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Old 14-02-2006, 23:13   #1
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Hylas 47

Hi everyone. We are looking closely at a Hylas 47 and would love some feedback from anyone with knowledge of this boat. We posted a while ago with a question about Vagabonds and Liberty's. For those that don't remember our situation...We are a family of 4 getting ready to sell our house and move aboard. We also plan to cruise for a couple of years in the future. That said, we could use all opinions, good or bad, to help us on our search. Thanks!
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Old 15-02-2006, 07:04   #2
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Hylas 47 is a recognized great cruising boat. Good performance and well built. Usual caveats regarding age etc... We seriously considered them when looking and were on the short list but found the Moody.
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Old 15-02-2006, 15:56   #3
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You speak of my dream boat... wow. I knew a couple who had a Hylas 47. Met them in Bonaire. They didn't have a bit of trouble with it.

The hull has a good reputation, and the interior is gorgeous.

We couldn't get a Hylas (too much money), so we bought older and restored.
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Do they even still make the Hylas?

I never heard about them til I read this thread!!
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Captain K... that's because most of us can't afford one! ha ha ha

They are excellent boats. I met Dick (an owner of Hylas) one time. Either a nice guy... or great salesman. Or possibly both?

You might drool... I warned you!

http://www.hylasyachtsusa.com/company/index.html
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I've always heard good repor on the Hylas

And I do like their design. But I've heard they're built in Tiwain, but the best of their construction.
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Holly Fu*&ing Sh*t !!

You weren't kidding Sean. Hell man. These boats are decked out with everything being top notched equipment. And expensive woods!!

Very beautiful boats indeed (drooling)!!
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Old 16-02-2006, 00:00   #8
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Re: I've always heard good repor on the Hylas

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And I do like their design. But I've heard they're built in Tiwain, but the best of their construction.
That is true. They are built in Taiwan. I'm not sure that somthing made in Asia means it's bad anymore, though. Take my Hyundai. Know to be crap by reputation, but I recognized that car rental companies had these in fleet use, so they had to have *some* reliability. Turns out they are extremely reliable. Working on 80K miles now, and only had to replace brake pads and the gas I burned.

I dare say that's an old stigma from days gone by.
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Hey Sean.

I own a 1994 Kia Sephia.

It has only 96,000 original miles on it.

I replaced my brake pads over a year ago. And she runs like a champ. I keep up on her maintainance.


Hyundai's have come along way. Since the early days of their inception. They were crap!! Nowdays, they are one of the good cars out there.
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The best resource is the Kretschmer Review of the Stevens-Hylas 47 which is the best starting place for anyone like sailor12.

In summary, a yard in Taiwan contracted Sparkman & Stephens to design a 47-foot sailboat. Rod Stephens took particular interest in the project. When they started production in the early 1980's, Caribbean charter king Bill Stevens bought as many as he could and put his name on the boat. The Stevens 47 was born. When Stevens Charters had financial troubles, Queen Long branded her as the Hylas 47 after a Greek mythological character. They also introduced 42 and 44 foot German Frers designs.

These are excellent offshore yachts - fast, smooth, and solidly built. The main difference between the Stevens and Hylas is the rig. Stevens came standard with beefier rigging.

As CaptainK and ssullivan note, Hylas continues to build fine yachts. The 47 has been superceeded by a 49-footer that has two inches more sheer, a larger cockpit, and sugar scoop stern. Also offered are 46, 54, and 70 foot Frers designs. A new 49 sails away for $638,000. Hylas 47's are attractive values considering that it is difficult to find a 49 for under $300,000 while you might find a nice 47 for under $200,000.
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