I've done thousands of nm's on two boats using a Hydrovane
and concur with Robert that using the main rudder
as a trib tab is important. I also found large over lapping genoas are the enemies of the Hydrovane
, I've gone down to a 100% jib
for a couple of reasons, are yet to try it with the Hydrovane, will do so come May.
The type of boat
effects how efficient Hydrovanes work
. New bigger boats are faster in light winds and the rudder
can push the vane around, they now sell a extentable vain as a work
around. Surfing big ocean swells can be a challenge for the Hydrovane rudder as well. Where are powerful autopilot
can compensate for poor sail trim, reefing etc this dosent apply to the Hydrovane on a bigger boat
, you need to get the boat sailing well.