Hylas is definately not a new brand as camaraderie
says. It has roots back to 1981 with the Stevens 47. The original designers were German Frers and Rod Stephens not so much Olin. In the 80's and 90's, the 44 and 47 foot models became some of the most popular charter yachts in the Caribbean
. But, Hylas was never your typical charterer and had a distinct owner emphasis. Many were sold by private dealers. These days the company is no longer associated with a charter business. Their quality, after sales, and sailing ability are top notch.
Queen Long Marine
builds these yachts and is arguably the finest yard in Taiwan
. When you talk about Hylas, this is one of their best points. Queen Long is uncompromising with their techniques. They even use Twaron, a kevlar like aramid fiber, standard on the 54 and 70 footers. Reportedly, this makes a hull
as strong as metal. The light teak
joinery work is exceptional. As David M
says, the quality is pretty evident. The only question is the charter history
on older ones which definately took a toll.
As to after sales, I know what camaraderie
is saying. I have had problems with the language barrier. I have not had as much trouble with the distance. The production run is small size compared to mass production builders but is pretty tempid for a semi-custom builder
. I think if you know the right routes you get excellent support. Queen Long Marine
is responsive and customer oriented. So is the Marblehead headquarters. The owners association is one of the most thriving groups around. The service
management in Fort Lauderdale
is first class. In fact, the quality of people who own and work on these yachts is another strong point.
The sailing ability of Hylases is legendary. These are fast, seaworthy
yachts. The Frers versions like the 46, 54, and 70 are the fastest and stiffest. The S&S 49-footer has a softer motion and impressive offshore
's thoughts that the 49 is the best ride and the 46 is the best at anchor
are interesting. I have heard this the opposite way as well. There definately is a significant difference between the Frers and S&S models. If you like the quality and good looks of Hylas, a final important decision is which designer
I think positively of Hylas' quality, after sales, and sailing ability. As camaraderie
notes, the more recent 54 RS and 70-foot models are deck salons. I agree this kind of jars with your traditionalist sensibilities, but the style is definitely what is selling. The 54 RS outsells the regular 54 three to one. The 70 has been a success. These allow much more light into the interior
. These compare to Tayanas and Passports here in the US. A main decision is whether you like R. H. Perry or German Frers. I think the quality and performance of these are similiar. In Europe
and Nautor Swan are competitors. A main difference here is that Hylases are significantly less expensive because of the lower cost labor in Taiwan.