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Hylas 46

US $429,000 
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Length 46' 3" - 14.09m
Vessel Location  Ventura, California, USA
Year  2004
Hull Material Fiberglass
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Boat Details

Displacement 27777 lb
Beam 13 ft 9 in
Length 46 ft 3 in
W/L Length 40 ft
Fin Keel 12347 lb Lead Bulb
Max Draft 6 ft 10 in
Engine Yanmar 75 Hp
Engine Hours 3730
Fuel 170 gal diesel
Fresh Water 135 gal
Holding Tanks (2) 27 gal
Genset 6 Kw
Genset Hours 1310
DC 12 V
House Battery 1290 Ah
Wind Power 12V/400W
Solar Power 12V/340W
AC Electrical 120V/30 Amp
AC/DC Charger 120 Amp
DC/AC Inverter 2000W
220-120V Transformer 30 Amp


For over 30 years now, Queen Long Marine in Taiwan has been building 12 to 16 terrific, blue-water boats a year ranging in size from 46 to 70 feet. Their overall build quality is as good or better, than any other production builder in the world today. They are also one of the few yards that allow a significant amount of owner-customization of each boat. So each Hylas, regardless of size, becomes a unique boat that reflects the original owner’s style and sailing preferences.

With Fetching Light, we were looking for a safe, comfortable and fast passage-making boat that could be self-sufficient for 6-8 month periods in the vast Pacific Ocean where routine passages are measured in multiple weeks and boat parts or services are very limited once you venture very far off the west coast of North America. The interior and deck layout of Fetching Light is unique and reflects our design goals in significant ways. The salon seating cushions easily convert into 2 comfortable sleeping berths on port and starboard where boat motion and noise is minimized at sea. Live aboard comfort is enhanced by a propane-fired, tankless hot water heater installed in lieu of the standard tank heater. That swap provides endless hot water on demand and saves enough space for a 16000 BTU air conditioning/heating unit servicing the salon and aft cabin. The large bow sail locker provides needed storage area for sails, tools, and other wet gear that is accessible from either the interior or the deck. The house batteries are intelligently located in one large 1290 AH bank on centerline, deep in the hull. That arrangement not only improves the boat’s stability and sailing characteristics by increasing the ballast/displacement ratio, but also frees up significant storage area otherwise committed to 5 8D house batteries scattered through out the boat.

Prior to construction, a lot of thought was given to the sail plan for the boat. The standard boat comes equipped with a slab-reefed mainsail, a furling 135% genoa and a chain plate for an inner forestay. That basic sail plan provides good performance for breezes from 10 to 25 knots. Adding a staysail on the inner forestay provides good performance above 35 knots. However, the sail plan is less than optimal below 10 knots and between 25 and 35 knots. The simple solution is to carry additional sails, such as a 110% genoa and an asymmetrical spinnaker. Unfortunately there is insufficient deck storage volume to carry both sails without robbing space from other necessary offshore cruising gear such storm ground tackle or a drogue. Rather than do that, we modified the standard sail plan by moving the staysail chain plate tack about 3 feet forward on the deck and higher on the mast. That change created a large enough staysail area to fill the missing performance gap between 25 and 35 knots with the added bonus of making it possible to locate a 65 cubic foot sail locker in the bow area right where it is most usable. To date, this is the only Hylas 46 that has made that modification.

To improve light air performance below 10 knots, we added a stainless steel sleeve to the stemhead fitting below the genoa furler to accept a 7.5 foot long removable bowsprit. At that time there were no commercially available bowsprits on the market so we engineered and fabricated our own. That bowsprit has proven to be both reliable and functionally superior to anything currently available in the marketplace. But we didn’t stop there because what we were really looking for was an easy way for a couple to manage a large Code 0 sail capable of improving light air performance upwind as well as downwind. The solution was to add a bobstay to the bowsprit and attach the Code 0 sail to a looped Facnor furler with the furling line led around a rope clutch mounted on top of the existing Maxwell windlass capstan. Once the chain gypsy is disengaged on the windlass, what you have is a cockpit-controlled electric furler and a big Code 0 sail that can be easily managed by a couple. This Code 0 sail management system has proven to be a far more versatile and reliable system than the traditional asymmetrical spinnaker w/sock normally found on cruising boats. As far as I know, there is no other sail management system like it in the world.

Reliability at sea is important for any sailboat boat but it is particularly important on long offshore passages with a small crew. Under those circumstances, the essential task of constantly steering the boat requires some form of automation to reduce crew fatigue. On modern boats that is normally accomplished with an autopilot driven by battery power. However, it is well-known that autopilots are very prone to failure in multiple ways and it is prudent to have a backup steering system.

In the days before autopilots, offshore sailors relied exclusively on various types of wind vane steering systems. Typically, wind vane steering is clunky-looking mechanical gear that is neither as user friendly nor as precise in steering as an autopilot. However, if properly installed, wind vane steering gear is highly reliable. So rather than install a second, unreliable autopilot for backup steering, we opted to install a Sailomat 601 wind vane on the stern. The installation proved to be very challenging because we did not want to permanently obstruct the swim step area with vane steering gear nor clutter up the cockpit with control lines attached to the helm wheel. The solution was to make the vane steering gear mounting easily moveable/removable and then couple the steering control lines directly to the emergency tiller rather than route them to the helm wheel. The initial installation went smoothly but it took years to work out bugs in an emergency tiller linkage that was never designed for 24/7 steering duty. During that period we had lots of incentive to persevere getting it right because, as expected, the autopilot failed multiple times. In the end we were successful and over the last 15,000 miles the Sailomat has steered the boat exceptionally well in all conditions and earned its place as our primary steering system, especially in heavy air and big seas.

When we first set off on our cruising adventures in the Pacific 8 years ago, we thought we had a well prepared boat. That was true for the first several years as we enjoyed coastal cruising in the relatively gentle Pacific waters of Mexico learning the boat. However once we ventured further offshore, we quickly realized that blue water cruising in the mid-Pacific is far more demanding than coastal cruising. Both the canvas dodger and bimini were damaged by boarding seas or high winds on multiple occasions. The diesel genset needed repairs frequently and the backup engine-driven alternator wasn’t able to keep up with the boat’s electrical load long-term without failing.

To survive offshore we were forced to invest substantial time and money to improve cockpit safety and upgrade our electrical power generation capability. Strengthening the dodger and bimini to stand up to high winds and big boarding seas dramatically improved our cockpit comfort and safety. Adding wind, solar and water power generating systems virtually eliminated running the genset or engine to charge the batteries with an added bonus of extending our motoring range under power. These and other upgrades transformed Fetching Light from a blue water-capable coastal cruising boat, into a comfortable and exceptionally capable offshore cruising boat. That’s a very significant milestone that less than 1% of all cruising boats ever achieve.

But what really separates Fetching Light from other boats, is the fantastic way she sails. Within a cruising context, she is both comfortable and fast with minimum effort. In fact, she’s the fastest passage making Hylas 46 on the water today. That big talk is true because of her unique sail plan physics. With 3 furling headsails, 2 telescoping whisker poles and 3 reefs in the main, you have a good sail plan for any breeze, light or heavy, on any point of sail, upwind or downwind, that will maximize sailing performance. All the sails are easily managed by one or two people, mostly without leaving the safety and protection of the cockpit. That translates into easy additional course made good miles every day. We know this is true because even sailing conservatively as we always do, on long passages in similar weather, we routinely log faster passage times than much larger monohulls or even cruising catamarans. And never once, even in sustained 45-50 knot wind with big seas for days on end, has anyone on board ever felt threatened at sea.

Now, after logging nearly 50,000 miles in the Pacific, from 60 North to 40 South, Fetching Light has probably confronted every wind and sea condition any prudent sailor is likely to encounter. All the major equipment and systems have been thoroughly sorted out, tested and proven. In almost all respects, Fetching Light is a far better boat today than when she was commissioned 8 years ago. So if you’re in the market for a superb offshore cruising boat in bristol condition, I invite you aboard to take a deeper look at Fetching Light by watching our engaging attatched online video. If you like what you see, give us a call at (805 967-7911 or 805 259 6409) or send an email to schedule a walk-thru inspection and answer any questions you may have.
US $429,000 
Vessel Name  Fetching Light
Year  2004
Length  46' 3" - 14.09m
Vessel Location  Ventura, California, USA
Region  North America and Caribbean
Designer  German Frers
Builder  Queen Long Marine, Taiwan
Hull Material  Fiberglass
Decks Material  Cored Fiberglass
Engine  Yanmar 4JH3TE 75hp, 4 cylinder turbo diesel engine with shaft drive and 22" dia. 3 blade Flex-o-fold folding prop that delivers. 85 gal/hr fuel economy cruising at 2200 rpm & 6.8 knts/hr
Engine Room  # Excellent engine maintenance access from 3 sides
# Auto fire extinguish system
# Dual Racor 500 fuel filtration system enables rapid bypass of clogged filter
# Walborough in line fuel pump w/ manifold & valves enables fuel transfer & polishing between 4 tanks and eliminates injector bleeding
# Prelubber engine oil pump pressurizes internal oil passages prior to starting engine and changes engine, transmission and genset oil.
# 2 Balmar Series 7 12VDC 110 amp alternators each w/ Balmar Maxcharge smart regulator
# Walborough in line fuel pump dedicated to genset
# Engine exhaust pyrometer gage provides early warning of engine overheating problems
Genset  BMZ 6 KW 120VAC genset w/ Kubota 12hp, 2 cylinder diesel engine
Fuel  170 Gal diesel in 4 SS tanks
Water  135 Gal in 1 SS tank w/ dual pressurized water pumps
Shower  1 swim step and 2 interior stateroom hot & cold showers
Toilet  2 manual Jabsco heads with 27 gal holding tanks
Accommodation  # 2 private fore & aft staterooms w/ queen berths
# Superb satin finished teak cabinetry & woodwork throughout w/ hanging locker wardrobes cedar lined
# Taylor Made high-efficiency 12VDC fluorescent lighting fixtures w/ wall switches throughout interior
# Custom teak dinette table w/ fold out leaf & sliding loveseat maximizes salon functionality & storage
# Port & starboard settees each convert into 2 comfortable over/under sea berths for passage making
# 12VDC Hella fans throughout interior - 2 aft cabin, 1 galley, 2 salon, & 2 fwd. Cabin
# 2 Ocean Air interior hatch bug screen/solar shades mounted on aft & fwd cabin 24” hatches
# Solid teak overhead hand handrails and lower handholds throughout interior for offshore safety
# Cabin sole storage area access panels are positive locking for offshore safety
# All berths fitted with retractable/storable lee cloths for sleeping comfort & offshore safety
# All interior seat and berth cushions fitted with removable hold-down strapping for offshore safety
# All interior bookcases fitted with removable containment netting for offshore safety
# Maximum possible thermal insulation installed behind interior liner panels on hull & deck house
Galley  # Dual deep SS sinks w/ fresh and salt water foot pumps
# Pressurized hot & cold fresh water supply to galley, heads & swim step w/ dual in-line pumps
# Bosch propane instant hot water heater provides endless hot water on demand
# Force 10 3 burner propane stove w/ temp controlled oven
# 900W microwave oven
# Grey Corian counter tops
# Very generous storage locker space and dedicated refuse disposal bin
# 4 10 lb. Aluminum propane tanks w/ propane safety solenoid & alarm
Refrigeration  # 2 5 C. F. Top & side door freezer/refrigerator boxes insulated w/ maximum-efficient vacuum panel insulation
# 2 Frigoboat DB50 12VDC keel-cooled refrigeration compressors for refrigerator & freezer
# Blue Sea electrical breakers disconnect refrigeration power below 11.7 VDC to protect house batteries
Ground Tackle  # Robust SS bow roller for easy storage & deployment of 2 large bow anchors
# Maxwell 2200 12VDC windlass (Rebuilt 2010 w/ new motor) w/ both bow & cockpit controls
# 66 Lbs. Spade primary bow anchor w/ 300' 3/8" chain – anchor & chain re-galvanized 2009
# 66 Lbs. Bruce secondary bow anchor w/ 60' 3/8 chain & 250' ¾" nylon rode
# 35 Lbs. SS Danforth stern anchor w/ 60' 3/8" chain & 250' ¾" nylon rode
# 32 Lbs. FX55 Fortress storm anchor w/ 60' 3/8" chain & 250' ¾" nylon rode
# Fresh & salt water anchor chain wash down deck outlet ports at bow
# 100' ¾" extra nylon rode
# Bow SS chain stopper & SS chain tensioner
# SS cutwater bow plate for securing anchor bridle & bowsprit bobstay to hull
# Removable SS anchor roller to safely deploy/retrieve stern anchor
# 2 SS stern roller fairleads for anchor rode & mooring lines
Safety Gear  # ARC 406 Mhz EPIRB w/ GPS
# MOM-8A auto-inflatable man over board life ring w/ hard canister (serviced 2009)
# Lifesling MOB rescue sling w/ hard case
# 6 Mustang USCG approved inflatable life vests w/ strobe lites, harness, & tether lines
# Deck-mounted, vinyl covered 5/16" SS jack lines port & starboard running bow to stern
# Complete offshore emergency signal kit w/ 12 ga. Pistol flares, parachute flares & smoke bombs
Electrics  # Industrial duty 12VDC, 1290 amp-hour house battery bank rated @ 2500 80% discharges (2006)
# TriMetric house battery bank electrical load monitor
# 2 4D 12VDC, 150 amp-hour batteries for engine starting & anchor windlass (2010)
# 50 Amp 125VAC shore power input w/ 50 foot cord protected w/ 50 amp galvanic isolator
# 30 Amp 220VAC to 110VAC isolation transformer enables 220VAC shore power hookup
# Protech 40 amp AC shore powered 12VDC battery charger
# Charles 80 amp AC shore powered 12VDC battery charger
# 2 removable Mitsubishi 170W 12VDC solar panels mounted on bimini top w/ 500W BZ solar charge controller
# Southwest Windpower Airmarine 400W 12VDC wind generator mounted on SS stern pole
# Removable Ampair UW 12VDC, prop-driven underwater 12VDC generator w/ retractable stern mounting pole
# Xantrex Prosine 2000W 120VAC true-sine wave DC-AC inverter/charger
# Mermaid Marine 16000 BTU air conditioner/heat pump unit servicing salon and aft cabin
# Dickinson 9000 BTU propane fireplace cabin heater servicing salon
# Village Marine 12VDC, 10 gal/hr reverse osmosis water maker
# Splendide 120VAC clothes washer/dryer
# Sony AM/FM stereo radio w/ MP3,10 CD changer & 4 interior & 2 cockpit speakers
# Standard Horizon VHF radio w/ RAM cockpit mic
# Protable hand-held VHF radio
# Icom 802 SSB marine radio w/ AT 140 antenna tuner & Pactor 3 modem linking the SSB to the PC's
# Raymarine ST 60 Series Depth, Speed & Wind indicators
# Humminbird 728 forward looking sonar
# 2 Furuno GP-32 GPS receivers w/ WASS
# Raymarine 2000 tiller autopilot linked to Sailomat 601 self-steering gear & emergency tiller
# Tecnautic below-deck hydraulic ram autopilot w/ cockpit, nav station & portable hand-held controls
# Masthead Sea-Me active radar reflector – greatly amplifies boat radar signature
# Masthead efficient LED tricolor & anchor lights
# AIS collision avoidance receiver
# JRC 4 Kw 48 mile radar w/ self-leveling mount
# 2 Shuttle SSF PC’s running WinXP w/ MaxSea navigation software & Cmap charts for the entire world
# 2 400W DC to AC inverters dedicated to PC's
# DVD R/W player & HP inkjet all-in-one copier, scanner & printer linked to PC
Sail Inventory  # Doyle 10.5 oz Dacron mainsail w/ 5 full battens, 3 reefs & Stack Pack sunbrella sail cover/lazy jacks (2010)
# Doyle 6 oz. Dacron 135 genoa w/ sunbrella cover (inspected & re-stitched 2010)
# Doyle 10 oz. Dacron working staysail w/ sunbrella cover (inspected & re-stitched 2010)
# Doyle 10 oz. Dacron hank-on storm staysail
# Doyle 3 oz. Dacron radial cut 165 Code 0 sail w/ sun screen cover (2009
Mast / Rigging  # Selden aluminum mast w/ double spreaders & internal halyards
# Antal System 5 mainsail track w/ low friction slides & batten cars
# 2 Selden 20' whisker pole tracks w/ cars mounted on mast
# Selden aluminum boom w/ 3 internal single-line reefing lines led to cockpit, 1 outhaul line & 4 line clutches
# Selden aluminum boom vang
# 6 Lewmar line clutches servicing electric cockpit winch for main halyard, 3 reefing lines & 2 furling lines
# Furlex 400 genoa furler w/ furling line led to cockpit
# Garhauer adjustable genoa sheet cars w/ control lines led to cockpit
# Furlex 300 staysail furler w/ furling line led to cockpit
# Running backstays for staysail w/ 4-1 line block system to safely deploy & retract backstays from cockpit
# Garhauer adjustable staysail blocks mounted on genoa track
# Custom 7.5' long removable aluminum bowsprit mounted in SS bow sleeve w/ bobstay for Code 0 sail
# Facnor Code 0 furler mounted on bowsprit w/ looped furling line driven by cockpit-controlled windlass
# 2 custom Forespar carbon fiber telescoping (18'-29') whisker poles vertically stowed on mast
# Removable above-deck emergency steering control lines linking steering helm wheel to emergency tiller
# 6 large Garhauer movable snatch blocks for managing headsail trim and stern anchor rode
Deck Gear  # Custom SS hard dodger w/ ½" thick Lexan lites, 24” opening hatch, fiberglass top w/ handholds & sun cover
# Custom SS bimini w/ fiberglass top w/ handholds & removable clear & bug screen cockpit enclosure panels
# Copper Coat epoxy bottom paint new 2009 w/ 10 year life expectancy
# Grey molded fiberglass non-skid deck surface
# 4 SS hand rails on deckhouse – no teak on deck
# 14 SS 12" mooring cleats – (6 extra)
# Aluminum toe rail w/ movable/folding SS/teak boarding ladder mounted on either port or starboard beam
# Teak rub rail w/ SS protective plate full-length along the hull
# Garhauer SS outboard engine hoist mounted on stern
# 2 stern fold down pushpit seats
# 65 c. F. Bow sail locker, 2 large stern lazarettes, & 1 swim step fuel locker provide generous storage for wet gear
# 6 SS Manship deck hatches w/ bug screens & sunbrella covers - (1 Extra 24" hatch mounted on hard dodger)
# 11 SS Manship ports w/ bug screens – (5 extra)
# 4 SS Manship non-opening ports mounted on hull sides
# 4 SS removable dorades w/ SS guards
# 3 Lewmar chrome ST48 mast winches
# 5 Antal chrome cockpit winches (3 ST48,2 ST64) w/ sunbrella covers
# 1 Antal electric chrome ST48 cockpit winch services main halyard, 3 reefing lines & 2 furling lines
# Cockpit seat cushions (re-covered 2010)
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Telephone  001- 805 967-7911
City / Suburb  Goleta
Country  USA
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