Originally Posted by foojin
is expensive. This week they quoted me a boat show price
in US dollars even though we are neighbours in Canada
. After conversion, the vane delivered is almost CAD$8,000 before installation
My wife did a rough calc, figures we'd be pushing up against $10,000 when all was said and done.
But I think it is a good product. Expect they are not cheap
to build and market.
Might try Fleming
(flemingselfsteer.com) and WindPilot (windpilot.com) for an Auxiliary rudder
vane. Don't know if they'd be cheaper but are alternatives to the Hydrovane
. Have a WindPilot Pacific Plus and it's done an excellent job of steering
in the worst conditions for vane steering
, DDW. Vane will steer the boat
if there is enough wind
to deflect the windvane
or if the boat will sail at all with a tiller pilot for steering input.
Wonder where your additional $2,000 costs are coming from?? Installed the WindPilot Pacific Plus on my boat in a downpour, wearing full set of 'foulies', by myself in a little over an hour. Basically it's just positioning the vane, drilling for the mounting bolts and bolting it up. Even if I had to buy all the tools, drill motor
, drills, socket set, Lanocote, backing plates
, and caulk wouldn't add up to $300. Both the WindPilot and the Hydrovane are simple bolt on installations for a a flat transom boat. If you have a Canoe Stern or other difficult installation
, that could make it more expensive to install but still not $2,000 cost.
If you want to go with a Pendulum Servo Vane like a Monitor/Aries/Sailomat, etc., they come up on the used market for under $2,000. You have to figure out where the steering control lines to the wheel/tiller are going to run and the cost of a wheel
adapter if needed but installation costs should still be way less than your estimate.