The boat’s easy-to-use anchoring setup, beefy winches, and bomber cleats caught the judges’ eyes, as did the sturdy hull, high-quality systems installation, and copious on-deck storage. Thanks to well-conceived handholds, logical brace points, good-size berths equipped with excellent lee cloths, and the large, well-equipped nav station, the judges found that the accommodations below would be safe and comfortable at sea. They also felt that the boat’s large galley, bright and airy saloon, and opulent owner’s cabin aft could make for luxurious living when the sail was done. And technical expert Ed Sherman appreciated the systems installation. High-quality components are used throughout, and unlike on some boats, which place critical systems in hard-to-access areas behind furniture, most systems on the Hylas are easy to reach.