Hi! I just purchased a Hylas
46 '98 and for me it was a VERY easy decision. When I'm out crusing I swim at least twice a day and I love taking a shower
at the stern. The Passport is poorly configured for this. None of the passports I looked at had dingy davits
and I also had a hard time visualizing how I would get on/off the boat
and store a dingy on the stern. While admitedly swiming may not be a high piority getting safely off/on the vessel in rough seas is very much a consideration.
Most of my cruising to date hhas been on a '48 center cockpit
Tayana and it has a similar swim platform configuation to the hylas
and I have always loved that !
BTW unfortunatly most of the '48 Tayana's are not ICW
friendly which was a major decision critera (under '65 mast
Good luck shopping! I certainly had a good time!! The only down side had to do with dealing with some VERY shady brokers. I used a buyer broker (Jeff & Jean) firstname.lastname@example.org
and they were EXTREEMLY helpful!!