The Hylas 44 has great accommodations with her centercockpit and aft stateroom layout. She can be rigged sloop
. Often all lines come into the cockpit
and make her easy for two people to sail. She is an attractive Frers designs that will get you complements in any harbor. Finally, we find that 44's really keep their resale value. I could not recommend a better boat. But as some alternatives, a person looking at the 44 Hylas might be interested in these in no particular order:
1. 422 Pearson
This model is fresh in my mind. She is the centercockpit version of the popular 424 Pearson
and much less common. She has a centerline queen aft and nice traditional lines with a bit of sheer spring.
2. 46 Peterson
A 46 Peterson
is the extended version of the 44 Kelly Peterson and a much roomier yacht. The Queen Long built ones are high quality. Queen Long is the builder
of the Hylas 44's. Formosa
built some other ones. While Queen Long is thought of as one of the finest yards in Taiwan
may be the worst. The 46's draw more at around 6'6" than the shoal 44's at 5'5". Deep keeled Hylas 44's draw 6'6". This may rule
a Kelly out.
3. 44 Gulfstar
The 44 Gulfstar
may be even better in design than the 44 Hylas. Her step down galley
, shoal draft
, and nice lines make her a popular model. Mark I version have a large athwartship king while Mark II's have a centerline queen berth aft.
4. 42 Tayana Center Cockpit
I see this is the final choice of Bev & Bill
. The 42 Tayana has a both center and aft cockpit
models. The center cockpit
version is by far more sought after. These are heavily built, stout double-enders. It is a much different style than the Hylas 44.
5. 44 CSY
These 44's come in both walkover and walkthrough versions. Many were built with a deep keel
filled the bottom of these keels with cement, so the owner could later cut the keel
off for shoal draft
- an interesting idea. There are also tall rigs.
Some other models to think about are the 42/44 Brewer, 43/44 Mason, 447 Norseman, and 46 Bowman.