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1997 Hylas 46

Annapolis, Maryland


Talk about well kept! This 1997 Hylas 46 is the gem of the marina and turns every head on the dock. An experienced owner has cruised GYPSY around the Chesapeake and the East Coast for the past several years and has constantly been upgrading the systems aboard to make her a comfortable at sea and on the dock.

GYPSY has been well setup for exploring all of the popular cruising grounds. She is fitted with the shoal draft keel, drawing only 5.5', and an ICW friendly mast. Her sailplan is setup with a full batten Rolly Tasker Ocean Series mainsail with 3 reefs and a stack pack, this is a very durable and long lasting setup and as well gives the Hylas 46 the best performance vs in-mast furling. The genoa, also Rolly Tasker Ocean Series, is 140%, giving the power needed for light air and durability when the breeze is up. She is a cutter with a removable inner stay, the staysail is hank on, with a deck storage bag. This makes it very easy to deploy when needed and leave on deck and rigging for ocean passages. When cruising confined waters where there is a need to tack constantly, the inner stay can be pulled back so that the genoa can tack through easily. There is also an APS spinnaker with sock. This is a very preferable setup for cruising in offshore and inshore.

To keep things in shipshape the standing and running rigging, along with the genoa furler, were all replaced with new in the last three years. As well a carbon fiber whisker pole was added to further expand the sailing envelope. At deck level much of the sailing hardware and blocks have been replaced or upgraded. The decks and non-skid were also repainted and the hatch lenses replaced, GYPSY looks like a brand new Hylas 46!

Inside the interior has been kept in the best condition, it smells good, looks good, feels good. The cabin sole varnish was redone in 2018 and the look is incredible. Lighting has been upgraded to LED and saloon cushions were replaced this year.

On top of her tip-top condition she is also one of the most sought after blue water designs ever built. The Queen Long Marine made Hylas 46 was designed by the renowned German Frers to be a comfortable couples cruiser, with a center cockpit design, cutter rig, solid GRP hull, lead keel and partial skeg hung rudder. The strength, durability and performance are unmatched, which led to a production run of over two decades and over 60 hulls produced. Multiple examples have circumnavigated.

GYPSY is not only fully turn key (literally put on provisions and go to the Bahamas tomorrow for the winter) but she is also fully equipped to make that journey with the right systems, upgrades, and care put into her. This is truly a boat that will sell to the first person that looks at her.

Major Upgrades
  • Raymarine Axiom electronics (2020)
  • Recent bimini and dodger (2018)
  • Decks and non-skid sanded and replaced with Awlgrip (2022)
  • Lithium house batteries (2023)
  • Solar panels (2023)
  • Rainman watermaker (2023)
  • Replaced standing rigging (2022), running rigging (2021-2023), and new main and genoa (2019)
  • Low engine and generator hours
  • Tender and outboard (2022)


Essex Boat Works is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by David Walters Yachts.

Basic Boat Info

Boat Name: Gypsy
Make: Hylas
Model: 46
Year: 1997
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Designer: German Frers
Construction: Fiberglass
Boat Hull ID: HYS46011J697
Has Hull ID: Yes
Keel Type: Other


Length: 46 ft
Length Overall: 46'3 ft
Waterline Length: 40 ft
Beam: 13'9 ft
Max Draft: 5'6 ft
Displacement: 27,777 lb
Bridge Clearance: 63 ft
Ballast: 12,346 lb
Cabins Count: 2

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Yanmar
  • Model: 4JH2-TE
  • Drive Type: Direct
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 62hp
  • Type: Inboard
  • Year: 1997
  • Engine Hours: 3660


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 100 gal
Water Tanks: 1
Water Tank Capacity: 200 gal
Holding Tank Count: 1
Holding Tank Capacity: 54 gal


Heads Count: 2
Drive Type: Direct
Boat Class: Center Cockpit, Cruisers, Cutter

Major Upgrades
  • Replaced air conditioning inlet thru-hull (2021)
  • New bottom paint (2022)
  • Replaced all waterline thru-hulls with bronze (2023)
  • Replaced thru-hulls for bilge, shower sump pump, and refrigerator pump (2023)
  • Underwater lights
  • Shoal draft lead keel 5'6" draft
  • Awlgrip hull Navy Blue
  • Partial skeg hung protected rudder, above keel plane
  • Teak toe rail with stainless steel rubrail
  • Stainless steel rubrail around transom edge
  • Stainless steel stem striker plate
Major Upgrades
  • New dodger and bimini (2018)
  • New LED stern light (2018)
  • Replaced all deck hatch lenses (2019)
  • Deck sanded, primed, and applied Cloud White Awlgrip (smooth surfaces) and Chevy White Awlgrip (non-skid surfaced) (2022)
  • New LED anchor, tri-color, strobe, steaming, and bow nav lights (2022)
  • Added windex light (2022)
  • Added stainless steel railings to port and starboard aft (2023)
  • Aluminum toe rail
  • Twin stainless steel anchor rollers and Maxwell windlass with cockpit and deck controls.
    • Plow anchor with all chain rode
    • CQR secondary anchor with chain and line
  • Anchor locker with split partitions for two anchor rodes and storage
  • Stainless steel bow protection plate on deck and stem. Deck plate removed, area recored, and refastened using thru-bolts instead or original tapping screws
  • LED navigation lights
  • Stainless steel Manship deck hatches with replaced lenses
  • Stainless steel Manship portlights with screens
  • Teak grab rails, varnished
  • Dorade boxes with stainless steel vents and guards
  • Stainless steel mooring cleats
  • Stainless steel deck fills
  • Extra tall offshore lifeline stanchions
  • Aft pulpits custom extended to mid-cockpit to allow for extra safety and solar panel installation
  • Navy blue bimini, dodger, and connector piece (no surrounds)
  • Three aft storage lockers, propane locker, two cockpit lockers
  • Cockpit with teak bench and teak grate flooring (excellent condition)
  • Cockpit table folding teak with cup holder rack, hi-gloss varnished
  • Varnished teak companionway hatch with stainless steel slider and grab bars
  • 12V power port in cockpit
  • Stainless steel 5-spoke destroyer type helm wheel on pedestal
  • Ring buoy mount on aft pulpit
  • Outboard motor crane and motor bracket on aft pulpit
  • Built-in stainless steel flag pole mount on aft pulpit
  • Winslow life raft in waterproof case on aft deck
  • Lifesling on aft pulpit
  • Magma BBQ grill on aft pulpit
Major Upgrades
  • Stripped and varnished floorboards (2018)
  • Ultrasuede saloon cushions (2023)
Air Conditioning 
  • Cruisair 2-zone air conditioning with reverse cycle heat. Digital SMX controls. (12,000 BTU saloon / forward cabin, 10,000 BTU aft cabin)
Forward Head
  • Jabsco manual head
  • Shower curtain and sprayer
  • Shower sump pump (Jabsco diaphragm) push button
  • Wahlee stone sink and counter top, chrome plated bronze faucet, vents for forward water tanks
  • Under sink valve, Jabsco hand pump for holding tank discharge, 3-way valve
  • Three large storage lockers, and four lockers behind mirrors
  • Teak folding seat on forward bulkhead
  • Two small opening deck hatches for ventilation
  • ELCI 110V outlet
Forward Cabin
  • Three lockers and a shelf above bed
  • One large opening deck hatch
  • Three opening port lights with removable bug screens
  • One 12V Hella fan
  • Three reading lights
  • LED lighting
  • Four under bed drawers, additional storage under bed
  • Hanging locker and cabinet on starboard, storage under seat
  • Fire extinguisher
  • U-shaped dinette with lowering table and cushion to make a third bed
  • Dinette table with removable leaf
  • Sliding dinette seat/ottoman with storage inside
  • Starboard side settee with pull out to make into sea-berth
  • Four reading lamps (Halogen/LED)
  • Two overhead red courtesy lights (LED)
  • Four overhead white lights (LED)
  • Two book shelves infront of hull portlights
  • Two opening medium size deck hatches
  • "Peek-A-Boo" shades on saloon side and front windows
  • Four cabinets and one drawer on starboard
  • Two cabinets on port
  • Additional storage behind and below settees
  • Grunert holding plate refrigeration, engine driven 110V
  • Gourmet gimbaled three burner range with oven
  • 12V Hella fan
  • Xintex S-2A propane solenoid control and alarm
  • Propane locker with two tanks
  • Microwave
  • Double basin stainless steel sink with mixer, fresh water drinking tap, sprayer, fresh and salt foot pump nozzles
  • Fresh and salt water foot pumps
  • Two 110V outlets
Aft Cabin
  • Two 110v outlets
  • 12V Hella fan
  • Four opening port lights and opening large deck hatch, two fixed port lights
  • Wardrobe front center
  • (6) Drawers port and starboard, total of 12
  • Under bed drawers
  • Full length mirror on back of head door
  • Powder station with fold up mirror with cabinets and drawers
Aft Head
  • Jabsco manual toilet
  • Manual hand pump for overboard discharge
  • Mirrors with storage behind
  • Linen/cleaners closet (pre-wired for washer/dryer installation)
Electronics & Navigation
Major Upgrades
  • Raymarine Axion RV 12" at the helm, mounted in NavPod (2020)
  • Raymarine Axion RV 9" at the nav station (2020)
  • Raymarine Quantum 2 Doppler Radar (2022)
  • Raymarine Ray 90VHF with two wireless remote microphones and mast mounted hailer (2020)
  • Raymarine AIS700 Class B AIS RX/TX (2020)
  • Raymarine Real3dVision bronze transducer (2020)
  • NMEA 2000 --> RS232 converter (2021)
  • NMEA 2000 --> Ethernet (2021)
  • Raymarine EV-1 Autopilot with ACU400 Actuator and p70s Control Head
  • Fusion UD650 Marine Stereo
    • Two cockpit speakers with amplifier
    • Saloon speakers
  • Furuno Navtex NC-300 at nav station
  • Ritchie compass at helm
Mast & Rigging
Major Upgrades
  • New genoa blocks (2018)
  • Rolly Tasker Ocean Series 140% genoa and mainsail with 3 reefs (2019)
  • Carbon fiber spinnaker pole, car and adjustment system (2021)
  • New main halyard (2021)
  • New headsail halyard (2021)
  • Replace all standing rigging (2022)
    • Mast removed and inspected
    • Lead existing spinnaker halyard internally, add additional internal spinnaker halyard (new halyard lines)
    • Install 4 additional line clutches
    • Install hydraulic backstay adjustment
  • New Selden Furlex 404S genoa furler (2022)
  • Replace spinnaker halyard blocks with Lewmar roller bearing blocks (2022)
  • Install lazy jacks and stackpack mainsail management system (2022)
  • New mainsheet blocks (2023)
  • New headsail sheets (2023)
  • New mainsheet (2023)
  • Winches
    • Lewmar 54 primaries
    • Lewmar 48 secondaries
    • Lewmar 44 mainsheet
    • Lewmar 44 cabin-top
    • (2) Lewmar 44 halyards
  • Clutches
    • Lewmar cabin-top
    • Spinlock halyard clutches on mast
  • Lewmar genoa cars and blocks
  • Running backstays
  • Mainsail halyard track and cars
  • Halyards
    • Main
    • Topping Lift
    • (2) Spinnaker halyards
    • Staysail
    • (2) Genoa
  • Lazy-Jacks
  • Selden boom vang with cockpit adjustment
Major Upgrades
  • Replaced (2) 220AH Gel Cell house batteries with (2) 350AH Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries - CMPower CMP20350-BH200 (2023)
  • Added (2) 110W solar panels mounted to lifeline railings port and starboard - Lightleaf SL200 (2023)
  • Twin 30A shorepower inlets upgraded to Smartplug type
  • Xantrex Freedom XC Pro 3000W pure sine wave inverter / 150A charger
    • Freedom X display at nav station
  • (2) Interstate group 27 SRM-27 lead acid batteries (windlass)
  • Interstate group 27 27M-XHD lead acid battery (engine)
  • West Marine group 24 lead acid battery (generator) 
  • 12V/55A engine battery alternator
  • 12V/ house battery alternator
  • Tinned marine grade wiring through-out
  • Upgraded AC selector switch
Major Upgrades
  • New 3-way valves at heads (2018)
  • Installed Rainmain 37 GPH watermaker with control console at galley sink (2023)
Freshwater System
  • Three water tanks, stainless steel, two midships 40 gallon tanks and one aft 120 gallon tank
  • Dipsticks to check tank levels
  • Water tank manifold system
  • Jabsco Par-Max 3.5 12V primary and secondary freshwater pumps
  • Groco PST-1 accumulator tank
  • Foot pump at galley sink
  • Super Stor SS-6M 6 gallons 120V water heater
  • Transom hot/cold shower
  • Rainmain 37 GPH watermaker with control console at galley sink
Fuel System
  • Two fuel tanks, stainless steel, midships 50 gallons each, total capacity 100 gallons
  • Dipsticks to check tank levels
  • Racor fuel filters for engine and generator
  • Fuel manifold system
Bilge System
  • Primary and secondary electric bilge pumps in central sump
    • Jabsco diaphragm pump
    • Rule bilge pump
  • Jabsco manual hand pump
  • Bilge alarm
Engine & Mechanical
  • Yanmar 4JH2-TE engine with 3,700 hours
  • MaxProp, 3 blade variable pitch 20" diameter
  • PSS dripless shaft seal
  • Oil change pump 12V
  • Phasor 5.5KW 240V generator with 1,382 hours
  • Achilles Hypalon high pressure floor folding inflatable dinghy LSI-260E (2022)
  • Suzuki 6HP outboard motor DF6A (2022)
  • Outboard motor bracket and crane on stern pulpit
Additional Units Included
  • 2021 Achilles LSI-260E
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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