Hylas Yachts has added a hard-top option to the H57, which adds additional comfort and versatility to this sleek bluewater sailing vessel.
Designed by Dixon Yacht Design, the H57 captures the essence of the cruising sensibility. With the addition of the hard-top, Dixon and Hylas were able to evolve the yacht’s concept further with features that make her more enjoyable to sail in a range of conditions, while continuing to employ automated technology and an open and inviting layout.
“The sailors that buy Hylas Yachts know what they’re looking for” says Andy Huang of Hylas Yachts. “When they tell us what they want, we listen. And as a semi-custom builder, we can use advanced technology and Bill Dixon’s creative designs to meet their needs for cruising comfort, and with a distinctive style.”
The new Hylas H57 hardtop
The hard-top is positioned on supports in the same position as the original arch. The design is intended to provide shade and shelter yet blend with the pleasing lines of the H57. The hard-top is high enough overhead as to be unobtrusive both to the cockpit social area and to the lines of sight from the helm.
The hard-top will use carbon fiber in its construction for rigidity and strength. Tubular stainless steel stanchions provide structural stability to the forward end of the hard-top, and add the benefit of serving as an additional grab handle for passing crew. While the hard-top provides excellent shelter, options are in development for a forward windshield with an isinglass enclosure or a canvas dodger to better shelter the hybrid cockpit in adverse conditions. Designed to add minimal windage, the hard-top can be fitted with an optional, automated canvas bimini that can be extended aft over the dual helm stations when needed yet stows at the touch of a button.
The hybrid cockpit
With the new hard-top in place, the hybrid cockpit adds versatility to socializing, with shelter from the hot sun and occasional precipitation. The cockpit is still convenient to the aft helm stations, where the business of sailing may be conducted. The hard-top presents no obstruction to onboard movement: Uncluttered side decks allow sailors and nonsailors alike to get around the boat easily. Owners can choose between the traditional transom stairs and an optional hydraulic fold-down swim platform.
“This hard-top is about more than just shelter in the spacious hybrid cockpit on the H57,” says Kevin Wensley, a sales executive at Hylas Yachts. “Strong enough to stand on, a great location for solar panels and design lines that compliment Dixon’s vision for the yacht. The original design incorporated many cruising features to make the most of onboard spaces. With the addition of this hard-top, Bill Dixon and Hylas have added another dimension to the versatility and comfort of the cockpit and indeed the whole yacht. It’s the kind of innovation cruisers look to Hylas to provide.”