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Hylas Discussion / Re: "Gotchas" for circa 2000 H46 to watch out for?
« Last post by Jim P on November 24, 2017, 07:43:36 PM »
Thank everyone for your thoughtful replies.

Hylas Discussion / Re: "Gotchas" for circa 2000 H46 to watch out for?
« Last post by Ambition on November 18, 2017, 08:42:12 PM »
We bought Ambition late 2014 and I concur with Joel, consider having all SS deck plate at the bow pulled out along with the windlass etc and remove all the core material and replace with epoxy. There are just too many holes in the deck to keep this area dry. If there is any movement in the windlass - replace the cored material.
We have put more than 8000nm on the boat and could not be happier with her performance. It is clear that 15 to 20 year old boats will have system that are archaic and need to be upgraded if you plan to cruise worry free (if that is possible). The system that come to mind that we pulled out are - refrigeration and electronics. Often times the mainsail electric curlers are way past maintenance schedules (3 years). Of special note is the Fischer Panda generators - they are horrible and I am reaching the point of pulling it out and sending it to "sleep with the fish" even though it only has 300 hours on it.
Love the boat - a fast and comfortable sailboat that takes VERY good care of us!
Merrill and Maryse
S/V Ambition #40

Hylas Discussion / Re: "Gotchas" for circa 2000 H46 to watch out for?
« Last post by Ripple on November 18, 2017, 02:56:58 PM »
We sold our Morgan 43, a great boat, and bought a 2004 Hylas 46, a greater boat, 3 years ago. Very happy with purchase and performance of boat. Almost all issues were result of neglect by previous owners/yards. Changed refrigeration right away as big Grunart compressor under aft bunk was loud and inefficient. Replaced with Seafrost. We have not solved the problem of condensation staining the wood under the frig and freezer doors which happens a lot in windward islands. We keep the shallow bilge as dry as possible as water will run up the hull when heeling; I wish the boat had a deeper bilge. Electrics are a thing of beauty but we did bypass the breaker from the alternator as it could (and was) accidentally tripped when walking by the nav station, causing unnecessary issues with the alternator. On the Morgan, I could pull the chainplates, polish and rebed. Can't do that on the Hylas but I did rebed them last year and the metal looked like new so no worries. Finally, a crack between the aft 6 inches of the keel and the hull bugs me but everybody I've talked to, including Queen Long, says no concern. Boatyard manager says a lot of boats have that issue, where the keel is too narrow for a bolt. As boats go, she is low maintenance and a blast to sail, fast and comfortable.

Jim Ripple
svCapers H46/53

Hylas Discussion / Re: "Gotchas" for circa 2000 H46 to watch out for?
« Last post by brian black on November 18, 2017, 02:49:00 PM »
we did replace the chainplates on our 1996 H46.  they can corrode, right where they come through the deck.  difficult, etc. but glad we did.  she is wet on deck, but not in the cockpit.  at least in the conditions and in the way that we try to sail her.  similarly, we don't have a problem with pounding.  the deck lockers are hard to keep adequately sealed, tend to be wet. 
Hylas Discussion / Re: Found a source for FICO parts!
« Last post by joel on November 18, 2017, 12:59:16 PM »

Good to know!  One of the bolt holes for the traveler block is stripped so I needed the whole car assembly. Now I need to find the time to install it.
Hylas Discussion / Re: Found a source for FICO parts!
« Last post by YachtShah on November 18, 2017, 12:34:36 AM »
I bought replacement bearings from RigRite

My original email requested this

1 set x NF-2121-M replacement ball bearing pack for NF-2100 Medium
>> Cars (which is simply 76 x 9.5 mm Torlon ball bearings) - quoted at
>> $79 per set
>> 2 x NF-1766WX replacement sheave for NF 2100 Cars (black delrin ball
>> bearing sheave is 1 1/2" OD x 11/16" wide x 5/16" ID with rope grove
>> for
> up to 3/8"
>> line - Ronstan equivalent?)
>> 2 set x bearings for above sheaves (not sure on size of these, can
>> disassemble if need me to measure the bearing size.)

And I attach the invoice that they sent. 

Everything they sent fitted perfectly, but I don't recall which parts are for the main traveller and which for the other rigging bits that I was repairing!!

Hope that helps.

Hylas Discussion / Re: "Gotchas" for circa 2000 H46 to watch out for?
« Last post by johnspiegel on November 16, 2017, 09:06:22 PM »
We bought our 2000 Hylas 46 just over a year ago, and we haven't run into any significant problems or surprises. It's a great boat, comfortable, stable, sails fast. Upwind is never as fun as running poled-out wing-on-wing, but our Hylas 46 definitely does not pound. Where did you hear that rumor?

-John Spiegel
SV Vesper, H46 #30
Hylas Discussion / Re: "Gotchas" for circa 2000 H46 to watch out for?
« Last post by joel on November 16, 2017, 07:07:53 PM »

I've got a 44.  Chainplates are the least of your worries- they are welded to a grid.  Decks are cored, and the bow plate has lots of screws.  Not a big deal, but a potential source of intrusion.  As with any 15 year old boat, standing rigging is probably shot if it is original. 
The 44 is wet, but it does not pound.  In the first 3 months I owned her I put on 2500 offshore miles.  She sails great!  Stiff, forgiving and comfortable.  John Kretschmer sailed her through a hurricane when she was new.  Would not trade her for a Bene or Jeanneau!
Hylas Discussion / "Gotchas" for circa 2000 H46 to watch out for?
« Last post by Jim P on November 15, 2017, 10:20:35 PM »
I'm interested in finding a used Hylas 46 and I'm looking for a boat probably built from 1997 to 2004.  I'd like to know if there are items or systems that I need to be especially careful of. For instance, on Island Packets, chain-plates and holding tanks are well known for having problems. Finally I know the 46's have a reputation for pounding upwind when compared to the 47's or 49's, but I would presume they'd be more sea-kindly upwind when compared to a lighter production boat such as Jeanneau or Beneteau? TIA for your help.

Hylas Discussion / Rewiring light over sink
« Last post by joel on November 12, 2017, 08:42:09 PM »
Has anyone figured out how to replace the wiring for the light over the sink on a 44?  Iím guessing it runs into the engine room above the insulation but I want to do as little damage as possible
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