Moondancer | Hylas 46' 2001

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Stephen Reverand

Stephen Reverand came aboard David Walters Yachts with a lifelong love of boats and more than three decades of offshore and inland sailing experience. As a teenager, he restored a cedar-planked Barnegat Bay sneakbox and sailed local lakes in the New York area. As a young professional, he upgraded to a classic 35-foot yawl and sailed from New York Harbor, east on Long Island Sound to Block Island, R.I., still one of his favorite ports of call. Later he raised his family on the Chesapeake Bay catching bushels of blue crabs from his 22-foot center-console runabout. Most recently, Reverand cruised his 42-foot Tartan staysail sloop Zephyr over 10,000 nautical miles from the Chesapeake to New England to the Bahamas and back following the fair winds for more than four years.

Before transitioning to cruising sailor and yacht broker, Reverand enjoyed a colorful career in the media. He served as a foreign correspondent for NBC News, spending six years in Asia. When he returned stateside, he joined the Discovery Channel where he oversaw the hit adventure series Deadliest Catch and received a Peabody Award for his work as executive producer on the documentary Black Sky: The Race for Space. Later, Reverand joined National Geographic as the head of nature films and specials production filming in many of the most exotic destinations around the globe.

In keeping with his love of boats, Reverand also created, produced and directed the PBS television series Boatworks and wrote the long-running boating humor column Deviant Readings for BoatUS Magazine.


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Basic Info

Yacht Name: Moondancer
Builder: Hylas
Model: 46
Year: 2001
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Asking Price: $295,000
Hull Material: Fiberglass

*** Hylas 46 Offshore Cruiser Fully Commissioned and Ready-to-Go***

Moondancer is a clean and capable example of the widely-renowned Hylas 46 offshore cruiser. Designed by German Frers and built in the famed Queen Long yard in Taiwan, Moondancer is the perfect combination of comfort and performance. Ideally suited for a cruising couple with private quarters for guests, her present owners have recently returned from more than six years of island hopping in the Caribbean, constantly maintaining and upgrading her to the highest standards along the way. Easily sailed from her fully-enclosed center cockpit, Moondancer assures comfort and security in all conditions.


  • Northern Lights 6 kw diesel generator - New 2018 
  • Topsides painted with royal blue Awlgrip- 2018
  • New rudder 2018
  • Bottom peeled and renewed including warrior coats - 2016 - repainted 2018
  • Stainless steel custom arch with 200w solar panels and wind generator added in 2014


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Length: 46'
Beam: 13' 9
Draft: 6' 6
Water Tank Capacity: 134 Gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity: 172 Gallons
Holding Tank Capacity: 27 Gallons
Engine Manufacturer: Yanmar
Engine Model: 4JH3-TE
Power: 75 HP
Number of Engines: 1
Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 3615 Hours

Layout & Accommodations

Moondancer's layout is the classic German Frers Hylas 46 2-cabin 2-head design. The master stateroom aft features a centerline larger-than-queen berth and an abundance of storage in teak lockers and cabinets. The ensuite master head includes an enclosed shower and is totally private. 

The linear galley doubles as a passageway connecting the master stateroom and main salon. 

The spacious main salon is light, airy and beautifully appointed with solid and laminated teak throughout, covered locker doors and a lovely teak and holly sole.The large dinette to port has U-shaped seating for six and an inboard pull-out bench seat. A single sea berth is to starboard. The fully-equipped nav station is to port of the companionway. 

Forward of the main salon are the guest quarters. There is a large double pullman berth to port with numerous storage lockers to starboard. The guest head with shower is forward in the forepeak which makes efficient use of space and affords complete privacy.

Image 10070: "Sette"


Deck & Hull

Queen Long is well known for building extremely sturdy hand-laid solid glass hulls - a key factor that sets Hylas apart for seaworthiness and safety. Other notable features include extra-wide decks carried aft of the center cockpit and a stepped transom with teak non-skid for safe and simple access to the water and tender.

Moondancer's additional features include:

  • Custom stainless steel arch with davits, outboard lift,  solar panels and wind generator
  • (4) Cabin dorades with stainless steel guards 
  • Side stanchions and lifelines (lifelines replaced in 2009)
  • Large split anchor/chain locker
  • Fresh/salt water deck wash down system in bow locker
  • Stainless steel/teak swim ladder
  • Ocean Marine M020 outboard motor lift 
  • Propane locker holding two tanks
  • Sunbrella bimini - new 2017
  • Sunbrella dodger with new Eisenglass - 2017
  • Custom cockpit cushions - new 2014
  • (4) Fenders with dark blue covers and (1) oversized fender

Image 10054: "Deck looking aft"


Sails & Rigging

Moondancer's Hylas 46 rig is a ICW-friendly 63-ft mast with double furling headsails. All working lines are led aft to the center cockpit.

  • Keel stepped Selden aluminum mast with Furlex in-mast furling
  • Mack furling mainsail - new 2017
  • Hood furling genoa (good condition) (UV cover replaced 2014)
  • Hood Furling staysail (UV cover replaced 2014)
  • Spinnaker  
  • Selden boom and vang
  • 1 x 19 stainless steel wire standing rigging with Norseman fittings
  • Schaeffer double turning blocks
  • Inboard staysail track and genoa tracks inboard of shrouds
  • 2 Lewmar #48 ST two speed secondary winches in cockpit (cutter)
  • (2) Stainless steel winch handles
  • 7 x 19 Stainless steel cable and Dacron running rigging with Pre-stretched internal halyards
  • Harken mainsail traveler
  • Selden spinnaker pole
  • Running back stays with Lewmar blocks
  • 2 Lewmar #54 ST electric primaries in cockpit (headsail)
  • 1 Lewmar #44 ST two speed mainsheet winch
  • 2 Lewmar #44 winch on mast
  • 1 Lewmar #44 winch for outhaul and boom vang


Electronics & Navigation

  • Garmin multi-function chart plotter w/ radar overlay and scanner on arch
  • Raymarine ST 6002 and X 30 autopilot located at helm with hydraulic ram
  • Raymarine ST60+ Wind, Depth, and Speed (three separate units) indicators located in cockpit above companion way. New July 2011
  • Raymarine Graphic ST60+ located at nav station. New July 2011
  • Standard Horizon GX 2200 VHF radio with RAM at binnacle- New 2018
  • Siitech AIS transceiver with antenna on mast
  • ICOM M710 SSB radio (requires service)
  • Clarion stereo with speakers in salon and aft cabin
  • 1 WEMA and 1 Tanktender tank monitors at navigation station
  • Ritchie compass at helm
  • Standard Horizon handheld VHF
  • Pactor modem
  • RogueWave WIFI extender
  • (2) Flat screen TVs / DVD - in main salon and master stateroom


Engine Details

A key and highly-desirable feature of the Hylas 46 is the remarkably easy and convenient access to the main engine and systems. The lower half of the companionway ladder hinges out with a single latch allowing unrestricted access to the front of the engine. Twin/switchable racer fuel filters are mounted on the inside of the hinged panel for simple access and maintenance. Hinged panels to port and starboard provide equal access from both sides.

Moondancer is powered by a Yanmar 4JH3-TE 76 HP turbocharged diesel.

Features include:

  • Very low engine hours: 3615 - June 2019
  • Engine alarms at nav station and cockpit
  • Tachometer, oil pressure and temperature gauges at helm
  • Fresh water cooling
  • Walbro 6802 electric fuel pump downstream of racor filter with divert to tank
  • Oil change pump for engine and generator
  • Oil and filter changed every 150 hrs
  • Emergency stop
  • Direct Drive
  • Gory folding propeller - new 2017
  • Dripless shaft seal - new 2017

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Galley & Water Systems

  • Separate 12 volt top and side opening fridge and freezer cooled by separate 3/4 hp compressors. The fridge has 1 cold plate and the freezer has 2 cold plates.
  • Hot water provided to galley, heads and swim shower from water heater and tank of 6 gallons (located above generator)
  • Force 10 propane 3 burner stove with oven
  • Microwave oven.
  • Cutlery, dinnerware, pots, pans and utensils.
  • Pressurized fresh water system to a single mixer tap (new 2007)
  • New faucets - Moen in galley, Grohe in heads
  • Foot pumps for both fresh and sea water (located on galley floor by sink) delivers water to a pipe next to the mixer tap
  • 12 Volt dual fresh water pumps with separate breakers
  • Spectra RAV 2000 6.5GPH water maker - New 2018 - located aft in locker below bed
  • Propane solenoid shutoff with alarm
  • (2) New Dometic electric heads - 2018
  • Splendide clothes washer/dryer located under forward berth

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Electrical Systems

  • 12 volt DC, 110 volt AC
  • Northern Lights 6kw generator - new 2018 - fewer than 250 hours
  • Balmar 95-210 alternator (with double belts and (2) sheaves) with Balmar MC613H (new October 2011) regulator to house batteries easy access behind companion way stairs that fold open
  • (4) DECA 8D AGM house batteries - new 2016 - All batteries belted and strapped
  • Link 20 and Link 10 battery monitors in navigation station
  • Prosine 2.5 KW inverter with 100 amp charger (charger for house batteries only) located under forward bed
  • Silentwind - 420w wind generator mounted on arch with controller
  • 2 100w solar panels mounted on arch
  • Galvanic isolator
  • 120 lifeline GM deluxe Marinetics circuit breaker panel at navigation station
  • 125/250 Volt, 50 amp (4) wire shore power cord and adaptors with connectors
  • (7) 12 Volt fans - (1) in forward cabin, (3) in salon, (1) in galley, (2) in aft cabin
  • SSB ground plate and copper grounding system
  • Rheostat for 12 volt lights in salon 


Mechanical Equipment

  • (2) Cruisair air conditioners 12,000 BTU in salon and 10,000 BTU in aft cabin
  • Central vacuum system - 2014
  • (2) Automatic Rule bilge pumps - 1 in main bilge, 1 in transom garage
  • High-water bilge alarm in cockpit and nav station.
  • Groco water strainers for all applications (air con, fridge, water maker, engine, generator)
  • (2) Electric/manual shower pumps in forward and aft head switched on at nav station with button in heads to activate



Ground Tackle

  • 60 lb Mason Supreme anchor with 250 ft of 3/8" G4 chain
  • 66 lb Bruce anchor with 250 ft of nylon rode and 50 ft of chain
  • 12 Volt, Maxwell VWC220 anchor windlass with deck and cockpit controls (2001) Breaker in fwd cabin
  • (2) Stainless bow anchor rollers

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  • Viking 4-Person Liferaft in canister mounted on stern rail - needs recertification
  • Jacklines, harnesses and tethers
  • Emergency tiller
  • Inflatable life jackets (6)
  • Flares
  • West Marine Binoculars


Closing Remarks

With so many cruising boats on the market advertised as turn-key and ready-to-go, Moondancer is among the few that could take her new owners on an island cruise immediately. She is fully operational and equipped and, with very low hours on her engine, she has many years of sailing ahead. Among Moondancer's appealing features is her classic Hylas "sugar scoop" transom and custom stainless steel arch that make access to a tender and re-boarding a simple matter.

Belowdecks, Moondancer is light and welcoming and the beauty of her teak joinery imparts a luxurious sense of quality throughout. Her center cockpit design famously gives her private master stateroom aft plenty of headroom on all sides of the extra-large centerline berth.

Simply put, if you appreciate quality, and you are a looking for a truly ready-to-go blue water cruiser, Moondancer is the right boat for you.