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Hylas Discussion / Re: Potential new Hylas owners looking to visit a 46 and a 49
« Last post by Ambition on April 23, 2021, 12:50:18 AM »
We are happy owners of a 2002 Hylas 46 that we bought in 2014. I would be pleased to share our experiences with the boat. We have logged about 10k miles and live aboard 6 months a year.

Merrill and Maryse
S/V Ambition

Hylas Discussion / Potential new Hylas owners looking to visit a 46 and a 49
« Last post by Cloudbase on April 23, 2021, 12:13:08 AM »

My wife and I have been boat shopping and have pretty much narrowed it down to either a Hylas 46 or 49. We are both pilots (aviation, not harbor) and can travel the US pretty easily. We are looking for a both a 46 and a 49 to visit just to see if there is anything that jumps out to us as
Hylas Discussion / Re: Rudder post support arm in swim locker
« Last post by Ripple on April 22, 2021, 04:51:03 PM »
Not being on our boat now, I am very confident that the bracket in your picture is made of ss and thru bolted on our 46-53. Hylas might have determined that there is more stress in that area than originally calculated. The bearing assembly thru hull on our boat was fiberglassed to the hull and even though I was not thinking the assembly would separate from the hull, there was some water leaking between the hull and glass mat used to fasten the assembly to the hull. The glass mat extended about two feet from the assembly and that is where water was seeping; under the steering box, in our case. Since we were on the hard for the season, the rudder was removed as well as the bearing assembly and the whole thing was rebuilt and installed with gussets adding further support to the thru hull assembly. My message here is try to reinforce the bracket pictured and when possible, replace it with something more substantial. Also, just keep an occasional eye on the thru hull, like maybe when the bedsheets are changed, to make sure the thru haul is okay. JR
Hylas Discussion / Rudder post support arm in swim locker
« Last post by SeaGlub on April 21, 2021, 05:35:06 PM »
After successfully navigating from Mexico to the Marquesas this month we had some damage to the support arm for the rudder post inside the swim locker. I hope the picture attached is visible. The rudder is also supported at the deck, at the thru hull and then again below the water on the fiberglass skeg. Questions:

- purpose of this support arm and importance?
- repair suggestions? Remember I'm about 800 miles from any decent haul out facility, to I'm thinking steel L brackets thru bolted
- potential damage to other areas, such as the thru hull stuffing box?

The rudder post has play as we sail and puts pressure on this L bracket, ultimately it started separating from the bulkhead, my biggest concern is that now it is putting pressure on the thru hull area. We sailed like this for 2000 miles and while the fiberglass separation gradually became worse, we did not have any water ingress at the thru hull, but I'm worried over time we may. All suggestions appreciated, and yes I plan on contacting Hylas.
Hylas Discussion / Re: Question on rigging replacement
« Last post by joel on April 15, 2021, 03:26:02 PM »
If you see rust at the swages, you need to worry!  If you were to change insurers they might require new rigging.  My neighbor has a 1990 Pacific Seacraft.  He replaced the original rigging a couple of years ago, but the boat gets light use.
Hylas Discussion / Question on rigging replacement
« Last post by Dave Brennan on April 09, 2021, 04:32:28 AM »
We haven't had any problems or issues on our 2005 54.
A rigging inspection in 2018 didn't find any issues with the standing rigging (which included plate inspections behind the walls).
I'm wondering what the group wisdom is on this topic or specific things to look for.

Dave Brennan
H54#38 Anila
Experienced Hylas Yachts / Hylas 54 for sale
« Last post by Dave Brennan on April 09, 2021, 03:18:22 AM »
We're looking to sell our 2005 Hylas 54 #38.  We are the original owners and have kept her very well maintained and made lot of offshore upgrades for a Pacific crossing 3 years ago. Anila is now in the Bay of Islands, NZ.  More details can be found at

Please contact me with any questions!

Hylas Discussion / Hylas 49 backstay chainplates
« Last post by cspath on April 08, 2021, 12:34:17 PM »
I noticed a leak on my port backstay chainplate of my 2004 Hylas 49. I opened the inspection cover in the aft cabin and I see the bolts holding the chainplate. I am wondering if anyone has removed this chainplate for inspection or replacement and if this can be done relatively easily without cutting into the woodwork. Any information would be appreciated.
Christoph, SV Delfina, H49/49
I recently sold 49-057 but had modified the running backs early on as the winches got a "bit busy" when tacking.    I ended up putting multi-part purchase blocks on the standard endura braid backstays.   It worked pretty well.   In light air I just clipped them forward.  In heavy air they had enough advantage that I could get what I needed from them.  See attached.

Hylas Discussion / Re: Polars for H46 Shoal Draft
« Last post by erikh on April 06, 2021, 04:44:44 PM »
Hey Todd!

Happy to provide. Please see the two attachments. One is the shoal draft and the other the standard draft.

These numbers provide a good baseline. You can take these numbers and input them into PredictWind or Expedition and the like to get good weather routing data.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Erik Haaland
David Walters Yachts
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