel engines, with cruising speeds in the mid-20 knot range. Should you choose to cruise at the more relaxing pace of 7 knots, however, you can expect a range of over 300 nautical miles, more than enough for extended island-hopping.