Kismet | Hylas 54' 2000

Lancaster, PA

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Yacht Name: Kismet
Builder: Hylas
Model: 54
Year: 2000
Location: Lancaster, PA
Designer: German Frers
Hull Material: Fiberglass

One of the most popular blue water cruising yachts ever designed, the Queen Long Marine built Hylas 54 is steeped in tradition, culture, and world renowned build quality. Over 70 Hylas 54's were constructed from over a dozen years but only a special few were fitted with the coveted centerboard option. This feature provided the design with the ability to have draft slightly less than 6' with the board up. A great feature to cruise more of the Bahamas, Chesapeake, and shallower spots of the world than the rest of her brethren. This is a weighted board, and thanks to the Frers design means that she not only points higher to weather, but is also faster in all points of sail thanks to less wetted surface.
Kismet not only featured the centerboard option but has also been also been cared for at the highest level. You will find a Hylas 54 that checks all the boxes. Cosmetics, check. Rigging, check. Mechanically, check. Structurally, check. Kismet also features the deck saloon layout, which had a sleeker deck profile then other raised saloon versions. The saloon has only one step down going forward or aft, instead of the two steps down in the raised saloon version. The listing agent has sailed and sold many Hylas's and this one ranks in the top few brokerage listings that have really stood out.

The superior craftsmanship of Hylas's exclusive builder, Queen Long, is evident everywhere, from the matched grain, varnished teak interior woodwork to the extra strong fiberglass hull reinforced with Twaron, to the large cockpit, molded non-skid decks and the numerous deck storage lockers and multiple stainless opening ports. The transom has wide built-in steps to the swim platform with a drop down swim ladder. An outdoor shower compartment makes cleaning off after a snorkel or trip to the beach a cinch.

Kismet's cockpit features a hard dodger with durable Clear-to-Sea panes and a hard top bimini with roll down side panels making it possible to completely enclose the area in foul weather. The six Solbian solar panels installed on top of the bimini provide ample power for daily use.
Kismet's electronics, upgraded in 2017, feature touchscreen Garmin GPS monitors both in the cockpit and in the nav area below, Garmin radar, a GXM53 Sirius Weather radio, and Simrad auto pilot controllers, again in both the cockpit and nav. area. Raymarine ST 60 wind, speed and depth instruments are located in the cockpit.

The boat comes loaded with communications equipment, including two VHF radios, a SSB, and Iridium Sat phone, and In-reach satellite position sending unit, AIS, and a Ubiquity WiFi receiver.

At the stern, Kismet boasts a custom stainless Wells Arch, which provides a superb platform for antennas, lights and a new KVH Trac Vision satellite TV antenna. Most importantly, the arch is home to a power winch for raising the 10 ft. rigid inflatable dinghy with its new 9.9 HP Yanmar outboard, well above on-coming waves.

Kismet is powered by a Yanmar 125 HP turbo diesel, which turns a PYI 3-blade feathering MAX Prop. Kismet's fuel tanks hold 323 gallons of fuel. That's nearly 1,300 miles of range under power at 6.8 knots. The shaft is also fitted with a Spurs line & net cutter for guard against Maine lobster pots. A custom fuel polishing and tank transfer system makes fuel management a snap. There are three alternators: an 80 AMP starter bank alternator, a 150 AMP House Battery alternator and a 120 AMP 24 volt battery bank alternator, which powers the water maker, windlass, and bow thruster. To provide power to all appliances and to charge the robust battery banks, there is a Kohler 9 KVW generator powered by a Yanmar engine. The solar panels minimize the need to operate the generator most of the time with peak capacity of over 35 amps.

Kismet has three refrigeration compartments any one of which can be designated a freezer. They each are cooled by a Frigoboat keel cooling unit. Two additional inches of insulation were added to the inside of each of the three compartments.
The main anchor is an 88 lb Rocna with 300' of 3/8 hi-test chain. Secured to the stern rail is a large Fortress anchor with 300' of line in the port-side deck locker, which also houses a Gale Rider storm anchor. On deck in its own canister is a 6-man Revere life raft, which was new in 2013.

A new mainsail and staysail, Hydranet Radial Voyager furling sails, were delivered by Ullman, in May, 2018. A 120% Yankee-cut genoa by Hood sails was delivered in 2007.

All standing rigging, including turnbuckles, were replaced May, 2017 by Zahnisers in Solomons, MD.

Stainless handrails on forward deck were removed and re-bedded with epoxy core in April, 2021. Hatch screen/ shade devices in forward, aft and guess cabins were replaced at the same time.

Kismet has been maintained to the highest standards all of which has been documented in extensive logs covering maintenance and equipment upgrades. Virtually all yard work has been performed by Zahnisers in Solomons, MD, one of the best yards on all the Chesapeake, and all work details and invoices are available for inspection.


Length: 54'
Beam: 16' 1
Draft: 5' 9
Water Tank Capacity: 130 Gallons
Fuel Tank Capacity: 323 Gallons
Holding Tank Capacity: 54 Gallons
Engine Manufacturer: Yanmar
Engine Model: 4JH3-DTE
Power: 125 HP
Number of Engines: 1
Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 3400 Hours