The old saying goes, “the devil’s in the details,” but for luxury products, often it’s the difference that’s in the details—and this is definitely true for Hylas’ newest cruiser, the 63-foot, cutter-rigged model inserted between the Hylas 56 and the 70 flagship. It’s the smart details that make the boat cruise-ready out of the box, but at the same time, this semi-custom build can be personalized so it feels like a one-off design. Additionally, Hylas includes a lot of out-of-sight equipment that you might not think about at the boat show but that will definitely add to the safety and cruise-ability of this vessel over the long term.
The attention to detail starts with Hylas’ construction methods. The hull layup is solid FRP with alternating layers of Twaron, a fiber that is 2.5 times stronger than steel. The laminate is vacuum-bagged and there are two coats of epoxy below the waterline to help prevent osmotic blistering. There are two watertight bulkheads, one forward behind the anchor and sail lockers and another aft across the port and starboard lazarettes and dinghy garage, where there’s also room for SCUBA tanks and a compressor.
The nearly plumb bow means that LWL is just five feet short of LOA and the boat will likely be fast. A solid lead keel with bulb draws just 7’ 4” which is reasonable for a boat of this length, and the Selden aluminum, three-spreader rig carries an in-mast mainsail. The standard sail configuration is a 135% genoa with a staysail. All sails are on electric furlers and the backstay and vang are hydraulic. Deck features I usually look for include large and numerous cleats (there are 12 here) and tall lifelines (the 1.25” stainless stanchions are 32” high). Also, two 90-pound anchors are standard, with the owner specifying the type.
Like all center cockpit designs, the Hylas 63 provides a nice aft deck. Unlike others however, she offers both a working and a lounging cockpit. The rear cockpit has twin helms, a feature seldom seen outside of aft cockpit boats. The forward cockpit allows for full length lounging down both sides with a centerline table in between, and provides a bit of separation between the control center and the recreational space. The walkthrough between the wheels to the aft deck makes it easy to get from the companionway all the way back to the three-stepped transom.
Hylas also pays much attention to the mechanical and electrical systems, and here too, carefully considered details add peace-of-mind. The 63 is a 24V vessel with a 1,000 AH house bank of AGM batteries that power everything inside as well as the winches and windlass outside. Separate batteries are included for engine and generator starts. Auxiliary propulsion comes via the 220 hp Yanmar and extras include dual Racor fuel filters, two-inch Soundown insulation foam in the engine room, and a built-in oil exchange pump for the engine, generator and transmission. Other standard features include a 12 kW Northern Lights genset and a Sidepower bowthruster.
The Hylas 63 features a four-cabin and four-head layout. In 63 feet you certainly have the room to spread out, and the boat will work well for a large family with an owner/operator or a couple with occasional guests and professional crew. The master stateroom is aft with a centerline berth and a port-side head with stall shower. The VIP stateroom with its own head and shower is in the bow. Additional cabins include a Pullman berth to port and an over/under cabin with a small head aft. It strikes me that this last cabin could be made into a workroom or office, and the head could be used as a wet locker.
The galley is expansive, with acres of counter-top space, two-drawer refrigeration with a separate top and side-loading freezer, a three burner LPG stove and oven combination, and twin sinks. There is simply nothing missing here, even for the most demanding chef.
The interior finish is teak with a choice of teak or bamboo sole, with or without inlays. Corian counters come in two colors and there’s a choice of flush European-style or louvered cabinetry. The styling is minimal, but not stark like some of the more extreme Euro-chic design of today’s production boats.
|Fuel capacity||650 gal.|
|Water capacity||384 gal.|
Company co-founder, Dick Jachney, feels that the 63 was a necessary model to flesh out the Hylas line. “The 70 is just too big for some of our owners and it’s a big step down to the 56,” he says. “We tried the 68, then moved up to the 70, and now we have something in between.”
All this talk of equipment and systems makes it sound like details are only the tangible and visible items, but in the end, service is a large part of the experience of owning a premium vessel. Hylas has forged a relationship with their owners based on top-notch service. They will work with you throughout the build process. and will even help you sell your vessel when you’re done cruising or want to move up or down to another boat. Now, that’s a detail that makes a difference.
Other Choices: Sailors interested in the Hylas 63 will probably also want to look at the Oyster 625. A slightly smaller, less expensive cruiser of interest might be the Beneteau Oceanis 55.
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