Motorboat & Yachting: The Galeon 420 Fly offers a huge amount of customisation – including the choice between shafts, sterndrives and IPS pods – solid build quality and a keen price, we put it to the test in Southampton.
With the 500 Fly scooping up all of the admiring glances at the Cannes Boat Show, this seemed a perfect time to test one of the more “bread and butter” boats in the range, the Galeon 420 Fly.
Galeon has an incredibly liberal approach to the amount of personalisation available to the customer even on a boat of this size.
To give you an idea you can have two or three cabins, eight different types of interior wood, a dizzying array of upholstery and fabrics, four different engine options and the choice between shafts, sterndrives or IPS pod drives.
Our test boat had quite a traditional set up with a pair of Volvo Penta’s D6 435hp motors on shafts, delivering a top speed of just over 30 knots.
Though not the most exciting drivetrain on offer, the shafts offer a good balance between sweet handling and that familiar solidity that so many people like about this method of propulsion.
I did find that from the lower helm the boat responded well to half tab to get the bow cutting nicely through the waves and lower the bow to improve the helmsman’s view out.
And though the one-piece windscreen is great, the large mullions either side needed to provide support obstruct the view either side quite badly.
Pratical Boat Owner: British Coatings Federation (BCF) Marine Coatings Group has followed up on its successful survey for boat owners on the DIY use of antifouling (AF) paints by launching three additional surveys on the topic, aimed at professional applicators, boatyard managers/owners and chandlers.
The surveys are designed to better understand the current use of antifouling paints by DIY users, and to raise their awareness over the possibility that authorities may decide to restrict the application and use of AF paints to strictly professional applicators and organisations.
More then 800 submissions have been made in response to the original survey, indicating the level of interest regarding this issue and the concerns from the leisure boating sector in general.
Surveys can be accessed, for completion by the 30 November, as follows:
The original survey mentioned for boat owners/DIY applicators remains open until the 30th November too:
* Boat owners/DIY applicators: www.surveymonkey.com/r/NPNB6NW
Gareth Prowse, who is the UK Regulatory Affairs Manager at AkzoNobel Felling, with responsibility for the International Paint branded marine coatings, and also Chair of BCF’s Marine Coatings Group said: ‘The BCF are trying to generate data to better understand how people use AF Paints and what protective equipment they do use when painting. We’ve had some minor criticisms of scaremongering in response to the first survey, when in reality we’re not.
Gareth added: ‘The regulations are becoming much stricter than they have been. Our concern is that we could end up withdrawing products that can and are used safely because of the risk assessment being too conservative due to a lack of data, rather than genuine risk.’
Motorboat & Yachting: High-speed powerboat specialist Vector has unveiled its latest model, the V40S, which is capable of more than 100mph even when driven remotely.
Vector Performance Marine has unveiled a new addition to its range of high-speed powerboats in the form of the Vector V40S.
As you may have guessed from the no-nonsense monochrome styling, this new arrival is designed to be a commercial interceptor, suitable for marine surveillance, patrol and anti-piracy operations.
Claimed to be the fastest of its kind, the Vector V40S is capable of top speeds in excess of 100mph, with a four-man crew and one-tonne payload.
Even more impressive is that this top speed can be achieved with no-one on board at all, as Vector has created the highest power/weight ratio of any unmanned boat ever built.
Available with both diesel and petrol engine configurations, the Vector V40S is available for commercial orders now, but the price is being kept strictly under wraps.
Founded in 2012 by media entrepreneur Mal Crease and powerboat world record holder Peter Dredge, Vector is best known for its racing tie-ups with Martini, which have resulted in back-to-back victories in the annual Cowes-Torquay Classic.
Motorboat & Yachting: Ferretti Group has announced that the new Riva 88 Florida will get a unique convertible sunroof system.
Motoryacht designers often try to merge two styles, and Ferretti Group has come up with a novel way of achieving this with the Riva 88 Florida.
The Italian yard will be fitting this new model with a Convertible Top. This patented pantograph sunroof allows the Riva 88 Florida to operate as an Open boat and a Coupe.
In open mode the hardtop is used to cover the seating area in front of the helm, but a pair of hydraulic arms can lift this panel over the saloon, resulting in the all-weather protection of a Coupe.
Sensors mounted near the moving parts ensure that there is no risk of your crew getting their hands pinched in the mechanism.
Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferretti Group, was typically effusive, praising the Riva 88 Florida as “an unprecedented craft that turns into reality a new way of enjoying life at sea”.
The clever sunroof is not the only feature to get excited about, however, as the 88 Florida will come with a pair of MTU engines that can deliver a top speed in excess of 40 knots and a cruising range of up to 340 nautical miles.
The exterior styling ties in nicely with Officina Italiana Design‘s recent offerings, as the 88 Florida will sport a Moon Grey hull with black detailing.
Other key features include a 4-metre tender garage, which can swallow up a Williams 385 or a jetski, and four cabins below decks, each with its own en-suite.
Prices and launch dates are yet to be confirmed, but a September launch alongside the recently announced Riva 76 could well be on the cards.
Dave Marsh: It’s not often that a boat from one of the big four European boatbuilders takes us by surprise. But that’s exactly what happened late in July, during an Motorboat & Yachting test of the new Azimut 50.
So, although Azimut’s design genius Stefano Righini is still the man in charge of styling, the new 50 appeared far bulkier than the sleek Azimut 54 that we had to walk past on our way to test the towering 50.
Out on the water, I’d been expecting the 50’s obvious bulk to produce a boat with less than appealing handling, the aquatic equivalent of an SUV or MPV rather than a finely honed saloon car.
Well, the 50 immediately put paid to my preconception, and dished up as fine an all round ride as I’ve experienced on a mid-size cruising boat.Key to its appeal is the 50’s terrific steering which is (in my subjective opinion) as perfectly weighted as you could wish for on a flybridge cruiser.
The boat turns surprisingly quickly and very precisely, heeling just the right amount into the turn. Yet it never feels flighty or lacking in feedback.It was also noticeable that, as we repeatedly crossed and re-crossed the wake of our 57ft photo boat, the 50 never once performed that little shimmy that boats with less resolute handling often do.
Sadly, that wake was the biggest challenge we encountered, so the 50’s big wave performance remains untested. However, this shaft drive boat felt so impressively solid and firmly planted in the water that I’d be genuinely surprised if the boat doesn’t stand up to heavy weather very well indeed.
As for speed, the 670hp Volvo D11 diesels produced satisfyingly punchy performance all the way up to our recorded top speed of 32.2 knots.Misconception number two was that the interior would be the principal beneficiary of the 50’s obvious volume.
Azimut will doubtless point to the full standing headroom that the 50 provides almost all the way around the perimeter of the bed in the owner’s midships cabin.Beyond that benefit, though, I could not detect anything outstanding, and potential owners who plan on cooking on board will have to think very carefully about the limitations of the galley.
Contrary to the prevailing trend, it’s down below, not up in the saloon. And it has few storage areas and extremely limited countertop space.
On deck is where the 50 really shines. Up front, the walk-through foredeck is a huge bonus on a boat this size, adding a long row of comfy seats to the usual sunbed. Side deck access and transit is the safest I’ve seen on this type of boat.
And although the flybridge’s enormity is what hits you first, in practice it’s the excellent practical detailing and the high levels of safety provided by its exceptional depth that make this area so good.
Dominator 640 offers superyacht luxury for sixty-five-foot prices and is an interesting beast. The boats are designed in Lichtenstein, built in Italy and company HQ is in Austria.
The philosophy is not to go toe-to-toe with might of Europe’s production builders but instead to offer tailor-made boats, engineered and finished to the highest standards. Dominator wants to bring its expertise in building larger yachts down to this new 640, the smallest in the range.
She’s a good looking boat, not the most outlandish but well-proportioned and handsome, with enough sparkle like the slashing hull windows and a red hull stripe to catch the eye and keep things interesting.
Incidentally, I have been on few boats with as many deck lights as the 640, it looks sensational in the dark. See the picture of the LED downlighting on the flybridge below.
Inside there is a tangible feeling of quality everywhere you look and touch. The use of materials is exceptional; there’s leather, suede, marble and a particularly lovely stained Brazlillain wood called Caballho. Just look at the finish in the master bathroom. The level of attention to detail is absolutely through the roof, it’s little wonder each 640 takes around nine months to build.
On the water, progress is smooth and refined yet the MAN 1,200hp V8s provide titanic performance and heave the boat along on great swathes of torque. It should prove to be a cosseting mile muncher. It may not be a mainstream choice but the Dominator is a beautifully made, compelling option.
We put the Princess S72 to the test in the Miami heat – A 9,000-mile, 19-hour round trip stood between us and the new Princess S72. But who are we to complain about spending a couple of days in the sun-drenched glamour of Florida’s West Palm Beach? And, after all, this is a very important new boat, not only for Princess but also in terms of the genre it fits in to.
The boat comes with three engines options, two from CAT with 1,620 and 1,725hp respectively and one from MAN, a pair of thumping great V12 1,800s.
The test boat had the larger CAT option and got up to just shy of 40 knots.
Inside, the galley-down layout makes for a mercifully clear view, not only out of both sides of the boat but also aft. The layout below decks is exactly the same as the V72 so that means three cabins in total with a master amidships, VIP forward and a twin guest cabin to starboard. Each has their own bathroom but the twin cabin’s also acts as the day heads.
As mentioned above, the flybridge is significantly smaller than a true 72ft flybridge boat’s but lamenting this fact sort of misses the point. The S72’s top deck is still plenty large enough, with a good amount of seating around a large table and, even more importantly, a sporty central driving position.