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Hylas Discussion / Any recommendations for a boom brake or preventer on a Hylas 54?
« Last post by tday01 on January 14, 2023, 07:16:34 PM »
Soon to depart on a downwind passage, and would like to rig something.
Does anyone have experience with the gybe'easy boom brake?
https://pro.westmarine.com/wichard-gyb-easy-boom-brake-9691312.html
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Hylas Discussion / Re: Additional Interior cabinetry for aft and cabins - Hylas 48
« Last post by joel on January 10, 2023, 08:23:14 PM »
One of the things that makes Hylas special is that they will make those changes for you.  Try getting the French builders to do that!
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Hylas Discussion / Re: Additional Interior cabinetry for aft and cabins - Hylas 48
« Last post by Dan on January 07, 2023, 10:49:49 PM »
When we ordered ours we made three changes to increase storage in the cabins.

First, in the forward cabins we used the layout from the H49.  That meant instead of centerline berth (which we taped out on the floor of our apartment and decided was too narrow for two people) we installed a traditional v-berth.  That allowed us to install cabinetry above the v-berth along both the starboard and port sides.

Second, in the master stateroom we extended the hanging locker that is just aft of the galley to go a few inches further aft until it was right up against the non-opening port light

Third, still in the master stateroom and along the port side we raised the cabinet aft of the hanging locker.  It is no longer a vanity but more of a locker.

The one other change we could have done is get rid of the settee in the aft cabin and made that into storage locker.
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Hylas Discussion / Re: Selden Mainsail furler servicing
« Last post by joel on January 04, 2023, 04:08:25 PM »
I posted photos of my furler motor on the Hylas FB page.

The motor, with new cables, is back in place.  Getting the shaft to line up with the bottom of the foil was a major PIA, as the holes in the foil were about a 1/4 inch too high.  With some marlin spikes and phillips head screwdrivers we got things lined up enough to thread the bolt through.  then the motor didn't want to sit flush on the mast, but once the machine screws were started we pulled it flush.  Works like a charm, and no grease oozes from the winch handle fitting when you use the winch handle.

New main is due next month.  Can't wait!
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Hylas Discussion / Re: Removing Cutlass Bearing H44
« Last post by joel on January 03, 2023, 03:10:22 PM »
That would work too!  If you have a sawzall after you pull the shaft forward you could cut the bearing instead of having to press it out. 
The transmission is an easy swap if you can get the bolts out of the shaft coupling.
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Hylas Discussion / Re: Refinishing the Saloon and Cockpit Tables
« Last post by Nirvana on January 03, 2023, 02:24:07 PM »
I recently refinished the sole in Nirvana, at winter haul  removed the whole thing and took it into my shop. 
In planning that project I tested several products the prior spring including 2-Parts, Epiphanes and three different Total Boat products.  I landed on Epiphanes but I took the whole winter and built a clean room out of 40mil plastic and a box fan with a standard a/c filter for inbound fresh air.

I started with sanding to bare wood, wiping down with denatured alcohol then 3-4 coats of 90% Epiphanes brushing thinner to 10% Epiphanes.  This was to get the lacquer to seriously penetrate the teak.  After that i gradually increased the ratio.  Ultimately I ended at 25% thinner/75% Epiphanes.  The higher thinner % helped to allow it to flow better and gave it a very nice shine, but also required lots of coats for build-up.

Because I was working on the sole I wound up putting 16-20 coats, high temps and thinner allow short cure times, sometimes two coats per day, and teak holly ply from Queen Long is manufactured with 3/8 slats of solid wood on top of marine plywood so the minor gaps soaked up a massive amount of lacquer.  Yep, it took all winter..

For the hand rails (following year) I used Total Boats Lust because in my testing it was easy to apply (off the boat) and after it sat for several weeks in testing (and after the project) waiting to be installed it became hard as rock and absolutely gorgeous.  Very please with it after three years.

Some pics attached.
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Hylas Discussion / Re: Selden Mainsail furler servicing
« Last post by sjd on January 02, 2023, 01:34:28 PM »
Good morning Joel,
I looks like you tried to respond to my post but only the letter "I" seems to have posted.  Would you mind contacting me directly at my email address "sjdonofrio86@gmail.com". I think it may be a lot easier to discuss my questions.
Thanks,
Steve   
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Hylas Discussion / Re: Selden Mainsail furler servicing
« Last post by joel on January 02, 2023, 01:20:36 AM »
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Hylas Discussion / Re: Removing Cutlass Bearing H44
« Last post by NordicSunII on January 01, 2023, 04:57:57 AM »
Got it.  Think there is enough room.  I have to replace transmissions, so I was considering taking out the transmission, taking off propeller and pushing shaft in.  Then the bearing could more easily be removed with the shaft out of the way.
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Hylas Discussion / Re: Removing Cutlass Bearing H44
« Last post by joel on December 31, 2022, 06:27:49 PM »
Compare the length of the bearing to the distance between the end of the shaft and the rudder strut.
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