The Boat

Galatea – Γαλατεια

– derived from Galênê, meaning “goddess of calm seas”, or from Galaktos, representing the Nereid of “milky-white” sea-foam. 

Her name is inspired by our travels in her homeport of Tampa Bay, Florida, the Dali museum there, and the connection of a prominent 1952 Dali painting (entitled “Galatea of the Spheres”) and greek mythological sea nymphs. Galatea was one of the fifty Nereids, the sea nymph daughters of Nereus (the old man of the sea and the god of the sea’s rich bounty of fish) and Doris (daughter of the Titan gods Oceanus and Tethys). The Nereids (meaning “daughters of Nereus” and “the Wet Ones”) were beautiful, supernatural sea nymphs; inhabitants of the oceans; goddesses of nature, the sea and oceans; attendants of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea; and protectors of fishermen and sailors, answering with aid to those in distress. Beautiful and beguiling, the Nereids were capable of danger when provoked; their beauty and good-works are not to be tested.

Galatea is a 2007 Leopard 46

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With comparable brilliance and influence, Salvador Dalí in his 1952 painting “Galatea of the Spheres” (link to image), breathes further life into his long-time reverence for his wife and muse, Gala Dalí. The strong female presence and power is magnified by the movement of the spheres created by a three-dimensional illusion of disappearing spheres in the center of the work. This powerful painting speaks to our reconciliation with nature, modern science and technology, and efforts to find continuity in our relationships and works in a world with much discontinuity as Dalí portrays.  Married with the mythological draw of Galatea, we have taken inspiration from these elements in setting out on a transformational journey of personal and communal significance, paying homage to the sea nymphs, the modernization of our relationship with the natural environment, and seeking balance and humility in our engagement with the world around us as we set sail for new encounters. With thanks to our vessel we are able to travel and experience like never before, sharing these encounters with our friends and family.

Our Galatea is a recovering crewed charter boat, having served 10 years for the Moorings in the BVI. She came to us with a good bit of wear and tear, which keeps us busy but allows us to enjoy a boat that is normally beyond our means. In our first season with Galatea we cruised around 3,000 nautical miles from Tampa Bay to the British Virgin Islands, and laid her up for hurricane season in Puerto Rico. In our second season, we sailed from Puerto Rico to Antigua, and then back to Tampa Bay where we spent hurricane season afloat. Our third season was spent entirely exploring The Bahamas in depth.

Galatea is a 2007 Leopard 46, a highly sought after catamaran no longer in production. The Leopard 46 remains popular because, compared to many production cruising catamarans, she sails well and is more targeted towards long-term cruising than short-term charter rentals, like many modern catamarans. Galatea was the eleventh Leopard 46 ever built, of a total of 195 that were ultimately made. She boasts a large sail area to keep her moving as well as twin 55HP Volvo diesels which can motor her along comfortably at 8.5 knots cruising speed with both engines, or a fuel-efficient 6 knots with one engine. With two refrigerators and two freezers, a watermaker, and ample dry goods storage she is content to stay out in the middle of nowhere for weeks at a time. We removed all propane from Galatea and converted her to an electric galley, which is supported by 2.95 kWh of solar, a 1,200Ah 12v lithium battery bank, a 5kW inverter/charger, and a 9kW diesel generator. She has four cabins, each with an approximately queen size bed and ensuite heads and showers, meaning we’re ready for you to visit!

The layout diagram of Galatea