After spending a few months trawling the internet looking for another yacht to purchase to replace our beloved Stolen Kiss, Peter came up with a short list.
Always on the hunt for a bargain in the true cruiser style, we first tested the waters to see how different the actual price was compared to the asking price. On an average, we could expect a 30% drop in price.
There were, of course, a few yachts that would have been a great price, but needed a lot of work, however, we really wanted to step aboard and just go cruising. In reality, this was a little on the ‘you wish’ side of the equation.
Separately we drew up our ‘must have’ list and compared notes. The end result was that we decided a yacht with excellent hull integrity was most important as we could always add the toys that we desired!
Hylas Yachts were built in the Queen Long Shipyard, Taiwan primarily for the Caribbean charter fleets in the 1980’s. We were very fortunate to find one in Mexico that was built in 1989 and had one owner. It being in Mexico was a little daunting as it was not easy to get to, and as suspected, not easy to get gear to it! More on that to follow, but if anyone complains about difficulties in having a yacht in Malaysia or Thailand, wash your mouth out!!!!!!!! It is a doddle compared to Mexico!
Hylas yachts are sensational! Their build is excellent and of course S&S design!! The earlier models were called Stevens 47. ‘Used Boat Notebook’ written by John Krestschmer has a fantastic review of the many yachts he has delivered, one being of course, Hylas 47.
Although we had had warnings about doing business with yacht brokers in Florida and the Caribbean, we were fortunate to only have positive responses. In their defence, there are a lot of tyre kickers out there and somehow they need to decide who is worth pursuing. Peter did put in one very low offer on a yacht in Texas, with the broker coming back with a comment like ‘we do have a 30 footer you might like to look at!’
Marina San Carlos is a wonderful marina, professionally run and very helpful in getting us sorted. The marina is rated to a Category 5 hurricane hole and nestled below a small mountain called ‘Peaks of Las Tetas de Cabro’ (Goat Teat’s Peak). The immediate areas are absolutely stunning, with anchorages in the Sea of Cortez mostly 5 to 10 miles apart! Our style of cruising!
Our immediate plan is to stay in the Sea of Cortez for a year and whilst exploring our new cruising ground, we will also be exploring our new Stolen Kiss!