The Galeon 470 Skydeck is a 47-foot express cruiser yacht with a flybridge that was launched by Polish yacht-building firm Galeon in 2018. Crafted in collaboration with renowned naval architect Tony Castro, the 470 Skydeck is the latest Galeon model to feature innovative features such as an aft-beach club, fold-out side balconies, a curvaceous profile, powerful Penta engines and a fabulous semi-custom, hand-finished interior. This vessel was named “Motorboat of the Show” in the cabin cruiser category at the 2018 Helsinki Boat Show and has since become a popular model with discerning buyers looking for super-yacht amenities on a more compact scale.
You could almost be forgiven for thinking that the 470 Skydeck was a hard top at first glance, with the low-slung flybridge nestled up against the cockpit roof as if it wasn’t there. Yet with a forward sun-pad, wrap-around starboard sofas, an upper helm and an optional Bimini this bridge is bound to make a big impression with guests. It is arguably the main deck outdoor areas, however, that catch the eye most of all. An adaptable foredeck seating lounge with marina-facing views features a U-shaped sofa with a pop-up cocktail table: sure to be a hit for those who enjoy sun-drenched aperitifs. At the rear of the boat there is an aft-cockpit with a transom sofa and a wet-bar station that is easily transformed into a sprawling beach-club. Two fold-out gunwales convert into a pair of cocktail terraces, while retractable cockpit glazing to port connects one of these to the main deck galley for easy drinks service and bar-style seating. At the stern there are side steps down to a teak-lined, full-beam hydraulic bathing platform that is robust enough to carry modern water tenders.
Aluminum-framed sliding glass doors lead into the main deck salon, where large, single-pane windows in a variety of geometric shapes line the side of the cockpit, and, along with a glazed sunroof above the helm, allow for plenty of natural light. The galley is located aft to bring it closer to guests outside enjoying the sun, and features marbled Corian counters, a two-zone induction hob, a combination oven, under-counter fridge-freezer units and plenty of storage. There is seating in this oak or walnut-lined space for up to ten, across a loveseat, a U-shaped sofa with a breakfast table and a pair of comfortable helm chairs. The starboard-side main helm station, meanwhile, has been equipped with the very latest Raymarine electronics, Ray91 VHF radio, a Volvo Vessel monitor, trim tab and thruster controls, a Penta joystick, hydraulic steering and plenty of compass gauges.
There is room for six overnight guests on the lower-deck, with rooms benefiting from knife-insert windows and a generous amount of head clearance. A twin bunk berth to starboard is joined by an en-suite VIP double to the bow and a full-beam, en-suite owner’s stateroom amidship with a queen-sized bed, a work-desk, a loveseat, a full-height closet and upholstered wall panels to dampen engine noise.
You can choose between IPS pod-drives or conventional shaft-drives to power the Galeon 470 Skydeck, with twin Volvo Penta D8-600 engines powering the yacht to top speeds of around 30 knots. At cruising speeds of 25 knots, meanwhile, you can expect a range of 237 nautical miles at half-load, more than enough for extensive island-hopping around the Caribbean Sea.