Best Day Ever

1995 | Hylas | Fort Lauderdale, FL | 229,000

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BEST DAY EVER is a MUST SEE for any serious cruiser looking for a high quality fully upgraded Hylas.  She looks like a New boat with her new Stars and Stripes topsides, newly painted deck and gleaming varnish.  All new tan canvas completes her look.  The quintessential mid-range yacht you can be proud of.  She will be the envy of every anchorage.  Her list of upgrades that follow put her in a class of her own.  How often have you looked only to be disappointed!  YOU MUST SEE BEST DAY EVER !



Deck and Topside

"Best Day Ever" is a center cockpit design with an extended sugar scoop stern. A beautiful stainless steel bow pulpit and double roller for the anchor windlass are forward. The anchor windlass is mounted on deck just ahead of the stay sail. The deck is newly painted and shines as if new. Stepping up to the cabin top, there is an opening hatch into the forward stateroom, a dorade into the forward head along with mast pulpits.  The varnish and stainless shine. The forward cabin top also contains two winches and handholds. A new canvas dodger with a 7/8" stainless steel frame covers the cockpit companionway. A new canvas bimini extends from over the dodger to the aft coaming of the cockpit. The cockpit seats are overlaid with teak and there are 6 stainless steel seat backs that fold up to provide better support than the lower coaming.  The cockpit also contains a teak grate, sailing instrumentation and binnacle/steering station. Two primary winches are located outboard of the coaming. Electrical inlets are located on the outer coaming to port. Aft of the cockpit is the Mainsheet traveler, two winches, a Dorade into the aft head and an opening hatch over the aft berth. There are three lazarettes, and a combination Solar Panel/Davit SS welded tube arch with mechanical lifting and storage for the dinghy.  There are two seats built into the one-inch stern rails, which also support the Double Stern Lifelines. A 6-person Canister type Life Raft is mounted in a vertical rack at the starboard stern rail. The transom has steps to the waterline. Jerry Jugs are contained in Stainless Steel Racks built into the Stern Rails.

Arrangements Below 

There is a chain locker in the forepeak with access via the V-Berth, the forward stateroom has a double berth offset to port, hanging locker and 3-drawer cabinet, 4-storage lockers and shelves. The forward head is to port, with two large upper and lower cabinets, the head is accessible from both the forward stateroom and main salon. To starboard in the salon is a long settee which can be pulled out to a large single berth. To port is a curved settee and teak dinette table that can be lowered to accommodate two in a full size berth. All interior cushions have been recently upgraded.  The dinette has an additional leaf to accommodate 6 for dinner. Additionally, a curved seat stores under the table and is available for larger crowds. Plenty of storage and bookshelves outboard of the dinette. The navigation station and electronics are portside. The galley is a passage way galley with a single stainless sink inboard under  the companionway. All laminated surfaces have been updated with new laminate. There is passageway port and starboard to the aft stateroom providing excellent access to the engine room and all systems. The aft master berth is a centerline queen with walk around space, hanging lockers and drawers along with cabinet and shelves. A storage cabinet has a floor to ceiling mirror. The head and shower stall are enclosed with doors to master stateroom and the salon area. Behind the head is a wet locker to the left a linen closet. Bilge access is below the teak and holly sole offering good access to much of the hull and thru hull fittings. The interior has a beautiful teak satin finish throughout. The cabin sole is teak and holly that has recently been re-varnished. Headroom is 6'3". There are 2 large hatches with screens, 3 smaller hatches, and 8 opening port lights plus 4 long fixed windows. There are five steps down from the cockpit to the main salon. Headliners are fabric over hard panels with battens running fore and aft.

Forward cabin

Custom mattress and cover offset to port with new upholstered settee to starboard.  Abundant storage with hanging locker, outboard storage to port and starboard with book shelves.  Beautiful teak cabinetry.  A large opening hatch with good lighting and an electric fan. Storage under mattress. The forward head is aft to port with a New Raritan PH manual flush head just installed. (2018)

Main Salon

The salon is spacious with all new upholstery.  A beautiful oval dining table with leaf and sliding settee that fits under the table when not in use.  Seating for at least 6 at the beautiful highly varnished dining table.  The beautiful teak cabinetry surrounding the salon contrasted with the New dark blue upholstery give a feeling of real luxury.  The teak and holly sole have recently been re-varnished adding to the richness. Lots of light with large windows and opening hatches.  Hand holds to navigate around the salon while in a seaway are plentiful. A beautiful bar cabinet is located forward in the salon with hand painted tile lending a very custom touch. The large flat screen TV is located outboard to port.  To starboard is a large settee that doubles as a berth when needed.  The navigation station is located aft to port with a full array of electronics and storage.  Passage way to the aft cabin is available both port and starboard.  The passageway galley is located to starboard.

Aft cabin

The spacious Aft cabin has a center line queen mattress with access on both port and starboard. Lots of storage outboard both port and starboard and very good natural light and ventilation. Beautiful teak cabinetry surrounds the berth. A vanity to starboard with lifting top along with a floor to ceiling locker against the forward bulkhead provides additional storage. This is a cabin the owner can really relax and feel comfortable in. The owners head is forward to port. A new Raritan Elegance fresh water electric head was just installed.

  • Frigiboat keel cooled refer system with Thermostat controller with top access.
  • Refrigerator and Freezer use DC
  • Seaward 3-Burner Stove with Propane Oven
  • Pressure hot and cold water system with variable speed pump
  • 5 gallon electric Water Heater
  • New FORMICA counters
  • New Kohler single galley sink and faucet
  • New Refer boxes using only 25 amps overnight
  • Raw water and fresh water foot pumps

Electronics & Navigation

Auto Pilot, Chart Plotter, Depth Sounder, Wind Speed and Rudder Angle are integrated and interfaced with instrument pod in cockpit.

  • ICOM M802 SSB with ground plate
  • Raymarine 24 mile Radar
  • Raymarine E80 at Nav Station
  • Raymarine E120 Repeater at Helm
  • Standard Horizon VHF GX2100 with AIS receiving with Ram mic in cockpit
  • Raymarine autopilot with spare linear drive, (both linear drives sent for factory rebuild 2017 plus internal gyro installed on course computer
  • Autopilot head at Nav station and cockpit
  • Raymarine ST60 wind, tridata and depth in cockpit
  • DANFORTH Compass
  • PIONEER AM/FM Stereo with 3 sets of speakers (including cockpit)
  • SCS-PTC-lle Pactor modem for E-mail via Winlink or Sailmail, receiver for worldwide weather fax

  • (4) 4D Gel Cell House Batteries, 720 amps total
  • 1 start battery
  • Battery Switches
  • Volt Meter
  • 12v
  • 110v
  • 12v Incandescent and LED Interior Lighting
  • Solar Panels: 405 watts with 60 amp Morningstar MMPT controller
  • (2) 30 amp Dockside Cables: 110v, 
  • (2) Alternators one standard and one high output (105amp)

Deck & Hull

Stainless Steel Multi Purpose Arch has Solar Panels, Radar Dome, Nav Equipment and Dinghy Davits

  • 190' 3/8" HT Galvanized chain
  • 35# CQR back up anchor
  • DANFORTH Anchor for stern
  • MAXWELL  Electric, cockpit control Anchor Windlass
  • Double Anchor roller on bow
  • Deck and Tricolor Nav Lights
  • Spreader lights
  • Deck Lights on arch
  • All 5 Manship hatch basses replaced and rebed 2017
  • All 8 Manship portlight trim pieces replaced and rebed 2017
  • Double Stainless Steel Lifelines with stainless stern pushpit extended to cockpit
  • Port, Starboard and Transom Gates with fold down ladders at port & starboard gates
  • Transom Folding ladder
  • Reverse Transom Swim Platform
  • Bow and Mast Pulpits with (2) Mounting Brackets for outboard at stern
  • Garhauer lifting davit  for outboard
  • Manual Dinghy Davits on Stainless Steel welded tubular radar arch
  • Saltwater Deck washdown
  • NEW Dodger
  • NEW Bimini
  • SHADE TREE Cockpit Awning
  • All brightwork has covers
  • Life raft cover
  • MOB with cover
  • Magma Grill with cover
  • 6 Fold down Stainless Steel cockpit backrests
  • Sunshade complete cockpit curtains
  • Transom Hot and Cold Shower
  • Security bars on all hatches
  • Full boat cover (2017)

Engine & Mechanical
  • Yanmar 4JHTE 7000 hrs
  • Recent professional service including barnacle buster fresh water system flush
  • New prebent hoses
  • Dual Racor filters with vacuum gauge and lifting pump and the ability to switch filters while underway
  • Many spare parts including injector, raw water pump, fresh water pump, mixing elbow, gaskets, hoses and more.
  • Cruise Air 110v 16000 BTU Reverse Cycle Air Conditioner
  • (2) Electric (1) Manual Bilge Pumps
  • High Water Alarm
  • (1) Electric Sump Pumps for Showers
  • (3) Raw Water Sea Strainers
  • Engine Room cooling blower
  • Fire Boy Automatic Fire Extinguisher in Engine Room (3) Manual Fire Extinguishers
  • (2) Overboard Heads
  • (2)  Holding Tanks
  • 6 gal Raritan Hot water Electric Heater
  • PUR E60 12 volt 144 gallons per day Watermaker
  • Max Prop 20 Feathering Prop
  • (1) Fixed Pitch Prop
  • Stainless Steel Shaft
  • Destroyer Type Stainless Steel Steering with Custom Leather Cover
  • KANZAKI-HURTH KBW 20 Transmission
  • RAYMARINE Electric Windvane
  • Water and Fuel Tanks equipped with WEMA electronic sensors plus dipsticks
  • NEW Raritan Elegance, fresh water flush, electric head 2018
  • NEW Raritan PH raw water flush in forward head 2018
  • Reverse cycle Cruisair 16,000BTU AC unit in main salon


Sails & Rigging
  • North Main sail
  • North 130% Genoa
  • Neil Pryde Spanker with sock
  • Storm Staysail hank on
  • Sail Area 864 sq. ft
  • HARKEN Mainsheet Traveler
  • Harken Genoa Roller Furling
  • Winches: LEWMAR ST (2) #58 2 speed, (2) #48, (2) #44, (2) #37, (1) BARIENT 2440
  • SELDEN Telescoping Boom Vang
  • Aluminum Keel Stepped Mast with Cast Aluminum folding steps
  • Stainless Steel Standing Rigging replaced in 2011
  • Spinnaker Pole
  • Removable inner forestay with pelican hook

Safety & Additional
  • CRUISER SAVER 6-man Liferaft
  • MOB throw ring
  • Strobe at Masthead with Tricolor and Anchor Light
  • Flares
  • Handheld Bell
  • Assorted Cruising Charts
  • Manuals for all systems on board

BEST DAY EVER is a completely updated Hylas 45.5 with beautiful interior and exterior. All systems updated and ready to go.  Every once in a while, a boat comes along like this, don’t miss this opportunity!  She won’t disappoint!  Plan a visit to see her soon.  Courtesy showings available upon request.


Owners personal gear is excluded from the sale of this vessel.

Details & Dimensions

Builder: Hylas
Category: Sail
Model: Center Cockpit
Model Year: 1995
Length: 45'
Draft: 6' 6
Boat Name: Best Day Ever
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Asking Price: $229,000
Hull Material: Fiberglass
Engine: Yanmar 4JHE-TE
Displacement: 22,320lbs

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