Galeon’s thrilling new ‘Fun Machine’
Designed by Tony Castro and already sold into Asia, the asymmetrical 375 GTO is the second model in Galeon’s Grand Touring Outboard series, with thrilling speed and performance, drop-down sides, movable furniture and spectacular lighting among many exciting aspects of ‘The Fun Machine’.
Words: Valencia Tong
Galeon offers the 375 GTO with spectacular blue LED lighting all around the boat and even underwater
At the MarineMax booth at this year’s Palm Beach International Boat Show (PBIBS), Galeon’s sporty looking 375 GTO gleamed under the Florida sun. With the nearby DJ raising the energy with upbeat music, the atmosphere was electric, with the builder’s newest luxury day boat taking centre stage.
‘The Fun Machine’ looked ready to party, turning heads and attracting visitors passing by who couldn’t help but stop and stare to admire its streamlined aesthetics, as some imagined the pleasure of driving the motor yacht at its renowned top speed close to 50 knots.
Asiamarine has sold a 375 GTO in Singapore due to arrive in 2024
In the evening, everyone aboard looked like a rock star due to the soft, futuristic glow of the blue LED strip lights in the ceiling, deck flooring and even hull bottoms, which lit up the water below. With its sleek appearance and smart design, it’s a model that makes a statement for water-loving adventurers.
As the second model in Galeon’s young GTO family, the 375 GTO has been making a lot of friends around the world since showing at high-profile events like the Cannes Yachting Festival in France and Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in the US late last year, as well as this year’s Miami International Boat Show a month ahead of Palm Beach.
The 375 GTO can reach 48 knots with twin 600hp Mercury Verado V12s
Following the 325 GTO that premiered in early 2021 and debuted in Asia later that year through Asiamarine in Hong Kong – there are now five units in Asia – the 375 GTO is another spectacular creation by Tony Castro. Born in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, Castro has been designing motor yachts for Galeon for over 20 years from the UK base of his company, Tony Castro Design Studio.
With an overall length of 37ft 9in, the 375 GTO has a 35ft-long hull with a 12ft beam and a draft of just 3ft 8in (1.11m) – or only 2ft 5in (0.74m) if the engines are up.
Twin 600hp Mercury Verado V12s are among several outboard engine options
As befitting its nickname, ‘The Fun Machine’, the yacht offers remarkable performance on the water and can be fitted with three 400hp Mercury Verado V10 or Mercury Racing 450R V10 outboards.
However, the most exciting and powerful option is the twin 600hp Mercury Verado V12s, which can power the 10-tonne open cruiser to 55mph or about 48 knots.
The L-shaped sofa can be converted into a bench seat behind the captain’s chairs
Right above the helm, the two-part glass roof can be quickly retracted when needed, which increases ventilation and allows those on board to feel the speed as the wind blows through their hair. Starboard and port windows that can electronically open like car windows are among appealing options.
At rest, one of the special features is the ‘Beach Mode’, first popularised by the drop-down sides on Galeon’s 500 Fly and since incorporated on many of Galeon’s flybridge models including the 640 Fly, 400 Fly, 440 Fly and new 560 Fly.
The drop-down sides expand the beam from 12ft to over 17ft
The 325 GTO has one drop-down side to port, but the 375 GTO has them on both sides. Once they’re both down, they expand the yacht’s beam by over 5ft and turn the cockpit into a three-sided beach club ideal for watersports and enjoying the water.
There are many more ‘transformer-style’ features on this boat. The aft bench sofa has integrated side doors and an adjustable backrest, so guests can either face forward, such as for dining or while cruising, or aft for a relaxing view of the water.
The aft sofa’s adjustable backrest allows guests to face the water
Furthermore, the sofa can slide forward or back. It can be set aft for more room in the cockpit or forward so guests have more legroom while facing aft or can sit more comfortably at the dining table, which has two outer leaves that can fold inwards to make a smaller, coffee table for day time use.
The hard top stops just short of covering the aft sofa, but Galeon offers the option of an extendable SureShade® cockpit awning that could appeal to many clients in Asia.
The forward cockpit furniture includes a fixed seat to port where a guest can face inward or aft, while to starboard is an L-shaped sofa, which offers remarkable flexibility.
The cockpit includes a convertible L-shaped sofa
Mechanisms can lift the forward part of the sofa up and aft, while the backrest can flip aft to create a forward-facing bench seat behind the helm, ideal for guests to enjoy a great vantage point while cruising.
To port is the wet bar, which has an electric grill, sink, fridge, storage and a bin, along with drinks holders and counter space on each side of the flip-up panel.
The covered area has a wet bar to port, while the cockpit table can be expanded for dining
To starboard is the helm station with two electrically-adjustable captain’s chairs and an electrically adjustable steering wheel. The control buttons, located on the black panel, are mainly in circular, metallic form, with blue LEDs emitting a soft glow.
At night, with the blue mood lighting and the sound system pumping the ambience of the cockpit makes driving the boat and entertaining guests an unforgettable experience.
From the covered cockpit, there’s a single side passage, to port, that leads to the foredeck, where Galeon’s transformer DNA is to the fore again.
Accessed from port side, the bow lounge offers U-shaped seating and space for a table
The bow lounge can fit three guests facing forwards, supported by two fold-down armrests, while the U-shaped seating continues around the starboard side and the forepeak. The central area can be left clear, fitted with a small table or filled in with sunpads to create a large sunbathing area.
Access to the lower deck is through a sliding companionway door by the helm. The minimalist or ‘floating’ stairs lead past beech wood cabinetry to port.
Below deck, the low-ceilinged midships cabin has twin beds
Forward is a convertible dinette, which features U-shaped seating and a height-adjustable table with fold-out leaves on both sides. When the table is lowered and filled in with a large cushion, the area becomes a double bed.
During the day, the interior area is surprisingly light due to a large port window facing the side deck and bulwark, and light from above when the sliding companionway door is open.
The forward dinette can be converted into a double bed
The elegant brownish grey and cream colour tone of the interior, coupled with warm, yellowish LED lights, creates a cosy ambience during the day or early evening, while the cool, bluish LED lights are among options.
The bathroom with separate shower stall is to starboard, while midships is a low-ceilinged cabin with twin beds. Each horizontal step of the staircase looks like a mini table surface stacked vertically on top of each other. If more space is needed at night, the stairway can be lifted to the ceiling, making it easier for guests to get in and out of the midships cabin.
With the optional blue lighting
As well as individual options like the Seakeeper 3, Galeon offers a Comfort Pack and a Luxury Pack, with the latter including a 32-inch TV, 60-litre fridge in the lower lounge, an upgraded Fusion sound system, and the blue/white LED lights that made such an impression at the Palm Beach show. Galeon promised ‘The Fun Machine’ and it has certainly delivered.