I am curious what Northwind
chose between the Hylas 54 RS and Wauquiez 47. There are pretty sharp differences between these two yachts, and I expect he probably went with the Hylas. This would would be a more logical choice considering Northwind
's previous interest in the Hylas 49 and interest in an Oyster 53 which is more similiar to the Hylas. The Wauquiez 47 is comparable to other French designs such as Beneteau and Jeanneou more so than Hylas or Oyster. Some main differences are the the build techniques and cockpit
The comments by john540
hint that real or perceived Wauquiez has a lower build quality reputation than Hylas. You often hear such comments about Wauquiez. The root of it seems to be a worry that Wauquiez has been Beneteau'd - i.e. has been corrupted by Beneteau's mass production build techniques. And Wauquiez does seem to be using new age techniques these days. For instance, Wauquiez inserts a one-piece molded liner with lateral and longitudinal frames to stiffen the inside of the hull
. While the quality effects are debatable, generally mass production builders favor composite construction while the semi-custom higher quality builders like Hylas favor grid networks - stringers, frames, and floors. Composite construction lowers the cost of mass production. If done right it is not a problem. But the technique has been executed improperly so many times that people have become suspicious. Hylas' build is unquestioned in quality because of the uncompromising techniques used by Queen Long Marine
, their yard in Taiwan
. They stick to the proven techniques. I would not say that a Wauquiez is of lower quality than Hylas. Paragon01
is right that their build quality is still excellent. But, I definately can guarentee Hylases are as high quality as you will find.
arrangement is different between the Wauquiez 47 and Hylas 54. The Wauquiez has an aft cockpit while the Hylas has a center cockpit
. They both have a center companionway
. The aft cockpit improves visibiliy, but while preserving the aft stateroom, the center companionway
introduces some nuances. The Wauqiuez companionway is pretty far from her twin helms. A standard dodger
setup is difficult. This is a design difference and personal preference not an inherently good or bad feature. The cockpit is a significant difference and basis on which people might choose.
So these two aspects, the build techniques and cockpit arrangement are two of many features that differentiate between the Wauquiez 47 and Hylas 54. Other differences that come to mind are style and price
. The large Wauquiez windows make a bold statement that is not for everyone while a comparable Hylas 54 RS will be more expensive.