ON BOARD

Long­time sail­boat builder Hylas Yachts en­ters the power­boat genre with its M44.

Yachting - - CONTENTS | DEPARTMENTS - By Tom Se­rio

Hylas Yachts, known for its sail­boats, makes a strong en­try into the power­boat mar­ket with the M44.

Downeast charm com­ple­ments an up­turned peak and gen­er­ous flare, and with a full-keel hull form that draws only 3 feet 2 inches, the Hylas M44 is a cruise-any­where craft. ¶ The M44 is built at Hylas’ Queen Long Marine yard in Tai­wan, a well-known sail­boat builder. It’s ap­ply­ing the same level of crafts­man­ship to its rel­a­tively new power­boat line. New Zealand de­signer Dean Salt­house de­vel­oped the M44 from proven fish­ing, pa­trol and other com­mer­cial craft penned by the Salt­house fam­ily. ¶ Board­ing from the plat­form is via three ac­cor­dion-glass gates that al­low ac­cess to the aft deck. The open­ing dou­bles as ten­der stowage un­der­way, hence the metal skid plate on the deck’s edge be­tween the cock­pit and swim plat­form. ¶ The yacht’s in­te­grated hard­top over­hang shades most of the cock­pit, and an en­clo­sure makes this space us­able on in­clement days. An L-shaped set­tee is to port, while to star­board are a high-gloss

teak high-low ta­ble that con­verts to a lounge pad, and a bench-style seat for al­fresco en­ter­tain­ing. Stowage un­der the seats is ad­e­quate for dive tanks, gear, a hot-wa­ter heater, bat­ter­ies and more. Ad­di­tional stowage is in the lazarette, which is ac­cessed via a hatch in the teak sole. ¶ De­signed with an eye to­ward open­ness, the sa­lon has a pocket door and a gashinged aft win­dow that opens, cre­at­ing an in­door-out­door so­cial area. The M44’s gal­ley, aft and to port, be­comes cen­tral to that so­cial area with a propane stove/ oven, a mi­crowave, dual fridge draw­ers, a top-open­ing freezer, twin stain­less-steel sinks, a pull-out pantry and 10 self-clos­ing sec­tioned draw­ers. ¶ For din­ing in­doors, there’s a U-shaped set­tee to port with a teak high-low ta­ble that con­verts to a berth. Across is a bench-style seat for more guests to stretch out af­ter a day’s cruis­ing. ¶ Be­lowdecks ac­com­mo­da­tions in­clude a fore­peak mas­ter state­room with a queen berth, a closet, four port­holes and an over­head hatch. A se­cond state­room has twin bunks, one a dou­ble berth. The head in­cludes a shower stall and MasterFlush elec­tric toi­let. ¶ The M44’s helm is sized to house a Ray­ma­rine 14-inch mul­ti­func­tion dis­play, en­gine mon­i­tors, au­topi­lot, tab con­trols, thruster and more. The burl-wood steer­ing wheel is a nice con­trast to the teak cab­i­netry and light­tone leather and fab­rics. ¶ Pow­ered on our sea trial with twin 370 hp Yan­mar diesels, the 20,943-pound yacht got up to 30 knots at wide-open throt­tle, with un­ob­structed vis­i­bil­ity in all di­rec­tions. ¶ An en­ter­tain­ment-friendly lay­out, solid con­struc­tion and ad­mirable per­for­mance make the Hylas M44 a note­wor­thy en­try into the power­boat world.

LOA MAX BEAM 44'4" 13'6"

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