The Galeon 485 HTS is a 49-foot sportscruiser yacht with a hardtop that was launched by Polish boat manufacturers Galeon in 2016. This third-generation yacht was designed in collaboration with renowned naval stylist Tony Castro and bears the sort of sleek and curvaceous profile that has become something of a Galeon signature in recent years. Winner of the prize for “Motorboat of the Show” in the cabin cruiser category at the 2016 Helsinki Boat Show, the 485 HTS impresses with powerful pod-drive propulsion, lavish socializing spaces and a wealth of intuitive and adaptable amenities.
The foredeck can often be something of an after-thought on yachts of this size, but on the 485 HTS you will discover a pair of full-length sunpads with headrests from where you can laze around for hours in full sun, or pop-up a canopy for shaded relaxation. To the rear the aft cockpit comes in two distinct styles, depending on whether you go with the larger or smaller tender garage to stern. If you go with the smaller option then you can expect a large, hook-shaped transom sofa with a table, though if you choose the larger garage this is instead presented as an elevated rear sunpad. Side steps lead down to a full-beam hydraulic swimming platform at the rear, though there is something of a surprise down here, as the garage can also be turned into an aft-beach club with extending sunpad cushions offering an almost sea-level sunbathing experience.
Aluminum-framed sliding glass doors completely disappear at the touch of a button to offer a seamless connection between indoors and out, while a glazed sunroof and cresting-wave side windows illuminate the interior with natural light. The walnut-lined salon boasts cabinetry, room for a home entertainment system, a wet-bar console and a suede or leather U-shaped sofa surrounding an angled breakfast table with maple inlay. The helm station is located to starboard, features incredible visibility through sloping windshield windows and comes with a Raymarine electronics package, a Penta joystick, electric steering, a Volvo Vessel display monitor, Zipwake hydraulic trim tabs and bow thruster controls.
The Galeon 485 HTS features a main galley on the lower level, though rather than being hidden away as on some European yachts, this one has been turned into a family kitchen with seating. Corian work surfaces, under-counter refrigeration, a two-zone ceramic hob, a combination oven and plenty of storage make this a great place for aspirational chefs, while an Ultraleather dining sofa and an extending table allows guests to dine in refined comfort. Rooms down here benefit from grey oak or striped walnut surrounds, while widescreen windows, stainless steel fixtures and plush carpeting offer a sophisticated feel. Up to four overnight guests can enjoy slumber on this yacht, with an en-suite VIP double up by the bow and a full-beam owner’s stateroom located amidship. This suite boasts a side sofa, space for a work desk, a queen-sized island bed, bedside cabinets, closets and a bathroom with a waterfall shower cubicle.
Powered by Volvo Penta IPS 600 pod-drives, this vessel can reach top speeds of up to 32 knots, with comfortable cruising speeds clocking in at just over 24 knots. At this lower speed you can expect a range of 233 nautical miles, while the yacht’s resin-infused lightweight hull proves remarkably efficient for those who enjoy extended cruising.