The Galeon 430 Skydeck concept was a new one on us at this year's Dusseldorf Boat Show but the idea of taking the best features from the flybridge and the hard top paradigm and putting them together on a single boat caught the imagination.

Read Alex Smith's full Galeon 430 Skydeck review in his previous post, or sit back and enjoy the one-minute video version from the Dusseldorf Boat Show earlier this year.


Galeon 430 Skydeck video

Galeon 430 Skydeck video.

By moving the flybridge aft and setting it quite deep above the aft end of the cockpit, the designers have magically created a sunroof above the helm station on the main deck and a perfectly usable flybridge station as well.

And all without really compromising the accommodation below decks. The cockpit is simply set on two different levels to deal with the low-hanging flybridge, but the natural light on this part of the main deck is also catered for with see-through panels built in to the structure of the bridge.

Work is already underway on the Skydeck versions of Galeon's 700, 560 and 820.


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Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor with a long history in boating and a happy addiction to the water. He’s worked on boats, lived on boats, bought boats, sold boats and – when he’s not actually on board a boat – he can generally be found in his Folkestone office, tapping away at the computer and gazing out to sea.