The Hylas 46 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Hylas 46, a centre-cockpit cruising yacht, was designed by German Frers and built in the USA by Hylas Yachts Inc.

'Capers' a Hylas 46 sailboat on a visitors mooring in Prince Rupert Bay, Dominica, West IndiesA cutter-rigged version of the Hylas 46

Published Specification for the Hylas 46

Underwater Configuration: Fin keel & spade rudder 

Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall: 46'3" (14.1m)

Waterline Length: 40'0" (12.2m)

Beam: 13'9" (4.2m)

Draft: 6'6" (2.0m)

Rig Type: Masthead sloop, but some were produced with a cutter rig

Displacement: 27,777lb (12,599kg)

Designer: German Frers

Builder: Hylas Yachts (USA)

Year First Built: 1995

Owners Association: Hylas Yacht Owners Association

A Hylas 46 sailboat underway

'Boundless', a Hylas 46 for Sale

Although 'Boundless' is no longer available, the excellent pics and text are retained here for the benefit of anyone researching these superb cruising yachts.

Published Design Ratios for the Hylas 46

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 20.5

  • 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: 44.5

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

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 194

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

4. Comfort Ratio: 31.3

  • 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: 1.8

  • 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 46

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 20.5 suggests that, in the right hands, the Hylas 46 will have enough performance to leave most other sailboats of similar waterline length well astern. 

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 44.5 means that the Hylas 46 will stand up well to her canvas in a blow, helping her to power through the waves. 

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 194, tells us the Hylas 46 is a light-to-moderate displacement sailboat, which means she'll carry a reasonable amount of cruising gear without it having much of an effect on her performance.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 31.3 suggests that crew comfort of a Hylas 46 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a moderate bluewater cruising boat - a predictable and acceptable motion for most seasoned sailors.

5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.8 tells us that a Hylas 46 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0. 

Other sailboats in the Hylas range include:

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