First two bluewater sailing vessels in clsoign stages of production

Hylas Yachts says that hulls number 1 and 2 of its new H57 are well under way and approaching the closing stages of production.

The Hylas H57 is a bluewater sailing vessel designed by Bill Dixon to be consistent in the Hylas philosophy: The design make her easy to sail and enjoy with a her layout attuned to more open, social spaces to share with family and friends. As to the progress on the first two yachts, Hull No. 1 has the deck laid and the keel and rudders installed, and the structure of the interior has been built. The deck rigging has been laid out and the installation of those components are under way. This H57 will have a three-stateroom layout, and the design is transforming the third bunk stateroom into a workspace for the owner. The yacht will also feature the optional hard-top with the awning that deploys aft to shelter the helm stations, and the colour choices of canvas and other fabrics, as well as the paint scheme of the entire vessel has been set. “The client is very hands-on in the technical aspects of the yacht,” says Christian Pschorr, service director for Hylas Yachts International. “This boat has a Lithium-ion battery system and Czone digital switching, and we’ve been in close communication, exchanging emails with photos and questions back and forth on a daily basis.” 

The second H57 is also in progress with the hull having been laid up and the keel nearing installation. The owner of that yacht is also involved in the process. While this yacht will hew more closely to the original specification in terms of technical systems, her owner has been selecting some interesting wood varieties for the interior as well as some fabrics that will make her a one-of-a-kind build.

“This boat has a Lithium-ion battery system and Czone digital switching, and we’ve been in close communication, exchanging emails with photos and questions back and forth on a daily basis.” 

“This second example will also be a three-cabin layout,” says Kevin Wensley, a sales executive at Hylas Yachts. “She will also have a powered fold-down swim platform, which will add a whole new dimension to the aft section.” 

The H57 is designed to be handled by a couple with a hull shape that offers speed and comfort offshore, with a solid-lead fin keel designed to reduce side slip while stiffening the hull to manage the large 1,636-square-foot (152 m2) sail area. Twin spade rudders are positioned well above the keel plane to optimize upwind performance and provide redundancy. Dedicated trim stations confine the sailing work of the H57 to specific deck areas and electric winches add fingertip control to furling and tending the sails, including in-mast furling to simplify reefing. A Solent rig with a 135% genoa on the forestay is matched to a self-tacking jib for upwind legs to make sail-handling easy, even in heavy air. An asymmetrical spinnaker can supplement the reaching sail. 

The Hylas H57 is constructed of FRP composite using isophthalic gelcoat, cored with closed-cell foam and infused with vinylester resin for a strong, lightweight build. Five barrier coats of epoxy help ensure the lamination holds up over time. 

The family-owned, third generation Queen Long Marine shipyard, founder and owner of the Hylas brand, has produced sailing yachts and power yachts since 1985.