The Hylas 44 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Hylas 44, a classic centre-cockpit cruiser was designed by German Frers and built by Queen Long Marine of Taiwan, and has been popular among sailors since its introduction in 1984. With a spacious and comfortable interior, a fast and stable hull, and a versatile rig, the Hylas 44 is a great choice for long-distance cruising and living aboard.

A Hylas 44 centre-cockpit sailboatA Hylas 44

Published Specification for the Hylas 44

Underwater Profile: Fin keel and skeg-hung rudder;

Hull Material: GRP (Fiberglass);

Length Overall: 44'2" (13.5m);

Waterline Length: 34'10" (10.6m);

Beam: 13'6" (4.1m);

Draft: 6'11" (2.1m);

Rig Type: Masthead Sloop;

Displacement: 22,320lb (10,124kg);

Designer: German Frers;

Builder: Queen Long Marine (Taiwan);

Year First Built: 1984;

Year Last Built: 1993;

Published Design Ratios for the Hylas 44

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 17.6

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 49.4

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 235

4. Comfort Ratio: 28.6

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.9

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Hylas 44

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 17.6 suggests that the Hylas 44 will, in the right conditions, approach her maximum hull speed readily and satisfy the sailing performance expectations of most cruising sailors.

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 49.4 means that the Hylas 44 will stand up well to her canvas in a blow, helping her to power through the waves.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 235, tells us the Hylas 44 is a moderate displacement cruiser, which means she'll carry all your cruising gear without it having a dramatic effect on her performance. Most of today's sailboats intended for offshore cruising fall into this displacement category.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 28.6 suggests that crew comfort of a Hylas 44 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a coastal cruiser with moderate stability, which is not encouraging news for anyone prone to seasickness. 

5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.9 tells us that a Hylas 44 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0. 

Any Questions?

What other versions of the Hylas 44 were built?

The Hylas 44 was built between 1984 and 1993 by Queen Long Marine of Taiwan. There were variations in the keel configuration (deep or shoal) and the rig (cutter or sloop). The first thirteen hulls had an offset berth in the master stateroom, while the rest had a centerline queen. In 1992, a sugar scoop stern was added to the design.

What is the accommodation like in the Hylas 44?

The Hylas 44 has a centre cockpit layout with a spacious master stateroom aft and a guest cabin forward, each with a private head and shower. The main salon has a dinette to port and a settee to starboard. The galley is along the starboard walk-through, while the master head is along the port walk-through.

What is the Hylas 44 like to sail?

The Hylas 44 is a fast and stable cruiser that can handle a variety of wind and sea conditions. She has a balanced helm and good tracking ability, thanks to her skeg-hung rudder and long waterline. She can point well upwind and reach comfortably downwind. She is also easy to handle by a small crew or a single-hander.

What sail plan and rigging options are available for the Hylas 44?

The Hylas 44 was designed as a sloop with a tapered, keel-stepped mast carrying 864 square feet of sail area. The high-aspect, masthead, double-spreader rig came with a conventional hoist or an in-mast furling main. Some boats were also rigged as cutters.

What keel options are available for the Hylas 44?

The Hylas 44 has a mini-winged, fin keel that draws either four feet nine inches in the shoal-draft version or eleven feet six inches in the deep-draft version.

What is the average cost of a secondhand Hylas 44?

The average cost of a secondhand Hylas 44 depends on the year, condition, equipment, and location of the boat. Based on some recent listings on YachtWorld, the price range is between $140,000 and $170,000 USD.

Is this boatbuilder still in business?

Yes, Queen Long Marine is still in business and continues to produce high-quality yachts under the Hylas brand. They have expanded their range to include models from 42 to 70 feet, designed by various naval architects such as German Frers, Bill Dixon, Sparkman & Stephens, and Dixon Yacht Design.

What other sailboats have been created by this designer?

The designer of the Hylas 44 is German Frers, a renowned Argentine naval architect who has created many successful racing and cruising yachts. Some of his other sailboats include Swan 36, Swan 46, Swan 51, Swan 65, Hallberg-Rassy 39, Hallberg-Rassy 42F, Hallberg-Rassy 53, Hallberg-Rassy 64, Wallynano MkII, Nautor ClubSwan 50, Nautor ClubSwan 125, Solaris One 60, Solaris One 80.

The above answers were drafted by using GPT-4 (OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model) as a research assistant to develop source material; to the best of our knowledge, we believe them to be accurate.

Other sailboats in the Hylas range include:

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