With the 420 Fly, Galeon has built a boat that can comfortably cruise with six people aboard or be a day boat with lots of room for entertaining. The boat’s flybridge is sporty and innovative and features a clean, straightforward design with plenty of refreshment amenities and seating for a more formal crowd.
- • Flying Bridge. Big enough to offer a group seating and a great view alongside the captain, but small enough not to overwhelm the relative size of the 430 Sky.
- • Designs from award-winning Tony Castro and Roberto Curto. Design is a major part of any luxury yacht, and Galeon boasts work from multiple award winning design studios headed by Tony Castro and Roberto Curto.
- • Convertible Salon Seating. With the salon doors that open 6’ wide, the 420 Fly can go from a boat with two distinct spaces to a seamless flow from indoor to outdoor, with expanded entertainment space. The aft end of the “U” shaped salon seating swings out across the doorway onto the cockpit deck, joining up with the cockpit seating to create a larger, new, distinct space of its own, in a matter of seconds.
- • Adjustible Cockpit Design. The transom seating section on the cockpit can adjust forward and aft, giving and taking space where needed in an instant.
- • Optional Galley Placement Design. The full-size deluxe galley, placed in the salon standard, can optionally be moved down to the lower deck. This allocation of space is a compelling option for someone with a more specific vision for how they’ll use the 420 Fly.
- • Three staterooms are unusual on this size boat, and two heads make for a good cruising boat.
The aft swim platform comes out 4’3” (1.30 m) from the transom. There is a concealed swim ladder under a teak hatch to port, with grab handles recessed into the platform to both sides, aiding in reboarding.
Access to the cockpit comes to port via a 3” step up. The 420 Fly’s swim platform (and cockpit) decks are in teak. Shore power access comes on the aft side of the transom to starboard. The swim platform can also be optionally upgraded to a hydraulic swim platform, which will allow it to automatically lower into the water with the flip of a switch.
The teak decking is standard, and there is a hot & cold freshwater stern shower that comes standard as well.
The cockpit deck measures roughly 5’8” (1.73 m) by 7’9” (2.36 m). There is L-shaped seating to stern wrapping around to starboard. The stern end of it, however, is a bench seat on tracks, allowing it to move forward or aft as many as 15” (38.1 cm) depending on space needed on the swim platform or in the cockpit. The top of the seating has a stainless-steel grab rail to aid in converting forward or aft.
Teak steps lead to the side decks to port and starboard, with an even larger staircase accessing the flybridge to port as well. The entire cockpit area is protected by the extended overhead. Latches to both sides of the aft end and in the center of the overhead house an optional awning that can extend to block off the cockpit entirely.
In the center of the cockpit deck is a large latch that can be lifted for access to the engine room. The tinted sliding glass doors to the salon open completely, 6’ (1.83 m) wide, and have 6’2” (1.88 m) of head room. The teak sole on the cockpit comes standard.
On the flybridge, immediately to port and starboard are two separate refreshment stations. The one to port, just ahead of where one exits the stairway, is open counter space that can fit a grill and refrigerator underneath. To starboard is a sink under a counter top lid with storage underneath as well.
Moving forward we have the starboard mounted helm station. With black panels and bronze tones, it is in the Galeon yacht helm style. There is a 12” (30.5 cm) Raymarine touchscreen to the forward panel, while a lower panel houses the Raymarine autopilot and standard Volvo Penta EVC display.
Further down we have control for the stereo, side thrusters, bow thrusters, the joystick control and rocker switches for electrical lighting, anchor, windlass, and horn.
The steering wheel is mounted to a fixed base and vinyl wrapped. The engine controls are also mounted at 60 degree angles, so advancing the throttle means bringing it up, not forward -- this is not very ergonomic. The flybridge helm, like the main deck helm, also has the ability to be expanded in optional features as well.
Both the helm seat and observers seat to port are 41” (1.04 m) double wide fixed bench seats upholstered in weather-resistant materials. To port and forward the companion seat is a large sunpad, with storage underneath.
Moving aft, to stern is an L-shaped sofa, wrapped around a pedestal table, with storage drawers below the seats. The flybridge on the 420 Fly is also protected under a retractable Bimini top.
Through the tinted glass doors and inside the salon, there is a loveseat to port and U-shaped seating to starboard. This seating section is the dynamic part of the 420 Fly’s salon design -- the aft leg of the “U” shape swings out (with the salon access doors open) to join up with the cockpit L-shaped seating section along the starboard side. This gives an increased degree of space and makes for an outstanding entertainment platform. The luxury to have the option of treating them like two distinct places (indoor/outdoor), or one large social space.
The starboard seating space wraps around a pedestal table that can adjust in height. The port and starboard seating is upholstered in Ultraleather with diamond patterned doubled hand stitching. The bulkheads and overheads on the 420 Fly are also upholstered in Alcantara suede, with LED lights and wood accent panels creating a dramatic design look.
A 32” HD TV is mounted to an electric lift behind the loveseat to port, and can be lowered and hidden when not in use. In the aft end of the salon, to port, is a cabinet with the boat’s electrical panel.
There are also two hatches in the deck of the salon that give access to the engine room. One is in the middle of the deck just inside the sliding glass doors, the other is just next to the starboard seating, with the pedestal table mounted right on top of the hatch itself.
Hullside windows to port and starboard in the salon are simply described, but a major part of the salon design, bringing extended and wide-ranging views and flooding the area with natural light.
Moving forward through the salon we reach the galley, which is elevated up a 9” step. The galley is L-shaped, with a dual basin sink that has a notched cover that, when removed, stows in a recess in the counter; when in place, it provides increased counter space.
The faucet is an elegantly designed fixture, and the aft end of the counter has a clear acrylic border to prevent items from sliding off while underway. A single wastebasket is to the rear. The countertop is Corian.
Below the sink are four storage drawers that ride on self-closing sliders. They don’t close completely -- enough to be out of the way and accessed easily. When underway, however, giving an added push at the “closed” position locks them in securely.
The refrigerator is 4.8 cu. ft. (130 L) with a wood finish door and freezer compartment. Further refrigeration is just to the right underneath the countertop with a 1.1 cu. ft. (30 L) refrigerator drawer. Wood decks are standard in the 420 Fly’s galley as well.
The helm dash is a beautiful piece, with sleek black inserts flush-mounted into rubberized bronze color panels. Front-and-center is the 12” Raymarine display, with two air-conditioning vents to either side. The Volvo Penta EVC display is on the panel just beneath this, to the portside of the steering wheel, along with the Raymarine autopilot.
On the flat bronze panel to port of the wheel are the rocker switches, which sit right next to the side power bow thruster control. The digital throttle controls are to the starboard side of the helm and include its host of optional features.
The captain’s seat is double-wide with dual head rests, three arm rests, and flip up bolsters. The same soft touch Ultraleather with diamond-stitching upholstery found in the aft part of the salon can be found here as well, along with custom embroidery in the head rests. Just below the helm itself is a flip-down footrest, which gives a boost to the captain’s view and increases overall comfort when navigating.
The lower deck on the 420 Fly is accessed by way of a center-mounted, curved companionway. Descending to the 420 Fly’s lower deck is where the boat’s finish work comes into full focus. It is black walnut, high gloss, and the joinery work is top notch.
The lower foyer leads to four doors, with natural light flooding in from above via the smoked-glass that extends from the helm forward to the windshield. Three of these lead to staterooms while the fourth is the shared head.
All the doors have beautiful inlaid wood with a perfect finish; they are solid wood -- not beneer over plywood. Carpeting on the lower deck decking comes standard. The 420 Fly also comes with 44,000 BTU Dometic MarineAir air conditioning system, with vents throughout the boat.
The master stateroom is forward and is the crown jewel of the accommodations. Headroom upon entry is 6’5” (1.96 m). A 7’ (2.13 m) skylight is above. The large island berth is accessible from both sides of the space via a small step up, and a vanity with mirror is to port -- what looks like wood countertop lifts and flips to reveal a mirror that stands above makeup/jewelry storage space. Storage is nearly everywhere, and climate control for the stateroom is easily accessible from the berth.
The entire room is trimmed with Alcantara suede both overhead and on the bulkheads, extending even to the inside of the closets.
Reading lights sit just above the berth along the padded “headboard,” and hullside windows are to port and starboard with opening rectangular portlights on the aft end of each.
Just to port of the entrance to the master stateroom is the direct access to the private master head. This head features a walk-in shower with elegant, contemporary fixtures nestled into granite. The countertop is Corian, with a vessel sink mounted on top. The stunning woodwork continues here throughout.
There is a square hullside window and square opening portlight just next to the shower, above the head and sink. Storage behind the sink is accessed by two frosted-glass sliding doors, much like the storage space on top of the galley countertop. Just inside the door is a full-length mirror.
We measured 6’1” (1.85 m) of overhead clearance.
Moving aft, back through the foyer, there are two staterooms sitting amidships. One to port, one to starboard.
The stateroom to port is accessed through a private door and has somewhat of an uneven geometry due to the deck above -- it can be described as feeling like a crawlspace, yet at the entrance there is a standing headroom of 6’3” (1.91 m). The clearance drops to 3’6” (1.07 m) over the berth.
There are twin berths in this stateroom, with space in between that can be augmented with a filler cushion. A nightstand sits in between the berths, with lighting on either side along the bulkheads and a reading light in between as well.
The starboard stateroom is very similar to the port stateroom -- twin berths separated by a space that can be bridged with a filler cushion -- but it is a bit roomier than the portside counterpart. There are large storage lockers with finished wood and inlaid trim. Headroom upon entry is the same 6’3” (1.91 m), dropping down to 2’11” (.89 m) just above the berths.
The lower deck day head is accessed via the foyer and would be the boat’s main shared head. It is simply a wet head -- no separate shower. It still shares the quality fit and finish that we’ve seen throughout the boat, however. Stunning woodwork, two square hullside windows, one opening port light.
The bow can be accessed via 18” (45.7 cm) side decks to port and starboard. The rail height on these side decks comes up to 21” (.53 m) but doesn’t really take effect until 4’ (1.22 m) up toward the bow. Before they reach their full height, handrails on the side of the cabin fill in for increased stability and safety. There is also an opening gate on the rails to both sides that easily opens by sliding a coupler aft.
At the bow there are two padded lounges to either side of the master stateroom skylight. Both have backrests that can be titled up into chaise lounge position and both have stainless steel grab rails to their outside edge.
There is a standard windlass mounted to a stainless-steel reinforcing plate with a cleat right alongside. Just to port are the foot controls for the windlass and to starboard there is an access hatch for accessing the anchor chain.
The Galeon 420 Fly is powered by twin Volvo Penta D6-435-hp diesel engines (2 x 435 hp). These have straight shaft drives, with bronze propellers, stainless steel propeller shafts, electronic vessel control (EVC) system, hydraulic steering, a bronze rudder, and trim tabs all standard.
We have not tested the Galeon 420 Fly, but the folks at the factory have. They tell us that with full fuel and water and four people aboard the average top speed was 29.8 knots at 3580 RPM. Their speed trials were run in the Vistula River in 71-degree weather (22 C.).
Best cruise, they report, was at 3000 RPM where the boat averaged 23.4 knots and burned 30.4 gph (115.4 lph) for a range of 224.8 nautical miles.
This boat comes with a number of options as well as what Galeon calls a “Comfort Pack” and a “Luxury Pack.” The “Comfort Pack” includes most major items of electronics, among other things, and the “Luxury Pack” includes the hydraulic swim platform, among other things.
We recommend both packages as then boat then becomes “turn-key,” something that not only saves money but also eliminates aftermarket hassle.
The 420 Fly’s flybridge really adds an impressive element to a boat that would have otherwise been fully stocked without it. There is nothing tacked-on or ad-hoc about it; the design is integrated into the rest of the boat well. At a price point below some Galeon models that do not offer the flybridge, this may be a way to get more bang for the buck in terms of available entertainment space and vantage points from which to enjoy the sea view. The details on Galeon boats are not in question -- there are few boats that come close.
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