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Re: Sailing a 45.5 - sail area
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2023, 12:06:18 PM »
Its all about the setup!

I have in boom furling for the main with an electric winch.  All of the lines are led aft to the cockpit as well.  The jib furler is led aft to the cockpit as well.

I can easily raise and lower both sails single handed.  Reefing is just as easy.

Docking on the other hand, especially in a breeze or current, is challenging without some assistance.

Im in Fernandina for now, if you guys want to come up for a spin let me know!  I will be heading to Charleston at the end of April though.

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Re: Sailing a 45.5 - sail area
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2023, 06:59:58 PM »
Hello - wish I had seen your message sooner! My husband and I are currently in the Bahamas on our 1994 45.5 Hylas and had passed through SFL in late February. We will be back to Florida late May or early June if you are still interested in checking out a 45.5 Hylas. It would be doable to single-hand sail with autopilot, but not ideal with this rigging set up. Please feel free to reach out by email at to chat further.

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Re: Sailing a 45.5 - sail area
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2023, 07:41:57 PM »
We have a 1995 Hylas 45.5 and it can be sailed comfortably but two people and fairly straight forward by one once you are comfortable with the boat/rig. My wife and I sailed her in the Western Caribbean for 3 years, shipped her home to BC during Covid and have now sailed to Mexico where we

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Re: Sailing a 45.5 - sail area
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2023, 04:54:03 PM »
I have a 2007 46 and while it isn't the easiest set-up that I've ever sailed, it is manageable for one able-bodied sailor.  It isn't the type of boat that you would take out for an hour or two on a Wednesday evening after work.  I make a two to three day trip of it at a minimum; they perform exceptionally well offshore and are better suited for longer passages.

I am based on the Mississippi Gulf Coast if you're ever up this way; I'd gladly let you try you hand. 


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Re: Sailing a 45.5 - sail area
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2023, 03:50:38 PM »
We owned a 44 - same rig.  At night we would often be alone in the cockpit.  Longer passages are easier because you are sailing a straight line.

With an autopilot one person can easily handle the boat.  I had to go to the mast to reef the main. I could do in in under 90 seconds.

Trimming the jib takes effort, but you can furl down alone.

Good luck with the search!

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Sailing a 45.5 - sail area
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2023, 08:52:20 PM »
My husband and I are considering purchasing a 45.5 Hylas. Is the rig too powerful for a single person to handle (worse case scenario if one of us got sick/injured while sailing)?

We are located in SE Florida, if anyone has a Hylas we could crew on that would be great. Thank you
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