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.
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
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.
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.
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.