Hy­las M44

Soundings - - Launched -

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.

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