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August 25, 2009

Citrus Isles, Fort Lauderdale – New River Dockage

Filed under: Navigating — Tags: , , , — Richard Jordan @ 2:01 am
The Citrus Isles line the eastside of the New River's South Fork (center bottom oblique).

The Citrus Isles line the eastside of the New River's South Fork (center bottom oblique).

The Citrus Isles are located on the South Fork of Ft. Lauderdale’s New River. Just north, also on the South Fork, is the Davie Bridge and River Reach. South are the boatyards: Riverbend, LMC, and formerly, Summerfields. The isles and corresponding canals lie on the eastside of the river. They go from Davie (SW 12th) until SW 20th Street off of SW 9th Avenue. The wider area eastward is known as Croissant Park. The Citrus Isles themselves are part of the River Oaks community. Boaters know the isles for their deep, safe, and inexpensive non-liveaboard dockage rates. Continue reading “Citrus Isles, Fort Lauderdale – New River Dockage” »

August 24, 2009

Hylas 66 Review: Rare High Headroom Hylas

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Layout

Layout

Queen Long built only two hulls of the 66, another collaboration between German Frers and the Queen Long Shipyard in Kaohsiung. Her usually high headroom stuck some as odd, and the design never really caught on. Please read the John Kretschmer Review of the Hylas 66. They extended her lines to become the fantastic Frers 70. Please see our Hylas Models Page for information about other Hylas models.

Hylas 66 Under Sail

Hylas 66 Under Sail

August 19, 2009

Preface to Yacht Reviews

Filed under: General — Richard Jordan @ 10:46 am

Richard Jordan

Thank you for visiting Waves. Mostly what you will find here are reviews of used yachts with a few miscellaneous articles in between. These reviews are meant to be thoroughly researched, hard hitting opinion pieces on the good and bad of a given model. I combine the knowledge of brokers, owners, surveyors, clients along with my first-hand impressions. Many of the subjects I have had the pleasure to seatrial and survey giving me a modest idea of the common issues. My goal is to bring original information to the internet helping prospective buyers feel comfortable with all that goes along with any particular boat. The yachts chosen represent designs that I am most familiar with, and our brokerage primarily sells. We specialize in the sale of bluewater cruisers from 40 to 80 feet with prices ranging from $50,000 to $5 million. I focus on fiberglass yachts that have had long production runs and avoid custom designs. Continue reading “Preface to Yacht Reviews” »

July 24, 2009

Hylas 42 Review: Frers Swan in Disguise

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Line Drawings

Line Drawings

Started in 1985, the 42 is one of the earliest Hylas models. Frers designed her fast, similar to his Swans. If you are looking for an aft cockpit Hylas, the 42 is yours. Amazingly for an aft cockpit design, she has an aft stateroom and centerline queen. The trade-off is low headroom aft and more superstructure on deck. She has a split cockpit and comes like all Hylases in shoal (6’2″) and deep (7’0″) versions. Her rudder is a spade not skeg unlike other Hylases. Queen Long produced her until 1990. At that point with the growing influence of Caribbean Yacht Charters, they decided to focus on larger designs for charter like the 44 and 47. Please see our Hylas Models Page for information about other Hylases.

Hylas 70 Review: The Flagship

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PDF Brochure (Click to Download)

The 70 is the largest in the Hylas line, an extended version of 66-foot German Frers design. She comes in centerboard and fin keel models. Production is tempid, so please inquire to book an open production slot. Please see our Hylas Models Page for information about other Hylas models. Contact us or Hylas Yachts USA for more information.

July 22, 2009

Hylas 54 Review: New Evolution

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , — Richard Jordan @ 10:31 am
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PDF Brochure (Click to Download)

Although an exceptional charter boat, the Hylas 54 really lead Hylas away from chartering. The 54 was introduced while CYC was winding down from her heydays of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. According to Queen Long, the first Hylas 54 Standard Deck (H54-#01) was delivered on Nov. 3, 1997. This hull is the infamous Heart Song III who wrote a nice review of the 54. The boat has circumnavigated twice. The first Hylas 54 Raised Saloon Deck (H54RS-#06) was delivered on Feb. 23, 1999. In 2000, the founder of Hylas Yachts USA, sold CYC to VIP Charters moving to focus on new builds of the 46, 49, and 54 Hylas models. The 54 is currently in production with a longer wait time of 2 to 3 years. The design has also been stretched to 56-feet in 2010. John has a review of the 54 Hylas Raised Saloon version. Please see our Hylas Models Page for information about other Hylases. Contact us or Hylas Yachts USA for the status of open production slots. Continue reading “Hylas 54 Review: New Evolution” »

July 21, 2009

Hylas 51 Review: A False Start

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , — Richard Jordan @ 1:10 pm
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In 1992, Hylas introduced the Frers designed Hylas 51. She is a German Frers design built for both speed and comfort at sea. Meant to be an important addition to the Caribbean charter fleet, the 51 never caught on. Queen Long built only 12 hulls of this rare design. The interiors really varied. Rarest of all, one hull, Magic, was an aft cockpit design similar in layout to the 42. The 51 has 2 staterooms, a master aft and a unique guest forward with 2 queen berths. It features two extremely large staterooms, both with private heads and ample storage. Also, Hanne Hou had an alternate layout with a pullman berth forward portside. In 1995 along with the 45.5, the 51 went out of production. Later, Hylas added the Frers 54 which successfully became the envisioned, larger charter boat of the Hylas fleet. Please see our Hylas Models Page for information about other Hylases. Continue reading “Hylas 51 Review: A False Start” »

Hylas 49 Review: The Other Hylas

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PDF Brochure (Click To Download)

I have good memories associated with the 49 Hylas. A 49 named Northern Lights was the first new construction slot we at Jordan Yachts filled. That was in 1993 when Hylas was a relatively unknown charter yacht, and the 49 had just been introduced. The 49 was an evolution of the 47 Hylas Sparkman & Stephens design. Tony Seifert who owned a Hylas 47 deserves much of the credit. From his experiences on the 47, he advised Queen Long to increase the freeboard by 2 inches, enlarge the cockpit, and add a sugar scoop stern. She has better headroom than the 47 with the same 3 stateroom/2 head general layout. Hylas produced modified 49’s with Tony Seibert under the Explorer brand with fresh water washdown valves, ice cooler lazarettes, and other enhancements. The 47/49 have encapsulated lead ballast unlike the bolt-on keels of the Frers designs. They are the blacksheep of the Hylas line different than all the other Frers-Queen Long combinations. As of 2010, Hylas still builds these smooth sailing cruisers with a 6 month to a year waiting list. Please see our Hylas Models Page for information about other Hylas models. Contact us or Hylas Yachts USA for the status of open production slots. Continue reading “Hylas 49 Review: The Other Hylas” »

July 19, 2009

Hylas 47 Review: The Original Hylas

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This 47-footer started it all. In the late 1970’s, Queen Long was building Kelly Peterson 44’s for Jack Kelly Yachts and distributing them to Stevens Yacht Charters among others. Queen Long decided to expand and asked Sparkman & Stephens to design for them a new yacht that they owned the rights to. With little guidance, Rod Stephens created a truly breakthrough 47′ design in 1981 reportedly inspired by the classic Gulfstar 50 design by Vince Lazzara. Bill Stevens loved the design as a charterboat and bought as many as Queen Long could make. Bill was right, and with her three stateroom layout, she became a popular Caribbean charter yacht. Queen Long built approximately 56 under the Stevens name and another 82 under the Hylas brand when Stevens Charters had financial problems. In 1991, Tony Seifert and Dick Jachney enlarged the cockpit, increased the freeboard by 2″, and added a sugar scoop stern, extending her to become the Hylas 49. The 47’s particularly the Stevens versions are cult boats. John Kretschmer’s review of the Stevens 47 in his Used Boat Notebook has stoked this ravenous demand to unbelievable heights. Please see our Hylas Models Page for information about other Hylases. Continue reading “Hylas 47 Review: The Original Hylas” »

Hylas 45.5 Review: Spreading the Word

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , — Richard Jordan @ 10:31 am
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The 45.5 epitomizes how we became involved with Hylas Yachts. When, two years after introducing the 45.5, Hylas deprecated the 45.5 and introduced a fully extended 46 version, Jordan Yachts sold 44’s and 45.5’s of owners who wished to purchase the new 46. A flood of pre-owned Hyli went on the brokerage market. This sudden increase helped spread the word about the Queen Long quality and Frers beauty of these fine yachts. These events eventually culminated in Hylas’ readjustment from a charter based to an private owner based builder and the introduction of larger designs like the 54, 66, and 70 for an ever more sophisticated audience.

In 1992 with the increased influence of Caribbean Yacht Charters, Hylas added a sugar scoop stern to the 44 and called her the 45.5 along with introducing the Frers 51. The 45.5 followed the success of the 47’s extension to the 49. Dick and Joseph followed the same basic tenet of Tony Seifert’s 47 extension. They added a swim platform to optimize the 44 design for Caribbean chartering. Her hull is the same Frers design as the 44. Queen Long Marine extended the H44 mold to H45.5 and built a new 45.5 deck mold. They delivered the first 45.5 on July 8, 1993. They have the same rig and bridge clearance. Like the Frers Hylas models, they come in both shoal and deep draft versions with external bolt on keels. Queen Long factory built 9 of this rare model. Please see our Hylas Models Page for information about other Hyli. Continue reading “Hylas 45.5 Review: Spreading the Word” »

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