Registered: January 2006
Review Date: Wed February 1, 2006
||Would you recommend the product? Yes |
Price you paid?: None indicated
| Rating: 0
Hylas 49, 2002
We purchased our boat new. We were attracted to the boat because of its Sparkman Stephens heritage, three cabin layout, and its stable offshore ability. She
does sail well and we usually outperform most other boats while
island hopping in the Caribbean-
I attribute this to the boat, not
its Captain or crew.
Buying a new Hylas was especially nice because they allow you to customize many components of the boat, far beyond what most builders will permit. Being a family of four, we had some special requirements, we also liked being able to have specify the leisure furl mainsail, some neat custom stainless work, twaron hull, custom woodwork, and the ability to specify other components that we were partial to. If you buy one new, be sure to visit the builder in Taiwan, Queen Long, they are an outstanding organization and extremely dedicated to building a quality product. The 49 has been around for a while and every year, they have been making continuous refinements to this model, so the result is an extremely well engineered boat. They treat their customers royally and we still communicate with them now and then. Their production manager and owners are US educated, fluent in English, and communicated with us reguarly during the build complete with emailed photographs showing progress and to illustrate customized elements we had requested.
The quality of the woodwork, stainless, layup, electrics, and mechanicals has proved to be excellent. The only problem we have experienced associated with the original Queen Long construction was a water heater that died after about 8,000 miles and three years due to corrosion- I don't think it was built with an anode from what I could see.
We intend to keep our boat for many, many more years and believe
she will continue to serve us well.