Spanish Armada-Inspired Galleon Is The Sailing Cruise Ship Nobody Asked For – Forbes

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Galleon concept yacht by Steve Kozloff

Steve Kozloff

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, American designer Steve Kozloff has surprised the world with his wild concept boats. Released in drips and drabs through his Goliath Series, the designs have become increasingly unusual. Onlookers thought the pinnacle had been reached with the Arctic Owl superyacht (pictured below) but the new Galleon gigayacht might be the most bonkers of them all.

Arctic Owl concept yacht from Steve Kozloff's Goliath series

Steve Kozloff

Inspired by the sailing boats of the Spanish Armada, Galleon is an sailing yacht unlike any other. While most sailing boats are equipped with a modest number of cabins for sleeping, dining and entertaining, Galleon goes all out with facilities for 350, plus two pools, two ‘lazy rivers’, full-sized courts for basketball, tennis and handball, a floating park, and much more.

Described by Kozloff’ as a “sailing cruise ship”, the eight-deck yacht could be used as a commercial ship sleeping up to 200 guests, plus 150 crew and staff. It could also be converted into a semi-private vessel with up to 20 private residences or kept in one piece by a singular owner – the party potential for the latter is beyond imagination.

Galleon is yacht designer Steve Kozloff's latest vision

Steve Kozloff

Galleon concept yacht by Steve Kozloff

Steve Kozloff

On first glance, Galleon is a very modern 21st century incarnation of a Spanish 16th century Spanish cargo carrier, with an imposing multi-deck facade and four towering masts not to dissimilar to the original ‘galleon’ boats.
Its eight levels are packed with facilities you’d expect to find on a cruise ship, rather than superyacht, including a sports center with six courts, a café, a pub and a restaurant. There’s even a park for those aching for walk in nature while onboard.
The airy upper aft deck features myriad relaxation and entertainment spaces including a lounge, a swanky bar and a pool which can be covered and transformed into a gazebo when not in use. One level down lies more space and another pool featuring the same Kozloff-designed cover system which seal the pools so there’s no need to drain them in rough conditions, although a yacht like this is unlikely to be seen heading to the Arctic.
If a swimming pool isn’t high octane enough for you, head to the upper forward decks where you’ll find two flowing lazy rivers connected by a waterslide.

Galleon has space for 10 helicopters inside an enclosed hangar, in addition to the external helipad

Steve Kozloff

Designed for people who love water toys, Galleon is home to four full-beam garages with room for six speed boat tenders, four submarines, six rib tenders and 21 personal watercrafts. There’s also a handy launch and recovery system for all vessels plus two aft cranes to load and off-load recreational vehicles and quads.
For those who prefer to travel by air, there’s a 4,500 square foot fully-enclosed hangar with space for 10 helicopters. Additional aircraft can be kept on the landing area.
But it’s not all fun and games. Such a large yacht needs a lot of safety precautions, too, so the designer has made sure to include 12 free-fall lifeboats accommodating up to 30 people each.

A bird's eye view of the Galleon concept yacht by Steve Kozloff

Steve Kozloff

Galleon may not be everybody’s cup of tea but she poses an interesting concept and could spark a conversation around the potential of incorporating hybrid sailing into the wider cruising industry. After all, we’ve all seen the success of sailing motor yachts such as Oceanco’s Black Pearl, but Galleon, should she ever be made, would be on another scale. She just needs an owner or shipyard brave enough to commission her.

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