2004 | Hylas | Fort Lauderdale, US FL |$549,000

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About Balance

Balance is an excellent example of this popular Hylas cruising sailboat:  three staterooms, two heads, amazing amounts of storage, plenty of new equipment. 

Balance is for sale by her second owner and has never been in charter.  Her current owner is a knowledgeable and very particular cruiser, who spent most of 2018 getting her ready for a long-planned cruise to the Caribbean.  After 2+ years of sailing, his plans have changed, but Balance is ready to keep going!  

 Some of her recent updates include:

(2021) Fully rebuilt Yanmar 125 hp main engine, 50 hours since overhaul!

(2015) New sails

(2019) New bimini and dodger

(2015) New Raymarine electronics

(2020) New AGM batteries

(2020) Second, larger inverter/charger

Details & Dimensions

Builder: Hylas
Category: Sail
Model: 54 Raised Salon
Model Year: 2004
Boat Name: Balance
Location: Fort Lauderdale, US FL
Asking Price: 549000.00 USD
Hull Material: Fiberglass
LOA: 54 ft
Beam: 15.75 ft
Draft: --
Fuel Capacity: 373|gallon
Holding Tank Capacity: --
Manufacturer: Yanmar
Engine Count: 1
Fuel Type: diesel

"Balance" benefits from great space, storage, and light, as is found on all the Hylas 54 Raised Salon models.  Master stateroom boasts a centerline queen berth with ensuite head.  Forward are two staterooms:  a large, full width V-berth stateroom plus a smaller cabin just aft to port.  On "Balance", the smaller cabin has a pull-out double berth, which converts easily to a workshop, with a stainless steel work surface under the cushion.

One very notable feature aboard "Balance" is her cabinetry.  In lieu of the standard louvered cabinet doors, she was upgraded with solid, raised panel doors, giving her a more elegant presentation.

  • Upgraded Solid Teak table with in-laid teak pattern in saloon with removable leaf
  • Two stowable seats for main salon which double as cocktail tables - smart idea!
  • 43 inch Sony TV monitor, new 2018
  • Two units of Cruisair reverse cycle AC/Heat, with 3 zones independently controlled
  • Master Stateroom berth with custom, center-hinged innerspring mattress (new 2018 with a 10 yr warranty)
  • Forward Stateroom berth also has a custom, center-hinged innerspring mattress (also new 2018 with a 10 yr warranty)
  • Custom fitted linens for both the Master Stateroom and Forward Stateroom berth
  • Hanging lockers have adjustable shelves or can be used as a full hanging locker
  • Freshwater Atlantis electric heads - Odorless!
  • Both heads have Wahlee Stone countertops with new custom faucets (2018)
  • Central vacuum system

A true offshore galley, with copious amounts of storage, a pantry with slide-out shelves, over 7' of counter space, upgraded solid teak cabinet doors, and Wahlee stone countertops.

  • Force 10 4-burner stove and oven
  • Xintex propane monitor
  • Secondary propane tank - 17 gallons, acrylic body
  • 12v Grunert holding plate refrigeration and freezer in well-insulated boxes.  These are both front and side loading, with new S/S handles in 2021
  • 40 gallon per hour EchoTech watermaker (2 new 40" membranes 2018)
  • Large single stainless steel sink
  • (2018) New upgraded faucet for pressure hot and cold water
  • Samsung microwave oven (2018)
  • Slide out trash container
  • Locker with custom wine rack
  • Splendide washer/dryer in "as-is" condition
Electronics and Navigation

Great nav station, made for long distance sailing.  Custom stool rotates and provides ample space for use of map table, special computer desk with slide-out tray, and file drawer 

  • (2021) Icom VHF radio (not yet installed)
  • (2018) Wireless extender: model Wave Rogue
  • (2018) Ray Marine Chart Plotter ES97 with 9"screen
  • (2019) EPIRB: ACR Global Fix Pro
  • (2018) Ray Marine AIS (AIS 650 Transceiver, AIS Splitter 100) with separate GPS
  • Ray Marine ST 60 series Tridata (Depthsounder, Wind Instrument, and Knotlog) at binnacle
  • Ray Marine i70 Depth, Knot, Wind separate instruments above companionway
  • Ray Marine Tridata repeater for instruments at nav station.
  • Ray Marine Auto-helm Autopilot:  Type 3 Hydraulic linear drive M81202
  • Raymarine Radome Radar, Model RD 424D, compatible with eS series multifunction display
Deck and Cockpit


  • Divided anchor locker
  • Split anchor roller, offset to carry two anchors at ready
  • Standard S/S plate protection on foredeck
  • Maxwell Nilsson Vertical Electric Windlass, VWC 3500 (1200 W):  rebuilt 2019 with new clutch and new motor
  • 90 lb. Plow primary anchor, 70 lb secondary anchor.  Both sand blasted and dip galvanized in 2018.
  • Chain:  Primary - 300 ft. 3/8" G4 hi-test galvanized (new 2015).  Secondary - 30 ft. chain, 300' 5/8" three-strand nylon
  • Salt water washdown on foredeck


  • (12/2019) New Bimini and Dodger, built from upgraded, vinyl-lined, heavy-duty Sunbrella "Seamark". Oversized S/S tubing frame with hand rail at companionway
  • Whitlock Pedestal steering
  • Cockpit table - solid teak (with drink holders aboard but not installed)
  • Additional/removable custom platform to allow better visibility from the helm


Deck is fiberglass cored, with solid fiberglass in all areas of deck fittings.  Molded contrasting non-skid in linen beige.  Solid Teak toerail.   Teak handrails on lower deck areas.   S/S handrails on raised deck coachroof.  

  • Step-down transom with stern "garage" storage.  Dedicated automatic bilge pump in the garage and dual Bailey latches
  • Fresh water hot and cold shower at stern
  • Stainless steel fold-down boarding ladder at stern
  • Side boarding ladders (2) with port and starboard mounting brackets
  • Large sail locker forward with deck access
  • (2019) All new Manship deck hatches and lenses
  • (2019) Textaline covers for salon windows - to keep interior cool and protect the interior finish from sun damage.  Provides privacy, while allowing occupants to see through to the outside
  • Solid stainless steel cowl vents, 4 in total
  • Solid teak rub rail on hull, with S/S cap
  • Double lifelines from bow until cockpit, then oversized S/S tubing in lieu of lifeline to the stern
  • (2019) Davits:  Kato Marine Voyager davits, Aluminum, with white Awlgrip, with 10" height extension.
  • (2018) Winslow "SuperLight Offshore Plus" 6 person liferaft
  • (2018) Switlik MOM-8A - man overboard retrieval sling
  • Magma Rail Mount BBQ
  • Stainless Steel protective stern plate


Sails and Rigging

Selden anodized aluminum spar, triple spreader, stepped to the keel.  In-mast Electric furling.  Hasselford Standing rigging. Discontinuous rigging. 


  • (2015) Doyle Mainsail (summer use only until 2019)
  • (2015) Doyle 125% Genoa (summer use only until 2019)
  • (2015) Doyle Staysail (summer use only until 2019)
  • Light Air cruising gennaker


  • Selden Rod Kicker rigid boom vang (shock absorber replaced 2020)
  • Furlex 400 Series roller furling forestay - furling line and sheets led to electric winches
  • Spare halyards
  • Halyard bales on forward dorades
  • Antal Electric CST 66 primary winches (2)
  • Antal Electric CST 54 secondary winches (2)
  • Antal CST 48 winches for halyard winches (2) 
  • Starboard side, cockpit main outhaul winch
  • Mainsheet cockpit winch
  • Harken stand-up staysail blocks

Primary system is 110 vac/12vdc.  All wire is tinned, no copper wiring except Selden supplied masthead lights.  All solid bronze thru-hulls are bonded.  Two 3" copper strips running bow to stern, port and starboard, for grounding.  Battery amp hours and battery charging capacity significantly upgraded from the standard for long-distance cruising requirements.

  • (2019) Ten 4D AGM batteries, each rated at 210 amp hours
  • One battery is dedicated to the engine/generator, two to the windlass (12v) and bow thruster (24v)
  • Two independent alternators, with one dedicated to the house bank and one to the engine start.
  • (2019) Upgraded charge regulator - Balmar MC_614
  • 50 amp shore power connection
  • 50 foot electric cable with a second, back up, 50 foot cable
  • Dolphin 80amp built-in battery charger
  • (2021) Additional 160 amp Magnum inverter/charger
  • Westerbeke 7.6 kW generator with 2840 hours

The main engine aboard "Balance" is a Yanmar 125hp turbo 4-cylinder diesel engine, Model 4JH3-DTE, with cockpit controls and a complete alarm system. In 2021, "Balance" needed an engine rebuild - not due to excessive hours but to a fault with the engine.  Therefore, in early 2021, she was completely rebuilt (by Complete Yacht in Ft. Lauderdale, the Yanmar dealer) with a new block, new cylinders, rings, valve guides, turbo, etc.  

  • Additional replaced engine components:  Fuel pump (2020), Injector pump (2018), Injectors (2018), Water pump (2018), Exhaust manifold (2018), Exhaust hose (2018), 4 Engine Mounts (2018)
  • Morse single lever control system to protect against high RPM gear shifting
  • Dual Racor fuel filtration system allowing independent filter and bypass system
  • In-Line fuel pump allowing engine bypass for filtration and eliminates the need for engine bleeding in case of a dry fuel tank
  • Oil change pump built-in for engine, generator, and transmission use
  • Two independent bilge pump systems: one Rule system and one Par system.  Total of 2500 gallons/hr with float switches
  • Fire retardant engine room sound insulation
  • Bow thruster:  Side Power SP155TC 24 volt
  • Two coats of Interlux Micron CSC applied at haul-out September 2020
  • (2018) "Dripless" stuffing box
  • Flex-O-Fold folding prop.  
  • Spare fixed prop
Construction Details and Tankage

The Hylas 54 has a well-earned reputation for strength, comfort, and quality construction, systems and hardware. This popular bluewater yachts was designed by German Frers and built by Queen Long.  While no longer in production, the Hylas 54 remains one of the most popular choices for cruising couples with ambitions of distant cruising. Versatile and fast, the yacht is exceptionally capable in a variety of sea-states.

The hull is constructed of fiberglass-twaron, a carbon aramid fiber - similar to Kevlar - with alternating solid FRP glass layup. This makes for an extremely strong hull and one that is highly impact resistant.  The glass is hand laid with no core and utilizes vinylester resins and isophthalic gel coat for superior protection against osmosis and hull blistering.  The deck is cored with end grain balsa, except in high-load areas (such as deck fittings) where it is solid.  The hull and deck joints are chemically and mechanically fastened with a wide flange, using 3M 5200 and stainless steel bolts on 4” centers with backing plates. Interior bulkheads are tabbed on all sides. Massive floors create a rigid hull with plenty of athwartship support. The modified fin keel is solid lead and bolted to the hull with 35mm stainless steel bolts, which in turn are supported by an 8mm stainless steel backing plate.

For safety, there is a watertight collision bulkhead forward with independent overboard drainage.  The stern section too is a watertight compartment.  


  • All tanks are Stainless Steel
  • Fuel Tankage:  373 gallons
  • Water Tankage:  194 gallons 
  • Holding Tanks:  2, 27 gallons each, with Y valves



Balance is an excellent example of this popular Hylas cruising sailboat:  three staterooms, two heads, amazing amounts of storage, plenty of new equipment.  

She is fitted with the upgraded cabinetry - solid teak cabinet doors - very elegant!

Balance is for sale by her second owner and has never been in charter.  Her current owner is a knowledgeable and very particular cruiser, who spent most of 2018 getting her ready for a long-planned cruise to the Caribbean.  After 2+ years of sailing, his plans have changed, but Balance is ready to keep going!  

 Some of her recent updates include:

(2021) Completely rebuilt Yanmar 125 hp main engine, 50 hours!

(2015) New sails

(2019) New bimini and dodger

(2015) New Raymarine electronics

(2020) New AGM batteries

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

David Walters Yachts is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by David Walters Yachts.