HYLAS M44

De­signed in New Zealand and built in Tai­wan, the M44 comes to thes e shores look­ing to im­press with high qual­ity and ro­bust sea­keep­ing

Motorboat & Yachting - - CONTENTS - Words Jack Haines Pic­tures Richard Lang­don

TESTED Hylas has a strong rep­u­ta­tion in the sail­ing world, what is the mo­tor­boat like?

The Hylas name is un­fa­mil­iar to the ears of most mo­tor­boaters but the Tai­wanese ship­yard has an im­pres­sive rep­u­ta­tion amongst the sail­ing fra­ter­nity. It is known for build­ing no-non­sense, solidly built blue­wa­ter cruis­ers and, gen­er­ally, when a sail­ing boat man­u­fac­turer turns its hand to prop­erly pow­ered craft, it’s wor­thy of note. The boats tend to be very prac­ti­cal, well thought out and con­sid­ered in their de­sign. They’re not laden with trick­ery but use­able and safe, made to go to sea rather then just sit in a ma­rina be­ing used as a float­ing pa­tio.

Sure enough, that is the im­pres­sion you get as soon as you step aboard the M44. De­signed by renowned Kiwi naval ar­chi­tect

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