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Hylas Yachts builds ocean-capable cruisers highly sought after by globe-trotting sailors for their seakeeping and comfort. The H57 is designed by Dixon Yacht Design to uphold that legacy yet evolve the concept with a host of features that make her easy to sail with automated technology and a layout with more open social spaces to enjoy.The H57 is designed to be handled by a couple with a hull shape that offers speed and comfort offshore, with a solid-lead fin keel designed to reduce side slip while stiffening the hull to manage the large 1,636-square-foot (152 m²) sail area. The cockpit is convenient to the aft helm stations, where the business of sailing is conducted. The addition of the optional hard-top is in keeping with the lines of the yacht and has negligible impact on visibility, while uncluttered side decks allows easy movement around the yacht.This first H57 incorporates a sleek hard-top, which adds additional comfort and versatility to this bluewater sailing vessel. The hard-top compliments the builder’s goals of introducing updated technology, the most advanced construction techniques, and fresh design lines.This first Hylas H57 has a three-stateroom layout designed to create an easy-living space for a cruising couple who will live aboard or cruise extensively with family and friends. Because Hylas is a true semi-custom builder, owner input on the interior has been a key part of the project.Bill Dixon’s design has a substantial 17-foot beam and makes the most of over five feet of freeboard to offer good headroom throughout the layout, including the aft owner’s cabin. Wraparound windows and no fewer than a dozen large portlights add to the airy, bright ambience belowdecks.The owner’s cabin includes a queen berth on centerline accessible from both sides, as well as his- and-hers hanging lockers and drawers. The cabin is served by its own air-conditioning zone, ensuring owner comfort. Comfortable easy chairs positioned in the aft corners of the cabin make the most of the space and offer solitude from guests for reading or conducting business.The Hylas H57 is constructed of FRP composite using isophthalic gelcoat, cored with closed-cell foam and infused with vinylester resin for a strong, lightweight build. Five barrier coats of epoxy help to ensure the underwater surfaces are uncompromised for the lifetime of the yacht.
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