Tara | Hylas 54' 2004

Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Yacht Name: Tara
Builder: Hylas
Model: 54 Centerboard
Year: 2004
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Designer: German Frers
Hull Material: Fiberglass

Tara is one of the most unique Hylas 54's ever built and is fitted with features that allow her to cruise where many other Hylas 54's cannot. Of the many Hylas 54's that were been built only eight were ordered with the optional $25,000 keel centerboard and four of those were Raised Salon versions. Tara is one of these special Hylas'.

Tara has the ability to cruise the Bahamas with her 5' 9" draft (vs 7' 2" standard draft), and when sailing offshore her hydraulic centerboard can be lowered to a depth of 9' 5". This allows for higher pointing upwind and increased stabilization downwind in a seaway. Or, retract the centerboard in flat seas and enjoy the increased speed from less drag. These special H54's are known to leave their standard keel brethren in the dust, not to mention everybody else!

This best of both worlds yacht was outfitted by her owners for complete off the grid sailing and worldwide capability. For the past several years they have crossed the Atlantic twice, toured the Med, and most recently returned stateside after wintering in the Caribbean. Her award winning Hylas electrical system was adjusted in 2013 by J Gordon and Company to allow her seamless "world-ready" shore power. Regardless of where you are in the world all of her electrical systems run perfectly on 60Hz power.

The Hylas 54 is one of the most successful yachts produced with 60 hulls manufactured from the late 1990's through late 2000's. The brainchild of German Frers she combines offshore comfort with leading edge thinking from offshore racing designs. A plumb bow, long waterline, and wide beam carried aft deliver power and speed in a seaway while her state of the art Twaron aramid fiber construction offers bullet proof strength.

Features that make her a great blue water performer have an equally positive impact on living space. There is ample volume for such amenities as a luxurious owners stateroom, excessive storage and tankage located below the cabin sole, as well as excellent light and ventilation. Her well appointed interior is beautifully finished throughout in hand chosen teak.

Of all the worlds cruising yachts Hylas has the best resale value, quality, performance, and styling. For more than 30 years the same family at Queen Long Marine have produced Hylas Yachts with ever increasing quality and innovation that has been unmatched by any other yacht builder. Come see why these vessels have been sought after and will remain at the top of their league for decades to come.

Highlights Include:

  • Upgraded Raymarine electronics.
  • Bow Thruster
  • Equipped with the larger engine option, Yanmar 4JH3-DTE 125 HP
  • Upgraded Northern Lights generator that replaced the original Fischer Panda
  • Custom one of a kind shore power upgrade to allow seamless worldwide power for all onboard gear at 60Hz
  • Solar power built into the cockpit bimini
  • Recent mainsail and electric in-mast furling
  • Custom black high gloss Awlgrip topside paint in 2014
  • High gloss teak toe rail
  • Keel centerboard hydraulically operated from the cockpit, one of only 8 Hylas 54's to be fitted with this top of the line feature


Length: 54'
Beam: 15' 9
Draft: 5' 9
Engine Manufacturer: Yanmar
Engine Model: 4JH3-DTE
Power: 125 HP
Number of Engines: 1
Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Hours: 3500 Hours



Located Amidships the Salon is large, open and bright. Thanks to the raised salon and large picture windows there is a great view forward and to the sides. To starboard is a deep settee with white leather cushions that also pulls out to create a sea berth. Behind and below is plenty of storage for spare parts. Above the settee is a book shelf and two cabinets, the cabinet next to the galley has a built in wine rack and the door acts as a bar counter.

To port is a U-shaped settee with dinette table and movable ottoman on rails. More storage is behind and above this settee. To the aft on the port side is the nav station.

Through out Tara is a beautiful teak and holly cabin sole. Beautifully finished doors and handrails provide both elegance, safety, and quality.

Nav Station

The nav station features the optional extended desk option, which closed off the pass-through to the aft head on the port side. This creates additional desk space for a laptop computer and storage a cabinets above and below. This adjustment also creates a private owners head. A custom fitted nav station seat is installed with teak arm rests and height is adjusted by a gas piston.


  • The galley is over 11' in length and leads to the master stateroom aft
  • Ample cabinets, storage lockers and drawers including a full height pantry for cutlery, cookware, and food storage
  • Broan 1052B slide out trash compactor
  • Gimbal mounted Force 10 three burner stove with stainless steel safety bar
  • Fireboy automatic propane gas detector and shutoff
  • GE Microwave/Convection oven
  • Two Frigoboat top & front access refrigerator & freezer compartments with digital controls and variable speed compressors
  • U-Line automatic icemaker
  • Vesta automatic dishwasher with slide out dish rack, model DWV303
  • Double stainless steel sinks with pressure fresh water on sprayer nozzle
  • Manual foot pumps for fresh and salt water
  • Sea-Gull freshwater filter with separate tap for drinking
  • 12V ventilation fan

Master Cabin Aft

  • Queen size aft berth set centerline with split mattress and accompanying starboard side settee
  • Port and Starboard side hanging lockers with optional removable shelves
  • Full length deep hanging locker centerline
  • Portside vanity with fold up mirror and drawer with three separate cabinets
  • Drawers under owners berth

Private Master Head

  • Separate shower stall with glass door
  • Splendide washer/dryer mounted in shower stall linen cabinet
  • 27 gallon dedicated holding tank with dual "Y" valve systems for
  • Direct overboard, deck pump out and direct pump out of holding tank overboard
  • Raritan Crown electric flush toilet

VIP Cabin Forward

  • Full width V-berth VIP Cabin with Queen size berth
  • Three rows of drawers underneath berth with two separate isolated storage bins
  • Starboard and portside hanging lockers with removable shelves
  • Cabinets above the berth for added storage

Guest/Day Head Forward

  • Wahlee Stone counters with Moen faucet
  • Raritan Crown electric flush toilet
  • 27 gallon dedicated holding tank with dual "Y" valve systems for direct overboard, deck pump out and direct pump out of holding tank overboard
  • Shower sump pump
  • Storage space behind mirrors
    Portside Guest Cabin
    Portside Cabin offers a pullman berth with insert to make into a double sized berth. Insert maybe removed to access drawers and storage below.
    Three rows of drawers under and two storage cabinets
    Hanging locker with removable shelves
    Cabinets above the berth for added storage
    Clarion fold down, LCD TV
    Deck hatch with built in screen
    12V fan



Shore Power and Power Conversion

  • Mastervolt 200A/4000W inverter/charger 2019 (for 110v service, Shore or Genset)
  • Mastervolt 100A charger 2018 (for 220v or 110v service, Shore or Genset)
  • Mastervolt Easyview 5 display 2018
  • Mastervolt Bus system links with solar panels


  • Northern Lights 6kW new in 2009 (2500 Hours)


  • 6x 80W high efficiency solar panels yield up to 24Ah in full sun 2017
  • Three 8D House batteries, 675Ah total capacity
  • Engine starting battery, 150Ah capacity
  • All batteries are isolated with built in reverse isolation switch
  • Two independent Balmar 80A alternators for house bank charging
  • Independent Yanmar alternator for engine battery charging
  • Two 3" copper strips running bow to stern on port and starboard for grounding


Note from Seller Regarding Electrical System

"In 2013 we had an ABYC certified master electrician from Annapolis, with J Gordon and Company design the electrical rewire to make TARA 'world-ready'. We were so happy with the results that we sent him a thank you note that is still up on their website as a testimonial. It was a very complicated rewire to make everything convert from a 110v boat to a 220v boat at the flip of a switch. It has been five years and we have never had a single electrical problem with the redesign. I even hired a former British navy master electrician to review his work the first time we plugged into 220v power in the Caribbean (because we couldn't test 220v/50hz while in the US). It worked as designed. He commented that he had never seen such a flexible yacht. Quite simply, with the help of a custom designed 7-pole switch, TARA's entire A/C system (exception: watermaker) switches to run off the inverter while on 220v/50hz shore power. We could probably have gotten by with a 2000watt inverter but since we had the room, we went with the 4000watt so we never had to worry about the inverter kicking off while running multiple appliances. Many people use just a transformer to take 220v to 110v but that does nothing to change the 50hz coming into the boat. Typically, American appliances with motors require 60hz. They can run for short periods at 50hz but prolonged use will burn up the motor. Knowing that we were leaving the States, I didn't want to deal with having to replace equipment from international locations. The inverter puts out 60hz so everything is safe. In marinas while hooked up to 220v shore power we can run the washer/dryer for its 1 to 1.5 hour cycle off the inverter while the 100amp 220v charger keeps the batteries loaded. Everyone else with 110v boats are burning fuel in the marina and wasting generator hours while plugged into shore power to use their heavy appliances or worse, they trek back and forth to the laundry rooms at the marina."


Mechanical & Plumbing

Air Conditioning

  • Two Cruise Air A/C and Reverse Cycle Heat systems with sea-water pump

Fresh Water

  • Raritan 18 gallon water heater 120v + engine heat exchanger loop
  • 2 independent Shurflo fresh water pumps for double redundancy

Water Maker

  • SeaRecovery Ultra Whisper 600 25GPH
  • New high pressure cell 2014
  • Pickled April 2020

Fuel System

  • Five independent stainless steel fuel tanks with manifold system for engine and generator
  • Dual Racor turbine filters with switching valve for engine
  • Separate Racor filter for genset
  • Walborough electric fuel pump for transfer between tanks of polishing through filter system, also eliminates the need for manual engine bleeding in case of dry fuel tank


  • Yanmar 4JH3-DTE 125 HP
  • Remote engine start switch independent from helm control panel and complete alarm system
  • 12V oil change pump
  • Complete access to all sides via removable panels around engine
  • Morse single level control system to protect against high RPM shifting
  • Fire retardant engine room sound insulation


  • Splendide WD2000S washer/dryer
  • All thru-hull fittings are solid bronze and bonded
  • Vacuum gauge indicator for tanks
  • Dipsticks for manual tank level on fuel and water tanks
  • Centerboard hydraulic ram is accessible in cabinet behind mast and is connected to a purchase system for easy of lowering and raising




  • Teak toe rail coated with Epiphanes high gloss varnish


  • Stainless steel strike plate on bow stem
  • Stainless steel bow deck plate with two anchor rollers
  • Stainless steel bow strike plate extends behind windlass
  • Stainless steel bow cleats
  • Maxwell windlass with line capstan, deck foot pedals and cockpit control
  • Anchor locker with locking, gasketed hatch and gas piston. Dual independent anchor lockers and storage for deck gear.
  • Sail locker behind anchor locker with gasketed hatch.


  • Cockpit cushions 2014
  • Custom leather wrapped (extra thick) stainless steel helm wheel
  • Full canvas enclosure with drop curtains, tan canvas color
  • Teak cockpit floor and seating
  • Bow thruster control
    Icom Command Mic
  • Folding cockpit table and cup holders made of teak

Aft Deck

  • Upgraded extra length stainless steel railing that extends forward several feet from the stern pulpits. Increased safety and extra space to mount gear on deck.
  • Flip down stainless steel framed teak seats at the stern pulpits
  • Port and starboard deep storage lockers with locking latches. Lids are gasketed with drain channels to keep the area dry.

Freshwater Hot/Cold Washdown
Dockside pressure water inlet
Radar pole with aft facing flood light
Transom garage with storage, independent bilge pump for lazerette drains
Built in flag holder to stern rail
Outboard motor mount with crane and purchase system
Fishing rod holder
Teak steps and Hylas custom folding stainless ladder (extra wide and deep for easy exit from the water)


Sailing & Rigging


  • Mainsail in-mast furling no battens Quantum 2017
  • Genoa Doyle 2013
  • Staysail Doyle 2004

Mast and Rigging

  • Selden anodized aluminum mast with three spreaders
  • Electric in-mast furling motor refurbished 2015
  • Lewmar mainsheet traveler and blocks
  • Hasselford standing rigging, discontinuous for optimal strength and durability
  • Forward and aft lowers for rig stability
  • Running backstays
  • Furlex 400S Genoa furler


  • Antal #66 2-Speed electric Primary winches
  • Antal #54 Secondary winches
  • Antal #48 Mainsheet winch
  • Antal #48 Cabin-top winch
  • Antal #48 Halyard winches on mast



Topside Cosmetics

  • Repainted in 2014. Awlgrip Black High Gloss with red boot stripe and gold cove stripe
  • Stainless steel rubrail with teak backing
  • Toe rails high gloss Epifanes


  • Twaron hull, a carbon aramid fiber with alternating FRP glass lay-up handlaid with no core and using vinylester resins and Isophthalic gel coat.
  • Two epoxy barrier coats below the waterline for optimal protection
  • Solid Lead Keel with solid 35mm stainless steel keel bolts with transverse mounted 8mm backing plates
  • Partial Skeg Rudder for optimal performance, strength and protection
  • Bottom of rudder plane above the keel plane for grounding safety
  • The keel is a fin design with a hydraulically controlled centerboard, draft board up/down
  • Lead ballast within the keel is 20,000 lbs.
  • Solid Stainless striker plates for bow protection


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