Obsession | Hylas 44 1987

York, VA

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Bernie Jakits & Kate Christensen

Hi, I'm Bernie Jakits. After 20 years of owning and running a successful brokerage in Annapolis, my partner Kate Christensen and I have merged our company with David Walters Yachts. We are happy and excited to be a part of something bigger and continue to live our passion that started long ago. When I was an engineer in the aerospace industry I had lots of time to read every sailboat review and follow every development in the industry. I dreamed of one day owning a distinctly different brokerage firm and it all came true when in 1997 I started RogueWave Yacht Sales It came out of a passion for the sea and love for the beautiful vessels that sail on her. My vision was to create a new kind of brokerage dedicated to honesty and integrity and desire to help people be successful and achieve their bluewater sailing vision. Kate Christensen joined me in 2001 to share that vision and bring her talents and expertise in business and marketing as well as her passion for sailing her Bristol Channel Cutter. Over 20 years, we built an incredible brokerage and consulting firm specializing in ocean going vessels and live aboard cruising sailboats. We have advised and guided over 800 Clients worldwide from as far away as Hong Kong, Brazil, Australia, Europe and everywhere between, so that they too can also achieve their dream of owning and cruising with a capable bluewater vessel to find and reach their own horizons. We have the experience and expertise required to really help people.

For over 45 years, I have sailed, delivered and worked on hundreds of different types of vessels. Representing many clients, I have sailed in the North Sea to Med, across the Atlantic, and in the South China Sea and the, Pacific, the Caribbean Islands and also both Coasts of the USA. Having owned and maintained over 3 million dollars worth of sailing vessels, I have vast experience with incredible sailing vessels from the Hallberg Rassy 53 or a Valiant 40 & 42, a Norseman 447, a PSC34, and a BCC28. I've sailed to many foreign ports and also lived aboard while raising a family. Kate and I have had the opportunity to have incredible sailing adventures aboard our boats from the amazing Bristol Channel Cutter to the Hallberg Rassy 53 and finally our Valiant 42 that we built new in 2008 when we were Valiant Dealers in Annapolis. We have sailed far and lived aboard; we have led the Caribbean 1500 to the Bahamas. We have raced to Bermuda. We have delivered boats from the North Sea to the Med and from Guatemala to Annapolis and of course from the Caribbean to Annapolis many times. Through that experience we can help cruising couples make the right decisions. I have decommissioned and shipped many vessels and put them back together again, for myself and also for our clients. I have upgraded each vessel we owned installing every system imaginable, and maintaining every boat properly. I have taught and advised clients so that they themselves will have a pleasant and rewarding experience. Being a fellow boat owner and having personally experienced both sides of being a buyer and a seller, I understand your concerns.

With these many years of experience I have come to know and appreciate what a truly high caliber blue water sailing yachts is and should be. As a licensed & bonded professional yacht broker, please give me the pleasure of helping you define your requirements and help choose your next passage making/offshore capable sailing or power yacht. My experience is gained from having had a 100 Ton USCG Master License, being a Captain on several ocean races, having been a Marine Surveyor, and of course my background as an MSME Mechanical Engineer. And most important of all, I have sailed over 100,000 offshore miles, on my own boats and delivering countless boats for client to about everywhere.

Now as the RogueWave Division of David Walters Yachts, Kate and I carry on the RogueWave traditions as Your Choice for Bluewater Boats! We continue to specialize in the bluewater boats we love; the vessels of quality, style, and substance. We are skilled in understanding the unique requirements of each individual to find them the right boat. Our mantra of Honesty, Integrity, Love for our Ocean, and Appreciation for the Beautiful Vessels that Sail on Her, remain the passions that we share with all of you. Sailing isn't a hobby to us, it's a lifestyle. And we remain your choice for bluewater boats.

We are very proud to be part of the unique and talented team of David Walters Yachts as the RogueWave Division in Annapolis MD the sailing capitol of the world. Please feel to reach out to me, anytime, bernie@dwyca.net. I'm always available 24/7 on my cell 443-742-1792.

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About Obsession

You are certainly familiar with the Hylas 46, 49 and 54 as they are among the most sought after boats in our times. But, you may not be as familiar with the Hylas 44 that started it all. The Hylas 44 was designed by German Frers and built by Queen Long Marine in Taiwan from 1984 to 1992. This is a center cockpit offshore cruiser was built with the charter trade in mind as a comfortable ocean going cruiser that was easily sailed by a couple. They became very popular as a commodious two stateroom vessel with a beautiful center cockpit and scooped transom for enjoying the Islands. The Hylas 44 was indeed the predecessor of the 46 and 54 with the beam carried well aft to provide that beautiful aft stateroom..

The interior is one of the lovely features of the Hulas 44 because it was really designed as a perfect charter boat for two couples or a family. They have an offset double berth forward that has a small settee and a private head and shower. The main salon has a lovely rounded dinette arrangement to port with a classic straight settee to starboard. The master stateroom aft has its own ensuite head and shower. The dual walk-throughs proved to be a popular feature so one can access the aft stateroom without disturbing the galley slave. The galley is laid out on the starboard side with the master head and shower on the port side. The master stateroom has a centerline queen on all except the first thirteen hulls which had a berth offset starboard side.

The build quality is there with a solid hand laid fiberglass hull and a network of full length fore and aft stringers and transverse flooring. The deck is a fiberglass sandwich cored with balsa in the eighties, fastened to the hull with 5200 and though-bolted with stainless bolts. The chainplates are massive and they tie into glassed over stainless steel I-beams.

It is with pleasure that we offer you our latest offering the Hylas 44 “Obsession”. This 1987 Hylas 44 is very special as she was never in charter. She also had an extended sugar scoop transom added making her more like the popular Hylas 46. Her first owner’s kept her in the Caribbean where she was on the hard during each hurricane season. They enjoyed many winters cruising in the Caribbean. The second owners purchased the boat in 1999.

The first owners had her shipped to Ft Lauderdale and then spent winters in the Caribbean! They stored the boat on the hard in summers. The current owners purchased their Obsession in January of 1999 and sailed to the Chesapeake Bay. At 12 years old, she was due for a refit and Hartge’s Yard in Galesville was the perfect yard for the job. The new owners had the transom extended in 2000. The mold for the transom extension was actually created by Queen Long Marine for the Hylas 46. The popularity of the Hylas 46 made this a sought after feature. The new owners also had the topsides painted a beautiful Flag Blue.

The current owners have enjoyed the Chesapeake Bay and East Coast. They have maintained the boat in good order giving her what she needed to be a beautiful comfortable and safe home. H

Highlights include:

  • Extended sugar scoop transom in 2000

  • Repowered in 2006 with a new Yanmar diesel engine. new transmission

  • Upgraded running gear with engine

  • Flex O Fold three-blade prop

  • Line cutter installed for New England cruising

  • Custom full cockpit enclosure 2015

  • Custom cockpit cushions by CCushions

  • New interior upholstery

  • Recent sails from 2014 to 2016

  • In mast furling mainsail

  • Removable inner forestay for cutter rig

  • New epoxy bottom in 2012

  • Single side band radio!

  • AIS

  • Coach roof repainted (2018)

  • New UK Genoa (2016)

  • Mast, boom, spinnaker pole repainted (2014)

Yacht Name: Obsession
Builder: Hylas
Model: 44
Year: 1987
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Location: York, VA
Asking Price: $159,000
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Hull Material: Fiberglass
Length: 44
Beam: 13' 4"
Draft: 6'
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