Galeon 325 GTO yacht tour: Inside an ultra-luxurious £350k outboard sportsboat

At the recent Cannes Yachting Festival 2021, Motor Boat & Yachting editor Hugo Andreae took the chance to look inside the Galeon 325 GTO, which was making its European debut.Given the boom in popularity of boats like this, it was only a matter of time before Galeon took on the outboard sportsboat market. It already builds a range of smaller, cheaper outboard-powered craft under the Galia brand but this is a much more upmarket offering. Development has not been rushed though; the Galeon 325 […] This article Galeon 325 GTO yacht tour: Inside an ultra-luxurious £350k outboard sportsboat appeared first on Motor Boat & Yachting.

Galeon 325 GTO yacht tour: Inside an ultra-luxurious £350k outboard sportsboat

At the recent Cannes Yachting Festival 2021, Motor Boat & Yachting editor Hugo Andreae took the chance to look inside the Galeon 325 GTO, which was making its European debut.

Given the boom in popularity of boats like this, it was only a matter of time before Galeon took on the outboard sportsboat market. It already builds a range of smaller, cheaper outboard-powered craft under the Galia brand but this is a much more upmarket offering.

Development has not been rushed though; the Galeon 325 GTO was three years in the making, but it will springboard an entire new range of outboard-powered cruisers up to around 40ft.

As we have come to expect from Galeon, there is innovation all over the place. The living space on deck shames larger boats of this style with its covered central seating area, drop-down cockpit terrace on the port side and the inclusion of a deep bowrider section that could easily sit six people thanks to its beamy squared off shape.

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What’s more, the sunken foredeck doesn’t pinch headroom inside the cabin, where the finish looks up to Galeon’s usual high standards. There’s a convertible double forward and a slightly larger bed tucked underneath the cockpit amidships.

A practical touch is the companionway ladder’s ability to spring up and out of the way so that access to the amidships berth is unencumbered. Twin outboard engine options run from 300hp to 450hp, the latter likely to be capable of 45 knots.

Priced to a turn-key UK spec, the Galeon 325 GTO should be well in the mix to challenge the Bavaria Vida 33 and Saxdor 320 GTO.

Galeon 325 GTO specification

LOA: 32ft 9in (9.99m)
Beam: 10ft 11in (3.34m)
Engines: Twin 300-450hp outboards
Top speed: 45 knots
Price: £350,000 (inc. VAT)

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2022 Regulator 37

The Regulator 37 is a hardcore fishing platform that converts easily at day’s end to a comfortable leisure platform.

2022 Regulator 37

The Lou Codega hull design makes for an easy, dry ride. (Garrett Cortese/)

Overview

Regulator’s new 37 boasts a classically beautiful hull, and it fits neatly into the niche that boat buyers have clamored for since the 1940s—a hardcore fishing platform that converts easily at day’s end to a comfortable leisure platform. With plenty of seating in an open boat, everyone gets into the action. And yes, there’s a big V-berth in the console cabin (6 feet, 11 inches of headroom), with an enclosed head and shower (7 feet, 6 inches of headroom), and a galley.

Bow seating adapts quickly from serious fishing to lounging, sunning, cruising and eating.
Bow seating adapts quickly from serious fishing to lounging, sunning, cruising and eating. (Garrett Cortese/)

Regulator engineering considered customers’ requests for raised freeboard, plentiful storage, abundant air conditioning (with reverse-cycle heat) and a Seakeeper gyrostabilizer, all backed up by a big generator. Also, more refrigeration for food, drink, bait and fish.

The forward lounge is a great place for a comfortable ride.
The forward lounge is a great place for a comfortable ride. (Garrett Cortese/)

Seating at the bow adapts quickly from serious fishing to lounging, sunning, cruising and eating. At the helm, we found a secure three-across helm seat and an aft-facing mezzanine bench for two. There’s a watertight starboard cockpit door and vast tackle storage, with many rod holders in strategic places. Livewells and fish boxes are all insulated, and some fish lockers are refrigerated.

Regulator’s MyHelm systems control offers key -fob activation like a luxury automobile.
Regulator’s MyHelm systems control offers key -fob activation like a luxury automobile. (Garrett Cortese/)

Engines

The 37′s design, construction, technology and power allow for a range of 300 miles, conservatively, at speeds of 30 to 40 mph. The two-way average top speed we achieved, with a nearly full tank of fuel and two aboard, clocked in at 56.3 mph at 6,000 rpm. Performance at 4,000 to 4,500 rpm impressed me more with the three big 425 hp XTO Offshore outboards pushing the 37 easily at 31 to 40 mph. Acceleration within that speed range proved impressive. The boat slows down to speeds in the 20s if serious seas or a nasty inlet demands it, but the 37 wants to run, and the engines balance this boat well. We also tried some tight turns, and the hull held firm at speed. Finally, we checked stability at trolling speeds and on the drift. The Seakeeper, of course, virtually eliminated any roll.

There's an aft-facing mezzanine bench and starboard boarding door in the cockpit.
There's an aft-facing mezzanine bench and starboard boarding door in the cockpit. (Garrett Cortese/)

The 37, like all Regulators, runs on a Lou Codega hull design, a nonstepped 24-degree (at the transom) deep-V with carefully positioned strakes and chines. The center of gravity is right over the tanks, so as fuel burns, the boat’s balance doesn’t shift. At cruise, it rides a little bow-proud, presenting that sharp forefoot to oncoming seas. The attitude also gives this hull shape more speed with less horsepower, plus an easy, dry ride. It loves the low-rpm torque from the brawny V-8 powerheads and Yamaha XTO propellers.

Interior and Accessories

The boat has watertight bulkheads under the helm and all deck spaces. Fish boxes drain overboard, so there’s no water there, and no mold or funky smell. Rod storage in the air-conditioned cabin reduces moisture. The cabin is well-lit and vented to keep things dry. All systems are readily accessible. Details extend to parts, such as a nylon discharge valve for the holding tank that doesn’t bind with age.

There are many rod holders in strategic places.
There are many rod holders in strategic places. (Garrett Cortese/)

A digital switching system controls all the Regulator 37′s processes, from the lights and engines to plumbing, the Seakeeper and an Onan 13.5 kW diesel generator. David Clubbs, Regulator’s engineering director, and his team worked directly with Garmin to develop the company’s customized MyHelm system. It controls everything intuitively to make operating a complex vessel simple.

COVID-19 caused slowdowns in process and tooling, but finally, over last fall and winter, the team got to build hull No. 1. They spent many hours working out the mechanical stress details and resulting designs for the Seakeeper foundations. Consider the pressures the boat must endure from three sets of powerful forces acting on it: 1,275 Yamaha horses driving 20,000 pounds forward at 30 mph; water waves that have their own agenda; and a gyro that refuses to allow waves to induce roll. The foundations are infused separately from the hull, reinforced with high-density cores and 1-inch-thick aluminum backing plates, capped on each end by another structural bulkhead that distributes loads into the other longitudinal stringers, hull bottom and hull sides.

A slide-out grill makes meal prep easy.
A slide-out grill makes meal prep easy. (Garrett Cortese/)

Under the mezzanine seat is a pump room that Clubbs calls “my apartment.” It’s huge, designed to be much drier than the lazarette, a good environment for complex machinery. The apartment offers full access to all three fuel tanks, with manifolds so each engine can pull from any one of them. All valves are accessible.

“We’ve given dealers classes on the whole boat, including MyHelm,” Clubbs says. “We’ve also produced videos on multiple systems, available to dealers and owners, and the full owner’s manual is available on the boat’s Garmin screens.

“A big addition for 2022 is a tower with a full upper station,” Clubbs continues. “We engineers love to get out from behind our computers to build and run our boats, and evaluate their systems hands-on. We had a lot of fun building the first 37. It’s a super-fun boat, fast, dry, with lots of good stuff on board.”

The V-berth in the console cabin is equipped with an enclosed head and shower and a galley.
The V-berth in the console cabin is equipped with an enclosed head and shower and a galley. (Garrett Cortese/)

A good comparison for shoppers is the Everglades 395cc ($887,993 with triple white Yamaha 425 XTOs and Helm Master EX, with autopilot and joystick). Note that the well-equipped Regulator price includes the test engines, a Seakeeper 5, a genset, and 12,000 Btu air conditioning.

Looking for a thoroughly modern classic? Sea-trial a Regulator 37.

How We Tested

  • Engines: Triple 425 hp Yamaha XTO Offshore V-8s
  • Drive/Props: Outboard/Triple Yamaha XTO Offshore 163/8″ x 21″ 3-blade stainless steel
  • Gear Ratio: 1.79:1 Fuel Load: 490 gal. Water On Board: 20 gal. Crew Weight: 350 lb.

High Points

  • Ingenious three-wide helm-seat module offers generous tackle storage, a slide-out grill, an on-deck refrigerator and a double mezzanine seat, with a pump room below.
  • Pump room and other mechanical spaces are designed for easy maintenance.
  • Fishing features allow the 37 to adapt to multiple bluewater scenarios, but the boat also adapts quickly for leisure activities.

Low Points

  • V-berths in the cabin are long but narrow.
  • While the console headroom is generous, the opening door is only 19 inches wide.

Pricing and Specs

Price: $829,780 (base with test power)
LOA: 37'7"
Beam: 12'7"
Draft (max): 46"
Displacement: 19,300 lb. (with engines)
Transom Deadrise: 24 degrees
Bridge Clearance: 11'3"
Max Cabin Headroom: 6'11"
Fuel Capacity: 507 gal.
Max Horsepower: 1,275
Available Power: Triple 425 hp Yamaha 425 XTO outboards

Speed, Efficiency, Operation

Regulator 37 Certified Test Results
Regulator 37 Certified Test Results (Boating Magazine/)

Regulator Marine - Edenton, North Carolina; 252-482-3837; regulatormarine.com

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