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