Email Testimonials

The following emails are presented verbatim including the owners name and email addresses. You are welcome to contact them but please introduce yourself as they are under no obligation to Hydrovane.

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UNSOLICITED EMAIL JANUARY 2015 – Hallberg Rassy 49 – Heavy boat on a rough passage

"I may write out this delivery; lightning, wind, sinking boat, another autopilot failure and a rogue wave."

"Well, the Hydrovane again the hero."

From: Dan Alonso [mailto:danalonso1 AT gmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, January 17, 2015 11:04 AM
To: john AT hydrovane.com; 'Sarah Curry'
Subject: surviving the dream

Hi John and Sarah

Still surviving the dream. I thought you might like this photo.  I took this picture on my delivery of Halcyon to her winter berth in Charleston. It's a sun rise after sailing though two nasty fronts off cape fear. For only 35 knots of wind, it was quite awful. As the second front hit I was also hit a beam by a 35 foot rouge wave in 65 feet of water. I turned a saw a wave as high as the spreaders. I grabbed on the companionway and prepared to roll. It was traveling so fast, Halcyon barely pitched 30 degrees. I may write out this delivery; lightning, wind, sinking boat, another autopilot failure and a rogue wave. I love solo sailing? Well, the Hydrovane again the hero. Here she is on the other side of hell.

Cheers

Dan

Halcyon and a red sky

Halcyon and a red sky, on the other side of hell

UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED January 2015 – Shannon 38

"Yes, the Hydrovane worked great and I really appreciated it being solo. I had one time on the crossing with wind directly behind me (15 knots or so), the mizzen out to port, the main out to starboard and the genny out to port (wing on wing on wing) and sailed that way for about 5 days without touching anything!"

"The water maker was also awesome!"

From: Dave Kenyon [mailto:dkenyon57 AT yahoo.com]
Sent: Monday, January 12, 2015 5:49 PM
To: Will Curry
Subject: Re: Ahoy from Vancouver!

Will -

I look forward to hearing about your adventures on Wednesday!

Here are a few more Hydrovane pix. Feel free to use any that you like.

Yes, the Hydrovane worked great and I really appreciated it being solo. I had one time on the crossing with wind directly behind me (15 knots or so), the mizzen out to port, the main out to starboard and the genny out to port (wing on wing on wing) and sailed that way for about 5 days without touching anything! The only issue I had was some binding in the worm gear and your Dad sent me an email with the fix, which I did in a few hours and worked great. 

The water maker was also awesome!

Dave

 

From: Will Curry <will AT hydrovane.com>
To: 'Dave Kenyon' <dkenyon57 AT yahoo.com>
Cc: Sarah Curry <sarah AT hydrovane.com>
Sent: Monday, January 12, 2015 5:26 PM
Subject: RE: Ahoy from Vancouver!

Hi Dave,

Good to hear from you and hopefully we’ll see you on Wednesday.

Thanks for the photo.  Do you have any additional photos of the Hydrovane installation?  Can we post your email to the website?  It sounds like the Hydrovane did a good job performing its duties.

You have so many great places to explore as you move West.  One season in the South Pacific is way too quick!

Cheers

Will 

Will Curry, BBA

Hydrovane International Marine Inc.

 

From: Dave Kenyon [mailto:dkenyon57 AT yahoo.com]
Sent: Sunday, January 11, 2015 3:38 PM
To: Will Curry
Subject: Ahoy from Vancouver!

Hi Will & Sarah,

I saw you were presenting this week in Vancouver and now that I work here I hope to attend.

Gail and I bought a Hydrovane and water maker from you at the Annapolis show in 2012. Starshine and I did the PPJ a year after you. She is currently in Raiatea and I hope to continue the voyage this summer.

I look forward to hearing your talk and catching up with you.

Dave 

P.S. Attached is a shot I took while being overtaken by a fast cat not far from the equator ... the Hydrovane was awesome!

Catamaran approaching

Catamaran approaching

Shannon 38 - quarter shot

Shannon 38 - quarter shot

Shannon 38

Shannon 38

UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED DECEMBER 2014 – X Yacht 412

"We just sailed from Curacao to Santa Marta in Colombia using the Hydrovane. It worked downwind in a range of windspeeds from 10 to 30 knots without a hitch. We’re still very happy with our investment!"

"We have been using the Hydrovane on a number of trips now and we are delighted with its performance. I was all set to start a long learning curve, but it took me less than twenty minutes before we had it functioning to our satisfaction."

"Basically the Hydrovane is everything I hoped it to be."

From: Pim Tiddens [mailto:pim.tiddens AT gmail.com] 

Sent: Sunday, December 28, 2014 8:02 AM
To: Will Curry
Subject: Re: S/V Nelly Rose: Oopsss, I've done it

 Hi Will,

I never answered this one. Sorry.

Yes you can post email on your website and I will send you photo’s of the installation when it is all installed again. We’re now in Colombia and I’ve taken the rudder and vane off. There is a short video on www.nellyrose.nl under Hydrovane.

We just sailed from Curacao to Santa Marta in Colombia using the Hydrovane. It worked downwind in a range of windspeeds from 10 to 30 knots without a hitch. We’re still very happy with our investment!

Regards,

Pim Tiddens

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Op 6 okt. 2014, om 15:40 heeft Will Curry <will AT hydrovane.com> het volgende geschreven:

Hi Pim,

You are not the first person to lose a locking pin overboard.  Sarah will follow up with cost and delivery to your Netherlands address.

Good to hear your new crew member has been performing his or her duties. Sounds like you know what is needed to perfect the installation.  

Do you have any photos of the Hydrovane installation?  We would love to add them to the website and our photo library. 

Can we post your email to the website?  It would be most helpful for other X Yacht owners considering a Hydrovane.

Best Regards

Will

Will Curry, BBA
Hydrovane International Marine Inc.
www.hydrovane.com
http://svhydroquest.com

-----Original Message-----
From: Pim Tiddens [mailto:pim.tiddens AT gmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, October 04, 2014 3:26 PM
To: Will Curry; Valerie Williams
Subject: S/V Nelly Rose: Oopsss, I've done it

Hi Will and Valerie,
I've dropped the retaining pin for the rudder (as and when I was trying to secure it). I won't be the first and certainly not the last, but it did feel stupid. Could you send 2 (two) spare ones, with the rubber band and the clip to my home address.

We have been using the Hydrovane on a number of trips now and we are delighted with its performance. I was all set to start a long learning curve, but it took me less than twenty minutes before we had it functioning to our satisfaction. We made a short video for our blog www.nellyrose.nl immediately afterwards. I'm not quite happy yet with the installation as I underestimated the hydraulic pressure as the water passes between the slot of the stern and the rudder. The rudder now is half an inch clear of the stern when it isstraight, but because of the shape of the boat that reduces to less than a quarter inch when it is on full starboard rudder (placement of centre on the port side). I will lower the shaft about an inch and that should be enough to reduce some of the force that builds up now. Thankfully we put enough backing on the bottom strut, otherwise it could have been ripped out. These are however minor items to be fine tuned. Basically the Hydrovane is everything I hoped it to be.

Hope you can send the retaining pin within the next couple of days so that it will arrive in time for us to pick it up when we are in Holland. Please let me know how you want to handle payment.

Best regards,
Pim Tiddens
S/V Nelly Rose

Blog excerpt from SY Ocean Rainbow, Warrior 40

"He has never taken a day off sick and is totally reliable..."

"He is an invaluable member of the team who comes with the added bonus of being very easy to feed and water."

Thank you James for permission to post this excerpt from the blog!

Description of crew member 'Humphrey the Hydrovane' on SY Ocean Rainbow, Warrior 40:

"Humphrey:  Joined the crew of Ocean Rainbow in 2010 having spent a short period of time out of work and living in the Birmingham area in a garage.   In the last 3 years he has learnt to steer Ocean Rainbow with a soft touch and has a good working relationship with both Red Passion and Charlie.   He has never taken a day off sick and is totally reliable, he is an invaluable member of the team who comes with the added bonus of being very easy to feed and water." (Ocean Rainbow blog).

[Red Passion = the parasailor, Charlie = spinnaker)

Humphrey on the helm, Ocean Rainbow, Warrior 40

UNSOLICITED EMAIL AND VIDEO DECEMBER 2014 – Beneteau 411

"Hardly touched it in 6 days."

"Fantastic."

"Just completed Atlantic crossing two days ago having done the crossing in 14 days, 22 hours from Cape Verdes with much thanks to our hydrovane which performed true to fashion just reminding us from time to time that we were over canvassed when it gusted to over 35 knots with 5 metre swells!"

From: buchanan.richard71 AT gmail.com 
Sent: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 10:54 AM
To: John Curry
Cc: Ted Devey; Will Curry - Hydrovane; Sarah Curry
Subject: Re: Hi Mum look no hands

No problems John. Glad that you have added to your files! Just completed Atlantic crossing two days ago having done the crossing in 14 days, 22 hours from Cape Verdes with much thanks to our hydrovane which performed true to fashion just reminding us from time to time that we were over canvassed when it gusted to over 35 knots with 5 metre swells!

best regards

Richard Buchanan

SY Matelot

Martinique

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On Monday, 29 December 2014, John Curry <john@hydrovane.com> wrote:

Hi Richard

Many thanks for the report. I trust it is OK if we put it up on our website with a few pictures of the installation........ as well as the video.

Thanks again

John

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From: Richard Buchanan [mailto:buchanan.richard71 AT gmail.com]

Sent: Friday, December 26, 2014 12:21 PM

To: Will Curry; John Curry

Subject: Hi Mum look no hands

 

Hi Guys

This taken on the way from The Canaries to Cape Verdes a few days ago.

Hardly touched it in 6 days. Fantastic.  For some reason Ted Devey's address is not coming up so would appreciate if you could on forward this to him as well. We plan to depart here probably this Sunday for the actual crossing.

Was planning to go straight across but ran out of wind so deviated to Cape Verdes for Christmas.

Best regards

Richard and Phillipa Buchanan

SY Matelot

Mindalo

Sao Vincente

Cape Verde Islands

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zvaDliMY5Y&feature=youtu.be

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BxjRODK-a_oibVE4dkFZVXBXUTA/preview

UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED DECEMBER 2014 – Forgus 37

"First I want to tell you that me and my hydrovane are great friends now."

"It's the best piece of equipment on board."

From: Pieter Lambregts [mailto:pieter.lambregts AT gmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, December 28, 2014 5:50 PM
To: Will Curry
Subject: Re: Hydrovane on Forgus 37

 

Dear Will,

It has been some time since you heard from me. First I want to tell you that me and my hydrovane are great friends now. It steered me over the Atlantic and Pacific and we reached New Zealand safely. I still prefer 3d gear when sailing downwind. The abnormal noises disappeared spontaneously. It's the best piece of equipment on board.

There is a small new problem.

Recently I noticed that the bottom shaft bearing had slipped down 2 cm. Part of it was still in the shaft. The bottom collar appeared to be loose, not because the screws were not toght, but because the ring had bursted open (foto).

Fortunately I had a new collar in the spare part package.

I have 3 questions:

- what could be the reason?

- should I also replace the bearing? Now I only replaced the collar.

- It would feel safe to buy a new collar. Are they available somewhere in New Zealand?

 

Best wishes for 2015

Pieter Lambregts

Sy Déesse

 

MAJOR OFFSET – HANSE 505 – Blog reports from the ARC 2014

"What nobbled Harry?"

READ THE MISS LIZ BLOG Here: http://misslizii.blogspot.ca/

Great daily reports from the ARC!

 

Hi Sarah,

No problem at all, there was a lot of Sargasso seaweed about…but it didn’t impact the hydrovane!

Please feel free to use the photos. What nobbled Harry? One of the guys was playing around near it an knocked the hydrovane so that it was more vertical and was catching on a backstay – which we didn’t notice at night, so we didn’t get the same response and would lose control. So not Harry’s fault!

Regards,

David

From: Sarah Curry 
Sent: Friday, January 09, 2015 2:40 AM
To: d281johnson AT aol.com
Cc: 'Will Curry'; 'John'
Subject: Congrats!

Hi David,

Congratulations on your successful Atlantic crossing! I’m sure the rum punch tasted so good when you made landfall.

We followed your blog closely and enjoyed all of the updates. I wonder what ‘nobbled Harry’ on Day 8? Glad it was so easy to get him back to work again.

I noticed the great photos of your arrival in St. Lucia.  I’m putting together a Hydrovane newsletter, and was wondering if I could use this one?  It’s a beauty, despite the seaweed trail!  I’m hoping to send out the newsletter tomorrow so look forward to hearing from you (although I understand if you are too busy exploring tropical islands…)

Cheers,

Sarah Curry

ARC Finish

ARC Finish

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POSTED IN OUR TESTIMONIAL SECTION DECEMBER 2014:

Expert from Blog 'SY Miss Liz II', Hanse 505

http://misslizii.blogspot.ca

August 25, 2014:

"Hydrovane fully functional and ready to go, as is the watt and sea hydrogenerator. Both proved themselves on the voyage, with the hydrovane working tremendously well across a range of conditions.  Key being to set Miss Liz II up, properly balanced before setting it loose.  Quiet and efficient with no energy draw - perfect. And at 7 knots and above the watt and sea covered onboard power usage well."

Miss Liz II ARC lr

Hanse 505 - Large offset

UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED December 2014 – Niagara 35

"...my Hydrovane, and it is superb addition to the crew."

"Between the two of us, he is clearly the better pilot, although he's not much for conversation and he tends to sing off-key."

From: Greg Lakes [mailto:lakesmt AT gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, December 12, 2014 5:29 AM
To: Will - Hydrovane
Subject: Re: Niagara 35 - Greg Lakes

Hi, Will,

I've been sailing single-handed around Baja and the Sea of Cortez for about six months with my Hydrovane, and it is superb addition to the crew. Between the two of us, he is clearly the better pilot, although he's not much for conversation and he tends to sing off-key.

I'm in the yard at the moment and noticed that the bottom bearing collar is cracked at one of the screws. How serious is this, and what would you advise?  

Thanks,

- Greg 

Sent from my iPad

 

Niagra 35 - H / A brackets

Niagra 35 - H / A brackets

Niagra 35 in Mexico

Niagara 35 with Stubby Vane

UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED DECEMBER 2014 – Alberg 35

'FANTASTIC!'

'I'm coming out of Howe Sound in very light winds and vane is holding course perfectly.'

'I wouldn't have even tried sailing this course, with this wind, with my old vane!'

'I rigged remote course line yesterday. Makes things way easier!'

From: misenor1 AT hotmail.com

Sent: Monday, December 08, 2014 11:26 AM
To: will@hydrovane.com
Subject: Sailing!

FANTASTIC! I'm coming out of Howe Sound in very light winds and vane is holding course perfectly. I wouldn't have even tried sailing this course, with this wind, with my old vane! I've enclosed picture of my installation. Wish I could do it all over again! Lots of mistakes. Still not sure if vane is completely vertical in line with my port list. Bottom bracket is only about an inch from bottom of shaft tube, but if it's pinching, it sure can't be much. I rigged remote course line yesterday. Makes things way easier! Probably talk again! Thanks for all your help.

 

Will responds:

Hi Mark,

Good to hear all is well and thanks for the photo – I presume it is okay to post your email and photo on the website?

The installation looks good.  The shaft appears to be vertical on a fore/aft basis and there is still a bit of room between the bottom bearing and the ‘E’ bracket clamp.  If the bearing was being pinched you would notice some friction in the system.  Let me know if any further questions come up.

Thanks again.

Cheers

Will

Will Curry, BBA

Hydrovane International Marine Inc.

 

 

Alberg 35

UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED NOVEMBER 2014 – Moody 376

"This is a very unexciting story compared with many of the tales I have read on your website, especially since what happened is exactly what is supposed to happen."

"If it is that good in next to no wind I have full confidence it will perform in any conditions."

"To make adjustment easy I have put some red tape on one side of the continuous line pulley block. Pull the red end and you go to port - simple."

From: MarkEPrior AT aol.com 
Sent: Monday, November 24, 2014 10:22 AM
To: will@hydrovane.com
Subject: (no subject)

 

Dear Will,

This is a very unexciting story compared with many of the tales I have read on your website, especially since what happened is exactly what is supposed to happen.

I have just had a unit fitted well off-centre on my Moody 376 Grace Richard.

I tried it out for the first time today in settled conditions.

In no more than three knots of wind and with the genoa only just filling I pulled out the pins, put it in gear and unlocked the rudder.

It held a course to such wind as there was.

The airs were so light I thought it may just be boat balance dictating the course. So as a test I used the Hydrovane to tack the boat.

Which it did.

If it is that good in next to no wind I have full confidence it will perform in any conditions.

The tip about using shock cord to help locate the rudder was put to good use, especially for me as a single-hander.

I have also had a double pocketed canvas holder made which is tied to the guard rail and keeps both windvane and rudder safe and out of the way when not in use.

To make adjustment easy I have put some red tape on one side of the continuous line pulley block. Pull the red end and you go to port - simple.

Regards,
Mark Prior.
mob: 07779 780 634
Home: 01752 702086.

 

Moody 376

Moody 376

Pocket in lifelines - Rudder & Vane

Pocket in lifelines - Rudder & Vane

Moody 376 Pull red to adjust to port

Moody 376 Pull red to adjust to port

UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED NOVEMBER 2014 – Steel Callisto 45 (23 Tonnes)

"We circumnavigated from 1995- 2001, and our Hydrovane steered 85% of the time, and our boat weighs 23 Tonnes."

From: Sylvia Norris [mailto:svmuirsgian AT yahoo.com]
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 12:32 PM
To: Sarah Curry
Subject: Re: muirsgian

Hi Sarah,

Thanks so much for the quick reply, I have asked Nick to measure the shaft. At present we are considering going back into the Pacific, and if we do I am interested in the updated items.

We circumnavigated from 1995- 2001, and our Hydrovane steered 85% of the time, and our boat weighs 23 Tonnes.

Thanks again

David Norris.

Callisto 45

Callisto 45

 

UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED NOVEMBER 2014 – Hallberg Rassy 382

"Long live Hydrovane"

"I am familiar with the standard Hydrovane ,one steered me safely on my 7 year circumnavigation without missing a beat, so this bit of kit was a priority for my new boat."

"The blade sports a couple of rows of shark teeth marks after a tussle in the Pacific. We used that Hydrovane all the time saving wear and tear on the main steering gear, a problem we had encountered using a [popular servo pendulum system] on an earlier boat."

From: dave [mailto:davemeaning@hotmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2014 12:53 AM
To: Will Curry
Subject: RE: Question

 

Good Morning Will,
 
As you can see from the pic we had ours fitted to a HR382. The blade sports a couple of rows of shark teeth marks after a tussle in the Pacific. We used that Hydrovane all the time saving wear and tear on the main steering gear, a problem we had encountered using a XXXXXXX on an earlier boat.
 
Long Live Hydrovane  Dave
 

From: will@hydrovane.com
To: davemeaning@hotmail.com
CC: john@hydrovane.com; sarah@hydrovane.com
Subject: RE: Question
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:37:38 -0800

Hi Dave,

 

Good to hear from you and happy to hear your prior Hydrovane served you well.  Can we add your email to the website?  What kind of boat was your Hydrovane on?  We always enjoy photos.

 

I presume the Nic 31 you are looking at is the same as the attached photo.

 

Do you have any photos showing the Hydrovane?  If it does not look like the current model it will be at least 28 years old.  There were a number of different models pre 1986.  If you have photos I can try to provide further info.  Does it have the old wooden vane?

 

We’re happy to help however we can.

 

Best Regards

 

Will

 

Will Curry, BBA

Hydrovane International Marine Inc.

www.hydrovane.com

http://svhydroquest.com

 

From: dave [mailto:davemeaning@hotmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 12:34 AM
To: will@hydrovane.com
Subject: Question

 

Good Day Will,
 
I am in the process of buying a Nich 31 with a Hydrovane . I am familiar with the standard Hydrovane ,one steered me safely on my 7 year circumnavigation without missing a beat, so this bit of kit was a priority for my new boat. My question is this one looks a bit non standard , sporting a blue Moon logo , It also appears to not have The stubby tiller.  Can you please advise.
 
I look forward to your reply.
 
Regards Daveb Meaning

63Adazio ariving in Savusavu

Adazio arriving in Savusavu, Fiji

 

pacific 046

Pacific Haul out

 

Excerpt from Blog of SY Miss Liz II, Hanse 505 – Major offset

The new Hanse 505 has a large drop down transom. The Hydrovane is offset on the port side to allow full use of this fantastic feature.

"Hydrovane fully functional and ready to go, as is the watt and sea hydrogenerator."

"Both proved themselves on the voyage, with the hydrovane working tremendously well across a range of conditions."

Expert from Blog 'SY Miss Liz II', Hanse 505

http://misslizii.blogspot.ca

August 25, 2014:

"Hydrovane fully functional and ready to go, as is the watt and sea hydrogenerator. Both proved themselves on the voyage, with the hydrovane working tremendously well across a range of conditions.  Key being to set Miss Liz II up, properly balanced before setting it loose.  Quiet and efficient with no energy draw - perfect. And at 7 knots and above the watt and sea covered onboard power usage well."

Miss Liz II ARC lr

Hanse 505 - Large offset

UNSOLICITED EMAIL OCTOBER 2014 – Wauquiez 38 – Cool vane cover!

"It has performed flawlessly since leaving Canada..."

From: Tony Gibb [mailto:tcgibb@islandnet.com]
Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2014 5:11 PM
To: 'Will Curry'
Subject: RE: replacement questions

 

Are these two pictures enough to go on to determine age and model?  We have mounted the unit on a Wauquiez 38 (Ted Hood).  It has performed flawlessly since leaving Canada although it did take us a while to get used to the fine tuning but once we got that down we have been quite pleased.

 

Tony Gibb/Connie McCann

Onboard SY Sage 11

Vane Cover

 

UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED OCTOBER 2014 – Ovni 395

"...we have just sailed from Crete to Spain using the Hydrovane pretty much all the time and it has been fantastic!"

From: Ian Sprigings [mailto:ian.sprigings@btinternet.com]
Sent: Sunday, October 19, 2014 12:11 PM
To: Will Curry
Subject: Re: Ovni 395

 

Hi Will,

 

Firstly I just wanted to let you know that we have just sailed from Crete to Spain using the Hydrovane pretty much all the time and it has been fantastic!

 

Now to the next step of our plans....crossing oceans etc. I noticed that you are agents for Echotec watermakers and am very interested in fitting one. Can we have a discussion on what we might need, space requirement, power requirement etc etc. we are currently in Spain and will be here for the winter up until April, and would need to have one fitted before we leave here.

 

I am also looking at the Watt & Sea Hydrogenerator and note that you are agents for that also....can we talk about that installation?...can you supply me here also or are you restricted to Canada and US only?

 

Look forward to hearing from you... 

 

Best wishes

 

Ian

UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED OCTOBER 2014 – Trintel 1 – 28 ft

"I've loved using the Hydrovane."

"I do a lot of long distance solo sailing and Selene Fair is only 28ft long and the tiller steering can be hard work, so it is a joy to watch her being steered well while I relax."

From: Graham Gibbs [mailto:g98gibbs@btinternet.com]
Sent: Thursday, October 30, 2014 6:47 AM
To: info@hydrovane.com
Subject: Trintel and HR 312

 

I bought a Hydrovane from you in 2012 to fit to my Trintel 1 Selene Fair - I am assuming you have a record of exactly what you sold me. I am selling Selene Fair and buying a Halberg Rassy 312 Mk1. Can you let me know what modifications would be required to fit the Hydrovane (centrally) to the Halberg Rassy?  ... a longer shaft, for example?

Thanks

Graham

 

PS I've loved using the Hydrovane. I do a lot of long distance solo sailing and Selene Fair is only 28ft long and the tiller steering can be hard work, so it is a joy to watch her being steered well while I relax. The way an engineer fitted it was not ideal and I had some trouble with it working loose until I fitted doubled sprung nuts and washers on longer bolts.

UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED OCTOBER 2014 – Jeanneau 33i

"Tried out this morning for half and hour all seem working, looks fantastic, looking forward to next trip ."

"I am delighted with your product and I can not wait for my planned trip to Azores in May next year..."

 

From: Ertan Beskardes [mailto:ertanbeskardes@gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 6:31 AM
To: Will Curry
Subject: Jeanneau 33i

Few more photos, use as you wish. Fitted by Ocean Rigging Lymington Yatch haven Lymington. Tried out this morning for half and hour all seem working, looks fantastic, looking forward to next trip. Anyone wants to have look at it  in my area, you are welcome to give my mail address. Regards Ertan


 

From: Ertan Beskardes [mailto:ertanbeskardes@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 3:22 AM
To: Will Curry
Subject: Re: Jeanneau 33i

Will Thank you for your mail. I am delighted with your product and I can not wait for my planned trip to Azores in May next year , I am sure I will have few cross Chunnel trips beforehand. Boat has twin rudders so current arrangement looks perfectly placed (jeanneau 33i. Lift keel with 85 cm minimum draft)  you may use the photos in your web site as you see fit, you are welcome to refer me if any one wants to see it. Thank you for your advise to check the bolts which I shall do once I do long enough trip. Kind regards Ertan

Jeanneau SO 331

Jeanneau SO 331

UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED OCTOBER 2014 – Finch 46 Cutter

"I quickly fell in love with (and in awe of) the unit,"

"The unit truly is indestructible."

"The Hydrovane was all I needed."

"The wonders of the wind vane were obvious to the new owners, and will be the most important piece of gear on their eventual circumnavigation."

"I now know without any doubt that I must purchase another Hydrovane for this boat, and save the expense of fixing the mechanical autopilot."

From: Bruce Swabb [mailto:bruceswabb@gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, October 3, 2014 12:07 PM
To: info@hydrovane.com
Subject: Testimonial

Greetings Hydrovane Crew!

I just had to share my thoughts with you...

I recently sold my 46ft cutter which had a Hydrovane system when I purchased it. I quickly fell in love with (and in awe of) the unit, and it provided many miles of independence when sailing short-handed. The unit truly is indestructible. The mechanical autopilot gave up the ghost soon after purchasing the boat. I never fixed it! The Hydrovane was all I needed. I would not leave the wheel while motoring anyway.

Well, just this past week, I helped the new owner and his wonderful wife deliver the boat from West Palm Beach to St. Mary's GA. The wonders of the wind vane were obvious to the new owners, and will be the most important piece of gear on their eventual circumnavigation.

To the future...I have a wonderful classic plastic Hunter 37 Cutter...and yes, the mechanical autopilot is kaput. I now know without any doubt that I must purchase another Hydrovane for this boat, and save the expense of fixing the mechanical autopilot. Now to start saving my pennies.

All the best,

Bruce Swabb

Finch 46 Cutter

Finch 46 Cutter

SOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED SEPTEMBER 2014 – Taswell 49 – over 20 tons

Excerpts from blog:

"...the Hydrovane, once again saved the day! When we get calmer seas I'll have to go down into the aft locker to mend the Autohelm incase the wind drops and we have to motor."

"Although we managed to mend the Autohelm, we carried on sailing with the Hydrovane for the remaining 1600 miles."

From: Margie <hayward.margie@gmail.com>
Date: September 16, 2014 at 10:17:02 PM GMT+1
To: "will@hydrovane.com" <will@hydrovane.com>
Subject: Photo of Taswell 49 All Seasons

Hi Will,

It was good to talk to you and Sarah today on the stand.

As promised, here are three photos that show the Hydrovane. There are possibly better ones on the lap top, if so, I'll send them later.

This is an extract from our blog on our second day into a 15 day voyage from Brazil to Trinidad.

 .........."At 19.45 the Autohelm stopped working! With the wind blowing 26knts, Marcus was having to helm in pretty foul conditions and I came straight from bed into my 'wets' and up into the cockpit ............... Shooting along at 7.5knts, I clambered up onto the transom to move the Hydrovane's knot on the control line back into the centre, so that we could adjust the angle to the wind from the cockpit......(I really must sew that line together so it runs through smoothly!) .........It's amazing what you can do when it has to be done and the Hydrovane, once again saved the day! When we get calmer seas I'll have to go down into the aft locker to mend the Autohelm incase the wind drops and we have to motor."

Although we managed to mend the Autohelm, we carried on sailing with the Hydrovane for the remaining 1600 miles.

Don't forget to take a look at 'Magnetic Attraction' the steel boat that's for sale at Berthon!

Lovely to have met you and hope to meet you again along the way.

 Margie and Marcus Hayward
Island Kea II
www.islandkea.com
Taswell 49

Taswell 49

 

Taswell 49  - Sunset - Dinghy on Davits

Taswell 49 - Sunset - Dinghy on Davits

 

UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED SEPTEMBER 2014 – Crossbow 40

"From my web browsing, forum busting, ear bending research, Hydrovane looks the way to go."

From: "Michael Day" < mikeday@telkomsa.net
To: john@hydrovane.com
Sent: Sunday, 14 September, 2014 9:45:43 PMSubject: Quote please !

Hi John.

I'm SA based ex-pat Brit planning a transatlantic crossing Cape Town to BVI's in December.

My boat is a Lavranos designed Crossbow 40, launched 2007 (which is at least 12 years after the last sister-ship but that's a looong story:) She's sugar-scooped, 40'LOA, displaces 9600kg half load with no stern platform or other overhangs.Somewhat dated perhaps by today's design standards, a tad narrow at the stern and therefore has a slight tendency to wander downwind.

And since we'll be riding the SE Trades for at least half of the trip, that's a bit of an issue.

From my web browsing, forum busting, ear bending research, Hydrovane looks the way to go.

Would therefore appreciate an approximate quote and delivery time, ASAP, and, as I know you'll need detailed images and measurements for the final spec and build, promise to get those to you by end this week.

For the moment I just need to know approx price* and if the unit can be shipped in time to arrive here mid/late November.

Would much appreciate a figure* by return email if you can.

Many thanks & regards from the sunny Cape.

 Mike

 

UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED SEPTEMBER 2014 – Hylas 46

"Problem solved. 250 NM with one adjustment in route."

"I should have sent you a picture of me napping in the cockpit to explain this better, but I thought you would like the details."

From: Tom Saxe [mailto:tom@sailyard.com]
Sent: Tuesday, September 09, 2014 3:55 AM
To: sarah@hydrovane.com
Cc: will@hydrovane.com
Subject: RE: Hydrovane News - Shows, Events, and Videos!

Sarah

Please pass this to John. Thanks

John

We met at last year’s Annapolis Boat Show and spent an hour trying to figure out why the Hydrovane, I installed, didn’t hold a heading for more than a few minutes (maybe 20 min). I left with some “to dos” to trouble shoot the problem. Well it has been a long season where I had no real need to get to the Hydrovane problem (mid way on “the list”). This past week I went off shore for about 250 NM. My list priority changed before departure.

I was about to do all of the adjustments we spoke of at the Show, when I noticed a bit of discoloration at the frame of the “gear box”. I had installed a larger than needed fender washer on the “hold down fitting to the shaft which hit the side wall. This didn’t allow for full swing of the shaft and hence the problem. Problem solved. 250 NM with one adjustment in route.

I should have sent you a picture of me napping in the cockpit to explain this better, but I thought you would like the details.

See you at the Annapolis Show.

Tom

Thomas K. Saxe
Yacht Broker
Annapolis Sailyard
326 First Street, Suite 18
Annapolis, MD 21403
tom@sailyard.com
410 268 4100 office
202 580 9944 cell

Hylas 46 - AH brackets

Hylas 46 - AH brackets

UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED SEPTEMBER 2014 – Hallberg Rassy 42E ketch

"We had miner rudder failure during ARC and we used Hydrovane manually during reparations."

From: OJ8756@sailmail.com [mailto:OJ8756@sailmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, September 07, 2014 1:09 AM
To: Will Curry
Subject: Watermaker hose

Thank you Will for your answer

I cut the hose and managed to get rest of the hose out from fitting.

But how to remove nipple from coupling?

I have a plan to stay at anchor in Darwin.

By the way, you asked last year in september permission to put our experience on your web site. I forgot to answer. Yes, you can if you still want to.

Esa 

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You wrote Septermber last year:

Hi Esa

Valerie passed along your email about your Hydrovane experience and I was wondering if it would be okay to post it on our website? It's good to hear it has been performing its duties.

Best Regards

Will

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Here is my text from September last year:

"My wife Hilkka and I are very happy to have Hydrovane. We sailed last year to the Caribbean. We had miner rudder failure during ARC and we used Hydrovane manually during reparations. We came back to Helsinki in May. Just two of us from the Caribbean. We are now in La Coruna, Spain. Our plan is to sail south, round Cape Horn, then through Pasific, North of Australia, South of Africa, Caribbean and after that to the Mediterranean. Hopefully those six pins are enough. Boat is Hallberg Rassy 42 Ketch."

Esa

Hallberg Rassy 42E Marisol - ARC 2012

Hallberg Rassy 42E Marisol - ARC 2012


 

UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED AUGUST 2014 – Contessa 32

"Let me commend you and the Hydrovane team on a very comprehensive and thorough website (as well as effective self-steering product)"

"I am always able find my answers online at your website or in the paperwork that shipped with my unit."

From: parkes.ma@gmail.com [mailto:parkes.ma@gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, August 08, 2014 7:10 AM
To: will@hydrovane.com
Subject: Hydrovane Reference Material - Offline e-Version Request

Will,

Let me commend you and the Hydrovane team on a very comprehensive and thorough website (as well as effective self-steering product). I have owned and operated my Hydrovane for several years now, and when I have questions about operation and maintenance, I am always able find my answers online at your website or in the paperwork that shipped with my unit.

I do have a related request though. As more and more folks (myself

included) go paperless (to save on storage space onboard) and use laptops and tablets to access reference material while sailing, it is very convenient to be able to archive equipment owner's manuals/operating instructions on our hard drives, and access them while underway without the need for Internet connection. For virtually all my equipment and systems onboard (e.g., diesel engine, electronics, furlers, toilet, refrigeration etc.) I have been able to download manufacturer's *.PDF files for the necessary supporting references, all except for my Hydrovane. 

Can you please make available your installation instructions, operation and general maintenance instructions, and tips, as downloadable *.PDF files for your customers, past and present? It would do those of us who use and appreciate your product a great service, especially when tucked away in some remote anchorage or port of call, away from Internet connectivity or a phone.

For your kind consideration.

Yours aye,

Mike Parkes

EDITOR'S COMMENTS - Yes, PDF copies of relevant website sections should appear soon.

Contessa 32 - Gaea

Contessa 32 - GAEA

UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED AUGUST 2014 – Roberts Spray 38 (steel) – LOA 45, 17 tonnes/37,000 pounds

"I have sailed half way around the world solo with only my hydrovane to self steer. It is a fantastic piece of equipment and probably the last item I would get rid of on the boat because it is so reliable."

"The only time it let me down, was in 2009, I was one month out with one month to sail before land fall, using my ssb a ham radio user contacted you explaining my predicament and within 24 hours I was provided with the dimensions of the part that I needed to replace (the ratio arm) I was able to Jury rig using what I had on board and made it to the destination with no further troubles."

"So I would say that not only is the product brilliant but so is the after sales service."

From: nicolas@dwyer.ie [mailto:nicholas@dwyer.ie]
Sent: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 10:23 PM
To: info@hydrovane.com
Subject: testimonial

Hallo Hydrovane people!

I moved on to my boat in 2008 am still living on board. I have sailed half way around the world solo with only my hydrovane to self steer. It is a fantastic piece of equipment and probably the last item I would get rid of on the boat because it is so reliable. The only time it let me down, was in 2009, I was one month out with one month to sail before land fall, using my ssb a ham radio user contacted you explaining my predicament and within 24 hours I was provided with the dimensions of the part that I needed to replace (the ratio arm) I was able to Jury rig using what I had on board and made it to the destination with no further troubles. So I would say that not only is the product brilliant but so is the after sales service. Thanks 

Nick

www.nickdwyer.com

Spray 40

Bruce Roberts Spray 38 (steel) - LOA 45 feet, 17 tonnes/37,000 lbs

 Spray 40 close

UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED JULY 2014 – Beneteau 423 – Advice to Beneteau owners

"We discovered why our insurance company loves Hydrovane and we soon came to love “him” ourselves."

"We have since learnt to trust the strength of the yacht, to tie the wheel and let “Barret” do the rest."

"We were then able to sail almost dead downwind with headsails poled out on either side and “Barret” doing a fine job on this most difficult point of steering."

From: Mike and Carol Kefford [mailto:kefford@mailasail.com]
Sent: Saturday, August 02, 2014 11:46 AM
To: 'Will Curry'
Subject: RE: Hydrovane 

Dear Will,

Happy to provide feedback and advice to any Beneteau owners for you. Of course you may use the photo. We are trying to get one of us and "Barret" under sail for you. Attached is a passage report which you may use, discard or edit to suit, or not. We will not be offended.

The spare parts are now on board, but not yet fitted as the weld is holding up so well. I will wait until our next long spell at anchor to fit them.

Best wishes,

Mike

SY TASHI DELEK

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Beneteau Oceanis 423

Mike and Carol Kefford

Our Hydrovane was fitted by us (with the help of an engineer friend) in Gibraltar in 2011, having had it shipped there as we prepared to cross the Atlantic after three years cruising in the Mediterranean. Fitted with an excellent “stubby” wind vane to fit under the solar panel arch, we were able to learn how it worked and how we could best use it during our passage to Cape Verde via the islands of Madeira and Lanzarote. In particular, we understood how important it was to balance the sails so that the Hydrovane was not fighting to correct weather helm or lee helm. We discovered why our insurance company loves Hydrovane and we soon came to love “him” ourselves.

Like all other cruisers our steering assistants take on a personality of their own. Our Raymarine autopilot aka “Wilhelm” now had a companion “Barret”. So named after “Barret” Bonden, the coxswain in the Patrick O’Brien books, a favourite series of eighteenth century British Naval books and from which the film Master and Commander was made.

Barret was to steer us across the Atlantic in December 2011, to the Bahamas and North America in 2012 and back through the Caribbean in 2013 to Trinidad. We went through the Panama Canal in March 2014 and arrived in the Galapagos Islands in April.

The trip from Galapagos to the Marquesas Islands was to be our longest passage with just the two of us on board and “Barret” was an essential crew member for the 3000 mile crossing. He requires no power, we do not have to feed him and he never sleeps. He is the perfect crew member.

We departed from Academy Bay, Santa Cruz, Galapagos on 15 April and ran SW for the first few days with light winds between 4 and 12 knots, with the cruising chute pulling us along and Barret doing all the work. On 17 April a False Killer whale swam alongside the yacht, so close that Carol’s toes are in the photograph.

From 19 April to 3 May we travelled more westerly as the SE Trade Winds kicked in with 15 to 25 knots. However, from 25 to 30 April we also had a period of severe squalls and torrential rain. The wind was often gusting 30 to 40 knots on the edge of the squalls with the seas uncomfortably confused with crossing waves on top of the 3 metre southerly swell. During this period we often needed to hand steer for hours at a time as neither “Wilhelm” nor “Barret” could cope with the breaking following seas. This was not a reflection on “Barret” but on our steering wheel locking system which kept being thrown hard over by the following seas. We were reluctant to tie it down hard for fear of the forces breaking the rudder. We have since learnt to trust the strength of the yacht, to tie the wheel and let “Barret” do the rest.

From 4 May the squalls became less frequent, the seas were calmer and the wind backed to the east. At 10 degrees 20 minutes south we tacked back to the north for 24 hours to give ourselves a better angle of approach to the most southerly of the Marquesas’, the island of Fatu Hiva. We were then able to sail almost dead downwind with headsails poled out on either side and “Barret” doing a fine job on this most difficult point of steering.

We sighted the dramatic profile of Fatu Hiva at 0530 on 9 May, shortly after which the wind died for a while and we had to put “Barret” in neutral and motor sail until we rounded the northern tip of the island. The final three miles to Bay on Fatu Hiva was hand steering as it was such an emotional moment to approach that spectacularly beautiful bay.

Our passage had taken us 24 days, not fast at all as our conservative sail plan had been intended to look after the yacht, especially during the prolonged period of bad weather, and we still had 4000 miles to go to Australia. “Barret” had steered us the majority of the way and he and Tashi Delek had looked after us very well. We cannot wait for the next leg of the voyage and to see “Barret” deliver us, via the Tuamotus, Cook Islands, Niue, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia to Bundaberg, in Queensland, Australia. 

Beneteau 423 - quarter shot with stubby lr

Beneteau 423