New Listing – 2006 Hylas 49


One of only 2 European-delivered Sparkman & Stephens Hylas 49 from 2006. Huge cruising spec with push-button cutter rig, genset, watermaker, air-con and so on.


Extremely rare to the market, especially so in Europe, AZORES HIGH is a fantastic three-owner 2007-model year example of this cult Sparkman & Stephens blue water centre cockpit cruising yacht. One of only two Hylas 49’s delivered new in to the European market through Hylas Yachts UK and highly specified for effortless blue water cruising adventures, AZORES HIGH benefits from such desirable cruising features as:-
• Electric in-mast furling
• Electric genoa furling
• Staysail furling
• Hyde Sails tri-radial sail package
• Extended electric winch package
• B&G navigation instruments with Zeus3 plotters
• IridiumGo satellite communications
• Furuno satellite compass
• Larger 100hp engine with 3-bladed Max-prop
• Bowthruster
• Whisper Power 4kw Generator
• Upgraded battery capacity and charging systems with Lithium Ion service batteries
• Solar panels with charge controller
• 12v Watermaker
• Reverse-cycle air-conditioning
• Electric davits


• New Eoc-sistems Splash 25 12vDC watermaker

• New Whisper Power 4kw 220vAC generator
• New True Kit inflatable tender
• New Furuno satellite compass
• New WatchMate AIS system
• New B&G VHF systems
• 3x 225w Victron solar panels with Victron charge controller
• 3x 200Ah Lithium Ion service batteries
• Hyde Sails tri-radial inmast furling mainsail, furling genoa and furling staysail
• New sprayhood and bimini

• Teak deck overhauled and re-caulked
• Coppercoat re-applied

• New B&G instruments including 2x Zeus3 plotter/radar displays, Triton 2 MFD and autopilot
• Upgrade interior and exterior lighting to LED
• New 49kgs Mantus anchor

• New Ocean Safety 6-man liferaft
• Fusion Bluetooth stereo system

Originally ordered specifically with a view to extended cruising, business commitments prevented her first owner from using her for more than two weeks of each year, never leaving Scottish or Irish waters and always professional skipper maintained. Sold by Grabau International to her second owner in 2016, AZORES HIGH made her way to the South Coast of the UK where a change of plans forced an early sale, again by Grabau International and to her current owner later that year. Since then, AZORES HIGH has been cruised around the UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal and the Western Mediterranean before heading to the Canary Islands and crossing the Atlantic to the Caribbean over the winter of 2021/22.

AZORES HIGH represents a unique opportunity to acquire a fully CE-complaint and barely-used blue water cruising yacht of the very highest build quality, in ‘ready-to-go’ order.

*** We understand that AZORES HIGH may be purchased as either EU or UK VAT paid via Returned Goods Relief arrangements (to either Europe or UK), following shipping arranged at Buyer’s cost to an EU or UK port– Please contact us for further details ***


Her sweet sheer and elongated more traditional lines are the unmistakable hallmark of legendary yacht designers, Sparkman and Stephens. Known for her crisp performance and elegant hand-finished teak interior, she is an absolute joy to handle, even with small crew.

The integrity assured by her solid laminate hull further speak to her mission as a reliable offshore performer or elegant coastal cruiser.

A feature-filled interior incorporates three double cabins, extraordinary in a 49-footer. The fully -equipped galley spans one of the two passageways to the aft stateroom.

On deck, her deep and secure centre cockpit provides perfect visibility from the helm and seats long enough to accommodate a relaxing nap. The reverse transom with wide steps and an integrated boarding ladder make getting aboard or off a breeze, whether from the water or from your dinghy.

But the best part of her may be the delightfully positive helm that transmits her smooth energy to your fingertips… a spirited thoroughbred responding to your every command as the sea turns to diamonds, carrying you safely to your far destination.


“Luckily we avoided the worst of the weather until we rounded Diamond Head …. interestingly tropical storm Daniel sprang to life 50 miles south of Hatteras and collided with a cold front coming from the north. Suddenly we had 40 plus knots on the nose …. we slapped two reefs in the main and reduced the genoa to 100% …. the boat had no tendency to pound… Frequent checks proved she was tracking true…. we were cold and wet sailors by the time we pulled into our slip north of Annapolis but we were all very impressed by the design, sailing characteristics and overall construction of the Hylas 49… The Hylas’ interior arrangements are well suited for blue water sailing, we particularly like the easy access to the engine…

The Hylas 49 is an excellent choice for anyone considering a serious performance cruising boat with comfort to spare… The Hylas 49 is poised to become a leader in the 50 foot market…”

Sailing Magazine review of Hylas 49 delivery from Florida to Annapolis

2006 Hylas 49 – AZORES HIGH – Asking Euro 385,000 EU/UK VAT paid potential – Full details here

Do you have a yacht like this to sell? Grabau International are always looking for new high-quality cruising yacht listings both in the UK and internationally. For further information about our tailored brokerage services, please look here or feel free to contact us.

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