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Seller's Description

Own the preeminent blue water racer cruiser fully fitted for circumnavigation and ready to go sailing. This 1990 Hylas 44 has been fully refitted for long term cruising and/or circumnavigation. One of the all-time greatest blue water boats, with a glass hull nearly an inch thick and contours designed to move fast in light or heavy winds, this Hylas 44 will overall outperform most new boats on the market today. They simply don’t (and can’t) build them like this anymore. Like no other Hylas 44 on the market, this boat was purchased by the owners in 2015, and she has had hundreds of thousands of dollars of upgrades to bring the core systems back to new (or better) condition. The owners love this boat and are looking for new owners who will continue to nurture this classic vessel.

CONTACT: crwalsh@fountainheadlaw.com (NO BROKERS)

Ideal new owners: - Experienced sailors - Couple - Family with 1-2 small children

Families with older children may find this boat to be space constrained

NOTE: This is a 1990 boat and there are nicks and scratches here and there and a few TBD small projects. Owners have focused upgrades on core systems.

Hull: Half length keel Skeg hung rudder Ultra-thick fiberglass hull (circa 1990) Inverted stern - no water over the stern in a following sea

Mechanical: Yanmar 4JHT4J - 1700 hours (new 2016) Engine Alternator - new 2016 House Bank Alternator - new 2016 Dual Raycor - new 2021 PSS dripless packing gland - new 2019 Throttle and cables - new 2021 Maxiprop

Fuel: 48 gallons - aft 32 gallons - mid 22 gallons - mid

Water - 100 gallons (50 port/50 starboard)

Equipment: Electrical - 90% rebuilt 2016 Blue Sea Panel - new 2016 Mastervolt Chargemaster 12/35-3 Battery Charger - new 2016 Mastervolt MASS 12/2000 sine wave Inverter - new 2016 ISO transformer (separate 120/220 inputs on deck) - new 2016 4 AMG Batteries (3 at nav station/1 forward near windless) - New 2018 1000 Watts Solar Victron MPPT Charge controllers - New 2021 - 425W Sunpower panel on Arch - (X3) 200W Renogy (1 arch, 2x rail)

Electronics: Garmin 820 Chartplotter Garmin 840 Chartplottter - new 2016 Garmin depth/speed/temp sensor - new 2016 Garmin Radar - new 2016 Garmin wind meter - new 2016 Starndard Horizon Quantum VHF with AIS receiver & wireless hand mic - new 2021 Top of mast VHF antenna - new 2016 Raymarine Autopilot - new 2017

Kitchen: Force 10 stove/oven - thermostats new 2020 Frigiboat (x2) refrigerator and freezer, keel cooled - new 2016 Microwave oven

Sails: Staysail - new 2016 Pineapple Sails Main and 100% jib - new 2021 Hood Sails Stack n Pack Sail bag - new 2016 Spare Main (good condition), 90% jib (good/great condition), and 130 Genoa - available FOB

Rigging & Deck Hardware Mast, boom, whisker pole pulled, sanded to bare metal, evaluated, and repainted - new 2016 Rigging - new 2016 Detachable inner forestay - new 2016 Maxwell 2500 Windless - new 2016 Lewmar Ocean Hatches - all hatches new 2016 Barient 32 (x2) jib winches Barient 24 main sheet winch Barient 27 (x2) spinnaker/staysail winches Barient 24 (x2) reefing line winches Mast winches SS Arch - new 2017 SS Dinghy Hoist and deck support system - new 2021 SS rails to mid-ship - new 2017 Hydrovane windvane - new 2020 Echomax radar reflector - new 2021 Switlik SAR-6 Transoceanic life raft - new 2015

Lighting: Tricolor masthead LED running lights - new 2016 Bow red/green LED running lights - new 2016 Stern LED running light (raised approx 10ft on arch) - new 2016 LED Spreader lights - new 2016 LED steaming light - new 2016 LED anchor light - new 2016 LED Interior lighting

Running Rigging Main Halyard - new 2021 Jib sheets - new 2021 Topping lift (former main halyard), reefing lines, staysail halyard, jib halyard, spinnaker halyard - new 2016

Anchor/Tackle: Rocna 25 Main Bow Anchor - new 2016 300ft of 3/8ths chain - new 2016 Danforth anchor stern anchor/second anchor 300ft of 8-plaid multipurpose rode with double pad eyes 50ft of chain - new 2021

Upholstery: Salon and bench redone in white pho leather - new 2019 Cockpit cushions redone in sunbrella - new 2019

Water/Plumbing Starboard/port water tank pumps - new 2021/2018 Jabsco manual (simple and easy) toilets - new 2019 Forward head direct pumpout Aft head to holding tank (appx 15 gallons - est.) - glass holding tank and pumps rebuild 2016 Shower drains, sump, gray water system rebuilt 2020

EXTRAS: 2021 Archilles HB-310AX Rigid Aluminum Hull & 2021 Mercury 15hp outboard - $8000 2021 Rainman Water Maker - $3000 2021 Asymmetric Spinnaker & tackle - $4000 Iridium GO! Satellite Communications External Antenna & Vesper AIS Tx/Rx - $1000



German Frers
Hylas Yachts USA
Queen Long Marine
Hylas Yachts Owners Association
Hylas Yacht Club
# Built


Length Overall
43 11 / 13.4 m
Waterline Length
34 10 / 10.6 m
13 5 / 4.1 m
5 3 / 1.6 m 6 5 / 2 m
22,320 lb / 10,124 kg
11,020 lb / 4,999 kg

Rig and Sails

Reported Sail Area
866′² / 80.5 m²
Total Sail Area
866′² / 80.4 m²
Sail Area
376′² / 34.9 m²
47 0 / 14.3 m
16 0 / 4.9 m
Air Draft
Sail Area
490′² / 45.5 m²
54 11 / 16.8 m
17 9 / 5.4 m
Forestay Length
57 9 / 17.6 m

Auxilary Power

Fuel Type
Fuel Capacity
80 gal / 302 l
Engine Hours


Water Capacity
80 gal / 302 l
Holding Tank Capacity


Hull Speed
8.9 kn
Classic: 7.91 kn

Hull Speed

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.


Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

A more accurate formula devised by Dave Gerr in The Propeller Handbook replaces the Speed/Length ratio constant of 1.34 with a calculation based on the Displacement/Length ratio.

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio.311
Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

8.93 knots
Classic formula: 7.91 knots
Sail Area/Displacement
16-20: good performance

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.


SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64)2/3

  • SA: Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D: Displacement in pounds.
<16: under powered
16-20: good performance
>20: high performance
>40: stiffer, more powerful

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.


Ballast / Displacement * 100

<40: less stiff, less powerful
>40: stiffer, more powerful
200-275: moderate

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.


D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
<100: ultralight
100-200: light
200-300: moderate
300-400: heavy
>400: very heavy
Comfort Ratio
20-30: coastal cruiser

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.


Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam1.33)

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
<20: lightweight racing boat
20-30: coastal cruiser
30-40: moderate bluewater cruising boat
40-50: heavy bluewater boat
>50: extremely heavy bluewater boat
Capsize Screening
<2.0: better suited for ocean passages

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.


CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet
  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
<2: better suited for ocean passages
>2: better suited for coastal cruising


From BlueWaterBoats.org:

The Hylas 44 from designer German Frers is a center cockpit offshore cruiser known for her good looks and build quality from Queen Long Marine of Taiwan. Introduced in 1984 production spanned eight years before ending in 1992. These days Hylas 44s are particularly popular for their accommodation layout, her idiosyncratic hull shape carries her maximum beam far aft allowing for a wide aft stateroom. You can find them on the market today with variations in the keel configuration (deep or shoal) as well as their rigs with both cutter and sloops being offered.


Queen Long Marine commissioned German Frers to design two cruising sailboats in the early 1980’s. These became the racy Hylas 42 and the more “cruiserly” Hylas 44 in 1984 which now are part of a well known Hylas series of yachts.

The Hylas 44 in particular became popular among charter boat circles in the Caribbean with Bill Stevens of Stevens Charters and then Dick Jachney of Caribbean Yacht Charters (CYC) purchasing most of the boats. Private dealers throughout the world also sold these Hylas yachts. In 1990, CYC became the sole importation agent for new Hylas yachts. By 1992, CYC had Queen Long add a sugar scoop stern to the 44. In 1995, they introduced a wholly new German Frers designed 46 footer with a different cabin trunk, deeper forefoot, and fully integrated swim platform. These 46 Hylas yachts are currently in production as of 2010.


The accommodations are the most attractive feature. All 44’s have a offset berth forward and settee with a private head and shower. The main salon includes a dinette arrangement to port and a starboard settee. Leading to the master stateroom are dual walk-throughs, a tremendously popular feature. Along the port side is the master head and shower while the galley is along the opposite side. The master stateroom has a centerline queen on all except the first thirteen hulls which had a berth offset starboard side.


The hull is solid hand laid up fiberglass by Queen Long Shipyards, the Taiwanese builder. The construction includes an impressive stiffening network of full length fore and aft stringers and transverse floors. The deck is balsa or Airex cored and fastened to the hull via stainless bolts and 5200. Chainplates are massive and tie into glassed over stainless steel I-beams. Queen Long was already well known for their Kelly Petersons and Stevens 47’s before producing the 44.

Under Sail

The Hylas 44 is a wet boat. Offshore, a steady stream of water slides over the fine bow and back to center cockpit because of the low freeboard. You often see complete enclosures. She never pounds but slices through waves. Downwind with her sexy beam at 3.8 ratio, she surfs down waves.

Buyers Notes

Many Hylas 44s underwent the hard life of a Caribbean bareboat charter. Caribbean Yacht Charters ran a purchase and charter operation out of the British Virgin Islands. The owner saved on the purchase of a new Hylas 44 from Queen Long but leased the yacht into charter for four years. It is difficult to tell between non-chartered and chartered 44s. Tell tale signs are high engine hours, eyebrows along the cabintrunk, and a Hylas logo in the cockpit. Late in production in 1992, Queen Long decided to extend the 44 with a swim platform into the 45.5. This 45.5 has a different deck mold. Subsequently, owners retrofitted 44s with swim platforms. These aftermarket 45.5s often have unique issues.

As of 2010 the asking prices are in the approximate range of:
Hylas 44, 1984-1986 $100k-$150k USD (have smaller cockpits and offset aft berths)
Hylas 44, 1986-1992 $150k-$175k USD
Hylas 45.5, 1989-1992 $175k-$200k USD (aftermarket swim platform)
Hylas 45.5, 1992-1994 $200k-$250k USD (new deck mold, factory swim platform)

Links, References and Further Reading

» Sailing Magazine, Hylas 44 by John Kretschmer
» Waves, Hylas 44: Essence of Hylas Yachts
» Hylas Yachts USA, company website

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