INDEPENDENCE is the finest and most recent example of the renowned Frers-designed Hylas 70, current flagship of the popular and highly respected Hylas Yacht Series, built to the highest standards on a semi-custom basis. Fully automated push-button sail handling systems allow for easy shorthanded sailing, and her long list of additional options includes air, generator, bow/stern thrusters, water maker and an extensive package of navigation and entertainment electronics. Since her launch in late 2015, INDEPENDENCE has seen only light use and has proven to be a fast, safe and extremely comfortable world cruiser with an excellent four-cabin layout, ideal for both private use or charter. She is like new with low hours and is now available at a fraction of replacement cost.
INDEPENDENCE features the standard four-cabin layout with three en-suite owner/guest cabins, plus an additional en-suite crew/guest cabin.
Finely crafted solid teak joiner work is finished to a high level throughout the interior, including solid teak raised-panel cabin doors, fully louvered cabinet doors, solid teak trim and custom table tops. Cabin soles are bamboo with teak inlays and custom locking mechanisms. Head and shower areas are all painted white Awlgrip and feature Blue Pearl granite vanity tops, solid Corian sinks and molded floors. Hanging lockers are lined with cedar and feature automatic lights. White fabric headliner with Oceanair hatch screens/blinds throughout. Upholstery is custom leatherette, with a very comprehensive and tasteful décor package including various accent throws in each cabin: custom duvets and comforters, fitted mattress covers, custom mattress pads, pillows and (2) sets fitted sheets with high thread count.
FORWARD GUEST STATEROOM:
Beginning forward is a private VIP stateroom with a queen-sized berth and significant storage space, including two large hanging lockers, drawers and several cabinets. There are two hull windows and a large deck hatch. An en-suite head is forward, along with a shower stall shared with the port guest cabin.
PORT GUEST STATEROOM:
Forward of the main salon and to port is the second guest cabin, featuring a generous double berth, hanging locker and multiple drawers and lockers. There are three opening portholes and a large deck hatch. A head and shower stall is across the passageway.
The main salon is quite spacious for a vessel of this size, due in part to her generous 18’ beam and generous headroom. A large L-settee is to port, with a custom teak table with beautiful compass rose inlay that can be raised or lowered by a manual lift. Two custom seats are inboard, with anchors for tie-down while underway to provide comfortable seating for six. To starboard is a full-length settee with a coffee table with inlay. The entire space feels light and open due to two large deck hatches, expansive deck house windows and two hull windows.
Aft and to starboard is an L-shaped navigation station with easy access to the cockpit. There is a comfortable pedestal swivel chair along with built-in backlit switch panels, navigation instruments and remote control panels for the water maker and tank monitors. The workspace also includes a chart table with compass rose inlay.
Further aft and to port is a spacious galley that is fully equipped for comfortable living at sea or on anchor. There are several well-thought-out storage lockers for glass, dinnerware and appliances. Some of the many features include:
- Blue Pearl granite countertops
- (2) Custom stainless sinks
- Twin Frigoboat stainless steel front-opening DC refrigerator units
- (4) Vitrifrigo refrigerator and freezer drawers
- OceanChef XL 5-burner propane stove with dual oven burners
- GE Advantium convection/microwave oven
- Fisher & Paykel dishwasher drawer
- Broan trash compactor
- Wine cooler
- Coffee and espresso machines
- Full complement of dishes, glasses, cutlery, galleyware etc.
- (3) Opening portholes for exceptional light and ventilation
CREW QUARTERS/GUEST CABIN:
A passageway leads aft along the starboard side to the owner’s cabin with a roomy fourth cabin outboard – quite suitable for crew or guests -- with over/under berths, plus a private head with shower. There are (2) opening portholes, plus (1) in the head.
The owner's private stateroom is located aft and features a comfortable 66” berth on centerline, with large countertops and storage outboard each side. There are (2) large hanging lockers with several drawers and cabinets. Extended beam is carried well aft to create a spacious, open cabin accentuated by a deck hatch and (6) opening portholes. A private head with separate shower stall and (2) opening portholes is found along the port side.
Fiberglass with balsa core and solid laminate in areas of deck hardware, white gelcoat and teak decks and cabin top. Modern transom with molded-in steps, swim platform and built-in swim ladder. There is a transom garage door that opens for easy access to extensive storage space with custom shelving, along with large corner lazarette lockers each side, accessible on the aft deck. On the foredeck there is a deep forepeak locker with line hangers and a separate split chain locker forward.
Bare teak toe rails and hand rails, with all stainless deck hardware, including (7) low-profile stainless hatches, (4) flush teak hatches, (18) opening portholes, (2) cowl vents, Antal genoa tracks and cars, Harken turning blocks, mooring cleats etc.
One of the many highlights of the Hylas 70 design is the spacious cockpit with twin helm stations for easy access from the aft deck and great visibility while steering. The cockpit area was designed to maximize seating for ten comfortably around a beautiful varnished 6’ teak table with drop-leaves and built-in drink cooler. The twin helms are designed for short-handed sailing, with all hydraulic sail controls within easy reach.