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TWO TIMES A CHARM

What convinced yacht owner Christian Highlander to purchase his second Galeon?

Christian Highlander has a lot of options. The self-made New Jerseyan could have chosen most any boatbuilder in the world for his second boat. But instead, he kept it simple, stuck with his horses, and bought a Galeon. Again. For Highlander, it was a no brainer. “I think they have, out of the other boats in their class, the best designs,” he says. “The interiors are sharp, I think they have the best looking interiors of anything in the class. The layouts have great use of space. The colors and materials are gorgeous, and it’s a heavy boat. So, when you’re out in the ocean it handles pretty well especially compared to other boats in its class.”

Highlander first became interested in yachting as a teenager, working a job detailing boats at a local marina. Later on in life, when he found his own success in the timeshare industry, he decided to invest himself into the sport. His first Galeon was the 380 FLY. And after that he bought the boat he owns today, a Galeon 420 FLY that he purchased from MarineMax.

One of his favorite haunts is Atlantic City, “This year we did a lot of trips to A.C. [as locals refer to the casino hotspot],” he says. “That was cool, we liked that a lot. We’d hire a captain and have him take us to the Golden Nugget casino. They have a nice marina there. We’d stop and grab some lunch, and just kind of hang out.”

A love for the sea runs deep in the Highlander family. Christian’s five-year-old daughter has already developed a passion for boating that rivals even her father’s. “She loves the boat,” he says. “The captain that we have, Joe Gozdieski, bonded with my daughter a lot this summer. He looks at her like a granddaughter and taught her how everything on board works.”

For its part, the boating community has welcomed the Highlanders into the clan, “My MarineMax salesperson, Mike Marra, is a rockstar.” says Highlander. “He treats his customers like family. He makes sure we’re all invited to the events, and that our money is well spent.”

  • Man with dark sunglasses and a navy t-shirt at the driver's seat of a boat

    ON THE WATER

    “We go out with friends and family and take the Galeon 420 out in the ocean. I felt that the boat was wide enough for the ocean and handling a bit of rougher water, and that made the decision easy.”
  • The interior seating area with a white quilted bench and dark wooden table with a compass emblem on top

    SHARP INTERIORS

    “I think they have, out of the other boats in their class, the best designs,” he says. “The interiors are sharp...the best looking interiors of anything in the class.”
  • Interior seating area on a Galeon yacht with white benches and dark wood finishes on the wall

    GREAT LAYOUTS

    “The layouts have great use of space. The colors and materials are gorgeous. It’s a heavy boat. So, when you’re out in the ocean it handles well especially compared to other boats in its class.”
  • One brown dog and a spotted dog on the wooden deck of a boat

    FUN FOR ALL

    Highlander’s 5-year-old daughter shares his passion for the sea and even his dogs have made themselves right at home on the boat.
  • Two men standing by the water with their hands in their pockets, one with a hat on

    EXTENDED FAMILY

    For its part, the boating community has welcomed the Highlanders into the clan, “My MarineMax salesperson, Mike Marra, is a rockstar”
  • A large group of men and women smiling in rows in front of a building with yellow umbrellas outside

    COMING TOGETHER

    Galeon brings owners together to share their stories and adventures throughout the year. Watch for our annual Owners Rendezvous as well as exclusive VIP parties at select boat shows.

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