INNISFREE is, without a doubt, the finest and best-equipped example of the H70 Flagship series by Hylas Yachts. Designed by renowned German Frers and built by one of the world’s most experienced semi-custom yacht builders’ Queen Long Marine exclusively for Hylas Yachts. This impressive yacht has enjoyed the benefit of a professionally managed maintenance program since her commissioning in April of 2015.
With a luxurious and spacious 4-stateroom interior arrangement featuring exquisite horizontal grain teak joinery with contemporary matched grain cabinetry and a solid teak cabin sole, INNISFREE is a yacht designed to enhance the comfort and enjoyment of her crew. It is uniquely well suited for extended voyaging. Her equipment and amenities are simply unmatched and, upon inspection, will be noted to be superior to any current offering in her class.
On deck, the teak is finished with light gray caulking for a noticeable gentleness on the feet compared to traditional black caulking in the warm summer sun. The deck of the H70 is unrestricted, flowing to meet the topsides with a graceful sheer and a beautiful reverse counter stern with an integral swim platform and transom garage. The lines of the Hylas H70 are both modern and timeless. Absolutely stunning.
Whether you’re a coastal cruiser, potential circumnavigator, or seeking a stately yacht with charter potential, INNISFREE is a luxury performance cruising yacht with the integrity, exquisite finish, and state of the art systems necessary to take you anywhere without compromise.
Interior Accommodations and Layout
INNISFREE has a four-cabin layout with a large VIP stateroom forward, double guest cabin forward to port, a guest/crew cabin with over under bunks off the aft starboard passageway in which the lower bunk pulls out to a full-size double, and an immense full-beam master stateroom aft. The VIP, guest/crew, and master staterooms each feature an ensuite private head with a separate stall shower. The forward guest cabin has a dedicated head across the passageway.
The tasteful modern contemporary styling of the yacht includes a choice selection of materials and design features including tucked tan Ultraleather upholstered settees, custom holy and ebony hardwood inlays on both navigation station desktops as well as the salon and coffee tables, discontinuous arched passageways, flat-panel cabinetry, and teak joinery with matched horizontal grains and hand rubbed satin varnish finish. The interior carpet is constructed of 100% wool and was hand made and custom ordered from Nepal. It is exceptionally durable, easy to clean, and absolutely beautiful.
The main salon features large panoramic raised salon windows and fixed portholes outboard of the settees, providing superb seascape views and warm natural light throughout the yacht, creating an environment that is like an oasis on the water.
Aft and to the port of the salon is a galley that is certain to be the envy of any seafaring chef. Featuring a walk-in layout with top of the line appliances and numerous design features specifically chosen to enhance your enjoyment and comfort.
Interior Styling & Features:
The main salon of INNISFREE is spacious and bright as a result of her 18 ft of beam, large panoramic raised salon windows, two enormous deck hatches, and two seascape windows behind the settees. To port, the L-shaped settee wraps surround the custom high-gloss teak table with intricate ebony and holy compass rose inlay. Two contemporary upholstered seats with backrests expand the seating capacity, enabling eight guests to comfortably dine. To starboard is a full-length settee with a coffee table. Outboard, as well as beneath both settees, there is an incredible amount of storage within the lockers, cabinets, and bookshelves.
Forward VIP Stateroom
Guests will appreciate the comfort and luxury of the large forward VIP stateroom with its island centerline queen berth, an abundance of storage, and ensuite access to the forward head and shower. The stateroom is especially inviting with natural light entering through the forward seascape windows and deck hatch with teak trim and screen.
Above and to either side of the berth are cabinets, cubbies, and fiddled shelves. At the foot of the berth are four drawers. To starboard, is a tall cabinet with three drawers and a fiddled shelf below. To port, is a tall hanging locker and three drawers. Flatscreen TV mounted to the aft bulkhead.
VIP Ensuite Head and Day Head with Shared Shower
Both the ensuite head for the VIP stateroom and day head, which is accessible from the forward passageway, feature three mirrored medicine cabinets with fiddled teak shelves inside, countertops with solid teak fiddles, stainless steel sinks with Moen fixtures, teak, and stainless steel towel racks, and Raritan Atlantes freshwater electric flush toilets. Both heads share a separate stall shower with a sizeable linen closet outboard, Moen shower fixture, soap and shampoo dispenser, and a folding teak shower seat. The heads and shower are well ventilated with three opening portlights, a deck hatch, dorade vent, and two 3-speed Bora fans. The wall surfaces are easy to clean, high gloss Formica.
Forward Guest Stateroom
The guest cabin is located forward to port of the main salon. The comfortable double cabin features a large Pullman style berth and convenient access to the forward head across the passageway. Three cabinets outboard, a large wardrobe hanging locker forward, two very large double door cabinets beneath the berth, and a nightstand with fiddled shelving and drawers offer a generous amount of storage for guests. This is a very bright and well-ventilated cabin with three opening portlights, a large screened deck hatch, and dorade vent overhead. Flatscreen TV mounted to the hanging locker bulkhead.
Adjacent to the forward guest stateroom is a dedicated head, ideal for private use or convenient for day head access while underway.
Aft Guest/Crew Cabin
Designed for crew accommodations but perfect for visiting guests or grandchildren, the aft guest/crew cabin is accessible from the aft passageway and features over-under single bunks with two drawers and a cabinet beneath the lower bunk and a tall cedar lined cabinet forward. The underside of the upper bunk is finished with the same material as the interior headliner. The lower bunk pulls out the full width of the cabin, converting to a full size double berth. Each berth has an LED reading light and a 3-speed Bora fan. There are two opening portlights above the upper bunk.
Aft Head with Ensuite Access from the Guest/Crew Cabin and Master Stateroom
Aft to starboard, the aft head is accessible from both the guest/crew cabin as well as the master stateroom. This head includes three mirrored medicine cabinets with fiddled shelves, countertop with solid teak fiddles, stainless steel sink with Moen fixtures, stainless-steel and teak towel rack, Raritan Atlantes freshwater electric flush toilet, and a separate stall shower with a folding teak shower seat and soap dispenser. Inside the shower is a cabinet containing a Splendide 2100 XC combination washer and dryer that vents overboard for fast and efficient drying. For ventilation, there is a 3-speed Bora fan and two opening portlights.
The wide beam of the Hylas H70 carries well aft resulting in a broad master stateroom that feels proper for a yacht of this caliber. The island-style centerline king is flanked on both sides by fiddled nightstands with bookcases outboard and cabinets below. Four drawers are located at the foot of the bed. Overhead, two large opening deck hatches with teak trim and OceanAir screens with privacy shades provide exceptional ventilation. Two opening portlights and two fixed seascape windows open the stateroom to wonderful views and an abundance of light.
To starboard, is a double settee with tucked tan Ultraleather upholstery with a segmented shelf outboard and drawers below. To port is a bank of three wide drawers beneath a large segmented shelf. To port and starboard are large double door wardrobe hanging lockers with a cabinet below. Forward is a fold-top desk, a bank of narrow drawers, and a beautifully crafted teak seat on a pivoting stainless frame. Above the desk is a Samsung TV recessed into the forward bulkhead. At the desk is a 110V, USB, and 12-volt outlet as well as a wireless microphone for the Garmin VHF radio.
For many couples cruising aboard the Hylas H70, one of the best features of the master stateroom has proven to be his and her style ensuite heads enabling each partner to have their own space.
Private Head Ensuite to Master Stateroom
To port, is the private owner's head with three mirrored medicine cabinets with teak fiddled shelves, countertops with solid teak fiddles, stainless steel sink with Moen fixtures, teak, and stainless steel towel rack, two small teak shelves for toiletry items, and a Raritan Atlantes electric freshwater flush toilet. The large, separate stall shower has a folding teak shower seat and a linen closet outboard. Two opening portlights and a 3-speed Bora fan provide ventilation.
With an emphasis on enjoyment and functionality, and designed for long-distance voyaging, the galley of INNISFREE was specifically configured to ensure unparalleled comfort at sea, or at anchor. Galley features include two, high-efficiency stainless-steel front-loading refrigerators, pullout beverage chiller, and cavernous top and front access freezer. For convenience, there is a pull-out dishwasher, U-Line icemaker, and a convection microwave oven. The Force-10 gimbaled cooker has four burners, an oven with broiler, safety bar, and a countertop insert that when stowed, turns into a stainless steel backsplash.
The Witch Hazel Corian countertops with solid teak fiddles and coordinating backsplashes are not just gorgeous, but highly functional and durable. With nearly 34 sq. ft. of preparation surface, there’s no reason to leave your culinary passion ashore. The cabinets have slats for ventilation and were designed to be deep enough to accommodate full-size galleyware and cookery. There is a total of eight drawers. At the rear of the galley are two rolltop lockers. The locker to starboard is for a coffee maker, to port a deep pantry for dry goods. Above the refrigerators is a spice rack. The custom double basin stainless steel sink has a faucet with pullout sprayer, a separate faucet for filtered drinking water, and a soap dispenser.
INNISFREE was designed to provide an environment of relaxation and enjoyment for all those welcomed aboard. With that goal in mind, INNISFREE is equipped with a state-of-the-art entertainment system integrated throughout the yacht with 4-zones of independent audio as well as Smart TVs in the main salon and all cabins.
Equipped for near limitless voyaging, INNISFREE features an extensive navigation and communication suite. Garmin GPSmap 8000 Glass Helm multifunction touchscreen displays are located at each helm as well as the navigator station. Each display is integrated with the Garmin high definition color radar, AIS transceiver, SiriusXM weather, Garmin GMI 20 displays, and various transducers.
The communication suite on INNISFREE enables connectivity anywhere on the globe with an Inmarsat Yellowbrick V3 satellite tracking and messaging system, an ICOM IC-718 high frequency all band transceiver radio, and a Garmin 200 VHF.
Located mid-ship starboard, is a proper navigation station configured for full control and monitoring of the necessary systems, communication and navigation equipment necessary for world voyaging. The large L-shaped navigator's desk includes an outboard facing chart table well suited for plotting and coursework on full-size Admiralty charts, as well as a forward-facing office desk. Both include an intricate ebony and holly compass rose inlaid surface with folding-top and storage inside. There is even a recess for an office printer. The navigator's chair is trimmed with tan leather and is supported by an adjustable stainless-steel pedestal.
Outboard of the navigation station is controls and monitors for the various systems aboard INNISFREE. These controls, as well as the navigation and communication equipment, are mounted to a hinged panel allowing for quick and easy service access when necessary.
At the Navigation Station:
The hull of INNISFREE features solid, hand-laid, Twaron carbon aramid fiber reinforced GRP utilizing Vinylester resins and Isophthalic gel coat. Five layers of epoxy Interprotect and an additional three coats of bottom paint ensures superior protection against osmosis. The hull design incorporates two watertight bulkheads: a collision bulkhead at the bow, and a watertight stern section across the aft lazarettes. The hull is in near flawless condition, with white gel coat, brown cove, and double boot stripes, a natural teak rub rail with stainless steel striker, and black bottom paint. The rudder incorporates a 60% partial skeg, with the bottom of the rudder plane designed to be above the lowest point of the keel for grounding protection.
The deck is constructed of hand-laid laminates with a ¾ inch end-grain balsa core. In areas of high stress, such as where deck fittings are taking compressive or tensile forces, the deck is solid fiberglass. The hull to deck joint is both chemically bonded with 3M 5200 and mechanically fastened with stainless steel through bolts.
The bow is well protected with a sturdy 316 stainless steel stem fitting with striker plate and double bow roller, a signature feature of every Hylas Yacht. In the forepeak is a near 10 ft deep sail locker with a segmented chain locker forward.
At the transom, an additional stainless-steel plate offers protection for the stern. The swim platform has LED courtesy lights, as well as stainless steel handrails, shower, and a folding swim ladder, perfect for the enjoyment of water activities. A sizeable stern garage provides an impressive amount of storage space, more than ample room for a dive compressor, and scuba equipment. Two large lazarettes located to port and starboard and all deck lockers have secure watertight latches and independent overboard drains.
The bonded teak deck has light-colored caulking that is not only modern and aesthetically pleasing but also ensures the deck is substantially cooler than a traditional teak deck. The toe rail and handrails on deck are natural teak. The foredeck and coachroof are finished with a Linen Beige colored molded non-skid.
Seven Manship stainless steel low-profile hatches and twenty opening portlights with screen inserts, and two dorade boxes with stainless cowlings provide excellent ventilation below. The stern rail extends to midship and, along with the stanchions with uncoated double lifelines, are over 33 inches high and 1 ½ inch in diameter with substantial backing for both safety at sea and comfort while moving about the deck.
The Owner's Perspective – "Innisfree" Davits Having watched for years many couples or shorthanded crew struggle and strain to launch and recover their dinghies using the basic davits available to sailors, particularly in choppy seas and on vessels with sugar scoop design transom, I decided it was time to design and have built davits that made the task simple, efficient, and safe. The result was the "Innisfree" davit.
These davits can extend internal arms out to allow a 12-foot dinghy to be lowered into the water just past the stern of the vessel's sugar scoop. These internal extension arms are extended and retracted using in davit arm standard 24-volt worm screw motors. While the lower and lift of the dinghy is controlled by a standalone 24-volt hydraulic system that can lift or lower the bow or stern of the dinghy independently, enabling easy draining of the dinghy when necessary.
The "Innisfree" davit system allows for launching and recovering a dinghy quickly with a single crew member. The davit system has been working well now for over 4 years in a wide variety of sea conditions.
Anchoring and Mooring
Helm Stations and Cockpit Lounge
One of the best features of INNISFREE is the large lounge style cockpit with walk-through access from the aft deck. Open and spacious, yet uncompromising toward the qualities which make for a serious offshore sailing yacht such as foot bracing when the yacht heels, tall and comfortable backrests, and a cockpit environment which is dry and well protected in foul weather. In the center of the lounge, a beautiful high gloss varnished cockpit table with dual leaves and built-in ice chest makes for a fantastic, al fresco dining experience for up to twelve.
The full-length fiberglass hardtop was uniquely designed for INNISFREE and constructed by YRM of Fort Lauderdale. The design concept was to create a cockpit environment that is both well protected from the elements during foul weather, yet able to be open and unrestricted, with excellent ventilation, when the weather is best. In addition, and where most get it wrong, the hardtop had to flow with the lines of the yacht, the owner wanted it to not only work as intended, but it had to look good too.
Integrated into the hardtop are (16) flush-mounted LED lights and two, opening sky-views with Sunbrella shades allowing for excellent visibility of the sails from the cockpit lounge and helms. Solar panels are mounted on top of the hardtop, with room for future expansion.
Forward are three, acrylic windows with alloy frames. The outer windows are curved, providing protection from the elements in the cockpit, while the center window with two gas struts, can be opened to allow a cool sea breeze to flow through. A full set of Eisenglass panels insert along channels in the hardtop, a far easier system to install than zippers, creating a well-protected enclosure that is far better than a soft canvas bimini when the weather is foul.
For a seventy-foot yacht, the sightlines to the bow, transom, and sides could not be more clear or less obstructed. With fantastic visibility of the sails, and easy access to the push-button controls, bow and stern thruster joysticks, and a full array of navigation and communication equipment at your fingertips, the Hylas H70 is indeed suitable for short-hand sailing.
At the Port Helm:
At the Starboard Helm:
Mast and Rigging
Winches and Sail Control
One of the primary design requirements for INNISFREE was that she needed to be a yacht that, despite her size, could still be sailed comfortably, safely, and confidently with a minimal crew. With her configuration, she can be easily sailed by a couple.
Engine and Mechanical Systems
As one of the newest Hylas H70 constructed, INNISFREE has seen light use by her original owner and the benefit of a professional maintenance program. INNISFREE has the most modern equipment in comparison to any of her sisterships and is without question, the best Hylas H70 ever constructed. Numerous improvements were incorporated into her construction to include the larger 260HP Yanmar engine, a desirable lithium-ion electrical system with twin Polar Power DC generators, redundant watermakers, and variable speed bow and stern thrusters. The variable speed bow and stern thrusters operate in coordination, enabling a "dock-assist" mode which uses the thrusters to keep the yacht in place against the dock. Making it an easy job to secure or release lines or for a quick touch-and-go to pick up guests.
Plumbing and Tankage
Aft of the navigator station is the custom electrical distribution panel. This backlit panel is extraordinarily well organized, meticulously labeled, and is as close to perfection as you’ll find. While many yacht manufacturers are moving toward “simplistic” panels, Hylas has chosen the path of keeping every system on its own dedicated breaker enabling straightforward management of each component. The wiring itself is tinned as opposed to more corrosive copper. The bonding system consists of two, 3 in. copper strips integrated into the hull and running the length of the yacht on either side which are then grounded to the vessels bronze thru-hull fittings.
The Owner’s Perspective – The Advantages to Innisfree’s DC Electrical System As with the automobile and aviation industries, the boating industry is slowing adopting the unstoppable evolution of using Direct Current (DC) to power all these industries. For this reason and a desire to lessen the footprint of Innisfree on our ever more fragile global environment, I made the decision to make Innisfree a predominately, and highly efficient DC powered electrical vessel.
The systems on Innisfree are quite straight forward in that it is a pure DC system so there is no need to convert onboard generated Alternating Current (AC) to DC to store in the vessel house battery banks. This approach is significantly more efficient than the normal approach of generating AC and converting to DC. Also, the vessel's electrical system is designed to be exclusively 24-volt DC with a very small amount of 12-volt to power systems that cannot be obtained in 24-volt.
This 24-volt to 12-volt conversion is simply carried out by using small and efficient down convertors. The small amount of 120-volt systems, such as in the galley and laundry, are powered by Outback Converters which supplies 120-volt to the relevant appliances and 24-volt charging to the house banks when either 120-volt or 240-volt shore power is attached. In addition, almost invisible from any part of the vessel, flexible solar panels are located on the hardtop to supply 24-volt charging to the house battery banks to a level that they can keep the batteries topped up when the vessel is resting for an extended period of time on a mooring or at anchor.
In conclusion, the above-described power system, combined with two Lithium Ion house battery banks (total storage 1,400 amp hours) makes Innisfree one of the most electrically efficient vessels in her class.
Exclusions include the owners personal items and art collection