Hylas 48 – Sailing Magazine Boat Test


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

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