The transformation of superyacht Galaxy

What started as a soft furnishings refresh for the 56 metre superyacht Galaxy has turned into a transformation. Purchasing the yacht at the end of last year, the owner decided to completely remodel the vessel over a period of seven months with a full structural refit at the Monaco Marine La Ciotat shipyard. The interiors were also completely restyled by Oliver Stirling and his team at Stirling & Co. Though time constraints were present in order to get the charter yacht ready in time for the Genoa Charter Show, the team pulled through and presented a brand new Galaxy at the event.

In regards to alterations to the interior, it was overhauled to create a fresh, minimalist environment with a unique aesthetic. A core palette of stainless steel, glass, white marmorino and ivory leather was selected to harmonise with feature materials of white onyx, striking black agate and palisander veneer, with dashes of colour being present in smaller, decorative details. Her interiors were further enhanced with statement pieces from the ownerโ€™s 20th century modern art collection, including several Basquiats, a La Chapelle and a Warhol.

At the entrance to the main saloon is a new internally lit white onyx bar. A striking backlit agate wall creates a dramatic backdrop to the new palisander, glass and stainless steel formal dining table lit by a crystal chandelier overhead.

She accommodates up to 12 guests over 6 luxurious cabins, including the full beam master suite with observation lounge which features a remodelled study and large hull side windows, bathing the area in natural light. The observation lounge now features an extensive elevated day bed, and the area can be converted into a personal cinema. The upper deck saloon was radically reconfigured to create a relaxing space with deep white sofas, large rotating leather chairs, a bar and a concealed 80โ€ TV. An indoor/outdoor dining area with semi-circular floor to ceiling sliding glass panels is located aft and offers a spectacular setting for dining with a view.

Outside, changes include new backlit dining tables, state-of-the-art lighting, and portable JBL sound system, while capping rails and teak decks were finished in Semco for an understated matt finish. Water toys on board were replaced for the latest models in addition to the brand new Whitmarsh 7.1 metre custom tender.

Engineering and operational spaces on board were also significantly upgraded to include new generators, electrical connections, mufflers, stabilisers, foredeck hydraulics, rescue tender, water treatment system upgrade, AV and IT overhaul, bridge equipment, telephone system and refrigeration.

Enjoying a fully booked charter schedule since her transformation, Galaxy is now heading across the Atlantic to make her debut at the Antigua Charter Show in preparation for the winter season in the Caribbean. She is offered for charter by Burgess.

By Gemma Fottles

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