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Hylas Discussion / Re: Interior varnish touch-up
« Last post by joel on December 29, 2020, 07:40:52 PM »

What brand is used at the factory?

Hylas Discussion / Re: Interior varnish touch-up
« Last post by Ambition on December 28, 2020, 11:02:13 PM »
For Ambition I contacted the factory and they provided me with the exact gloss % for all the different surfaces. The trick is to add a flattening agent to a 100% gloss to match what was applied to your hull number.

S/V Ambition H46 #40
Hylas Discussion / Interior varnish touch-up
« Last post by cspath on December 28, 2020, 10:03:33 PM »
I need to do some varnish repair throughout my 2005 Hylas 49 and am wondering if anyone has found a good matching varnish (gloss and satin) and process to touch up the interior woodwork. Some of  the woodwork such as fiddles, companionway and casings of the hatches appear to have glossy finish, while other areas such as cabinetry, trim, the insect screen frames etc. are satin finish. Does anyone have recommendations for matching varnish and other advise.
SV/Delfina H49/49
Hylas Discussion / Re: Converting aft water tank to diesel on a 44
« Last post by burtpreston on December 22, 2020, 05:15:48 AM »
We also converted our aft water tank to diesel and at the same time re-plumbed the fuel lioness. It accomplished a number of objectives.
Since we had a diesel generator, we added fuel pickups from all three tanks. The original Hylas system had a single pickup that provided fuel to both the main engine and the genset. Adding the second pickup to each tank was easy because the tanks already have threaded tank inlets. Just need to solder a tube to an elbow and cut to the correct length. For this second pickup we ran the tube to the bottom of the tank which proved very valuable. When the genset ran it was pulling fuel from the very bottom of the tank, so it was constantly taking any bad stuff in the tank, unlike the main engine pickups which were a little over a 1/2inch off the bottom. If the genset fouled it isn't a crisis.
Also by having a pickup on the bottom we can easily check the quality of fuel in the tank because we also added a transfer pump and racor filter and plumbed them to allow polishing the fuel in each tank separately. When you take on fuel just run it through the polisher for a few minutes and then check the racor for water or other pollutants.
Also, the pickup on the bottom allows emptying the tanks completely. Generally we switch tanks when we get down to the bottom 20%. That leaves a lot of fuel unused. With the transfer pump we can completely empty each tank.
One other addition was a hand pump in one of the pickups, just a simple squeeze bulb like in the dingy fuel line. This makes changing fuel filters very easy. Change the racor filter and refill with the squeeze pump. Then change the engine mounted fuel filter and refill with the squeeze pump. Some people don't like using these hand pumps because they can fail, but if the hand pumps are in a genset pickup or an extra pickup it doesn't really matter. Also, if you plumb with imagination the hand bulb pump can back feed the other pickups and blow out any dirt at the inlet to the pickups.
Also, when re-plumbing you can arrange it so that both the main engine racor filter and the gender racor filter can feed the main engine. Then by throwing a valve or two you can switch filters while underway.
Finally, we used this project to relocate the manifolds from the area of the nav station floorboards to the area above the two fuel tanks just forward of the companionway steps. The floorboards are much easier to access in this area, so doing any of the above is simplified.
If anyone wants a schematic of our fuel system please send me an email at
After 40,000 miles the tanks were very clean and we never had a problem with fuel, despite spending three months each year in the Bahamas.
Burt Preston
Hylas Discussion / Re: AIS Installation
« Last post by Sailsteady on December 21, 2020, 11:22:35 AM »
Jack, the unit is mounted on the inside space at the chart table requiring me to remove one panel to accres it for occasional updates which requires a wire to the laptop.  I went with the Vesper splitter which was the only splitter I could find that actually improved the signal strength vice degrading it.  All 3 radios plug into the splitter (VHF, AIS, and FM) and then share a common masthead antenna.  It works beautifully and I bet very good reception and distance on all 3.  Lastly, the separate GPS pick for the Vesper is also mounted inside the dead space at the chart table and directly underneath the deck.  Contrary to popular belief it receives a great signal there and very quickly. This is actually how Oyster mounts their GPS pucks as well direct from the factory.

Hope this helps!


SV Nepenthe
Hylas Discussion / Re: AIS Installation
« Last post by Dealatis on December 21, 2020, 05:27:59 AM »

Where did you install the vesper 8000 (blue box) and did you mount an external antenna for the unit?


Jack Kennedy
Hylas Discussion / City Water connection on Hylas 49
« Last post by Ganesha on December 20, 2020, 03:18:34 PM »
Anyone familiar with a city water connection on 1995 Hylas 49? I am living on my boat in a marina and would like to save my water pump from so much use.

I would appreciate any ideas on a work-around if there isn
Hylas Discussion / Re: Anyone replaced standing rigging at berth?
« Last post by Windswept on December 16, 2020, 04:28:25 PM »
Yes we rerigged in the water in Opua NZ in 2018. Picked a calm day replacing one length of standing rigging at a time; worked a treat with no need to instep the mast.

Thanks heaps for your input Iolea! btw; Looked at your profile? So Googled you and found blog. Nice! and looking forward to the same. As you can see ;) I have also been (sailed to Perth W. Australia) from Phuket Thailand to Perth for the Americas Cup back in 85/86. Fun to the extent, it took me 7 years to leave, smile.

More Fairwinds!
Don & Gloria
Hylas Discussion / Re: Anyone replaced standing rigging at berth?
« Last post by Iolea on December 15, 2020, 03:27:56 AM »
Yes we rerigged in the water in Opua NZ in 2018. Picked a calm day replacing one length of standing rigging at a time; worked a treat with no need to instep the mast.
Hylas Discussion / Re: Detachable Running Backstay-Looking for Photos and Feedback
« Last post by Ambition on December 15, 2020, 01:24:51 AM »
On board Ambition I recently got rid of the SS running backstays and replaced it with dynemma. One of the pluses that the 4:1 blocks with cam are not required to be permanently installed to try and tension the runners when in their storage location alongside the shrouds. Now I only pull out the 4:1 blocks when needed. A light line provides enough tightness so the dyneema running backstays in place. Removed the "wad" of line that kept snagging the genoa sheets at the wrong time.
I am 100% happy with the simplicity of the install compared to the original. Selden provided me with the dyneema sizing as well as the new terminal fittings for the upper mast connection.

Merrill and Maryse
S/V Ambition H46 #40
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