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“Mersoliel” is a fully bluewater-cruising equipped example of the highly-regarded Hylas 46.  Owned by veteran offshore cruisers whose expertise in equipping and maintaining a true bluewater yacht is apparent, she is ready for many more adventures.

Having just completed an Atlantic crossing in January 2020, her (original) are stepping off now after many thousands of miles and are ready to pass her on to new owners who will continue the journey.

Designed by German Frers and built by Queen Long Marine, the Hylas 46 is carefully designed to fill the niche of a spacious and luxurious yacht that gives the seagoing capabilities of a larger vessel while being easily sailed by a couple. The plumb bow and sharp entry with generous beam carried aft provide not only great sailing characteristics and excellent stability but amazing accommodations. They Hylas 46 features a center cockpit layout with the great aft deck space and a sugar scoop transom.

The Hylas 46 features a hull and deck design with a longer waterline and beam carried further aft improving performance and interior space. The hull of the Hylas 46 is completely hand laid solid fiberglass with 8 longitudinal stringers tied to each frame and bulkhead providing an unusually strong seamless monolithic structure in excess of A.B.S. standards. Watertight bulkheads fore and aft. The keel, offered in both standard and shoal draft configurations, is externally bolted lead using 12 solid stainless steel 1 3/8″ bolts with backing plates. The distance between the rudder and keel is measured by design to provide excellent directional stability and balance. The semi-skegged rudder provides for a solid combination of strength, protection, and performance. The bottom of the rudder is 6″ higher than the low point of the keel providing protection for the rudder in the event of a grounding.

Hylas built these boats with hand laid fiberglass (GRP) utilizing vinylester resins and isophthalic gel goat with two epoxy barrier coats for superior protection against osmosis and hull blistering. The deck is fiberglass sandwich construction with balsa core. Solid GRP fiberglass in all areas of the deck for deck fittings and stress areas. The deck is bonded to the hull with 3M 5200 epoxy and thru bolted every 5″ with backing plates. Decks are offered in both molded contrasting non-skid and teak. The cutter rigged, two spreader Selden spar with alloy boom and semi-rigid boom vang is stepped through the deck. The rig is supported by 1 x 19 stainless steel wire and attached to stainless steel chain plates. Mainsail furling is most commonly in-mast with some offered with in-boom or standard slab reefing.

Josh Mclean, David Walters Yachts

“A capable and very liveable center-cockpit, it hits the target for what most cruisers are looking for today. Like all Hylas models the 46 is built like a rock with first-rate gear. The design is definitely more modern than that of other Hylases on the list, the 44 and 49. I have plenty of offshore miles on this model and wouldn’t hesitate to take it anywhere.”

John Kretschmer, “Sailing a Serious Ocean”

“Mersoliel” is in ready-to-go condition, with all of the goodies one hopes for on a passage maker. She has been updated with a new Yanmar 4JH4-TE diesel (2015), new Ullman mainsail and genoa (2019), dual Cruiseair AC/Heat, recent lithium batteries, solar panels, a Gori prop, watermaker, and new bowthruster, just to list a few.

She’s being offered by David Walters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for $425,000 USD.

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