From my experience as a broker, I have found that of all the yachts, one of the most universally liked designs are Hylas yachts. While other brands, like Cabo Rico
for instance, appeal to a niche audience, Hylas yachts have a broad appeal. They exemplify what mainstream sailors desire, have done so for over 20 years, and this does not seem to be changing anytime soon. Three of their most attractive features are in order: centerline queens, swim platforms, and build quality. Essentially, Hylases combine all the attractive features of Hunters and Beneteaus with high quality construction.
The centerline queen berth has become a real divider in what people purchase
. In general, people look for a center cockpit-centerline queen orientation. When a husband and wife come aboard a boat, we stereotype that the wife runs to the heads and galley
. The husband runs to the engine
room. But both gravitate to the aft stateroom and almost assuredly marvel at the beauty of a centerline queen berth. Although the berth is not the most sensible offshore
, liveaboards know they will spend a significant time at dock
. They want the comfort of a regular bed
in a foreign yachting world. Hylas was a forerunner of this style way back to the Stevens 47 that Rangiroo
note. John Kretschmer's excellent review is right on. John is nice guy and runs many helpful seminars for would-be owners if you check his schedule at yayablues.com
. All Hylas yachts these days have gorgeous centerline berths aft. For the mainstream boat buyer, this desire eliminates most aft cockpit
designs as well as center cockpit
yachts with an athwartship king or split twins aft. This center cockpit/centerline queen vs. aft cockpit/offset berth is a main division in the type of yacht a person is looking for and purchases these days.
The swim platform, i.e. sugar scoop stern, is maybe the second most desired feature people look for these days. Traditional designs like the Gulfstars ssullivan
mentions have regular transoms in various shapes. Popular cruiser models these days have a platform glassed to the stern with steps. Hylas was one of the first to really get this idea. Deeply involved with chartering as camaraderie
mentions, Hylas decided in the early 1990's to add swim platforms to their successful 44 and 47 designs. Their charter
guests were clamoring for this feature. These eventually became the current
46 and 49 designs. Today, we also have Frers 54 and 70 designs with swim platforms. You do not have to worry about charter effects anymore as CYC stopped chartering operations in 2000. These swim platforms make climbing aboard easy from the dock
. While not as essential as the centerline queen, the swim platform is sought after and eliminates another swath of designs.
Finally, the build quality really leaves Hylas with the few other manufacturers Xpets
mentions like Najads, Oysters, and Hallberg-Rassies. The build quality test eliminates the Hunters and Beneteaus that combine all the right design features without the quality. Yes, Hylases are built in Taiwan
notes at arguably the finest yard in Kaishung, Queen Long Marine
. Queen Long has built yachts for around 30 years starting with the Kelly Peterson
44/46 and uses all the best techniques. Down below, the light teak
interior and stunning joiner work sets them apart.
The centerline queen, swim platform, and build quality typtify these fine yachts. While all the designs Xpets
mentions are great, I am biased and vote for Hylas. Additional attractive features are the asthetics, shoal draft
, performance, and price
of Hylases. A final attraction is the good people involved in these yachts. Everyone I have met has been first class.