Beautifully maintained, and never chartered, Hyperlas is a lovely example of the Hylas 54 which was designed to go blue water sailing in comfort and safety while still giving you goose bumps from the sheer exhilaration of sailing a masterpiece.
Comfort comes with the huge master cabin aft with the centre-line king sized bed. A light and spacious salon which invites you to sit down, relax and soak in the quality of the surrounding workmanship. A galley with space to be creative. Two sleeping cabins forward giving guests space and privacy.
Safety comes with the strength of build which incorporates Twaron, a carbon fibre, which is layered into the solid fibreglass hull. Watertight crash bulkheads fore and aft. Wide side decks with solid hand holds for safety going forward and standing rigging as fat as your finger!
Joy of sailing comes from a German Frers designed hull. A mast reaching 73 feet above the water which enables roughly 1800 sq foot of sail to be flown which is easily handled using powered winches. Typically while on passage you do not need to leave the safety of the well designed cockpit. Solid, safe and forgiving is not uncommon in offshore designs, but combine that with the feeling of elation you will get when under sail and you begin to realize why the 54 is so special.
Down below is light and spacious with enough sleeping accommodation for a soccer team (five doubles and a single) if needed. The quality of the joinery is notable, but many owners say it is the little things that make them really appreciate the thought and understanding that German Frers and the builders at the Queen Long yard poured into the yacht. Things such as the ball bearing runners that make the drawers move so smoothly, the deep twin sinks located near the centreline so they drain on either tack, access to filters, pumps and so on.
Hyperlas is finally coming up for sale by the original owners who have proudly cruised her from California to Alaska over thirteen wonderful years.
Now it is your turn. Enjoy!
- Nearly seven feet of headroom
- Windows and skylights provide a bright airy environment.
- Custom made companionway steps.
- Solid teak inlaid dining table is located to port with ample seating. A seat stores underneath the table and can be slid out to provide extra seating.
- The table drops down to provide a queen size bed.
- Opposite to starboard is another settee which can also pull out to make a double
- Lots of storage is to be found under and behind the seating.
- Hydronic heating vents with two speed fan control
- Located on the port side behind the companionway
- The Hylas 54 incorporates a computer desk into the L-shaped navigation station to create a home office feeling.
- Behind is a chart storage locker and a large area shared with the galley to spread out charts if needed.
- Raymarine wind, multi-display and autopilot
- Raymarine RL80C chart-plotter with 11 inch screen.
- Garmin 2006C chart plotter. Uses less power than the Raymarine system and as such is ideal for anchor-watch.
- ICOM IC M802 high frequency radio with distress function and steering station mike.
- ICOM IC M602 very high frequency radio
- Two Mastervolt inverter charger monitors. One for the house batteries and another for the rest.
- ICOM AT 140 High frequency long range radio, (antennae in the SS lazarette.)
- Charging station for two hand held VHFs (Lowrance LHR 80 and ICOM IC MBB)
- Spare ICOM HM 157B/SW remote mic
- Plug for cell phone signal enhancer. Make calls up to 200km away!
- Skymate, USB connector for laptop. This is a subscription service giving email and satellite weather updates.
- Espar hydronic themostat control
- Genset monitor and control panel
- Fireboy fire extinguisher system control panel
- Tanker Tender monitor has eight settings to show levels on each of the fuel and water tanks.
- Each tank has a dip stick for back up.
- Weems and Plath clock and barometer
- Quick pin release allows fast access to wiring boards
- Very clean and clearly labelled wiring boards.
- 12 volt outlet
- 2 shore power plug sockets
- Red night light.
- Under the navigation table are the battery switches
- And the oil exchange control panel for the engine, transmission and generator
- The galley is located along the starboard side behind the salon.
- Headroom is excellent and there is plenty of support to brace oneself with on either tack when at sea.
- There is an abundance of worktop space.
- Hylas are very amenable to semi customising their boats. The owners of Hyperlas asked for the area behind the companionway steps to be enlarged. This gave more work space for the galley and a more usable area for charts on the navigation station side. Moreover it enhances the feeling of spaciousness in the salon.
- Lighter corian counter tops installed instead of standard stone tops.
- Upgraded Glacier Bay fridge and freezer with top and front loading. So reliable these units have been put in submarines! (The unit also runs the air conditioner in the Master cabin.)
- The two sinks are near the centre line so they can drain on either tack. In case of electrical failure there are salt and fresh water back up foot pumps.
- Force 10 four burner cooker and broiler
- There is a thoughtfully placed spotlight opposite the oven to illuminate the interior.
- G.E. Microwave / convection oven (900w)
- Custom spice rack built into cupboard door for the owner
- Three water tanks holding a total of 200 gallons.
- A watermaker producing fresh water at 20gph means you always have enough.
- Icemaker can back up freezer if needed and works on dual voltage.
- 10 gallon hot water tank. (Stainless steel Isotemp with thermostat valve)
- Water from the sinks drains down to a sump box with a float switch. However there is a manual over ride to ensure the box is empty. This prevents the pump switching on unexpectedly should someones wash disturb the boat in the middle of the night for example. (Very thoughtful)
- Next to this switch is a pump for the fridge and freezer unit, making defrosting very simple.
- Ribbon lighting along the galley work top provides soft lighting
- Propane sniffer alarm
- King size bed with seating either side.
- Split matress and fixtures above allow lee cloths to be fitted if needed.
- Espar hydronic heating controls in the cabin and the ensuite.
- Air conditioning for relief on warmer nights
- Raymarine multi-display unit at hand to starboard of the Master king bed.
- Two portholes aft. Owners had larger than standard ones installed during construction.
- Large overhead hatch which opens forwards facilitating communication with the cockpit if desired and acts as an air-scoop fro fresh air below.
- Mosquito nets and screens pull across for privacy.
- One hanging locker at the foot of the bed. (An interior light turns on when opened)
- Three large shelving lockers (all can easily convert to hanging)
- An interior light which turns on when opened is fitted to two of these.
- Multiple other lockers including draws at the foot of the bed.
- All lockers are cedar lined.
- The ensuite is located on the port side and is accessible via the master.
- There is a separate shower area
- Washer dryer in ensuite shower cabinet
- Vacuflush heads with fresh water flush.
- 27 gallon holding tank
Forward guest cabin
- A king size bed which is set back a little further from the bow than in most sail boats. This makes the bed wider up forward and vast at the foot. (6’9″ long)
- Hanging lockers on both sides
- Plenty of storage
- Large hatch lets light flood in, unless the build in screen is used.
- Espar hydronic heating control
- Private entry to bathroom
- Two bunks, the bottom of which can pull out to make a queen.
- Hatch above and portholes keep the cabin light.
- Espar hydronic heating control
- Separate shower area
- Vacuflush head with fresh water flush.
- 37 gallon holding tank
- Espar hydronic heating control
Hydronic heating throughout the boat. (Steuergerat 12V Hydronic 10, unit and tank in SS lazarette.)
Floor boards are teak and holly
Floor panels are pinned and lockable so they are secure.
All cupboards and doors secure tightly.
All cupboard doors were upgraded to have Louvre venting installed to improve air flow.
Door were also upgraded to solid teak raised panels with lower portion louvered for ventilation.
Review by happy 54 owners