Originally Posted by roverhi
The wind only powering of the rudder by the HydroVane seemed iffy to me in light winds. No personal experience however.
Not sure I agree with this statement, I have a 40 foot, steel
, long keel, centre cockpit ketch
with a Hydrovane and my experience is that if there is enough wind to sail, the Hydrovane works.
We sailed in company with a boat with a Monitor, who admittedly had painted the vane with their countries flag so it was probably heavier than it should have been, and they could not use it below 10 knots of wind, we can use ours from about 6 knots upwards and very nearly dead down wind it works as well.
Ours has done about 36,000 miles for us.
Maybe 3 times in 20 years have we had to help the steering
in extreme conditions or waves coming at right angles to the wave train, just a 1/2 turn on the ships wheel
is all that is required until the vane comes back off it's stop
If you are thinking of a centre cockpit
boat, then think carefully about the friction of the ropes leading to the wheel
with a servo pendulum type unless it is the hybrid Windpilot type or you can rig up an aft tiller
Before we bought a vane, because our boat is a one off, we put together an information pack, designer
plans, photos, scale drawings ect and mailed it out to about four or five wind vane manufacturers
We chose Hydrovane because
Monitor told us we would never be able
to fit a wind vane to our vessel.
2 other did not reply
Wind pilot want me to give him a 10 percent payment before he would supply any fitting suggestions
Hydrovane replied with 1 week with a 1:10 scale drawing of how to fit the device and a price
, they also were only 2 hours away from where I lived.