Adina is a Hylas 46 – a fourteen metre blue water cruiser designed to sail around the world. And she’s our home!
Adina has a large cabin (bedroom) located at the stern (back of the boat) with an on-suite shower that delivers a good burst of hot water when needed and electric fresh water flushing heads (toilets). Our guests stay at the front of the boat in their own cabin with a double bed located to one side and cupboard space on the other – and they get an even larger shower and toilet than we have! We now warn guests before they use the toilets as they are just like aeroplane toilets with a reassuring vacuum flush and they have given one or two people a fright.
The galley (kitchen) is a nice size; we have a gas stove and oven and separate large front-and-top-accessed fridge/freezer. A microwave sits there hoping and praying somebody will use it. We see it as a built-in Faraday Cage should we ever get caught in a lightening storm.
The saloon (lounge) can sit up to six at a squeeze. One of the sofas doubles up as a single bed if needed. Then there is ‘Tom’s Bar’ – you have to come on board to see this!
To complete the set-up is the nerve centre of the boat positioned at the back of the saloon – the navigator’s seat complete with a Simrad NSO navigation plotter, radar, AIS, VHF and SSB radios, Iridium GO! satellite phone and a full bank of switches to control all of the electrics on board.
On deck, Adina has a central cockpit which is a preferred option for people sailing open waters to minimise the chance of getting wet. We have a plug-in gas BBQ which we love! Our car is a Lodestar Hypalon inflatable dinghy with a Suzuki 6HP engine. Teak decks burn the feet when it gets hot and need cleaning too often.
Adina is a cutter rig which in plain English means she has a single mast with main sail and then two forestays on the forward deck for a big overlapping genoa and smaller staysail for windier conditions. Designed to be sailed by a couple, she has electric in mast furling with a vertically battened mainsail. We also have a Parasailor for downwind sailing which is tremendous fun – although getting it down when the wind is up involves some shouting.
Steps at the back of Adina with a hot/cold shower means swimming is a must.
Other features include a diesel powered generator for when we are away from shore power and a water maker for when we have no access to water from land.
All in all, we love our home!
Adina’s Vital Stats:
Hylas Hull: 46 #70
Call Sign: 2BPA5
LOA: 46’3” / 14.09m
LWL: 40’1” / 12.20m
Beam: 13’8” / 4.18m
Draft: 6’4” / 1.90m