AERIAL’s interior arrangement features a clever double passageway arrangement which makes great use of the interior space and feels far larger than her 44 feet. Two comfortable staterooms, a spacious main salon and large galley with excellent counter space make AERIAL an ideal candidate for a liveaboard or blue water cruiser. Hylas is well known for high quality teak joinery, and AERIAL’s interior shines with semi-gloss varnished solid teak. Louvered locker fronts with solid teak frames and dovetailed drawers exemplify the yard’s skill in woodworking. Ventilation is excellent, Dorade vents on deck, hatches and opening ports in the cabin trunk provide ample ventilation both athwartships and fore and aft.
The guest stateroom is forward with the berth offset to port. There is a small dressing settee to starboard. Lockers and shelves run the length of the cabin along the hull side above the berth. There is an additional handing locker aft and drawers beneath the berth. Three reading lamps, an overhead light and two hatching provide light and ventilation.
The forward head is aft and to port of the master stateroom and may be accessed via the stateroom or the salon. The compartment is finished in laminate with teak trim and a varnished teak grate that allows the space to be used as a shower. There is a counter outboard with a stainless sink at the forward end. Above and outboard are three mirrored cabinet doors. There are two lockers beneath the counter. The manual head is located at the aft end of the compartment, facing inboard. There in an opening port and Dorade vent to provide ventilation.
The salon is the central space of the boat. A teak table is located at the center and offset to port, with a large top loading dry storage space in the center. Leaves on each side allow the table to expand to seating port and starboard. A straight settee runs along the starboard side and a C-shaped settee to port. Storage space is available in lockers behind the settee seatbacks. Outboard above the seatbacks are identical port and starboard banks of two louvered lockers separated by bookshelves which may be customized by height. There is a flat screen TV located to starboard between these lockers. Forward and to starboard there is a liquor cabinet with storage for sixteen bottles and hanging storage for wine glasses. Below is a drawer and locker. Fans are located on the forward bulkhead and aft on the port side and there are numerous opening ports in addition to two athwartships oriented opening hatches.
The navigation station is aft and to port of the salon. There is a comfortable forward facing seat with large chart table. The table top lifts to reveal storage below. There is a red/white lamp above and chart spotlight. B&G instrument repeaters, VHF radio, electrical breaker panel and the Furuno radar/chartplotter are close by. There is a large bookshelf aft of the seat. Three drawers are located beneath the forward end of the table.
The galley is located in the starboard aft passageway. A wide counter with teak fiddles runs along the starboard side. Inboard is a large stainless counter with built-in two bin stainless sink that is larger than those found on much bigger boats! There is a single lever faucet, wand, and fresh and raw water foot pumps. The three burner stove/oven is located to starboard with a stainless crash bar across the front. There is a bank of drawers forward of the stove, a shallow locker beneath and a top loading dry storage locker outboard. Along the hull side is a series of lockers with shelves and a built-in microwave. Aft of the stove, there are two very large top loading refrigerator/freezer compartments. Outboard is varied sized open storage for plates, bowls, cups and mugs. There is a fan at the aft end of the space and three opening ports.
The aft stateroom in the stern is a true owner’s stateroom with generously sized berth offset slightly to starboard and a dressing settee to port. Lockers and bookshelves run along the hull sides to port and starboard above the berth. To port outboard of the settee is a large top loading compartment. To starboard and forward is a hanging locker, a bank of three drawers and another smaller locker with shelf. At the forward end of the cabin there is generous floor space with a floor to ceiling mirror on the forward bulkhead. A large hatch, smaller hatch, three opening ports and a fan provide air flow.
The master head and separate shower stall are accessed to port through the master stateroom or via the passageway aft on the port side. The space is finished in laminate with teak trim and varnished teak grates on the sole for drainage. The head compartment is aft, with a counter and stainless sink at the aft end. A mirror is mounted on the aft bulkhead and there are three mirrored cabinets located outboard of the head. A locker for cleaning supplies and other items is located beneath the counter. The shower is forward, with a teak seat outboard. Two ports and a deck vent provide ventilation.