Caris | Hylas 54' 2001

Annapolis, MD

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Yacht Name: Caris
Builder: Hylas
Year: 2001
Location: Annapolis, MD
Designer: German Frers
Hull Material: fiberglass

Caris is one of the best maintained and equipped Hylas 54's to be available on the brokerage market. The original owners spent approximately one year planning, researching, designing, talking with vendors and previous owners, reading asking a lot of questions and ultimately making good choices. The result is an exceptional offshore sailing yacht and very special Hylas 54.

The Hylas 54 is one of the world renowned designer German Frers most successful design quality built buy Queen Long. The equipment includes all of the luxury builder options, including electric winches and in mast furling, generator, reverse cycle A/C and 12 volt refrigeration and freezer.

Caris' current and second owner has invested in many upgrades and continue to keep her in Bristol condition ready for new offshore adventures. 

This version of the Hylas 54 features a slightly lower profile at the deck salon. The resulting spacious main salon is a bright comfortable living area with excellent visibility through six fixed picture windows (four side and two forward. Privacy and sun protection is offered by custom teak blinds at each window without  sacrificing visibility. Handholds throughout the main salon are within easy reach.


  • The largest galley of any Hylas 54 with 12’ of passageway galley space, abundant Corian countertop surface, extra deep louvered cabinetry with a huge pantry, and upgraded stove
  • The navigation desk was custom designed to be utilized as an on the water office complete with laptop computer desk, extra-large nav table, and added cabinetry for file storage
  • Custom wine-glass and bottle storage
  • Desirable third cabin with larger than standard berth
  • Two queen size, walk around berths each with ensuite heads and separate stall showers
  • Absolutely stunning high gloss varnished teak interior – one of only two Hylas 54’s to receive this costly upgrade!
  • Built with nearly every available option from the builder!


  • NEW sails by North Sails
  • NEW Awlgrip on the spars - Mast & boom extensively reconditioned 
  • NEW cruising electronics
  • NEW electric heads
  • NEW dodger & bimini with full enclosure
  • NEW soft goods, upholstery, and cockpit cushions
  • NEW 12VDC Frigoboat refrigeration with keel-coolers
  • NEW 1520 Ah House battery bank
  • Kohler 10kW generator
  • Solar & wind auxiliary power
  • High capacity water maker
  • Full complement of electric winches
  • Electric furling mainsail
  • Two independent autopilots each with separate computer, fluxgate compass, and drives
  • Combination washer and dryer
Builder: Hylas
Designer: German Frers
LOA: 55 ft 7 in
Beam: 15 ft 9 in
LWL: 45 ft 9 in
Maximum Draft: 7 ft 2 in
Displacement: 47184 lbs
Ballast: 20015 lbs
Bridge Clearance: 73 ft 0 in
Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Yanmar
Engine Model: 4JH3-DTE
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 4900
Engine Power: 125 HP

Main Salon

The spacious main salon is a bright comfortable living area with 6 fixed picture window (4 side and 2 forward). There are custom teak blinds for each of the  windows and removable storm shutters. To port is a large L shaped settee with inboard sliding bench seat with removable backrest and storage. The enlarged table is fixed and supported by 2 polished stainless steel pedestals mounted onto a large stainless steel plate to stabilize the table. To starboard is a straight settee that slides out to make a 1 ½ berth with lee cloth for a sea berth. The settees are covered with Ultra Suede (new 2014). There are multiple, very large storage areas under and outboard of all settees and 4 large upper lockers, including a liquor locker with custom built wine glass racks. Two opening deck hatches, 2 Hella fans and excellent lighting including a built-in dual unit Canalupi Picture light, 5 reading lights, 3 variable overhead lights, 2 overhead alcove lights and Red LED night lights. 

Entire interior finished in high gloss varnish (This costly option has worn well). Caris is the first of (to our knowledge) only 2 Hylas 54's with the extra. It was an expensive process but shows off the beautiful woodwork so much better that satin finish. 

  • All cabinets with upgraded louvered doors for excellent ventilation. Matching louvered doors throughout the vessel.
  • Beautiful varnished teak woodwork
  • Teak cabinsole with light inlay
  • Prewired and hidden electrical wiring for artwork in salon and forward cabin
  • Under settee storage port and starboard
  • Huge outboard starboard settee storage
  • Behind settee storage port side
  • Book cases port and starboard
  • 2 port louvered storage cabinets

Additional Main Salon Features & Equipment
  • Heating and air conditioning
  • Enlarged dining table
  • Double stainless steel pedestal for dining table with full sized SS plate for rigidity and stability
  • Custom teak blinds for all main salon windows
  • Red LED night lights
  • Upgraded moveable backseat for dining table
  • Built-in wine glass rack in starboard louvered storage cabinet.
  • Interior illumination for built-in wine glass and storage cabinet
  • Television

    NEW (2016) Samsung 28" LED Smart flat screen TV with full internet capability. JVC Video Recorder accepts DVDs and VCR tapes. Sony CD/DVD Player/Recorder. Cable for amplified mast antenna and Cable or satellite TV, 60’ cable for dock connections. Additional TV cable connections in forward and aft staterooms. 

  • Audio Entertainment

    Kenwood Receiver, CD, AM, FM. Pandora and Serius XM capable. USB Input allows easy connection of IPod 2014. Bose Acoustimass 5 cube speakers in main salon with large woofer. 2014 Bose 151 outdoor speakers in cockpit, Petal speakers in aft cabin. All speakers are driven by Rockford Fosgate 400 watt amplifier. 2014 Separate volume controls for all speakers. 

Forward Cabin

The large forward cabin contains a walk-around, centerline, queen-size berth with foam mattress, hanging locker, large shelf locker, locker under berth, 2 bookshelves and 2 night tables with storage and 10 upper lockers (5 on each side), additional storage under berth. Full length mirror.

  • 1 Canalupi picture light
  • 2 overhead lights
  • 2 reading lights
  • 2 Hella fans
  • Air conditioning/heating controls
  • One large deck hatch
  • Fixed, custom built flashlight holder
  • Fishing pole mounts (2) and fire extinguisher
  • LED night light

Forward Head

Aft and to starboard of the forward cabin is the forward head with separate shower stall, automatic shower drain pump in both the shower stall and head and custom grating in both the shower stall and the head, 3 mirrored upper and 1 lower lockers, linen closet, holding tank sentry, and two opening ports and one hatch. Entry to the forward cabin for privacy with second door to the passageway.

  • Jabsco electric head (2010)
  • Separate shower stall with fold down seat
  • Separate lighting for head and shower stalls
  • Shower stall linen closet
  • Under sink cabinet space
  • 3 vanity cabinets above sink
  • Varnished grates in head area (Non Standard) as well as showers (Standard)
  • Venting cowl/dorade
  • Draining floors in heads (Non Standard) as well as showers (Standard)
  • Holding tank gauge, Headhunter ST2000
  • Sealand Electric Pump for overboard holding tank discharge
  • 1 top opening hatch
  • 2 opening hatches
  • Air conditioning and heating
  • 2 louvered entry doors that have been upgraded with beveled teak detail

Second guest cabin - forward

The second guest cabin is a custom designed third stateroom with a 1 1/2 berth, located across the passageway from the forward head. The washer and dryer unit and with tremendous amount of storage under berth. The features are a mirror, custom shelf, multiple storage lockers and drawers, 3 outboard side cabinets over berth, custom storage rack, two opening ports and one deck hatch. 

Additional equipment includes unique venting system to share dryer and cowl. A sliding pocket door opens into the passageway.

  • Hella fan
  • AC 110, DC 12v outlets
  • 2 reading lights
  • 1 1/2 sized bed
  • Custom hidden, built-in venting for washer/dryer for quicker drying cycle
  • Full sized locker
  • Drawer under locker
  • 2 reading lights
  • 1 ceiling lights
  • Hella fan
  • LED night light

Forward companionway

The passageway houses the mast, multiple shelf storage for hand held radios, etc., charging units and miscellaneous storage (with AC and DC power outlets, fishing rod locker.

  • Custom electrical charger cabinet located at mast for hand-held devices
  • Passageway overhead lighting

Aft Master Cabin

The owner's cabin is located aft of the galley with a walk-around queen-size centerline berth and proper custom fabricated mattress. Includes double bookshelves at the head of the berth and 2 bookshelves by port and starboard view ports, a comfortable ultra suede covered lounge.

Master Cabin Features:

  • Custom fabricated SS spring mattress
  • Air conditioning and heating with controls
  • 1 starboard louvered hanging locker with optional shelves
  • 1 large centerline louvered hanging locker
  • 10 storage drawers for personal items/clothes
  • Hide away computer desk with AC outlet
  • 2 fixed hull ports standard
  • 2 additional opening ports at head of berth (upgrade)
  • Full length dressing mirror
  • 2 opening ports standard
  • 2 Hella fans
  • 2 Canalupi bed lights for reading
  • Extra AC outlets, DC outlets, phone jacks, TV & cable jacks
  • Independent stereo speakers and controls
  • Raymarine Tridata: Includes speed and depth information
  • SS security grate for overhead hatch
  • Custom locking gun case behind hanging locker
  • Custom flashlight holder
  • Custom lee clothes make two separate sea berths

Ensuite Master Head

Within the master stateroom is the head with separate shower stall, automatic shower drain pump in both the shower stall and head, and custom grating in both the shower stall and the head, electric head, 3 mirrored upper and 1 lower lockers, linen closet, holding tank sentry, and two opening ports.

  • Large separate shower stall with fold down seat
  • Bone marble sink and countertop
  • Jabsco Fresh H20 Electric head (2014)
  • Separate lighting for head and shower stalls
  • Shower stall linen closet
  • Under sink cabinet space
  • 3 mirrored vanity cabinets above sink
  • Varnished grates in head area (Non Standard) as well as showers (Standard)
  • Draining floors in head (Non Standard) as well as shower (Standard)
  • Holding tank gauge, Headhunter ST2000
  • Sealand Electric Pump for overboard holding tank discharge
  • 2 side opening hatches
  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Venting cowl/dorade
  • Teak reading material rack
  • Teak framed mirror


Aft of the salon to starboard is the 12 foot passageway galley. Provides an excellent secure working area at sea. The extended galley (1 foot longer than the standard Hylas 54) is maximized for storage and the only Hylas 54 with indented toe space under the counter. The Corian counter tops are trimmed with varnished teak. Galley counter space is over 10 ft and on the outboard side it includes: a built-in knife rack, a pan locker under the stove, 4 drawers (1 silverware drawer with dividers), 1 (double door) deep pantry (huge), pull out waste basket, cabinet storage underneath waste basket, 6 over the counter cabinets, sliding door storage behind the stove, 1 deep locker behind the stove and access locker for reefer system controls outboard the stove. All cabinet doors louvered to match the rest of the vessel.

On the inboard side: spice rack, cabinet beside sink (optional upgrade), pan storage locker and a tall pantry. A custom made silverware drawer, AC outlets, refrigeration temperature gauges, automatic lights for the top loading freezer and 2 refrigerators, salt and fresh water foot pumps and 4 opening ports. The engine room can be accessed with front opening door and multiple side doors. 

  • Upgraded Sierra Series Corian in Aqua
  • Vented cabinets with consistent customized cabinetry doors throughout the boat.
  • Upgraded Schooner Model stove, Broadwater, polished stainless steel stove with 4 burners, oven and broiler
  • Xintex propane monitor with alarm
  • Two 20 lbs. propane tanks in external vented locking locker
  • Refrigeration-Two side-opening refrigerators total 10 cu,ft. and one under-counter freezer with 9 cu. ft. Extra-thick insulation. Frigoboat keel-cooled refrigeration systems (2014) This 12 volt system with 2 variable-speed Danfoss 50 compressors and keel coolers is very energy efficient. 3 digital thermostat/display panels allow easy monitoring and control of the boxes from the galley. Dometic portable AC ice maker.
  • Improved reefer insulation (This design became the standard for Hylas - Previous hulls do not have this)
  • Sharp Carousel microwave oven
  • Extra water faucet at sink features refrigerated filtered water
  • 3 AC outlets
  • 3 Hella fans in galley
  • Dual(redundant)fresh water pumps
  • Custom spice rack
  • Custom knife rack
  • 2 large pantries (non standard)
  • Pump-type soap dispensers built into galley sink
  • Cabinet next to sink
  • Salt & fresh water foot pumps
  • LED night lights

Navigation & Electronics

Aft and to port of the salon is a large sit-down navigation station with extensive flush mounted instrumentation and room for navigation and office work. This station is 2 feet larger than the standard Hylas 54 arrangement and features a very comfortable upholstered swivel chair. It also features a pull-out desk extension for a lap top at comfortable typing height, file drawers, cabinets, under-desk storage, AC DC outlets and excellent lighting.

GPS (5)

  • Two Raymarine c125 Multi Navigation Displays with internal GPS, one at helm and one at Navigation Station. (New 2014)
  • One Raymarine A 50 Display with internal GPS at Companionway. (New 2011)
  • One Raymarine 300 GPS Plotter at Navigation Station
  • One Garmin GPS 76Cx hand held


  • Ritche 8” lit compass at helm


  • Navionics Gold Electronic Charts for entire East and West US Coasts, Canada, Bermuda, Bahamas, Caribbean, Central and South America. Used in current Raymarine displays. (Updated 2016)
  • Nobeltec VNS MaxPro navigation software for windows, version 10.5. Electronic charts for entire US East Coast, Bahamas and Caribbean with a laptop computer. This provides a redundant electronic chart system. Ownership of software, dongle, and charts can be transferred to new owner. 
  • Paper Charts for entire US East Coast, Bermuda, Bahamas, and the Caribbean.


  • Garmin  AIS600 AIS Transceiver with dedicated mast top antenna.and separate internal GPS. AIS data displays on all Raymarine Multidisplays. (New 2011)


  • Raymarine 424HD Digital 4KW 24” Radome located on aft arch with    gimballed self-leveling mount.(New 2014) Color high definition radar is displayed at helm and Navigation station separately or as a chart overlay. Tr-Lens Radar reflector mounted on aft arch.

Autopilots (2)

  • Caris has two separate and independent autopilots. Either can be controlled from the Navigation Station with Raymarine ST6001 control unit or at the helm with Raymarine ST7001+ control unit. Each autopilot system has an independent Raymarine XPS 30 Navigational Computer and an independent Raymarine Fluxgate Compass. The drive unit for the first autopilot is a PYI radial sprocket drive located within the steering pedestal. The drive unit for the second autopilot is a PYI radial motor direct drive located at the quadrant. The autopilot selector switch is at the Navigation station.

Navigation Instruments (11)

At Navigation Station:

  • ST 6001 Autopilot control, ST60 Wind Indicator. ST60 Tridada (depth, speed, water temperature), and ST 80 Multi Instrument with large choice of navigation displays.

At Companionway:

  • ST60 Depth Instrument, ST60 Wind Indicator, ST60 Close-Hauled Wind indicator, and St 60 Boat Speed Instrument

At Helm:

  • ST 7001 Autopilot Control, ST80 Multitrim Instrument with numerous display options.

Aft Cabin:

  • ST60 Tridata


Communication Equipment

Single Sideband Radio

ICOM M71(Rebuilt 2012). ICOM Tuner (New 2012), Pactor III Modem (Software upgrade) (Rebuilt 2012), SWR Meter to evaluate signal strength. Connected to a standard laptop computer (not included) with free “RMS Express” software, the modem uses the SSB to send and receive any emails, download grib files, weatherfaxes, all coast guard weather printouts, navtex bulletins etc.

Excellent counterpoise copper grounding system is built into the hull.  Independent “Dynaplate” grounds for the tuner and the radio. Insulated backstay antenna.


Island Time PC HD high-gain antenna is on the aft arch. This will pull in WiFi signals from some distance. It offers a scan of all available stations in the location,  This is hard wired into a Roswell WLAN wireless router at the Navigation Station. Secured Wireless WiFi is available to multiple devices around the boat using the router’s password.

VHF (2)

Standard Horizon Matrix 2000 VHF Radio with Digital Select Calling, Distress Alarm, connected to GPS data. Loudhailer on Mast. (New 2012)

Cobra submersible hand-held VHF with charging bracket.


Furuno Fax 207 at Navigation Station with dedicated HF external antenna

(Not used, not warranted- SSB and Airmail are much easier)


Furuno NX 500 at Navigation Station with dedicated HF external antenna and redundant access to all USCG text weather reports. 


Fiberglass sandwich deck with molded contrasting grey non-skid

Solid stainless stemhead with double anchor platforms with rollers



Windlass & Anchoring

Lighthouse 1501 dual gypsy and dual rope wildcat. Operated from deck switches at Windlass or from cockpit panel. Motor rebuilt 2013. Primary Anchor-Delta 88, new 2009, with 270 ft. 3/8 chain, Both anchor and chain regalvinized in 2014. Secondary Anchor - Bruce Plow type Heavy weight carried on the bow with custom SS dual bow rollers with 50' 3/8 chain and 300' nylon rode. Locking and self-draining anchor locker is split to contain each rode with a large back section for other lines. Extra lines include 300’ premium 1” nylon rode, 150’ of 3/4” braided nylon rode, mooring pennant with 25’ 1” nylon and attached large galvanized shackle, 25’ snubber line with 3/8 chain hook, block and tackle for raising dingy on side of boat, and 8 1” braided dock lines. At the bow just above the waterline is a very heavy SS attachment for a snubber line or mooring pennant.

  • 2  SS deck washdown outlets (saltwater), one on the bow and one on the stern. The bow also has one similar freshwater outlet.
  • Stainless steel stepping plate for cockpit companionway
  • Harken stand up staysail blocks
  • Teak handrails on foredeck and coach roof and aft coachroof
  • Stainless steel companionway handrails
  • 4 Solid stainless cowl vents with rail protection
  • Stainless protective stern plate
  • Fold down stainless steel ladder at transom
  • Folding teak stainless steel boarding ladder at sidegate

  • Twaron hull, carbon aramid fiber with alternating FRB glass lay up handlaid with no core and using vinylester resins and Isophtalic gel coat
  • Solid lead keel with solid 35mm stainless steel keel bolts with transverse mounted 8mm backing plates
  • Solid GRP fiberglass in all areas of deck for deck fittings and stress area
  • Watertight collision bulkhead forward of forward cabin with independent overboard drainage
  • Watertight stern sections across aft lazarettes and stern locker
  • Divided anchor locker with separate locker for fenders and docklines
  • Stern garage with dedicated Rule Auto bilge pump with manual over ride in cockpit
  • Very large step down sail locker with deck hatch access; 5' deep and over 4' long 


Cockpit features full instrumentation, leather covered stainless steel wheel, teak benches,  a teak floor grate and removable back & seat cushions (2014). Strong attachments for jacklines in cockpit. 

The cockpit was built with removable louvered companionway doors that include removable ventilation slides. Additionally, there is a stainless steel security grate that fits into the companionway to provide additionally security. The cockpit, with the inclusion of the all round dodger/ bimini combination with side curtains has proven to be quite dry and comfortable in severe and/or inclement conditions offshore. We have found it unnecessary to put on our foul weather gear offshore and so our weather gear has been relegated to being used when we step ashore. All instrumentation displays and sheets & lines are terminated in the cockpit, so there is little need to go on deck when offshore. We normally go on deck to either reel in a fish or fly our spinnaker. 

Engine & Mechanical

Main Engine

Yanmar 125 HP Model 4JH3-DTE Turbo Charged. 4900 Hours. Hurth hydraulic transmission Model KMH4A. Stainless steel shaft 1.75” with PYI dripless shaft seal. Max Prop variable pitch 3 blade folding propeller. Engine has been carefully maintained. Electric pump for oil changes for main engine and generator. Full maintenance logs and oil sample reports are available. Fuel Injection Pump was replaced in 2015. Numerous spare parts are aboard including starter motor, and water pump, In addition to instrumentation and alarms in the cockpit, separate oil pressure, temperature, Fireboy automatic fire extinguisher alarm and fuel filter water alarms are at the Navigation Station.

Fuel System

5 Stainless steel 316 fuel tanks, total capacity 291 gallons.  Dual Racor primary filters. Fuel transfer pump for fuel polishing. Algae X magnetic fuel cleaner. All tanks are easily accessible and have 6” inspection and cleaning ports. Tanks were manually cleaned and fuel polished in 2016. Tank Tender monitoring system for all fuel and water tanks. Tanks can be filled at the deck or inside the boat. All tanks vent to the stern.

Air Conditioning

Two Cruisair Air Reverse Cycle air conditioning units: 24,000 BTU unit serves main salon and forward cabins with two separate blowers. 16,000 BTU unit serves Master Stateroom. Digital control panels for each unit. Reverse cycle feature affords A/C or heat throughout the boat. 

Bow Thruster

Vetus 24 Volt, 9.6 HP Bow Thruster with pedestal control 

Washer Dryer

Splendide Model 2000 front loading unit features regular, perma press and delicate wash cycles and low or high heat drying. Dryer vents through the dorade vent to the deck. An ingenious baffle at the vent permits hot air to escape when closed and permits normal dorade air passage when opened.

Water Maker

Spectre 380 C 12 Volt makes about 13 gph. Features easy fresh water flush. Unit has been carefully maintained and makes all our water when cruising. Clark Pump was rebuilt in 2011 and membrane was replaced in 2013. Numerous spare parts are aboard including filters. Auxiliary product water outlet is in forward head to allow independent quality monitoring. System is self monitoring and automatically rejects product water that has more than 500 ppm. dissolved solids. This is a very quiet, energy-efficient unit and produces excellent soft water.

Bilge Pumps

Main Bilge-Rule 2000 with float switch

Manual bilge pump at companionway

Secondary Bilge- Jabsco with float switch

Main bilge has visual and audible alarm at the Navigation station for high water

Both watertight bulkhead areas at front and back of vessel have separate bilge pumps with float switches.

Electrical System

Caris has a very sophisticated and well designed AC & DC electrical systems. At the Navigation Station are split- hinged instrument panels with easy pin removal for access to all wiring, Wiring is well bundled and laid out. All instruments and systems are labeled inside and out and wiring can be traced by the numbers attached to the wiring. *Where ever possible LED bulbs have been installed. Multiple GFI protected AC outlets. 

Electrical Distribution Panel

The 220 Volt input from the dock or the generator is divided into two 110 Volt “legs” at the panel. Most of the boat appliances and outlets are 110 Volt. However the large power users, the AC, and the water heater use both legs equally. The Outback chargers each use one of the legs equally, This is important because when you are away from the dock and using the generator, the power output is balanced between the legs. This balances the load on the generator and prevents considerable wear.

The distribution panel provides digital readouts for house and engine battery voltage, alternator output, house loads, AC voltage and amperage for each AC leg. All DC breakers are located here as well. The electrical system also features a galvanic isolator, zinc corrosion controller, lightning protection dissipator at mast top, and special ground protection plate fabricated to dissipate AC component of lightning

Shore Power

50 Amp, 240 Volt shore power input. 80’ power cord is controlled by electric “Glendinning” reel in aft lazarette for automatic deploying and retrieving. Separate secondary power input near cockpit. Dock telephone and cable attachments near cockpit with cable and telephone outlets throughout the boat.


A Kohler 10KW 220Volt 60 Hz Generator (Rebuilt 2009) continues to provide excellent dependable power. She had a more recent overhaul in 2016 with replacement of all hoses, heat exchanger and electrical connections. The generator is surrounded by soft noise insulation inside a well insulated engine room. A remote start/stop switch and instruments are at the Navigation Station. She has 4550 Hrs and has been regularly serviced.All service records and oil analyses are available.for inspection. 

Isolation Transformer

An “Acme 15KV” Isolation Transformer isolates the boat from the shore power to prevent stray current galvanic corrosion. This transformer also has a “Boost” switch to boost low dock voltage to a higher voltage


Length: 54'
Beam: 15'9
Draft: 7'2
Power: 125hp
Engine Hours: Josh McLean