They're both great products, I think it's a little lame for Scanmar to type up a few thousand words bad mouthing Hydrovanes. If you talk to any Hydrovane
owner you'll hear nothing but happy comments, which is pretty much the same as Monitor
size thing is a little misleading. Yes, a ship's rudder
is much bigger, but you don't need to turn it 45 degrees in typical sailing situations (nor would you want to). So a smaller rudder turning 45 degrees (or more) is roughly equivalent to a larger rudder being turned a smaller amount.
If you think about a balanced sailboat and the tiny amount of rudder that is generally required to stay on course, that's a little more telling than simply comparing rudder size to rudder size.
Personally I went with a Hydrovane because:
- I have worm steering
with a lot of friction. It requires a lot of wind
for a servo-pendulum to overcome that friction and steer the boat.
- Even more friction is created by running the control lines to the wheel
- I have some very good friends with Hydrovanes who have sailed very long distances and love the product.
- If there's enough wind to sail the boat, there's enough wind for my Hydrovane to work.
- The majority of vessel abandonment I've seen not related to sinking is from a loss of steerage. A monitor
is $4500, and the MRUD is another $1500, so you're sitting there at $6000 which is the same price
as a Hydrovane.
Monitors are great; if my boat had cable steering
and was already equipped with a Monitor I'd be fine with it. The Hydrovane bashing is a little pathetic, to be honest.