Sensational Sailing on the Galeon Yachts 800 Fly
Featuring 31-plus knots of sea-taming comfort and luxury, the Galeon Yachts 800 Fly is designed to conquer any sea.
During an unsettled sea state, the six-person crew jetted out of Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades inlet to see what the Galeon 800 Fly flagship could do in windy, lightning-filled, rainy South Florida summer thunderstorms.
The white-tipped rollers marched at a steady cadence into the inlet. Despite the ocean’s angry infantry, the stout 800 Fly didn’t back down. The bow squashed the seaway with its overall length of 83 feet-2 inches. Due to the LOA, the boat has a lot of waterline to work with. The yacht was sure-footed, even-keeled, and confident throughout the rough-water run thanks to its broad shoulders, 19-foot beam, and optional Vector Fin stabilizers.
In addition to its sturdy construction, the 800 Fly has a fiberglass hull bottom and foam-cored sides, and it weighs about 75 tons. It features a carbon fiber hardtop and superstructure, reducing top weight and improving stability.
I rode Hull No. 1 powered by optional 1,925 hp MTU diesels. Owners can choose smaller 1,800 hp MANs.
MTU engines spooled up to 2,450 rpm while flanked by 5-footers, resulting in a top average hop of 31.5 knots. On the pins, range is about 203 nautical miles if the 1,450-gallon fuel tank is 10 percent full. A speed of 27 knots was achieved at 2,000 rpm while the motors burned 136 gallons per hour. If you want some more distance, dial back the engines to 2,000 rpm. Speed reaches 23.8 knots at 104 gph when the engines are slowed down 200 rpm to 1,800. Range expands to 298 nm at this speed.
It is relatively easy to service those big diesel engines in an engine room with six feet-2 inches of headroom and walking space between them. There is also unobstructed access to the twin Cummins Onan generators aft to port and starboard for 29 kW each. Either of these generators can carry the 800 Fly's load by itself, but the builder believes in redundancy. As well as two water heaters and a fuel polisher, there are two 100-amp shore power cords. Exploring the inside of the 800 Fly makes the word robust come to mind when you see this operational thinking and execution.
It has an optional aft docking station, as well as an upper and lower helm station, so close-quarters handling is possible. This 800 Fly had one extra docking station to starboard in the cockpit. Owners could add an additional docking station to port. Side-Power bow and stern thrusters, optional, provide confidence around a dock or while waiting for a bridge opening.
As well as being a capable open-water cruiser, the yacht offers family fun and entertainment.
There are several alfresco areas on the main deck and upper deck.
The cockpit has U-shaped seating and a table accessed via teak steps leading from the full-beam, hydraulic, 1,500-pound-capacity swim platform. The teak steps flanking the cockpit have seams that run longitudinally, while usually they run transversally. There are many similar design flourishes throughout the 800 Fly. The teak sole on the main deck has an S-curved section that weaves from the cockpit to the side decks, creating a sense of movement.
Flybridge overhang protects cockpit seating. Also, when the salon's glass doors are opened and the portside aft bar window is raised, an uninterrupted indoor-outdoor entertainment space extends 52 feet forward to the windshield, providing an uninterrupted indoor-outdoor entertaining space.
The foredeck is accessible via side decks wide enough for my size-10 feet to walk comfortably side by side, and there is lounge seating with a Bimini top that can be raised and lowered hydraulically. Guests can enjoy sundowners with their feet up with their feet up in the V-shaped seating forward of this lounge, which is positioned to provide a respite from dock noise. Additionally, there is a pantograph-style door next to the helm to starboard that leads to the side deck.
A four-stateroom layout with en suite heads continues the yacht's comfort levels belowdecks. (There is also a day head in the salon.) The full-beam amidships master has a queen berth, with an option for a king. During the day, the hullside windows measure approximately 7 feet long and 34 inches high, keeping the area bright. The master has a vanity to port and a settee to starboard. A shower stall is located behind the berth to starboard, and to port is a walk-in closet. About six feet, six inches of headroom are available in the shower.
Forepeak VIP has a step-up berth, while two crew cabins, one for two people and one captain's space, are located aft and adjacent to the engine room, with twin berths. Additionally, there is a head, a mess area with fold-down seats and a table, a Samsung microwave, a Kenyon cooktop with two burners, a window overlooking the swim platform, as well as a Splendide washer and dryer. The crew area is finished to the same high standard as the other spaces, with Alcantara lining the bulkheads and an overbuilt engine room door adding to its whisper-quiet environment.
For yachtsmen looking to become crewed yacht owners, the Galeon Yachts 800 Fly checks a lot of boxes, from its rock-solid ride to its large-yacht comfort and amenities.
Big Boat, Bright Lights
Its lighting setup is one of the subtle but impactful details on board the Galeon 800 Fly. There are multizone direct and indirect LED lights set into curved patterns and recessed into the headliner, creating a warm, modern atmosphere in the salon. There is even lighting in places most people overlook, like the forepeak VIP's closet. On the flybridge, owners have the option of switching from blue to white lights for the bar, grill, and more. The lighting options on this boat could keep you busy for a whole day.
Your Way to Drive
There are upper and lower helms on the Galeon 800 Fly. Each has Raymarine electronics; the lower helm has three flush-mounted multifunction displays, while the flybridge has two more. For close-quarter maneuvering, there are Humphree Interceptor trim controls and a Xenta joystick as well as MTU displays for engine monitoring.
The Inside Story
To the port of the galeon 800 Fly's salon is a bar, and to the starboard is a day head. There is an average headroom of 6 feet, 9 inches, and the volume is enhanced by nearly 360 degrees of glass. Hull No. 1 has oak sole, matte-finish beechwood gray veneers, and Corian countertops. Backlit, onyxlike facades enhance the yacht's luxury. Walnut and eucalyptus are also available in matte or high-gloss finishes.To the port of the galeon 800 Fly's salon is a bar, and to the starboard is a day head. There is an average headroom of 6 feet, 9 inches, and the volume is enhanced by nearly 360 degrees of glass. Hull No. 1 has oak sole, matte-finish beechwood gray veneers, and Corian countertops. Backlit, onyxlike facades enhance the yacht's luxury. Walnut and eucalyptus are also available in matte or high-gloss finishes. With a four-burner Kenyon cooktop, Miele oven, fridge, freezer drawers, and Bosch dishwasher, the galley is well equipped for meal preparation.
Galeon 800 Fly seems formidable from a distance. Its raked exterior design, combined with its high freeboard and extended flybridge deck, creates a sense of power. This yacht, however, is also sleek—not an easy combination of traits to accomplish. The extensive use of structural glass allows this design feat to be achieved. As a result of the 7-foot-long hullside windows in the master stateroom and the nearly 360° glass in the superstructure, the yacht's lines are visually shortened and stretched. Approximately 8 feet, 6 inches in length and 5 feet, 8 inches in height, the salon's midsection is flanked by windows.