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UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED June 2016 – John Kretschmer’s Quetzal, Kaufman 47
From: John Kretschmaer [mailto:jrkretschmer AT gmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, June 25, 2016 6:36 AM
To: Will Curry
Subject: Re: Hydrovane on Quetzal
So, I must tell you, and I mean this sincerely, the Hydrovane is simply a game changer for Quetzal. It's just great and performs better than I expected. We've now made three passages, St. Martin-Bermuda, Bermuda-Newport, Newport-Bermuda, about 2000 miles, with varying weather, from calms to Force 8/9, and the HV has done almost all the steering.
Quetzal is a good sailing boat, often topping 9 knots but the HV handles her very well. It steers like a human, lifting a bit in the puffs, easing in header, always finding her way back to the course line. And now that I have LED lights, and an efficient fridge, we're liberated from motoring just to charge the batteries to run the autopilot. The solar array keeps up now.
One other feature of the vane that I really appreciate is that it eases the load on the rudder and rudder bearings. Quetzal was built in 1986 and I just did a big rudder job, rebuilding the rudder and changing the bearings, a big job. But by keeping the wheel locked, the rudder bearings have been loading on these recent passages, which is just fine with me. Also, I don't feel the need to upgrade the autopilot now, the old one is working fine and not being used very often on passage.
I added a bit of weight, a zinc as you suggested and that took care of most of the humming and vibration. The truth is, now I don't even notice it, and I don't really care because the vane does its job so well. In three days my wife Tadji and I are sailing from Bermuda back to Martha's Vineyard, just the two of us, and knowing that we have the Hydrovane takes a lot of anxiety away.
We took some good pictures, I think, of the vane in action on the last passage and as soon as I receive them, (one of the crew was the best photographer) I will shoot them off to you.
All the best,
Sent from my iPhone
UNSOLICTED EMAIL RECEIVED June 2016 – Bavaria 50
From: erik AT harryz DOT no
Sent: Monday, June 13, 2016 9:18 AM
To: 'Valerie Williams'; Will Curry
Hi Will.[caption id="attachment_5284" align="aligncenter" width="576"] Bavaria 50[/caption]
Now we have sailed crossing the Biscay, steering with Hydrovane and are very pleased with it. I think it do a very good job. 😊
... The condition over Biscay when we used the Hydrovane was from little wind up to 30 knots from 90 degrees. We have also used it with wind from behind.
More from SY Hanna, Garcia 48 Catamaran – June 2016
Ich bin der Projektleiter und Skipper einer Garcia 48, S.Y. Hanna, ein 23 tons Aluminium Katamaran. Zur Vorbereitung der Weltumseglung im Rahmen der WorldARC wurde – nach dem Totalausfall der 12 V DC Anlage an Bord - durch Tom Logisch eine Hydrovane Windsteueranlage installiert.
Gute, professionelle Abwicklung und Installation.
Mit speziellen Halterungen für Aluminiumyachten und einer erhöhten, nach oben verstellbaren Windfahne ( das Deckshaus / festes Bimini ist 3,30 m hoch) hat uns die Hydrovane beim ersten Probeschlag überzeugt. Inzwischen haben wir die Windfahnensteuerung bei Winden von 5 – 25 kn und auf allen Kursen zum Wind ausprobiert.
Sie lehrt Demut und Geduld – denn sie zeigt sofort jede Nachlässigkeit bei nicht ausbalanciertem Segeltrimm auf. Stimmt der Segeltrimm, ist es nur noch eine Sache des Probierens in welchem Gang und mit wie weit ausgefahrener Windfahne die Anlage am besten läuft. Sie macht das dann oft besser als der elektrische Autopilot…
Auch unter Parasailor bei 25 kn von Achtern.
Da die Yacht mit kleiner Crew gesegelt wird, ist eine zuverlässige Steuerung mehr als willkommen und in Verbindung mit der Hydrogeneratorhalterung auch sehr praktisch.
Kein Stromverbrauch durch den elektrischen Autopiloten und noch Stromerzeugung durch den Watt&Sea.
Wieder zwei redundante Systeme mehr.
Weitere Auskünfte oder Fragen gerne an Thomas unter : firstname.lastname@example.org""""
I am the project manager and skipper of a Garcia 48, ‘S.Y. Hanna’, a 25 ton/23,000 kg. aluminum catamaran which has a Hydrovane wind vane provided by Tom Logisch. We are preparing for a circumnavigation with WorldARC. The Hydrovane installation was inspired by the total failure of the boat’s 12 V DC system.
Credit to Tom Logsich of Logisch Yachts for good professional service. The installation of the Hydrovane included suitable fittings for the aluminum and extra structure to accommodate the bimini which is 3.3 m. above the water.
The first test was convincing in winds of 5 to 25 knots and for all points of sail. The Hydrovane teaches humility and patience - because it immediately shows any negligence in not attending to sail trim. Some experimenting is required as to sail trim and the Vane settings. Often it is better than the electric autopilot ….. even while using a Parasailor with 25 knots of wind.
Because the yacht is sailed with a small crew, more reliable steering control is welcome as is the hydro generator (Watt & Sea) that is conveniently attached to the Hydrovane with a bracket designed for that purpose.
All in one package two redundant systems: no power consumed by the self steering and electric power generated by the Watt & Sea.
Someday we intend to create a video sailing with the Parasailor.
Regards from Hamburg
VIDEO RECEIVED May 2016 – Garcia 48 Catamaran (23 Tons!)
Hydrovane installed May 2016....
"It works perfectly on a 23 tons aluminum cat - GARCIA 48, entered in the next WORLD ARC"
And later: "This week we tested the GARCIA with 25 knots wind from behind - excellent with your XT vane!!!!!!"
VIDEO RECEIVED May 2016 – J30
Thanks for the Video, Koos!
UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED May 2016 – Crealock 40
From: Sue Cross
Sent: Sunday, May 22, 2016 1:45 PM
To: will AT hydrovane.com
Bob and one very experienced sailing friend are currently (May, 2016) making the passage the "wrong way" from New Zealand to Tahiti. A deep low just ran into a high and produced a storm with a "squash" effect. They headed north to miss the worst, but still encountered 40 knot winds and big, rough seas, mostly astern. Here is Bob's report after the wind abated a bit and the HF radio was able to make a connection:
" ...stormsail does a real good job. Hydrovane a miracle."
They were actually able to get some sleep (strapped into their bunks) during the 48 hours of the storm.
UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED April 2016 – Outbound 44
From: Morris [Sailmail email]
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2016 10:59 AM
To: Will Curry
Subject: Windvane Saved the Day
Hi Will and Sarah, just wanted to drop you a note to let you know we made it to Nuku Hiva from PV. Our boat and two others had autopilot failures. One boat turned back to PV and the other hand steered all the way to Hiva Oa.
Our autopilot failed a third of the way but we had "Jane" our trusty Hydrovane. She got us thru it all with minimal hand steering. We now know a lot more about how to set her up and how to balance the sails. I even got her working when we did some motor sailing.
Thanks for a great product.
Morris and Debbie Adams
UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED April 2016 – Heritage West Indies 36
Hey Sarah and Will,
I just thought I'd write a quick thank you for all the hassle you went through to get that wind vane to me in St. Maarten back in December/January. I'm now in the Galapagos Islands and the Hydrovane has been absolutely rock solid so far. The test-run was a down-wind sail in heavy seas along the North coast of Colombia. I've had experience with Fleming, Monitor and Windpilot and I can honestly say that the hydrovane has performed much better than any of the others so far. I'm without a doubt a happy customer.
[Editor Note: Shipping to St. Maarten is not usually a hassle. This was a unique situation involving shipping to the USA and a freight forwarder]
UNSOLICTED EMAIL RECEIVED April 2016 – Rustler 36
Sent: Friday, April 15, 2016 12:09 PM
To: Sarah Curry
Subject: Re: Bearing Kit
ps... for information the Hydrovane has been completely reliable and has steered me some 15,000 miles since fitting in 1997. The only replacement has been one new sail cover and 4 new cords for the wheel steering. [Remote Course Setting Line]
There is some play in the bottom of the shaft, hence the need to replace the bearings, and as I leave the rudder attached all the time the hole for the shaft in the top have become oval and oversized.
I have a Rustler 36 and highly recommend Hydrovane.
I have had my hydrovane since 1997 and it has steered me many thousands of miles with no problems.
I use it all the time in preference to an Autohelm or a human crew as it is more reliable and doesn’t complain.
I intend to replace the shaft bearings at some stage but I need to measure the shaft diameter before ordering.
UNSOLICTED EMAIL RECEIVED April 2016 – in German – Lagoon 39 Catamaran
From: tom logisch [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2016 11:49 PM
To: firstname.lastname@example.org; 'John'
Subject: WG: Hydrovane
Here is an email in German from our customer with the Lagoon 39 iCat; you can use this for your website
"We've used the wind vane last year more extensively. Once we get the hang of what grid where in sails we are very satisfied. We took control with main / genoa and Parasail. Once we had to tighten all the screws. We are so far very satisfied."
Von: iCat [mailto:icathby3686 AT gmail.com]
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 6. April 2016 14:41
An: tom logisch
Betreff: Re: Hydrovane
Wir haben die Windfahne letztes Jahr ausgiebiger benutzt. Nach dem wir den Dreh raus hatten welchen Raster bei welcher Besegelung sind wir sehr zufrieden. Wir sind die Steuerung mit Gross/Genua und Parasail gefahren. Einmal mussten wir noch alle Schrauben nachziehen.
Wir sind also bisher sehr zufrieden.
UNSOLICTED EMAIL RECEIVED March 2016 – Beneteau 50
We used the Hydrovane for the first time this weekend. Lights airs, dead astern. Aunty Ida worked faultlessly, was easy to set up and given that she is set well off center the response is amazing.
A little disappointed with the [defective sunbrella DRIVE UNIT] cover as a hole has appeared after only two weeks of the UK weather. I'll send some better photo's when I have the chance.
Dean[caption id="attachment_4892" align="aligncenter" width="548"] Beneteau 50 - Thesee[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4893" align="aligncenter" width="432"] Beneteau Oceanis 50 - AH brackets[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4894" align="aligncenter" width="436"] Beneteau 50 - Great Swim Platform[/caption]
UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED March 2016 – Hunter 50
From: Jack Ormerod [mailto:jjormerod AT icloud.com]
Sent: Friday, March 11, 2016 7:08 AM
To: Will Curry
Subject: Re: New Parts For Hydro Generator
Our crossing was great, thanks! We had to go around Hurricane Alex and divert to Mindelo for two days and then we had a fifteen day crossing from there to Guadeloupe.
The Hydrovane was great...
This was our sail configuration a lot of the time while also using the Hydrovane. By using our stay sail I didn't need to have a lot of the main sail out. Hydrovane liked this configuration.[caption id="attachment_4890" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Hunter 50, downwind sailplan with Hydrovane steering[/caption]
UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED March 2016 – Westerly Solway 36
From: kathy.jeremy AT gmail.com
Sent: Monday, March 28, 2016 9:15 AM
To: will AT hydrovane.com
Subject: Parts for Sal Darago
I used to contact Sherry, but I have had my email returned. I hope this email gets through to the right person.
On 25/10/2007 I bought a VXA 2D M/HH Hydrovane unit. I fitted it to Sal Darago, our 36ft Westerly Solway. In 2008 my wife and I set off around the world. We returned to Lancashire, England in the summer of 2014 having achieved our aim. Unfortunately, on a close inspection, we find that “Heidi” our Hydrovane, which steered magnificently at all times under sail, has three items which need replacement and one spare is also required. Apart from a new dress while we were in the tropics, no other work was required on Heidi, which is quite a testament.
- Vane knob or clamp (part 32)
- Axis knob or clamp (part 33)
- Bottom collar with set screw (part 26)
- Locking pin and retaining clip (part not known)
Jeremy Spencer.[caption id="attachment_4885" align="aligncenter" width="571"] Westerly Solway 36 - Bora Bora in the background[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4886" align="aligncenter" width="570"] Westerly Solway 36 - Passage from Galapagos to Marquesas[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4887" align="aligncenter" width="575"] Westerly Solway 36 - near San Blas Islands[/caption]
RESPONSE FROM HYDROVANE CUSTOMER March 2016 – Hallberg Rassy 42E
Note from Editor: Esa kindly forwarded us his email response to a potential customer who reached out for feedback about performance on the HR 42E.
From: Esa Kalervo [mailto:Esa.Kalervo AT balticcruising.fi]
Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 10:28 AM
Here is my answer to Italian sailor.
I have sailed with my Hydrovane about 55 000 nautical miles and I can recommend it.
The most important thing is that it is totally independent of boat’s steering system. We had during our first Atlantic Crossing 2012 problem with steering cable and we used Hydrovane tiller while fixing that problem.
We have not used mizzen while sailing close hauled upwind. Mizzen gives practically no power in that situation. You just keep boom on one side with preventers.
There is no problem while you sail downwind. Just be carefull with preventers.
I have used topping lift to get boom high enough while gybing. But one should be very carefull.
Shaft locking pin has broken many times because of propeller’s effect to the rudder. One should have spare pins onboard. We have changed vane cover perhaps once per year because of sun.
As a whole I am very satisfied with my Hydrovane. 90% of our circumnavigation was downwind sailing. F.ex. between Cape town and St Helena we sailed five days and nights in a row just with Spinnaker on and Hydrovane took care of steering.
We spent last year from June to November in the Mediterranean and visited f.ex. Southern Sardinia and Southern Sicily, then Pantelleria and Lampedusa while sailing to the east. Later we visited Messina and Olbia.
We are now in Plymouth, UK, and sailing back to Helsinki where we are in the middle of May.
I will be happy to answer if you have any more questions or comments.
Please use in the future this email address instead of sailmail address
UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED January 2016 – Ovni 395
From: Ian Sprigings [mailto:ian.sprigings AT btinternet.com]
Sent: Sunday, January 03, 2016 2:23 PM
To: Will Curry
Firstly, happy new year to you all.
We have now crossed the Atlantic and are currently in Bequia in the Grenadines. I must say the Hydrovane was an absolute joy to have and certainly one of the best decisions we made when kitting out the boat. We felt very grateful when we kept coming across boats that had had issues with their electronic autopilots.
The Watt & Sea was also brilliant, albeit a constant challenge to keep weed off it during the crossing!
The Echotec watermaker has also worked very well, but we currently have an issue that I would like your help with. When running it today in the anchorage I noticed what I thought was water coming out of the control panel. I assumed it was probably a joint that had come slightly undone as it was only a very small amount. On taking out the panel I noticed that the rubber grommet at the top of the pressure gauge had come out and the water was in fact the oily liquid from within the pressure gauge. There is now about 1/2 an inch air gap at the top of the gauge.
Is this an issue? What actually is the fluid? Should I top it up?
Many thanks for your help.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The leak on the pressure gauge was simply because the nipple on the top needed to be pricked to release the air - An easy fix.[caption id="attachment_4861" align="aligncenter" width="478"] Ovni 395 with W&S - close up[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4862" align="aligncenter" width="478"] Ovni 395 with W&S[/caption]
UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED February 2016 – Jeanneau 45.2
Thanks so much for taking the time to write us and we love the kind words!
I showed your email to a Jeanneau SO 43 owner who is interested in a Hydrovane and is currently in St.Martin. He might be interested in your feedback.
Well done on your vane design – I can certainly say that is a first! We will call it the ‘T top’ version ;) It’s interesting to see you added a dive weight to the main counterweights. I can’t remember how much clearance you needed with the vane installed directly onto the drive unit – Was it 9 inches? Our new XT vane is 1 inch shorter but that’s undoubtedly not enough. Do you have any pictures show your complete installation? It would also be nice to add these to the website. I presume you couldn’t lower the drive unit/brackets?
Thanks again for the feedback. We always say our customers are our best salesman….not us.
From: Chris Mennem [mailto:chrismennem AT hotmail.co.uk]
Sent: Monday, February 29, 2016 3:17 PM
To: Will Curry
Subject: Hydrovane endorsement
I don’t think that I have ever written to a company before, to endorse a product of theirs, but my wife and I have been so impressed with the Hydrovane that I wanted to let you know this.
We ordered the unit in January 2015, and it was quickly delivered to our winter base in Sicily, in strong, well-designed shipping boxes. I found it straight forward to mount on the back of our Jeanneau 45.2, with the help of your simple and clear instructions. I was immediately impressed with the quality and engineering of the Hydrovane, and my respect for it has grown with each passage we have done.
We left Sicily in May 2015, and worked our way to Gibraltar, the Canary Islands, the Cape Verde islands, Barbados and currently St. Lucia, from where I write this in late February 2016. With every passage we were able to use it more, and on the Atlantic passage, it steered us perfectly for over 90% of the trip. On one occasion we were wing-on-wing for over 8 days, with winds to 30kts, at about 150° apparent, with waves big enough to surf down, and the Hydrovane coped perfectly all this time – absolutely amazing!
With just two of us on board, I wanted a system that was simple and effective to operate, and it has exceeded my most optimistic expectations by a considerable margin. It truly is our third crew member.
On a separate note, I wanted to show you the vane mounting bracket I designed and had made. Somehow I got the measurements wrong and the vane, when mounted on top of the unit, fouled the arch. Having spoken to you, I did not want to make the vane smaller, and therefore came up with the bracket, which lowers the vane by 230mm/9’’ and now clears the arch, regardless of articulation or direction of the vane. The bracket had to lower the vane to one side, so this had to be counter-balanced on the opposite side. I have used zinc anodes and stainless washers to obtain perfect static balance and intend to tidy this up and make it more attractive now I know it works – perfectly! The design was a bit tricky, to ensure that it cannot foul any part of the Hydrovane itself, but I think it looks ok and, most importantly, as I mentioned earlier, it works 100% - all the way across the Atlantic. I just thought you might be interested, if you have not seen this done before.
Thanks again for your advice whilst we were mid-Atlantic.
UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED January 2016 – Bowman 48 (and Najad 34, Southerly 38, Rustler 42)
From: Peter Harvey
Sent: Friday, January 29, 2016 3:52 AM
To: Will Curry; Sarah Curry
Subject: Re: Installation Bowman 48 Chanto
Hi Will and Sarah,
Just to let you know that we got to grips with the hydrovane, which worked brilliantly when our electrical autopilot failed on the ARC. We even got you some free publicity in PBO!
We very slightly altered the rudder alignment in Las Palmas after our discussion, as we decided it may have been very fractionally off centre and perhaps that made the difference. The only other change was a new cover.
We had a poled out double headsail downwind rig and the hydrovane coped with the swell even in relatively low apparent wind (eg even when we were only doing 6 knots downwind in 13 knots of true wind speed), as well as in 25-30 knots and heavier swell. We generally used it with the vane in upright position (otherwise on certain wind directions it could knock against a gps sensor at extreme deflection) and on the left hand setting. Perhaps we might benefit from your new extendable stubby, but there didn't seem to be a problem in the upright position.
We learnt when setting it to look at the hydrovane and if it was more frequently nodding one way , adjusted the wheel to make it more even, nodding both ways equally. Once set it would then just run for hours on end with occasional course adjustments when the wind shifted to keep us on the great circle route!
We did have a problem with fields of sargasso weed though! It didn't like weed and could go off by 40 degrees, but sailing backwards freed it and also loads of weed from the keel, which had been slowing us down.
Many thanks for your help.
UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED January 2016 – Hanse 430e
From: Alain SANIEZ [mailto:ajs AT saniez.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 8:03 AM
To: John Curry <john AT hydrovane.com>; Will Curry <will AT hydrovane.com>
Subject: A bit of a feedback
One year I ordered our new best mate: Hydrovane
As many people consider self steering system as absolutely unuseful with modern designed boat like Hanse, making that choice was challenging.
We sailed from New Zealand to South Africa, nearly 10000 miles. We have been using both our Hydrovane and the two in board autopilot made by Jefa, with their Simrad wind vane. We did a lot of test trying to challenge each with the other. We sailed the 1000 miles from New Zealand to New Caledonia with the Hydrovane only: it was great and HV did a great job with winds between 10 to 45 kt. Thanks for this beautiful piece a gear which is more than…a piece of gear but a real third mate on board!
You find here under some pics: installation on board of Uhambo, a Hanse 430e, and an overall picture of the visitor’s pontoon in Noumea where we could count nine Hydrovane at the same time!!!!
Alain[caption id="attachment_4840" align="aligncenter" width="556"] Hanse 430e[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4841" align="aligncenter" width="554"] Hydrovanes in Noumea[/caption]
UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED October 2015 – Jonmeri 40
From: Eugene Motzheim [mailto:eugene AT motzheim.se]
Sent: Monday, October 26, 2015 11:27 AM
To: John Curry <john AT hydrovane.com>
Hi againJonmeri 40[/caption]
New pictures, the choice is yours!
I forgot to tell you what a splendid job the Hydrovane is doing! Our boat is 40 ft/10 tons/draft 2,30 m with a spade rudder. On our trip this summer we were out on the North Sea for 74 hours with winds from 10 to 40 knots, waveheight was up to 5m, breaking seas because of tidal streams. We sailed both uppwind and reaching, the latter can be a bit delicate because of the big IOR-belly our Jonmeri has. But, the Hydrovane was just steering and steering, required no attention at all! As we sail shorthanded, husband/wife, the vane became soon our best mate. Better than our Neco, who gave up two weeks ago - electrical problems...
Jonmeri 40 "Move On" from Sweden
Eugene & Angelien
UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED October 2015 – Southerly 38
From: Nick Fabbri [mailto:n.fabbri AT virgin.net]
Sent: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 10:25 AM
To: Will Curry
Subject: Re: Watt and sea generator for Southerly 38
Thank you for the swift reply.
In answer to your question, I was going to mount the generator on the other side. This is to offset the drag from the hydrovane. It is also because I currently have an aquair 1000 hydrogenerator in place where I would place the watt and sea unit.
This would massively reduce the shenanigans in doing the wiring run, as it's already in place.
We are booked into las palmas marina from the 31st October. Thus we will remain there for 3 weeks to prepare the boat.
If you could please quote me for the unit, plus installation as well as two props you mentioned. I may install it myself , so if you could break down the quote into costs and hen installation, I would be grateful.
Re the hydrovane. Please find attached some photos.
We used the unit across biscay in force 3-6. We had the unit on the smallest ratio setting , so it barely moved the rudder with the wind. This resulted in a very straight course.
It works admirably, in fact I professed to having a crush on it, as it was so useful.
As for feedback.....
Well we met another southerly 38 with one attached on starboard ( ours in on port). We both had to compensate for the drag by locking the wheel off centre. Ours is about 5 degrees to starboard, his to port.
It is correct that the sails need to be balanced.
Also we are still not 100% about which way to pull the string to change course. However that will come with time. It's just practice.
I have no real negatives or criticism of the unit. It will hopefully steer us over the Atlantic and beyond .
One point is that we have a lifting keel. The rudder needs to be removed before drying out.
Also we are not sure whether to antifoul the rudder as it goes green quickly.
Finally, an installation tip. We have a modern production yacht which is cad designed . Strange angles all over the transom. Thus a nightmare to get the angles correct to keep the brackets parallel to the mast.
However eventually we used an electronic spirit level app on an iPhone. We could work out precisely what the angles were, and transfer that to the band saw to cut the pads.
Also if you keep the other piece of wood from the angulated cut, it can be used to level out the angle of the backing plate, thus ensuring perfectly aligned bolts .
Anyway, I look forward to getting your quote, after that I will see if our budget can stretch.
Nick fabbriSoutherly 38 - aft[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4660" align="aligncenter" width="562"] Southerly 38 - above[/caption]
UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED August 2015 – Wauqiuez PS 40
From: bagpipetune AT aol.com
Sent: Monday, August 31, 2015 7:25 PM
To: will AT hydrovane.com
Subject: Hydrovane - Thanks and parts
The Hydrovane is an outstanding piece of engineering. We have used ours for over 8000 miles now, and we are very happy with it! Thank you and your company for producing such a wonderful mechanism.
As we will soon be in Australia, would you please be so kind as to tell us how we could get additional safety pins and covers for the wind vane? If we can get them in Australia, that would be great. If we need to order them from you, how would we order them, how much would it cost, and how long would it take to get them from you?
Thank you very much.
UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED October 2015 – Sadler 34
From: Colin Bastable [mailto:colin.bastable AT gmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, October 17, 2015 9:01 PM
To: will AT hydrovane.com; Valerie Williams <valerie AT hydrovane.com>; john AT hydrovane.com
Subject: Frank (Sadler 34) Hydrovane fitting pics.
Back in March you asked if I had any photos showing the installation of my Hydrovane.
I have only just returned to the boat, which is in St Croix, and I took some pics.
Not especially pretty but if anyone needs a reference for installing on a Sadler 34 then they are adequate.
I shared the pics via my iCloud account. You will receive an invite.
Once you had helped me repair the twisted shaft (mid Atlantic) the Hydrovane went from "bloody" to "bloody marvellous!"
Btw, I noticed that I have lost a nylon retaining screw - holding on the plastic cover. Is there a standard spec you can share, please? I will try to find one locally (I am in Texas).
FYI I linked to hydrovane.com on my recent blog posting:
FROM THE BLOG....
9. My Hydrovane did not work. It kept wanting me to head to port. But my satcom did work, so eventually I emailed the company and sent them some photos. It transpired that a boat had hit my stern (probably in Gosport Marina) and bashed the Hydrovane rudder drive out of line. So with some great tech support from Hydrovane, mid Atlantic, I hung off the stern and with some nifty spanner work set things right.
10. Before fixing the Hydrovane I had been using my Autohelm. The original one burned out in Bascay when it was deluged with water and shorted out, but I found a replacement on eBay, and fitted it in January ’15. The problem being that it required a lot of battery power, which meant running the engines, and also lengthy spells of hand steering. It is easy to lose concentration when hand steering, especially close to the wind, when a tied tiller is not so effective.
11. I can heartily recommend a (working!) Hydrovane. As soon as I had it set correctly, it worked flawlessly all the way to The Caribbean.[caption id="attachment_4655" align="aligncenter" width="665"] Frank, Sadler 34[/caption]
UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED August 2015 – “Pirate Ship”
It has been a very active summer for me with plenty of chances to put the Hand of Good to good use including a trip north to Greenport, NY and New Bedford, MA for to events. The H of God performed very well. I thank you for your help in making it all happen.
I have enclosed a few photos of the H of G in action and battles.
Your servant, SINBAD[caption id="attachment_4397" align="aligncenter" width="616"] Doing Battle[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4398" align="aligncenter" width="615"] Hydrovane Named 'The Hand of God"[/caption]
UNSOLICITED EMAIL Received August 2015 – Elizabethan 31
From: Dee & Pippa [mailto:demengel AT gmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, August 16, 2015 11:18 AM
To: John Curry <john AT hydrovane.com>
Subject: Re: Loose Axle - needs to be held in place by its Set Screw
It’s Sunday! (Well it is here). What are you doing at work? You should be out sailing.
But thanks so much for the reply. I do have imperial Allen keys so no problem there. I’m sure I can now fix it.
Yes the attached photo is our boat. More can be found on our Blog site. http://sula-dee-pippa.blogspot.com
Paul (sometimes known as Dee).
From: John Curry
Sent: Sunday, August 16, 2015 4:49 PM
To: 'Dee & Pippa'
Cc: 'Will Curry - Hydrovane' ; 'Sarah Curry'
Subject: Loose Axle - needs to be held in place by its Set Screw
Yes, good thing you spotted that. Without that Axle you would lose those 2 extra crew members.
We call those stainless pins/rods: Axles. There are 8 Axles in all. Each held in place by a set screw. We use Loctite to secure the set screws. For whatever reason that one has worked loose. For each Axle you can see cavities nearby for their respective ‘set screws’ that hold the Axles in place. The screws are 3/8 inch imperial (non metric). Hopefully you have a suitable Allen Key. If you have some Loctite it is best to remove the culprit set screw, coat it with Loctite as well as the cavity – then re-install it - tight enough to hold that Axle in place.
Appreciate the excellent performance report. Is the attached picture your boat?
John E. Curry, CPA, CA
Hydrovane International Marine Inc.
From: Dee & Pippa [mailto:demengel AT gmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, August 16, 2015 6:06 AM
To: john AT hydrovane.com
Subject: My Hydrovane
My wife (Pippa) and I have just finished a seven year circumnavigation in our 48 year old Elizabethan 31.
Our trusty Hydrovane did most of the steering. We think it was equal to not one, but two extra crew. Unfortunately we hit a snag on our final passage from the Azores to our home in south west Wales. A pin securing the vane to the gear box worked loose. Fortunately I spotted it and pushed it back in, before it fell out completely (6th sense perhaps). I couldn’t stop it working loose, though things improved when I put the vane in an upright position.
I have attached a couple of photos, and would value your thoughts on the subject.
Paul de Mengel
P.S. I have attached a link to my sailing Blog.
UNSOLICITED EMAIL RECEIVED August 2015 – Ericson 38
From: Brandt Faatz [mailto:bfaatz AT gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2015 5:53 PM
To: Will Curry - Hydrovane; John Curry; Sarah Curry
Subject: Yes, It Works Great on the Ericson 38
Hi Curry Family,
I promised I'd let you know how my new Hydrovane performed on the passage from Neah Bay to San Francisco. We completed the passage on July 29th, and the HV performed brilliantly. The Ericson 38 is known to be tender and a bit squirrelly in a following sea. I wondered how the HV would handle that. We had some following seas and a lot of quartering seas in wind ranging from 0 to 35 kts. Sure enough, the boat yawed and rolled like a drunken sailor, particularly in the quartering seas, but the HV handled it all with ease. Only once in these conditions did the rudder stall and require hand steering to get it back on course. Performance was flawless in 8 knots of breeze wing-on-wing and broad reaching with the kite. The best fun was the night-time broad reach across a star-lit northerly gale off Cape Mendocino with bioluminescent breaking seas and the vane steering us at a 7+ knot average boat speed, surfing in the high 8's. (Hull speed is 7.4).
The standard watch log entry followed the format: position Lat/Long, wind X from direction Y, seas Z meters, Hydrovane driving like a champ. The exception was low wind, as expected, but the vane basically worked in any wind we wanted to sail in.
Oh, and I'm glad I chose the A bracket. Sleep was at a premium, and that extra confidence didn't hurt.
Thanks for a fantastic product and your excellent post-sales support.
Here are two short videos of the Hydrovane in action:
...and a long video: Passage from Neah Bay to San Francisco