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Hylas Discussion / Re: Whitlock Constellation Steering System
« Last post by svelysium on March 04, 2021, 10:50:46 PM »
 Oops!  Got cut off.  Anyway, he did not have the service manual and was not able to identify the parts based on photos and measurements.  As these parts are not made anymore, the only remedy for was to send the parts to the UK to have Lewmar fabricate them.  The shipping was twice as much as the parts.  I really hope this works and that I get the parts back in time for launch in 10 weeks! 

Thank you for the help.

S/V Elysium
2001 H46 H#35
Hylas Discussion / Re: Whitlock Constellation Steering System
« Last post by svelysium on March 04, 2021, 10:45:25 PM »
Thanks to everyone for the help.  I ended up getting ahold of a helpful tech in the Uk at Lewmar.  He walked me through the dis-assembly via email.  Even he didn
Hylas Discussion / Re: Hylas 46 new build quality
« Last post by joel on March 03, 2021, 06:30:36 PM »

We are hull 66!
We've been aboard several of the new boats at the boat show, including the 48.  The newest 46 I've been on is Sparrow Hawk, a beautifully maintained boat.  They are all built in Taiwan.  I got to meet Joseph at the boat show a couple years ago.  His kids are doing a great job running the company, and service is still amazing.
The only change I've noticed is that the bulkheads appear to be covered in laminate rather than wood veneer.  Everything else is still first-rate. 
I understand that some of the early 46's had rudder issues.  I don't know when the rudders were redesigned.
If you want an honest assessment of the 48 I'll give you that too off list!

Hylas Discussion / Hylas 46 new build quality
« Last post by YachtShah on March 03, 2021, 05:10:44 PM »
As many will know, I have a Hylas 44 from way back in 1989. She is a beautiful boat and I love sailing her and have lived aboard for 18 years, but now I am considering an upgrade to a newer boat.

I was amazed to see the photos of a 2019 Hylas 46 classic, as a new / nearly new boat has almost identical build features and apparent build quality. Laminated teak grab rails, staircase, galley, rigging, as well as a bunch of upgrades, such as modern lighting.

I have also had several dealing with Joseph and his team from Queen Long in Taiwan. Amazing people.

I believe there have been some changes to the boat yard location / staff / quality control recently, and without wishing to invite any horror stories.. . .

+ Are they still building in Taiwan or is it now in China?
+ Can any comment on production quality of newer boats versus c. 1990 models?
+ would there be any date before / after which one should choose to buy a boat?

Private message would be fine if you don't wish to publish publicly.

Email yachtshah at Gmail dot com

Thanks, Andy

H44 #65 1989 SHAH
Hylas Discussion / Re: Mast Stepping Plate - Damaged?
« Last post by Mazu on February 28, 2021, 03:01:28 PM »

I contacted Hylas.Queen Long and they were (as expected/per usual) very responsive and supportive.  I've also had a second opinion and a closer inspection. 

The rigging is over tightened and is deforming the cabin top - pulling in on the sides and raising the middle - and slightly shifting the bulkhead vis-a-vis the door(s).  This also made in very difficult to remove the mast cover in the salon.  As surmised here, there is no damage to the plate where the mast steps.  As constructed it would be quasi impossible to do so. 

The rake and curve do appear to be too much as well.  We'll have everything readjusted when it goes back in the water.

Thanks for the insights.
Hylas Discussion / Re: Mast Stepping Plate - Damaged?
« Last post by Nirvana on February 27, 2021, 12:09:44 AM »
Agree with Jim.  The I-Beam under the sole is significant.  I seriously doubt any adjustments to the rig could distort that 12 inch steel I-beam.

I would be looking at the chain plates.  As they are anchored inboard in the structure the mechanical moment they would creat from over torque could pull up on the cabin top which would translate into the bulkheads and framing beneath.

Granted it would take a tremendous over torque to do that it is possible.  In fact our prior boat, C&C 35 Mk III experienced some door sticking on a cruise a couple weeks after we finished the Spring Off-Soundings series.  Turned out a zealous crew member cranked the back-stay and never released it. Once we released it suddenly the sticking door was unstickelized! (I just created that word... LOL ).

Anyway, my thoughts on the matter.  Hoping no serious damage was done.
Hylas Discussion / Re: H46 Stability datasheet
« Last post by Nirvana on February 26, 2021, 11:57:57 PM »
Great info to have.  Thanks Brad!
Hylas Discussion / Re: H46 Stability datasheet
« Last post by joel on February 26, 2021, 03:11:41 PM »
Very cool!

FWIW, my 44 has a rating of 122 degrees.

44 #66
Hylas Discussion / Re: Mast Stepping Plate - Damaged?
« Last post by Ripple on February 24, 2021, 09:49:21 PM »
I violated my own rule a used an apostrophe that wiped out my missive. As I was saying, mast bend, even slightly, is preferable so reverse bend can not happen; think of bending a paper lip back and forth. Without currently being on our boat, I recall the mast sitting on an I beam that sits on the keel. If the beam is somehow damaged, I would think it would distort the hull, highly unlikely. The floor joists rest on the beam so reinforcing the floor would do nothing. The sailmaker should determine the amount of bend the mast should have. The luff of the headsail under load will determine the tension on the back stay. When sailing in 15-20 kts on a beat, the leeward shrouds should be under no tension, loose but not sloppy loose. The deck is somewhat supported by the mast and an adjustment for that is in the mast locker. However, it nearly never needs adjustment.
Hylas Discussion / Re: Mast Stepping Plate - Damaged?
« Last post by Ripple on February 24, 2021, 09:35:10 PM »
I wouldn
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