on 17 Apr 2020
Sailing yacht's naval architecture by Germán Frers, interiors by Hot Lab
Hylas Yachts, headquartered in Taiwan’s yacht building hub of Kaohsiung, introduces the new H60 performance cruiser. Legendary Argentinian design firm Germán Frers, which has collaborated with Hylas for 40 years, handled the exterior while Milan-based Hot Lab, known for superyacht interiors, was responsible for the light and airy looks below deck.
The H60 features cored hull construction for improved performance and strength, while Germán Frers’ hull design and sailplan are intended for couples wanting to embark on daily cruising with easy handling. Yet, Hylas promises that the H60 is ocean-ready.
A plumb bow and broad transom make the most of her waterline length underway, providing speed with optimal comfort.
“Her overall style is timeless and we expect this new model to have a long, successful life in the market,” says Germán Frers.
“We worked in close contact with the yard’s team. The development of a soft and gauzy mood-board has been the result of this relationship,” says Enrico Lumini, partner and interior chief designer at Hot Lab. “This is how we ended up with a whitish, oiled wood, warm, polished-nickel elements, and creamy leathers.”
Owners can choose layouts with three or four staterooms.
“We will continue to be very open to customisation but with Hot Lab, the H60 will give our clients an optional convenience of a ‘turnkey package’ with enhanced styling,” says Hylas Yachts CEO Andy Huang.
The deck is flush and clean, with all halyards and control lines in conduits beneath the deck. There are two keel options, both with twin rudder configuration, for positive control under sail in all weather conditions and good maneuvering under power in close quarters. A telescopic keel is also an option.
The sweptback spreader rig is simple and efficient. Runners will be auxiliary, required only in heavy weather or when the self-tacking staysail is set. The generous sail area performs very well and the A sail can be set from the bowsprit without a spinnaker pole. The yacht has a self-deploying anchor, a hydraulic transom swim platform and an optional automated passerrelle. A dinghy garage aft eliminates the need for davits and maintains the clean, uncluttered look on deck.
The H60 is available with a base price of US$1.7 million.
Hylas Yachts H60
LOA 18.05m (59’-3”)
L.W.L 18.8m (55’-0”)
Beam 5.26m (17’-3”)
Draft 2.5m (8’-2”)/ 2.0m 6’-7”)
Disp. Light Ship 29,800kg (66,000 lbs)
Disp. full load 34,130kg (75,000lbs)
Sail area 188sqm (2.022sqft)