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From the archives 2011 - Salthouse Corsair 44

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There is something very familiar about the feel of the Salthouse Corsair Classique 44. It’s not surprising, given the boat’s pedigree. In the 30 years since she was originally conceived, the Corsair has come to represent much that is symbolic of New Zealand launch design. Think practical layouts designed to be used by the whole family, good sea-keeping and no-nonsense, reliable, working systems — all perfectly suited to the local boating scene. This is what you get when the designers are well acquainted with the lifestyle they are selling to their customers.

The Salthouse Corsair Classique is the latest take on the classic Salthouse Corsair from Next Generation Boats. Dean and Treena Salthouse, who head the company, are carving a considerable reputation presenting remodelled Kiwi classics from Bob Salthouse’s (Dean’s dad) original portfolio. The fact that the boat has thrived during these darkest of times for the industry is testament to the demand for those functional and fundamentally flawless Kiwi designs.

Dean is a qualified boatbuilder with years of experience in all facets of the industry and has a real grasp of what the end-user really wants. His upbringing on the water is probably of equal value to his experience as a designer and tradesman.

FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH

It is always a coup to have the new owner involved with a boat test. When I arrived at the marina, slightly before the agreed time, I was pleased to meet Geoff, the owner of this boat, who was lovingly preparing his pride and joy for the photo shoot. He has previously owned a Genesis 360, which he liked and had used enough to have a clear idea of what he was looking for in his next boat.

The first criterion he had was a galley located in the aft section of the saloon — a layout style that keeps the chef involved in social activities as the galley becomes the “hub of the party” much like at home.

Perhaps, even more importantly, Geoff and his wife were looking for a vessel to really get the whole family — kids included — involved with the experience. The single-level format of the Corsair 44 is a nice fit for that.

The Corsair was not the first boat Geoff’s family took for a spin. But it was the first one on which his wife sidled up to him to give her approval. From that point the deal was pretty much done.

Once the decision was made, Geoff had only good things to say about working with Dean and Treena on the project. Some of the better features of the Genesis were to be included in the Corsair build; most notably the barbecue pod in the cockpit. Any customisation on a boat-build is a costly affair. In fact, on a production boat customisation is usually “off the table”. This, however, is not a production boat and Dean works closely with the owners to ensure all requirements are met.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Corsair: A privateer authorised to conduct raids on shipping traffic from any nation at war with France — Wikipedia.

Such a name could only be applied to a vessel that looks capable of engaging in such action with style. The Corsair Classique 44 fits the bill. The lines are certainly sleek and suggest efficiency. The powder-blue hull and varnished timber trim add a touch of elegance, finishing the vessel in a way that ensures it will stand out in the crowd, albeit in an understated manner.

MOTUIHE ISLAND

By luck rather than good management, we had managed to pull together this boat test on an absolutely perfect day. Our plan was to rendezvous on the Waiheke side of Motuihe Island for the photo shoot and a barby lunch.

To get there, we had to make our way down the restricted speed section (12kts) of the inner Waitemata Harbour (Auckland). While this clearly reduces the likelihood of collisions, it is a particularly inefficient speed for most vessels. They tend to dig their stern section into the water in an attempt to get up on the plane, creating an enormous wake and burning excessive amounts of fuel.

Not so the Corsair Classique 44. True to Dean’s word the boat maintained almost perfect trim, resulting in very little wake — in contrast to our photo boat, where I struggled to maintain a constant speed and had to continuously adjust the revs to keep near 12kts and not gliding up to 15kts.

Eventually, we cleared the restriction zone and increased speed. With in excess of 30kts, the Corsair has the sort of performance that is demanded these days but she achieves that with great efficiency throughout the range.

INTERNAL LAYOUT

As I said, the Corsair Classique 44 is a contemporary take on a classic Kiwi stalwart. Internally, all the familiar features are present and yet improved. The choice of timber cabinetry is a nice touch. Fitted carpets and quality upholstery lend a comfortable and liveable feel.

Geoff opted for the “four single-berth” option in the forward cabin with an additional three single berths in the port cabin. The two floor-level berths in the port cabin can be converted to a double with the use of an insert.

From a family point of view, single berths maximise the available sleeping space; particularly useful when the kids have friends onboard for a few days.

While there is no en suite-style access to the single head and shower facilities, the boat is designed for the family foremost. The shower and head are nicely finished, with plenty of head and knee room. The bigger lads out there will appreciate that feature.

The saloon and helm station areas are well thought-out. The U-shaped couch and table setup is very comfortable, and the table is fitted with top quality stainless steel hardware, allowing it to be lowered to a height that turns the lounger into double bed.

Directly opposite is the helm station — again, very functional and located to keep the skipper in the action. Visibility is excellent, as it is from every seat in the saloon — a feature Dean specifies. Every seat in the house has panoramic views of the world outside.

Another practical feature is the ability for the skipper to easily climb out the helm window for quick and effortless access to the bow. Seasoned skippers will appreciate it.

GALLEY AFT

This is one feature that has an overwhelming advantage, particularly when used in conjunction with the huge, fully opening aft window. Simply, the chef remains part of the fun. Another advantage is the reduced pitching compared with galley locations farther forward and away from the centre line.

As with the rest of the boat this galley has been refined through hours of boating. Plate and cup storage is purpose-built and lined to prevent breakages in even the worst conditions and the fabulous full-height, pull-out pantry is a coup de grâce for any keen caterer.

CATERING COCKPIT

While the Corsair Classique 44 has far too many excellent features for me to do justice on these pages, the cockpit is a real point of difference. If the galley was not good enough, then the custom-made barbecue pod on the transom turns this boat into a caterer’s dream — a fact I can attest to after our lunch.

As mentioned, this is a custom-built option requested by the owner that Dean delivered on, and it really works. Easy to use, easy to clean and doubling as a fishing station with a hot and cold water washdown sink, the transom Barbie is a feature I would consider on my boat.

Other features that command special attention are the inbuilt diesel heater and the removable cockpit clears. Geoff was amazed at the performance of the heater, noting that it is almost too hot even in the middle of winter. The clears are a much better option than canvas as they are easy to clean and, of course, see-through.

It goes without saying that the Corsair has plenty of storage for rods, outboards, dive gear, inflatable tenders and just about any other toy you might want on holiday. Completing the picture is a large, open-to-the-water livebait tank built into the swim platform. What more do you want?

PERFORMANCE & HANDLING

Getting behind the wheel was something I had been looking forward to as soon as I saw the single rudder — I was keen to see how it would respond. It has been a while since I drove a boat with traditional cable morse controls and although I am not a fan anymore, Dean’s reasoning for installing them is sound. Electronics can take a while to get used to and many a boat gets bashed on the dock while the owner gets familiar with the lightness of the electronic controls. No such problem with cables. Every movement is positive and has to be done with a certain amount of deliberateness. Pushing the revs up in sync was remarkably easy with the digital gauges on the Simrad installation. All the engine data is presented in an accurate and easy-to-read manner by the NMEA 2000 interface between the MTUs and the Simrad computer.

The boat quickly climbed to a comfortable cruise speed of 22kts without digging in its tail. The builder claims a top speed of 33kts and high-cruise of 28kts. The trim tabs are particularly effective and make very noticeable changes when adjusted, smoothing out the ride in rougher conditions, while maximising efficiency on smoother waters.

The boat barely heels over into the turn. For this reason, there are no cupholders installed — Dean says there is just no need for them. But I will say that cornering at speed raised my key criticism of the Corsair Classique 44. The single rudder and lack of lean in the turn have significant benefits in their own right but the downside is that the vessel is quite heavy on the helm and does not turn on a dime at speed. Then again, this is not a raceboat.

On the flip side this boat is incredibly predicable at slow speeds and while berthing. She tracks perfectly, both ahead and astern, much like a keelboat. And that made her very easy to dock indeed.

FACTS & FIGURES

SALTHOUSE CORSAIR CLASSIQUE 44

GENERAL

MATERIAL: GRP balsa core

TYPE: Monohull

LENGTH OVERALL: 13.5m

WATERLINE LENGTH: 12.5m

BEAM: 4.12m

DRAFT: 1m

WEIGHT: 9.5 tonnes

CAPABILITIES

FUEL: 900lt

WATER: 720lt

ENGINE

MAKE/MODEL: 2 x MTU 6R700 M94

TYPE: In-line six-cylinder common rail turbo-diesel

RATED HP: 345 (each)

GEARBOXES (MAKE/MODEL): Twin Disc MG5055A

PROPS: Austral Veem CNC 22in x 31in

SUPPLIED BY

Dean Salthouse

Next Generation Boats

Phone: 021 429723

Email: dean@salthouse.co.nz

Website: www.salthouse.co.nz




OUR VERDICT

New Zealand launch design at its best. The Salthouse Corsair Classique 44 is an elegant reincarnation of a classic. But this is not a production boat and, as such, you to work with the designer to get what YOU want. Corsair satisfaction.

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Shipyard Visit - Hylas Yachts

In March, Dean Salthouse travelled to Kaohsiung, Taiwan to visit the builders of the Salthouse Corsair and Hylas Yachts.

During our visit we were able to inspect the two hulls currently in build, one in final fit-out and the other in the lamination stages.

Dean inspecting a Salthouse Corsair under construction

Dean inspecting a Salthouse Corsair under construction

Salthouse Next Generation also visiting the factory in Taiwan - Both of Dean’s daughter’s have been bought up cruising on the Salthouse Corsair and are active in the business.

It’s not all sailing yachts at Hylas

Since 2015 the shipyard have been building our range of sedan motor yachts the Salthouse Corsair and Salthouse Icon.

The Corsair is marketed as the Salthouse Corsair in New Zealand and offered as the Hylas M44 and M49 elsewhere.

The Salthouse Corsair is now available around the world and is available for demonstration in the UK and USA.

About Hylas

The Huang family established their boatbuilding company in 1978 with the construction of a shipyard in the industrial city of Kaohsiung, home of many famous yachting brands including Horizon, Johnson, Ocean Alexander, Tayana, Jade, President, Hans Christian, Ta Chiao and Kha Shing.

The Hylas brand name was introduced in 1984 following the introduction of the German Frers designed Hylas 44 yacht. The Company remains in full family ownership with the third generation of Huang family now working throughout the business, both at the shipyard in Taiwan and also at their Palm Beach offices in the US.

The Hylas Shipyard freshwater testing tank (complete with Koi Carp!) with the lamination wing to the side

The Hylas Shipyard freshwater testing tank (complete with Koi Carp!) with the lamination wing to the side

The main building wing with Hylas 57 (left), Hylas 57 deck (middle), Hylas 60 (right), Salthouse Corsair/Hylas M44 (middle left) and Hylas 49 (back left)

The main building wing with Hylas 57 (left), Hylas 57 deck (middle), Hylas 60 (right), Salthouse Corsair/Hylas M44 (middle left) and Hylas 49 (back left)

Andy Huang stepping forward as new CEO

In 2017 the company president Joseph Huang’s son Andy Huang was appointed the new CEO. Andy has instigated the opening of their US sales headquarters (Hylas Yachts are now sold factory direct in the US/Canadian markets) and the introduction of a brand new range of yachts from designers such as German Frers, Bill Dixon and the interior design gurus Hotlab from Milan. The first two examples of these new-generation designs are the Bill Dixon designed Hylas 57 and the German Frers/Hotlab designed Hylas 60. With two examples of each now in build at the shipyard.

Hylas 57 designer Bill Dixon with CEO Andy Huang

Hylas 57 designer Bill Dixon with CEO Andy Huang

For further information, brochures and price lists for any of the Salthouse or Hylas Yachts range, please contact us.

1/6th Share of Brand New Salthouse Corsair 44

We now have the Yacht Collective Seeking Expressions of Interest – 1/6th Share of Brand New Salthouse Corsair 44 estimated cost $195,000 per share.

The Yacht Collective offers the opportunity to be a part of a yacht syndication programme which gives clients a complete yachting experience without the added stress or hassles of sole boat ownership.

If you would like to own a boat but lack time and money to invest fully, syndication provides the following benefits:

  • You own your share of the boat and share the maintenance and running costs

  • Vessel is fully equipped and always ready for you to use

  • Vessel is professionally cleaned and maintained

  • Vessel has central Auckland berthage

  • You have access to the boat fifty-four days a year plus unlimited standby days

The Yacht Collective will provide extensive training provided on how to use, anchor and berth the vessel, so all levels of experience welcome

* An annual use charge and rules relating to the allocation of boat use will likely apply if they proceed with an offer in accordance with the Financial Markets Act 2013 ("FMCA"). Other aspects of any final offer may differ from our original intent.

Currently The Yacht Collective are seeking preliminary expressions of interest only in respect of this potential opportunity please note in particular no money is currently being sought;
financial products (including shares in the boat or any other financial products) cannot currently be applied for or acquired under their intended offer; and if an offer is made by The Yacht Collective, the offer will be made in accordance with the FMCA.

Hylas 48 – Sailing Magazine Boat Test

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January’s issue of the US-published Sailing Magazine brings us a boat test report of the newly launched and multi-award-winning Hylas 48

“Bill Dixon has designed a shapely hull and deck with wraparound windows that help minimise the look of the tall deckhouse and center cockpit…”

Heading below, I was struck by how light and bright it was in the semi-raised saloon… Being semi-custom, the choices for interior layout and finishes are nearly endless. There are at least a dozen different layouts for the saloon alone…The owner’s cabin is aft, with a large centerline berth, settee and head with a separate shower. At every turn, there seems to be a hanging locker or storage cubby…”

“All systems are designed with offshore passage making in mind. The fuel management system has been cleverly engineered to move the 290 (US) gallons of fuel between the different tanks through a fuel filter, eliminating the need to bleed the system. “The fuel polishing systems was originally a client idea that we made standard because fuel sits for a long time in the different tanks and you want to get the water out,” Pschorr (Hylas Service Director) said. “And if you are on a long passage you can move the fuel to the windward side…”

“The Hylas 48 is set up for shorthanded sailing and it was simple to unfurl the main and genoa. The mainsail sheets to a traveller and single winch behind the helm, and with the end-boom sheeting, it provided excellent control. It was easy to reach all winches from the helm and the optional electric jib winches made tacking easy…The sailing was so relaxing that we didn’t realize how far down the bay we had sailed…”

“The Hylas 48 is meant for long passages. With its beefy construction, sophisticated systems for living aboard for long stretches and seakindly sailing characteristics, you just have to ask, “What’s the next waypoint?”

Read the full Sailing Magazine boat test review here

For further information, brochures and price lists for the new Hylas 48, please contact us.


2018 United States Powerboat Show

United States Powerboat Show - Hylas Power Yachts are once again giving you an opportunity to "get on board".

We are excited to have on display the latest Salthouse Corsair 44C being marketed in the USA by Hylas Yachts Ltd as the Hylas M44.

Step onboard and experience the difference, a motor yacht which can only be described as simply superb - combining form, function and performance. Every vessel is handcrafted using the highest quality materials designed for the marine environment.

Make sure you drop by and say hello. Dean and the team from Hylas will be on hand to discuss your boating requirements.

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Auckland on Water Boat show - Thursday 27 Sep to Sunday 30 Sep 2018

We are excited to have on display the latest Salthouse Corsair 44C. Make sure you drop by and say hello. Dean Salthouse and the team will be on hand to discuss your boating requirements. 

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Single and multi-day show tickets are available online, www.auckland-boatshow.com or at the gate.

Auckland On Water Boat Show
Dates: Thursday 27th Sept to Sunday 30th Sept
Times: from 10am every day. Closes at 6pm, Thursday through Saturday, and 5pm on Sunday. Gate prices: Adults $25 ($35 four-day pass), children under 15 enter free.

For more information and tickets visit: www.auckland-boatshow.com

HYLAS M44 POWER YACHT EVENT

Fri, Jul 13 | Miami Beach Marina

HYLAS M44 POWER YACHT EVENT

Come and enjoy a test drive on the new Hylas M44 Power Yacht

Are you ready for the Hylas M44 Power Yacht Event in Miami Beach? Book your test drive: https://www.hylasyachts.com/eve…/hylas-m44-power-yacht-event

Time & Location

Jul 13, 11:00 AM – Jul 15, 3:30 PM

Miami Beach Marina, 8983, 300 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA

About The Event

The perfect social platform for enjoying the Miami yachting scene.

The M44 is a spacious "Downeast" sedan styling with classic lines and a luxurious interior.

Bienvenidos a Miami!

 

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Palm Beach International Boat Show

Palm Beach International Boat Show March 22-25th 2018

We are excited to have on display the latest Salthouse Corsair 44C being marketed in the USA by Hylas Yachts Ltd as the Hylas M44.

Step onboard and experience the difference, a motor yacht which can only be described as simply superb - combining form, function and performance. Every vessel is handcrafted using the highest quality materials designed for the marine environment.

Make sure you drop by and say hello. Dean and the team from Hylas will be on hand to discuss your boating requirements. You will find us at Ramp 1 : Slip 160.

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