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 Received June 2015 – Roberts Offshore 44

"It's working perfectly. It's mounted 600 mm off center......no problem."

Nice installation with big offset.  Boat is a steel Roberts Offshore 44.

 

Will Curry, BBA

Hydrovane International Marine Inc.

www.hydrovane.com

http://svhydroquest.com

 

-----Original Message-----

From: matsolofjansson1 AT gmail.com

Sent: Friday, June 12, 2015 6:57 AM

To: Will Curry

Subject:

 

Hi Will

I bought the windvane in november last year, installed it in Las Palmas and now we are in Portimao/Portugal. It's working perfectly. It's mounted 600 mm off center......no problem.

But.... The plastic wheel on the vane clamp has become loose and there's a crack in it. It's easy to glue, drill a hole and put a pin in, but if it is a guarantee - thing, that's even better.

Best Regards.

Mats-Olof Jansson.     

Rober

 

UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED MAY 2015 – Kelly Peterson 44

"Our Hydrovane (Heidi, as the crew calls her, don't ask why it's a "she", nobody knows, maybe because on Roz Avel only girls do real work while the captain uses his watercolour brushes) does a great job"

From: Florin Draghici [mailto:flo.draghici AT gmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, May 31, 2015 6:08 AM
To: 'Valerie Williams'; John Curry
Subject: Hydrovane views

 

Hello Valerie, hello John,

We sailed a little bit since the last time I wrote to you, and this time my e-mail doesn't concern any vane issue (it was in La Coruña, in 2013...). Our Hydrovane (Heidi, as the crew calls her, don't ask why it's a "she", nobody knows, maybe because on Roz Avel only girls do real work while the captain uses his watercolour brushes) does a great job, I think our sail-trimming isn't perfect, especially when downwind with important swell. We stopped for a while in Morocco, but navigations will start again next year, probably around the Atlantic Islands, Canary, Madera and Açores.

We made a video with Roz Avel guided by our Hydrovane, thought you might be interested in seeing it. We'll try to make some better ones during our next trip, but while sailing you're rarely behind the boat, with the camera...
https://vimeo.com/119173939 [This video is also viewable on the Hydrovane You Tube channel]
Hope everything is fine with you, you're doing a great job.

Yours,

Florin DRAGHICI

S/V ROZ AVEL
Roz Avel Sailing
mailto : captain AT roz-avel.eu

UNSOLICITED EMAIL – Hydrovane on a Nautitech 47 Catamaran

"After sailing around 6000 miles now with our Hydrovane on our Nautitech 47 Catamaran, I just wanted to drop you a line to congratulate you on what a great piece of kit it really is."

"Rarely have I bought something in this Marine industry that simply does exactly what its meant to and performs so well."

From: SAILMAIL address 
Sent: March-23-15 12:43 AM
To: Valerie Williams
Subject: Whetter Nautitech 47 Cat model VXA2D

Hello Valerie,

After sailing around 6000 miles now with our Hydrovane on our Nautitech 47 Catamaran, I just wanted to drop you a line to congratulate you on what a great piece of kit it really is. Rarely have I bought something in this Marine industry that simply does exactly what its meant to and performs so well. Beyond steering us flawlessly through all the conditions we have met so far, it has also been an amazing conversation starter in most ports when people say "I've never seen/didn't know you could mount one of those on a Catamaran, how dos it work?" To which I reply "its absolutely brilliant and I haven't found a condition it won't steer the boat in yet!"

So yes, I like it and think it just brilliant!

My only query to you is about the Nylon sock that fits over the wind vane. Ours is just coming up to one year old and has sailed around 6000 miles and has pretty much come to the end of its life, due to Sun damage. ( Small use in the Med, an Atlantic crossing, Caribbean cruise and now on our way to Galapagos) When its not in use, its taken off and stowed out of the Sun so Id say its seen around 5-6 months UV exposure.

Having had my own sailmaking company for 15 years I'd like to think I have some knowledge on sailcloth.

As you are also probably aware there are many different qualities of sailcloth available, which might look similar from new, but soon show their differences. Seeing the quality of the rest of the equipment, I don't believe you would cut corners over a few dollars worth of Red Nylon, but I'm wondering why its given up so quickly or if your supplier has changed something without telling you?  There is also the fact that Red is about the worse color there is for absorbing UV and degrading! Had you ever thought of doing the socks in White?

Anyway, I hope my query is seen as "constructive" and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Kind Regards,

 

Patrick Whetter

Shine of Exeter

www.shineofexeter.net

Nautitech 47 - starboard hull mount

Nautitech 47 - starboard hull mount

 

Will's response:

Hi Patrick,

Thanks so much for taking the time to give us this report.  It’s great to hear that the Hydrovane has been performing its duties as it should.  Can we post your email on the website?  If you have any photos of the installation we would love to see them.  I found one photo on your website with the boat hauled out.  There is definitely a misconception out there that windvanes don’t work on cats.  What sort of speeds do you typically cruise at?  Lighter, faster cats that regularly surf are a challenge for any windvane but most cruisers are sailing fairly conservatively.  I’d be interested to know what your top speed has been with the vane steering.

Regarding the vane cover they do deteriorate quite quickly in the tropics.  The material is rip stop nylon which is supplied by Bainbridge.  We use the red because it is a safety color when at sea.  Most people do carry spare vane covers onboard.  

Thanks again for your feedback and we would love to get some photos of the installation.

Best Regards

Will

Will Curry, BBA

Hydrovane International Marine Inc.

www.hydrovane.com

http://svhydroquest.com

UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED MAY 2015 – CONTEST 36s

"I thought I would just let you know that the Hydrovane has been fitted to my boat “Dutch Lady” and it performed perfectly during sea trials."

"My crew were very impressed and have named it after my wife Tania because she keeps me on the straight and narrow!"

From: Rick Ballard [mailto:rlb2606 AT googlemail.com] On Behalf Of Rick Ballard
Sent: Saturday, May 02, 2015 9:17 AM
To: 'Will Curry'
Subject: Contest 36s - Hydrovane

 

Will

I thought I would just let you know that the Hydrovane has been fitted to my boat “Dutch Lady” and it performed perfectly during sea trials.  My crew were very impressed and have named it after my wife Tania because she keeps me on the straight and narrow!

If I get an opportunity I will take a photograph and send it to you to add to your library.

It was fitted by Dicky B Marine of Plymouth who made a very good job of it at a very reasonable price so you might want to add them to your list. www.dickybmarine.co.uk

I was thinking of putting some anti-fouling on the rudder.  Perhaps a coat of primer and then some boot top paint, as might be used on a propeller.  Do you have and experience of this?

Regards

Rick Ballard

X-412 with a clear sugar scoop installation…. or so they thought!

"We installed it in such a way that the port side of the sugar scoop remains all clear and clear of the swim ladder. That means its is maybe quite a bit off centre, but it works really well on all courses and in quite a wide range of winds."

"It really helped us both going through the doldrums and areas with a heck of a lot more wind."

From: W.H.M. Tiddens [mailto:hannekepim AT icloud.com]

Sent: Sunday, April 12, 2015 4:14 PM

To: Will Curry

Subject: The promised photo

Hi Will,

It was some time ago that you asked me to send you a picture of our Hydrovane installation. We installed it in such a way that the port side of the sugar scoop remains all clear and clear of the swim ladder. That means its is maybe quite a bit off centre, but it works really well on all courses and in quite a wide range of winds.

As you can see from our guest we are now in San Christobal in the Galapagos archipelago having been helmed there by the Hydrovane! It really helped us both going through the doldrums and areas with a heck of a lot more wind.

Best regards,

Pim and Hanneke Tiddens

SV Nelly Rose

X412 with guest

A guest in the Galapagos

UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED MARCH 2015 – Petite Prince 125, 15 Ton Steel Ketch

"Everything I ever read was true"

"Thank you once again for a splendid piece of equipment. I sail alone and don't know what I would do without it now."

From: mike.taylor41 AT tiscali.co.uk 

Sent: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 8:27 AM

To: John Curry

hi john, please find a few pics of the hydrovane fitted to my petite prince 125, a french built steel ketch. She is heavy at 15 tons but the hydrovane handles her beautifully. I sail in the greek islands so anchor all the time the gear is a bit noisy at anchor so I take off the rudder using a small block and tackle. I find it quite easy. I also made a cover for the gear out of a bit of old sail cloth (keeps the sahara sand out). Thank you once again for a splendid piece of equipment. I sail alone and dont know what I would do without it now. I particularly would like to thank valerie for all the effort she put in to get the gear to me (in two countries). She will know what I mean. All the very best, mike taylor

 

From: mike taylor 

Sent: Monday, March 30, 2015 3:37 AM

To: john AT hydrovane.com

Subject: dia of shaft

Hi john, I bought a hydrovane from you this time last year. Have fitted and used it all summer, and am over the moon with its performance. Everything I ever read about was true. Could you let me know the diameter of the X shaft as I am making a hard wood bracket to fit around it. I cant measure it myself as the yacht is in Greece and Im in England. Thanks mike taylor

Petite Prince 125 - 15 ton steel ketch

Petite Prince 125 - 15 ton steel ketch

UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED MARCH 2015 – Dufour 375

"On Tuesday Jon (and I) installed it in about 8 hours..."

"Hydrovane worked perfectly and surprised us totally with the easiness of setting it to the course at first time."

 

From: Samuli Siivonen [mailto:samuli.siivonen AT outlook.com]
Sent: Friday, March 27, 2015 4:59 PM
To: John; Will Curry; Valerie Williams
Cc: joncrouchyachtservices AT hotmail.co.uk; Ari Lindroos
Subject: Hydrovane experiences

 

Hi all,

 

The delivery came as FedEx promised, so it was Monday 23.3 that Jon got it and brought the new crew member aboard s/y C'est la Vie.

 

On Tuesday Jon (and I) installed it in about 8 hours, so everything was ready on Tuesday evening. That was fast! Usually I'm too optimistic but this time I was prepared for longer time. 

 

So briefly everything went perfectly and I want to give my recommendations about Jon. He gave us very good and nice service.

 

Today we sailed first 57 nautical miles from Las Palmas Gran Canaria to Morro Jable Fuerteventura in about 20-25 knots wind with apparent wind angle about 60 and quite much waves. Hydrovane worked perfectly and surprised us totally with the easiness of setting it to the course at first time. Hydrovane kept the course perfectly though the wind and waves changed on the way because of the acceleration zones here between the Canary Islands. 

 

Just to let you know that we are very happy and looking forward to sail more with our new crew member.

 

Thanks for great and fast service! Feel free to use the photos below, and if you want more photos or something else just let us know.

Dufour 375

Dufour 375

Dufour 375

Dufour 375 showing functional dropdown transom

SOLICTED EMAIL RECEIVED MARCH 2015 – Switching from Servo to Hydrovane

"J'ai constate immédiatement un profond changement de comportement du voilier et, etant donne que je porte enfin la bonne surface de voile ma vitesse moyenne a augmentee de près d'un nœud."

"I sailed about 10 years with my previous windvane and left France in 2008. I had always sailed under canvased because it did not adjust quickly enough and was often forced to helm to bring the boat on its course manually, which I hated."

"And I have noted a much better behavior of my boat especially as I navigate under more sail area, improving my speed by a Knot."

From: James Bolo [mailto:jamesbolo15 AT yahoo.fr]

Sent: Sunday, March 22, 2015 7:04 AM

To: will AT hydrovane.com

Hello, It is better I write in french, it is so easy to translate now with web! 

Tout d'abord j'ai été très sensible a votre accueil chaleureux, merci. J'accepte avec plaisir que vous communiquiez mon adresse a votre revendeur en France ou , faute de representation, votre regulateur etait quasiment invisible ds les marinas et aux mouillages !!! Je pense que cela va changer.

J'ai navigue environ 10 ans avec mon precedent regulateur et quitte la France en 2008. Je devais toujours naviguer sous toile car il ne compensait pas les surventes assez rapidement et je devais souvent ramener le bateau au cap manuellement, ce qui me faisait rager. J'ai achete l'hydrovane en 2013, j'etais en Polynesie. J'ai constate immédiatement un profond changement de comportement du voilier et, etant donne que je porte enfin la bonne surface de voile ma vitesse moyenne a augmentee de près d'un nœud. En 2014 j'ai effectue la traversee Tahiti/Hawai/Kodiak et je suis pleinement satisfait du regulateur, je vous en ai fait part lors de ma visite.

Je joins les deux seules photos que j'ai ici, sur mon ordinateur, si vous en souhaitiez d'autres je pourrais vous en envoyer debut mai lorsque mon epouse me rejoindra.

A bientôt.

Très cordialement,

James Bolo

 TRANSLATION:

First of all I was touched by  your warm welcome at the office recently, thank you. I accept with pleasure that you send my contact details to your new Dealer in France where, for lack of representation, your windvane was almost invisible in marinas and anchorages!!! I think that will change.

I sailed about 10 years with my previous windvane and left France in 2008. I had always sailed under canvased because it did not adjust quickly enough and was often forced to helm to bring the boat on its course manually, which I hated. I purchased the Hydrovane in 2013 while in Polynesia. And I have noted a much better behavior of my boat especially as I navigate under more sail area, improving my speed by a Knot. In 2014 I made Tahiti/Hawai/Kodiak and I was completely satisfied with my windvane.

I've attached two pictures I have here on my computer, if you want more I can send you early May when my wife rejoins me.

See you soon

Sincerely

James

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Hi James,

Thanks for that great report! Through Sarah's translation and google translate we can understand everything. I've forwarded this on to Philippe Morvan our new French dealer in Saint-Briac. Your reference will be of great value to him.

We always enjoy receiving pictures so we can add them to our website.

Thanks again and keep in touch. 

Cheers,

Will

James' Custom 40 ft Aluminium

James' Custom 40 ft Aluminium

James' Custom 40 ft Aluminum

James' Custom 40 ft Aluminum

UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED MARCH 2015 – Ericson 38

"We took Priya out yesterday for her first sail with the Hydrovane."

"The net result: the Hydrovane performed flawlessly in favorable conditions. It is a solid start, and it was easier than I expected. I enjoy the feedback the vane gives on sail trim. Vane tending to the lee? Ease the main. What could be simpler?"

From: Brandt Faatz
Sent: Sunday, March 08, 2015 6:12 PM
To: Will Curry
Subject: Sea Trials

Hi Will,

We took Priya out yesterday for her first sail with the Hydrovane. The breeze in Puget Sound ranged from 8 to 17 knots. We tested all points of sail. Close  reaching in 10 knots was simple, with the vane set at minimum rudder deflection. Priya sails herself in those conditions anyway, so it wasn't much of a test. Then we tried quartering in 17 knots. The max deflection setting was under powered, but medium deflection performed very well. It was only a one-foot chop, so not a difficult test of surf-induced yaw correction. We later tried beam reaching in 14 knots. Perfect.  

We were able to tack under vane control. At low deflection it was very slow, but switching to max deflection made the tacks almost respectable. She's a nimble boat, but I was surprised how well this worked. 

The net result: the Hydrovane performed flawlessly in favorable conditions. It is a solid start, and it was easier than I expected. I enjoy the feedback the vane gives on sail trim. Vane tending to the lee?  Ease the main. What could be simpler?

We mostly set the ship's rudder 2 degrees to the lee, occasionally increasing it to 4 degrees while we fussed with sail trim. We lost a quarter-knot when we centered it. 

I'll let you know when we get into more challenging conditions. Four-foot chop is about as exciting as it gets around here, so the big stuff will have to wait for our summer passage. We should get four meters off the Oregon coast. 

Cheers,

Brandt

PRIYA, Ericson 38

PRIYA, Ericson 38

UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED MARCH 2015 – Liberty 458 (25 tons)

An email received from the Indian Ocean.

"After over 25,000 miles, most of it using our Hydrovane (James), we have a question."

"He is steering us right now with a full main, Genoa and forestay sail out with the wind at 120 degrees off the port stern. We've used him for the last several days with the main and spinnaker up. Flawless!"

"By the way, I've talked to just about every boat owner I see with a Hydrovane, they all love theirs (as do we)."

Editor's note: It was determined that the issue is a worn Drive Sleeve (a designed wear point on the unit).

Cost to replace - 2 GBP.

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From: William Hudson [mailto:tbhudson AT myiridium.net]
Sent: Sunday, March 1, 2015 4:19 AM
To: John Curry
Subject: question?

After over 25,000 miles, most of it using our Hydrovane (James), we have a question.  We noticed a small creak in the unit as he is steering us across the north section of the Indian Ocean.  Upon closer inspection, we found that there is just a bit of movement in the horizontal gear used to adjust the vane.  It seems loose in the fitting between it and the worm gear that adjusts it.  Now it's not much of a movement, but thought I should ask.  We still have lots more miles across this ocean.

By the way, I've talked to just about every boat owner I see with a Hydrovane, they all love theirs (as do we).  He is steering us right now with a full main, Genoa and forestay sail out with the wind at 120 degrees off the port stern.  We've used him for the last several days with the main and spinnaker up.  Flawless!

Bill & Tracy Hudson

SV Zephyr

(By the way, I made sure to wear my Hydrovane shirt when I went to talk to the other cruisers.  Made them jealous!)

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Another email received from Bill in 2013:

From: Bill & Tracy Hudson
Sent: Thursday, July 11, 2013 12:19 AM
To: John Curry
Subject: Broken pin.

Well, we're now in the Philippines after another downwind trip from Palau.  Our Hydrovane is still the best piece of equipment on board.  OK, so we did have a problem.  During our trip to Palau, we snapped the pin that holds our rudder to the shaft.  I guess, two weeks of 30-35 knot winds and 20 foot plus seas during the trip from Tuvalu were too much and it finally snapped.  Can't say I blame it.  Luckily, we'd ready your instruction manual that the rudder would sink if it came loose, we'd not only tied it to the boat but we also whipped the end of the line back on itself so there was no chance of it coming loose.  I grabbed one of the spare pins that you sent us and climbed down the ladder and with a bit of luck, got the rudder back on the shaft as Zephyr was rolling in the swells and put in the new pin.  Simple and easy and off we went again.  OK, so I was wearing a life jacket and did have a safety tether to the boat but hey, I'm not stupid.  Sure am glad you sent us the pins.
 
Now we know that our Hydrovane is built tough but it took the strain that boat couldn't.  With the wind and seas we had, it slowly started tearing itself off the stern of the boat.  Over the years, water had gotten inside the stern fiberglass and had slowly rotted out what would the builders had installed there.  With all the pressure, it started moving back and forth in the bolt holes.  BUT, he still kept on doing his job.  While in Pohnpei, we had the stern torn up and new fiberglass installed.  He's now on rock solid.
 
One question--on the body of the Hydrovane is the adjustment knob to set it up in position 1, 2 or 3. Where that knob goes through and into the frame, there is a space between the bolt and where it bolts on to the spring unit and the main body.  Is there supposed to be that space?  I can tighten it up but it sure appears to be tight.  Second question, there appears to be a bit of looseness between the top (wind vane) and the rudder.  I can grip the wind vane and it will move a bit even when both of the pins to lock up the unit are in place.  Does this mean that the fittings are coming loose or again, is it supposed to be that way?  We just want to make sure he keeps doing what he has been doing so well for the last 4 years and 16,000 miles (at least).
 
Just keep making them the way our is and you can never go wrong.  I take every chance I can to tell people about it and how good it is.
 
Bill Hudson
SV Zephyr.
 
Liberty (Shin Fa) 458

UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED FEBRUARY 2015 – Bristol 29.9

"I sailed from San Francisco to Mexico and French Polynesia/Tahiti and no real issues with the vane so far (thankfully!). The vane has worked reliably from 2 knots to 35. So reliably, that I often forgot about its existence. Can’t really ask for more!"

TIPS for cracked timber pads and an axis knob that is not holding the vane in the inclined position...

Hi Gleb,

Further to Sarah’s email, if the axis knob is not holding the vane down when inclined you can remove the knob and the black plastic casing to expose two nuts.  Then simply loosen the outer one, tighten the inner one and then re-tighten the outer one.  Hopefully this doesn’t sound confusing because it’s a fairly simple fix.

That’s great you’re in Tahiti – We loved French Polynesia!

Cheers

Will

Will Curry, BBA

Hydrovane International Marine Inc.

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From: Gleb Rybkin [mailto:gleb@rybkin.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2015 5:02 PM
To: Sarah Curry
Cc: Will Curry
Subject: Re: cruising spares

Great! Yes, Mirabella is in Tahiti (Taravao) and I’m going back in April. All sounds good. I was thinking of epoxy as well. 

Thanks!

Gleb

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On Feb 12, 2015, at 4:36 PM, Sarah Curry <sarah@hydrovane.com> wrote:

Hi Gleb,

That’s awesome! Did you leave Mirabella at Marina Taina?

Thanks for those photos and glad to hear the vane has steered you well.

For the timber pads, ours also developed the small cracks. They were only superficial. Will suggests injecting some epoxy into the cracks and also coating the pads in cetol to protect them further.  There’s a fix for the slipping axis knob – Will is going to fill you in on that.

I’ve updated the invoice.  Yes, the red is also a good safety color and we do have one in stock without any logo.

Let me know which payment method is best for you.

Cheers,

Sarah Curry

Hydrovane International Marine Inc.

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From: Gleb Rybkin [mailto:gleb@rybkin.com
Sent: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 11:11 PM
To: Sarah Curry
Subject: Re: cruising spares

Hi, Sarah,

Thanks! I was thinking of the offshore spares kit as defined on your webpage - cover, 2 pins, drive sleeve, bottom bearing. 

No rush - Canada Post is ok.

Red cover is fine - blue turned out to be too depressing - maybe red without the logo if you have one? 

I sailed from San Francisco to Mexico and French Polynesia/Tahiti and no real issues with the vane so far (thankfully!). The vane has worked reliably from 2 knots to 35. So reliably, that I often forgot about its existence. Can’t really ask for more!

If you’d like some critique - the vane does not hold its angle when lowered in strong wind - raises itself up in a few hours, and the vane knob tends to get loose after a few days. These things are very minor, and they don’t affect the overall experience and functionality. One issue that may be a problem in the future is that the timber pads have developed some minor cracks - if you have any suggestion on how to address it, it would be great. 

Many thanks!

Here is close up of the cracks and a couple of pictures that you can post.

Mirabella, Bristol 29.9 Sloop

Mirabella, Bristol 29.9 Sloop

SOLICITED Quote about ‘Heidi’ the Hydrovane – Challenger 35

"After 18 years and sailing round the world my wonderful hydrovane, Heidi, needs new drive pins."

"She did the work while we enjoyed ourselves."

February 2015

Thank you, Jane, for sending us this quote about 'Heidi': 

"Heidi the hydrovane was the best investment we made for our world cruise and would recommend that nobody sets off without one. She did the work while we enjoyed ourselves."

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Hi Sarah,

After 18 years and sailing round the world my wonderful hydrovane, Heidi, needs new drive pins. I have looked on your web site and can see they are part no. 36 but can't find a price for them. Could you please give me a price for 2 drive pins and delivery ... Regards,

Jane Green

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BBC News Story: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-28775102 

Banana Bunch from the Galapagos and the Hydrovane in the background

Banana Bunch from the Galapagos and Heidi steering in the background. Clive enjoying himself!

UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED FEBRUARY 2015 – CS 36

"We love Vinnie [our Hydrovane] & have sung his praises far & wide."

"Anyways we are very HAPPY customers."

With photo of a custom-made A bracket.

From: Al and Lindy Rosen [mailto:alindyrosen AT earthlink.net]
Sent: Monday, February 16, 2015 6:36 AM
To: will AT hydrovane.com
Subject: pins

Hi Will
I recieved these emails from my friend Greg Lakes. I would like to get the pins also. We have a friend coming down in a few weeks. If they could be shipped to him that would be great.


We love Vinnie [our Hydrovane] & have sung his praises far & wide. I met you & your Dad at the Seattle Boat show a few years ago. Your Dad might remember me as I am very good friends with Mark Tanner from Tanner MFG. He made me a stainless bracket for the vane & spoke with your dad about it. Anyways we are very HAPPY customers. 

All the Best
Alan Rosen

CS 36

CS 36

CS 36

CS 36, a swimmer, and the custom A bracket

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

 _______________________________________

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