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Hi everyone! We live aboard a Catalina 34 in San Diego California and are looking to upgrade to a Hylas 44. We specifically want one with a centerline aft stateroom. I have potentially found one on the East Coast but it looks like it'll be a lot of $$ to get back to San Diego. I want to ask and see if there are any available on the west coast of the US or in Mexico or Hawaii which I can sail back home.  Thanks so much.
Hylas Discussion / Re: H46 holding tank failure
« Last post by Nirvana on March 13, 2023, 01:26:37 PM »
Brian (et. All):  as an add-on this is a thread about the forward tank from a few years ago.  Granted Nirvana has no thruster.,1160.msg4134.html#msg4134

One note, in my ordeal (and it was a full on cut floor out of the forward stowage locker and rebuild everything ordeal) one thing stands out to consider.

While you are in there perform a very close inspection of the bulkhead pas-through attachment points.  On Nirvana, because the prior owner had never replaced or serviced anything forward of the bulkhead, these had degraded and became soft and impregnated thus odor intense.  I also cut them out as well as the surrounding bulkhead structure and replaced it with new glass/teak ply, the fittings, built a new, larger access panel inside the forward head and added a macerator overboard pump in there.

I do not envy you this work and wish you best of luck.

I am happy to say after 8 years she is still completely odor free and I maintain vigilant inspections of that tank, fittings and space.  I NEVER want to deal with that again.

Last note:  I also replaced the vent line and vent in the aft tank.  My guess is Starboard tacks in rough seas are the culprit.


P.S.  I have lots of photos and a write up about this I sent Queen Long as the issue with the forward tank was clearly a factory oversight error that had been with the boat since it was built.  Freely willing to share anything you need.
Hylas Discussion / Re: Sailing a 45.5 - sail area
« Last post by philip cook on March 12, 2023, 07:41:57 PM »
We have a 1995 Hylas 45.5 and it can be sailed comfortably but two people and fairly straight forward by one once you are comfortable with the boat/rig. My wife and I sailed her in the Western Caribbean for 3 years, shipped her home to BC during Covid and have now sailed to Mexico where we
Hylas Discussion / Re: Sailing a 45.5 - sail area
« Last post by Bad Captain on March 04, 2023, 04:54:03 PM »
I have a 2007 46 and while it isn't the easiest set-up that I've ever sailed, it is manageable for one able-bodied sailor.  It isn't the type of boat that you would take out for an hour or two on a Wednesday evening after work.  I make a two to three day trip of it at a minimum; they perform exceptionally well offshore and are better suited for longer passages.

I am based on the Mississippi Gulf Coast if you're ever up this way; I'd gladly let you try you hand. 
Hylas Discussion / Re: Sailing a 45.5 - sail area
« Last post by joel on February 27, 2023, 03:50:38 PM »
We owned a 44 - same rig.  At night we would often be alone in the cockpit.  Longer passages are easier because you are sailing a straight line.

With an autopilot one person can easily handle the boat.  I had to go to the mast to reef the main. I could do in in under 90 seconds.

Trimming the jib takes effort, but you can furl down alone.

Good luck with the search!
Hylas Discussion / Sailing a 45.5 - sail area
« Last post by Sailing Sarabi on February 26, 2023, 08:52:20 PM »
My husband and I are considering purchasing a 45.5 Hylas. Is the rig too powerful for a single person to handle (worse case scenario if one of us got sick/injured while sailing)?

We are located in SE Florida, if anyone has a Hylas we could crew on that would be great. Thank you
Hylas Discussion / Re: Water leak near port stern window H54 # 28
« Last post by joel on February 25, 2023, 07:57:00 PM »
With the damage starting at the side of the portlight that is the likely source. If it were a deck leak you would see damage above the window. Duct tape the outside until it is warm enough for sealant to cure.
Hylas Discussion / Water leak near port stern window H54 # 28
« Last post by nesscapade on February 25, 2023, 02:10:07 PM »
Hi, we've noticed a bit of water damage fwd of the port stern window in the aft master. We're in the Great Lakes so the boat is out of the water Oct-May. I'm trying to figure out where the water is coming from. It could be the window, but it also could be something on the deck.  Here's a picture of it.

Has anyone had anything like this? Any idea where the water may be coming from if not the window?

Thanks, Yan
Hylas Discussion / Re: Keel removal
« Last post by Ripple on February 25, 2023, 01:39:38 AM »
Windswept, thanks for the info and picture. I want my hull to look like yours!
Hylas Discussion / Re: Keel removal
« Last post by Windswept on February 24, 2023, 06:17:32 AM »
Jim...with hull #028 I pulled my engine out to doing so, I found two especially one bad,ruisty engine mounts. The one that was real where the engine exhaust was leaking/dripping down on the mount. While I was stripping and painting the bildges...all the way to the forward cabin did I inspect my keel bolts. None was leaking. While stripping and painting....I removed all excess bedding compound around keel bolts. All in all, my keel bolts looked pretty good. ;) btw: All paint was reapplied with 2 part expoxy.
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