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Not all are sloops as some of 44's are cutter rigged as probably sailusvi and camaraderie are aware.
Caribbean Yacht Charters (CYC) sold 44's and early model 46's on a purchase and charter basis. This charter history rightly should concern people like tdw. The model itself lead to mixed results. While purchasers saved on a new Hylas, years later she had high engine hours from the hard life of a Caribbean bareboat. These days Hylas does not associate with chartering.
The passageway galley does not give you the security of a U-shaped one as Jeff_h suggests. On the other hand, the passageway galley opens up the interior for a double walkthrough configuration. All 44's have port and starboard walkthrough to the aft stateroom.
As InlandGirl, USCGRET1990, and BlueWaterMD note, Hylas was a Greek mythological figure. He accompanied Hercules on the cruise of the Argonauts. That is interesting to hear about the nymphs. I guess it associates Hylas with water...