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Old 13-02-2011, 16:28   #1
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Need Info on Hylas 70's Performance in Tropical Storms

Hi,

I would like to know how a Hylas 70 would fair in a tropical storm in
high seas.
Would it flood or those boats would have a way to be hermetically
sealed for the duration of the storm. Since the inside seems to be
very nicely finished it would be a pity to have that ruined by water
in case of a storm.
Would anybody have any information on that regard?

Thank you,

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Old 13-02-2011, 17:48   #2
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It would sink. Have you not seen the Perfect Storm?

Now seriously, boats are designed to be watertight both ways, so once you close the hatches and vents, you should be perfectly fine. It is a big boat and will take a lot of bad weather in her stride. However, with so many hatches, make sure all of them are shut and secure to avoid bad surprises. After an adventure of this type I no longer allow the crew to tell me things are all shut down fine, I go and check each and every item myself.

And it was not a storm that gave us (me) the headache, it was a tropical rain squall in the West Indies. Repair cost close to USD 15k (electronics flooded).

Beautiful boat BTW, and sails very well too.

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Old 13-02-2011, 18:25   #3
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Hi,

I would like to know how a Hylas 70 would fair in a tropical storm in
high seas.
Would it flood or those boats would have a way to be hermetically
Don't think a lot of people on this bulletin board have extensive storm experience with the Hylas 70 series of boats.

Try the Hylas Owner's board for minute details.

In general: Most ocean going boats are designed to keep water out of the boat.
Therefore, if hatches, doors and other openings are kept closed and sealed, water intrusion would be minimal.
An electrical system with numeorus pumps should also help to keep the water out and prevent sinking.
A nuclear attack or a high speed collision with the USS Nimitz could cause cracks and possible sinking, even in a no-storm situation.

If this is eye-popping news to you, I would recommend not buying a Hylas 70 right away.

Good Luck.
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A tropical storm is up to 64 knots of wind with appropriately huge seas. A Hylas 70 as shown in the brochure with experienced crew will have no problem with these conditions. On the other hand, in typical cruiser configuration with the dinghy on the davits, furled headsails, extra shade canvas, cruiser junk lashed to the deck and lifelines, inexperienced crew it could easily be a different story.
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Old 14-02-2011, 18:40   #5
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I own a Hylas, and its a solid boat, but the 70 may be up to a whopping hull number 3 by this point, so I'm not sure there is much of a track record. You can check the design, and the metrics are useful (S/D ratio, capsize ratio, etc) in lieu of that, but I think (at this level of investment) its largely up to the crew. The actions of captain and crew probably matter more than any assumed characteristics of the boat.

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Old 14-02-2011, 19:34   #6
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We sailed against a highly customized 70 last Fall in the 1500. We had up to 50 apparent (down wind) and 10 foot seas. We beat him easily on corrected time. The owner was new to the boat and vounteered it was too much boat for him in those conditions. By the way, our Taswell 58 AS is for sale at about half the price of a stock Hylas 70. Ours is a multi-rally winner - first overall twice and first in class in multiple passages.
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If this is eye-popping news to you, I would recommend not buying a Hylas 70 right away.

Good Luck.
Big +1 on that )))
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Re: Need Info on Hylas 70's Performance in Tropical Storms

Given scientific confirmation of global warming tropical storms may now occurr anywhere on the planet and unexpectedly. On this basis the chances of one of the of the 3 Hylas 70's in production of being caught out, perhaps even when in dock, must have increased dramatically. That being the so the odds of another Hylas 70, (hull number 4) being caught in a tropical storm must also have increased. That being so it would be safer to stay inside and on shore and sail "virtually" on the PC. Problem solved?
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