The Hylas 44 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Hylas 44, a centre-cockpit masthead sloop, was designed by German Frers and built in Taiwan by Queen Long Marine.

A Hylas 44 centre-cockpit sailboatA Hylas 44 centre-cockpit sailboat

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

  • Less than 16 would be considered under-powered;
  • 16 to 20 would indicate reasonably good performance;
  • Over 20 suggests relatively high performance.

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 49.4

  • Under 40: less stiff, less powerful
  • Over 40: stiffer, more powerful

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 235

  • Under 100: Ultralight
  • 100 to 200: Light
  • 200 to 275: Moderate
  • 275 to 350: Heavy
  • Over 350: Ultraheavy

4. Comfort Ratio: 28.6

  • Under 20 indicates a lightweight racing boat
  • 20 to 30 indicates a coastal cruiser
  • 30 to 40 indicates a moderate offshore cruising boat
  • 40 to 50 indicates a heavy offshore boat
  • Over 50 indicates an extremely heavy offshore boat

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.9

  • Under 2.0 (the lower the better): Better suited for ocean passages
  • Over 2.0: Less suited for ocean passages

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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. 

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