Taiwanese sailboat builder Hylas Yachts has introduced a new 60-foot (18.29 m) performance cruiser. The Hylas 60’s exterior styling and construction were designed by German Frers and Hot Lab drew the interior layout. Hylas describes the new model as “the most advanced” in the company’s 40-year history.
Choice of Layouts
As reported by International Boating Industry news, the new boat made its debut at the Miami International Boat Show in February. The H60 has a plumb bow and broad transom. Owners can choose between three- and four-stateroom layouts belowdecks.
“Frers and Hot Lab collaboration is a perfect match,” said Andy Huang, CEO of Hylas Yachts in a statement. “The Hylas 60 represents the next step forward for Hylas Yachts in the performance cruiser market. Embracing the latest construction techniques with cored hulls that deliver improved performance, more rigorous quality assurance techniques and significant strength advantages.”
Frers calls the new boat’s style “timeless,” and said he expects the new model to “have a long, successful life in the market.” He and Hylas have collaborated for more than 40 years. The manufacturer says that with the new model it is staking out new territory that makes the H60 ocean capable while still making the boat’s interior attractive to contemporary sailors.
Next Level Interior
Enrico Lumini, partner and interior chief designer at Hot Lab said the relationship with Hylas resulted in the development of a “soft and gauzy mood-board.” He added, “This is how we ended up with a whitish, oiled wood, warm, polished-nickel elements and creamy leathers. All materials and details which blend together in a soft manner, keeping the traditional feeling of a pure sailing yacht interior.”
Frer’s hull design and sail plan should appeal to cruising couples who want stretch distances and crew the boat on their own. Hylas uses CZone digital switching for interior systems control, with devices controlled via portable touch screens.
The boat is powered by a Volvo D3 engine equipped with the manufacturer’s control systems. Hydraulics are used for in-mast furling and backstay control and for lowering the swim platform to open the tender garage.