The Galeon 510 Skydeck is a 53-foot luxury motor yacht with a flybridge that was launched by Polish yacht-building company Galeon Boats in 2016. Crafted in collaboration with renowned naval architect Tony Castro and sharing the same basic design and hull as the revolutionary 500 Fly, the 510 Skydeck offers a more streamlined cruising experience with a smaller, low-slung flybridge and a hard-top-style sunroof above the helm. One of the most innovative entry-level yachts ever built, the 510 Skydeck offers the sort of high-spec, luxury features typically only found on much larger, and much more expensive, vessels, such as fold-out balconies, rotating cockpit sofas and ultra-contemporary, hand-finished interiors. It should come as no surprise then, that this yacht won the title for “Most Innovative Yacht” at the 2016 World Yacht Trophies held in Florence, Italy.
Though the bridge on this model has more compact dimensions than the bridge found on its sister yacht there is still enough room up here for an L-shaped leather sofa, a chaise-longue and a centrally-located helm station with unbeatable visibility. Out on the foredeck there is C-shaped seating lounge that can be conveniently turned into a single large sunpad, safely enclosed by tall stainless-steel guardrails. Yet the main entertaining space aboard the 510 Skydeck is focused around the aft-cockpit, where a pair of fold-out bulwarks swiftly transform into a pair of cocktail terraces. These ten-foot-long balconies are paired with sliding windows on either side of the cockpit to connect to the galley on one side and the salon on another. There are two options for transom seating on the teak-lined aft-cockpit, with a rotating sofa sitting atop a compact tender locker or, if you wish to have more space to store a water toy, a large transom sofa perched above a bigger garage. There is also a full-beam hydraulic swimming platform to the stern that is robust enough to be used as tender stowage in its own right.
Sliding glass doors lead into an aft-galley with marble-effect Corian surfaces, a two-zone hob, a microwave oven, under-counter fridge-freezer units and plenty of cabinet space. Further forward there are three leather or suede sofas framed by walnut, oak or Lati Grey paneling, perfect for relaxing when the weather forces you inside, as well as the main helm station. The helm down here comes with a comprehensive Raymarine electronics package with Axiom touchscreens, Side Power thruster and trim tab controls, an optional Penta joystick, Ray91 VHF radio and hydraulic steering.
Up to six guests can enjoy overnight stays on the lower deck, where a starboard bunk berth is joined by an en-suite VIP double with a four-paned mullioned skylight to the bow and a full-beam owner’s stateroom amidship. The owner’s room features recessed lighting, dramatic wall-panels, knife-insert windows, a queen-sized island bed, a side sofa, a work desk for one, a full-height closet and a bathroom with a waterfall shower cubicle.
A pair of Volvo Penta D11-725 diesel shaft-drive engines offer top speeds in excess of 33 knots and cruising speeds of around 25 knots. You can also choose to upgrade to a pair of Volvo Penta IPS pod-drives if you prefer the more modern handling experience, though either way, the Galeon 510 Skydeck is a superbly agile and efficient yacht across a range of conditions.