The best resource for information about the 44 is John Kretschmer's excellent Sailing Magazine review: Sailing Magazine | Hylas 44
As to SydneyTim
's specific concerns:
1. The 44's sailing performance is her best characteristic. She runs before following seas with ease and never pounds. German Frers designed her to sail, and sail she does. Delivery
captains will tell you that Brent Swain
's concerns have been allayed in their minds. Quijote, GordMay,
are right on. The one valid criticism that has held true is that the 44 is a wet boat. In fact, this is part of her chartering attraction. For those who like dry cockpits, you might look elsewhere.
2. On deck
, the 44 does not have access to the chainlocker. This access was one of the changes they made for the 46. You can argue this both ways. Below decks, I have never heard a complaint about storage. Most people rave about accommodations.
3. For systems, one problem to look for is the engine
. Some early ones had Westerbekes. These should be repowered by now. If they have not been, budget
that in to your purchase
. This Westerbeke
was the kiss of death. Most will have a 4-108 or Yanmar
mentions the 44 has a larger 46 sistership. There is also a 45.5. The 45.5 is the same 44 hull
with a swim platform glassed on. The 46 has a deeper forefoot, redesigned cabintrunk, and switches the V-berth forward for a portside pullman. Around 1990, the 47 was redesigned into the 49 with two inches more sheer and a swim platform. Stevens 47s are early Hylas 47s and have beefier rigs.