Yes. Good to hear you like the unit. I sailed ten years 15,000 miles on Lake Huron with Contessa 32 and early model Hydrovane. It was excellent in light airs or heavy weather
. The vane of course can be lowered on axis to reduce effort in heavy weather
; the new units have a gear
selector setting for additional adjustment.
You can rig a Tillerpilot from the pushpit rail to the emergency
tiller unit for motoring. There is a slight wobble in the steering
from play in the mechanism but nothing to worry about. The longer the extension on the small emergency
tiller, the better the response; I have a friend with a long keel
boat who uses the vane and tiller extension to turn the boat better in the marina berthing, more leverage at the extreme stern of the boat.
The new models have remote steering
lines option which I have installed to come back to the companionway
Also, best to have a rope
tied to handle area of rudder
and then back to stern rail just in case the locking pin on the rudder let go - never saw any tendency but good precaution.
Also if a yard is installing the unit, make sure they use the kit provided self-locking Nyloc nuts. The installation
of the new vane on my Ohlson 38 was carelessly done. The yard had not used the provide Nylocs and used regular nuts. On first trial sail, the lower tube let go off the bracket and the whole assembly came loose. Had the upper bracket let go I would have lost
the entire gear or worse in rough sea, it could have torn the stern counter out of the boat. There is vibration from the engine
that can cause the nuts to loosen if not self-locking. I was present at the re-installation and made sure of the proper nuts and the torque on the nuts. There is no recommendation for torque; it is done by best force on the wrench. Use Nylocs both outside and also inside of the interior