So why a Hylas 46?  Good question, and if you would've asked us prior to our cursory shopping, we wouldn't even have been able to tell you we knew of Hylas.  We kinda figured we were looking for something to fit us, but how to define that.  There wasn't one particular prerequisite or wish, I guess one thing we tried to consider was advice from a life long family liveaboard friend who simply said "buy the biggest boat you're going to be comfortable with, it's going to be your home after all".  Well, that's pretty open ended but at least a starting point.  We figured 50' seemed like too much boat for two people and under 40' seemed like not enough comfort for us.  Maybe over time we'll find less could've been more.  We started by looking at Tayana, Tartan, Island Packet, Pacific Seacraft, Hallberg Rassy, Cheoy Lee, and several other blue water boats.  In the fall of 2011 we started to get more serious and hired a broker, Mik Maquire at Passage Yachts.  Couldn't have had a more willing participant, he never pushed and always just answered questions.  So when we asked about other types of boats he suggested looking at some on the east coast, where many more were for sale.  We took a visit out there in early 2012 and met Scott Duncombe at David Walters Yachts and again we were impressed with the professionalism and desire to help, not sell, us on buying our boat.  If anyone is looking for a Hylas in particular, other than scoping out the Hylas Yacht Owners Association site, be sure to check with DWY, they, more than anyone, know the Hylas market and will travel to make things work for you. 

On our first trip to Florida to look at 13 different boats, we saw SeaGlub as an unscheduled afterthought as Mik had been informed there was a Hylas nearby and told us to go take a look.  I can tell you that when we stepped aboard, it was honestly the first time I saw the Hesitant Half look excited about this whole idea.  I think she fell in love with SeaGlub faster than she did me (who can blame her, I was surrounded by half a dozen day time drunks at an outdoor BBQ).  The next day we drove across Florida to view 3 more boats and I came down with 103 degree fever.  That was the most expensive cold I've ever had, we stayed at a nice hotel and all I ever saw was the underside of some very comfortable sheets.  After 12 hours of sweating sleep, the fever broke and we drove back east to fly home.

About a week later, going over notes we had made, Monica kept going back to how nice the Hylas was, at one point I turned around and asked "do you want to put in an offer?".  Not expecting a real answer she shocked me and said yes!  I wasted no time, I called Mik and told him to get started, we were now officially in the market!

At the end of the day, what we decided was that we loved the 2 stateroom, 2 head layout with the forward head in the V-cabin.  The alternative was a 3 stateroom layout for boats this size and we figured if we ever need that many beds for people they'd likely be drunk and willing to pass out just about anywhere.  This 2 stateroom layout just gives that much more space in each room, including the main salon.  46' was the right size, particularly with the center cockpit, because the Hesitant Half didn't feel so hesitant, the cockpit has a way of making the boat feel more manageable.

Below is an excerpt from a web review of many different offshore sailing boats:

Hylas 46 - I thought about swapping this out for the Swan 46, also a Frers design.  But I kept the Hylas for two reasons.  As a capable and very livable center-cockpit it hits the target for what most cruisers are looking for today.  Also, I have a good story about surviving Hurricane Mitch in a 46.  That was one heck of a blow and the 46 handled it well.  Like all Hylas models, the 46 is built like a rock with first rate gear.  The design is definitely more modern than the Hylas 44 and 49.  It's faster than either of those boats, but it doesn't always have the soft ride.  I have plenty of offshore miles on this model.  - John Kretschmer, accomplished offshore sailor, author of Sailing a Serious Ocean (which includes a mention of SeaGlub's maiden voyage through Hurricane Mitch)