Hylas Yachts’ H57 turns heads at Newport Boat Show

Hylas Yachts’ H57 hull number one featuring the progressive Bill Dixon design and luxurious interior made her official international debut at the Newport International Boat Show.

Also, business is booming at Hylas Yachts as global demand grows for its range of capable motor and sailing yachts. The Taiwan-based boatbuilder is proving adept at converting an enviable reputation into solid orders for its line-up of sub-60 foott yachts. It is keeping Hylas’s Queen Long Marine shipyard operating close to capacity.

H57 on the dock with a runabout tied up next to it, sun is setting.
Hylas Yachts’ H57 at the Newport International Boat Show. Pic – Billy Black

Set sail for adventure

An ambitious owner is on the cusp of starting an extraordinary adventure aboard the latest H48 to leave the Hylas yard. The aim is to sail the boat – the third hull in the series – ‘the long way round’ to her new home in Hawaii. The boat will be delivered to the US east coast from where the owners plan to cruise the Caribbean for a season or two. Then they will explore Central America, transit the Panama Canal and make the long ocean passage out to Hawaii, covering thousands of sea miles in the process.

From the pen of the renowned designer Bill Dixon, the H48 has true oceangoing capabilities. In-mast furling and a cutter rig with self-tacking staysail make for easy short-handling. But she is also carefully optimised for life on board with her centre cockpit, large windows and swim steps. Extensive accommodation amounts to a master cabin aft and focsle cabin with a semi-island double.

The H57 reaching in crystal clear waters.
The H57 is suitable for solo-sailing as well as long-term cruising. Pic – Billy Black

Italian design meets Hylas quality

Rounding off a busy delivery season is the third Hylas 57, a go-anywhere blue water cruiser that has been given a stylish Italian soul thanks to the involvement of super yacht interior designer Hot Lab. It is a rare departure for Hylas, which prefers to rely on known suppliers and a set series of interior choices to keep to tight production schedules.

“When it comes to custom interiors, we’ve always wondered ‘what if?'” said Andy Huang. “And now, as the final details are finished by our skilled craftsmen, we are delighted with the result. The interior has an architectural feel to it, but the little details go beyond the interior. Hot Lab’s colour palette is picked up by detailing on the mast, hard-top and hull. Even the colour of the North 3Di sails has been carefully chosen.”

H57 reaching in choppy waters.
The third Hylas 57 will be ready to set sail in January 2022. Pic – Billy Black

This beautiful yacht will be ready to leave the yard in January of 2022. During the whole build phase from hull forming through to the intricate finishing touches there is constant communication with the new owner to make sure they are kept up to speed with the build process.

The early stages are very exciting as this is where clients can see something that up until now has only ever been drawings and images of other yachts. As the months go by and the yacht interior begins to take shape. There are monthly reviews where the Hylas team who are able to help owners understand more about the building process and what to expect in the next few weeks.

The real magic however, from a visual impact point of view, happens in the last few weeks as the cabinetry has been complete, and they move into the ‘finishing phase.’ Appliances are installed, electronics and entertainment systems are put in place, varnishing happens, bimini and dodgers are installed, cupboard doors are mounted and suddenly the yacht really looks imminent. That’s the phase they are just about to start with H57 number three.

Very exciting times for the owners and the whole Hylas team. H57 number four is already out of the mould and the new owners are about to start their own new build adventure.

With its custom-built 32,000 square foot main building hall and a portfolio of boats designed by the biggest names in the business, Hylas is always busy. It has launched 520 boats to date – stay tuned for more news later in the year.

Hylas Yachts will take part in the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, MD from October 14-18 (Dock D) with the hull number one of the H57.

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