Hylas Yachts has launched the M44, the builder’s first foray into the U.S. powerboat market, with construction by Salthouse Boatbuilders in New Zealand.
Hull number one has a two-stateroom layout and an enclosed head/shower. There’s a cherry-trimmed master stateroom in the bow with a queen-size island berth. Four stainless-steel opening ports and an overhead hatch provide ventilation and light. The guest stateroom, which has three single berths, is abaft the master and adjacent to the head.
Farther aft and up a few steps is the saloon, which has the helm, a C-shaped dinette, a starboard settee and a C-shaped galley aft. Expanses of glass provide an eye-opening view, while white upholstery and wood trim create a soothing place to kick back and relax. The galley has a four-burner stove with oven, double sinks, a microwave, refrigeration and stowage. It’s positioned to allow conversations between the chef and inside and outside guests.
On her exterior, the M44 has a pleasant mix of contemporary and Down East lines. Entertaining spaces include the cockpit with teak decking, which flows through the open transom to the swim platform. There’s a settee to starboard and an Lshaped lounge to port, with a varnished teak table. A sliding glass door and flip- up glass window allow access to the saloon and galley.
Hylas chose a pair of 370-hp Yanmar 8LV diesel inboards mated to conventional shaft and propeller to power the M44. The builder publishes a top speed of 30 knots with a cruise in the 24- knot range. The hull is constructed of hand- laminated fiberglass with pre- sealed end grain balsa for coring. Vinylester resins are used for resistance to blistering.