Prices

PRICE LIST

Complete HYDROVANE VXA2D system includes:

  1. DRIVE UNIT
  2. VANE
  3. RUDDER
  4. SHAFT ASSEMBLY – see SPECIFICATIONS page for listing of lengths
  5. 2 BRACKETS – one ‘H’ plus one of:
    • ‘H’ – hinged (always one ‘H’)
    • ‘E’ – elbow – single strut
    • ‘A’ – double strut

Emergency Steering system only – for racers:

  • RUDDER
  • SHAFT ASSEMBLY – same as above
  • 2 BRACKETS – same as above
  • TILLER ADAPTER

PRICES NOVEMBER 2016

Before shipping costs and taxes
CURRENCY
 
UK£
EURO€
US$
C$
DRIVE UNIT
2,001
2,401
2,601
3,501
RUDDER
 
435
522
566
761
VANE
 
244
292
317
426
SUB-TOTAL
 
2,679
3,215
3,483
4,688
SHAFTS
 
 
 
 
 
 
S
460
552
598
805
 
M
516
619
671
903
 
L
586
704
762
1,026
 
X
663
795
861
1,160
 
X+5
697
836
906
1,220
 
x+10
738
886
960
1,292
 
x+20
812
975
1,056
1,421
BRACKETS
 
 
 
 
 
 
H
345
414
449
604
 
E
377
452
490
660
 
A
1,007
1,208
1,309
1,762
TILLER ADAPTER
136
164
177
238

VXA1D – no remote course setting – reduce Drive Unit prices by £250; €300; US$325; CAD$440

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EASY TO INSTALL

Let us show you how easy it is to install and use a HYDROVANE. 

  • We provide a detailed installation drawings – from our files or from measurements provided.
  • There are only 2 or 3 flanges needing 4 or 6 bolts.
  • Many hardly look at the instructions, although they should. The instructions are on our website as are some helpful ‘Tips’.
  • Surprisingly, we hardly ever receive cries for help. As there is no critical positioning you cannot ‘make a mess of it’. The brackets are merely holders, in which, the shaft can easily be positioned up or down.
  • …… and we are always available by email or telephone.

For that first test sail – you should marvel – it simply works – even without any tuning.

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USED HYDROVANES

WHAT TO WATCH FOR WHEN PURCHASING A USED UNIT

***IMPORTANT – Please contact Will or John if you have found a used unit that you would like to buy. We can advise on the fit and costs of any required upgrades. ***

Too often we provide the bad news of the cost of necessary segments that can result in total payments nearing the cost of a new unit, but without desirable features. In looking for a used unit it is important that you find both:

  • A current model
  • Has the appropriate shaft and brackets.

Many purchasers of used units find that if they don’t get the correct configuration the cost to make the unit suitable to their boat is close to or even more than cost of a new unit. As well, all shafts are now 1 ¼” OD super duplex which is nearly 3X stronger than the predecessor ‘316’ stainless steel. Pre 2009 shafts were made of the weaker ‘316’ stainless steel and pre 2002 many shafts were smaller – 1 1/8” OD – not suitable for any boat over 15,000 lbs displacement nor are they strong enough for  the new rudder unless the rudders are cut down. Those smaller shafts have only about one tenth of the strength as a new shaft! When calculating discounts for older units it is wise to know what you are missing:

  • NEW SHAFT
    • SHAFT NOT LONG ENOUGH – an extra £500 to £1,000 / $1,000 to $2,000 depending on length, taxes and shipping costs
    • SHAFT NOT STRONG ENOUGH – until 2002 we did provide a smaller diameter shaft for smaller boats (up to 30,000 lbs. / 13,500 kg.) – 1 1/8” (28.575mm) versus 1 ¼” (31.75mm) – and designed for a smaller rudder than our current rudder. That shaft is 1/3 weaker than the larger shaft. So often they end up on larger boats than was intended. All new shafts (since Jan. 2009) are not only the larger 1 1/4″ diameter but made of a ‘Super Duplex’ stainless steel – much harder and a remarkable 3X stronger than the previous ‘316’ stainless.
    • NEW RUDDER REQUIRES A NEW SHAFT – If considering the upgrade: Pre 2009 shafts might not be strong enough for the new rudder.
  • BRACKETS – Need an upgrade in brackets – in particular the ‘A’ which is quite expensive – nearly £1,000 / $2,000 (with taxes and shipping)
  • PARTS UNAVAILABLE – essentially we only produce for the current model – since 1986 – generally not helpful for pre ’86 units except for brackets
  • FEATURES TO LOOK FOR – might not be included in older models:
    • VANE – 56” (1420mm) tall fabric vane – plywood pre 1980 – shorter in early ‘80s
    • VARIABLE AXIS – early ‘80s
    • RATIO CONTROL – late 70’s
    • TILLER – early 80’s
    • ** REMOTE COURSE SETTING – introduced in 1986 – optional but now included in 99% of units sold
    • LOCKING PINS AND KNOBS – improved design 2004
    • LEAD COUNTER WEIGHTS – Improved for light air performance
    • ** RUDDER – In 2006 we introduced our first ‘new longer (5.5” /14 cm.) rudder’. In July 2009 we made it thicker. Its performance is another significant improvement – virtues directed to the bigger and faster boats but certainly enjoyed by all users:
      • POWER – Its bigger shape improves its ‘lift coefficient’ – much more turning power, especially noticeable in heavy conditions
      • BALANCE – Easy to control – light to the touch of its tiller – means easily controlled by its vane
      • These new longer rudders do require both the new Mid Bearing and the new Super Duplex shafts …. explained as follows
      • Rudders manufactured between July 2009 and July 2011 may be defective …. or they may be perfect. See explanation at www.hydrovane.com/Tips
    • ** PTFE BEARINGS & MID BEARING – In 2008 we changed the bearings to a better bearing material and added a ‘Mid Bearing’ in the middle of the shaft. Without the Mid Bearing and under load, at speed, the shaft can flex causing a bit of crimping of the bottom bearing making the shaft stick, momentarily – not noticeable unless you are watching for it.
    • ** ‘SUPER DUPLEX’ SHAFT – In January 2009 the shaft was changed to a ‘super duplex’ stainless steel – three times stronger than the predecessor made of ‘316’ stainless.
    • CON ROD/BOBBIN UPGRADE – Introduced in the spring of 2010 -the new version is tighter (more responsive) and stronger (33 times!).