Originally Posted by exMaggieDrum
They had a Hydrovane which they liked very much, except, they had to drop the dink and use it to remove the rudder
as it was not removable from on deck
. That may or may not be an issue for you or others but it is a definite concern of mine so I will be checking in to that. The newer models may or may not require that but it looks like they do. I will be dropping in to see them at the Seattle Boat Show
this month and ask.
Unlike Pendulum Servo Vanes, an auxiliary rudder self steering
vane like the Hydrovane actually steers the boat. It has to be solidly built to withstand the pressures and stresses involved in steering
. Makes it next to impossible to design a unit with a kickup rudder that is structurally strong enough and ECONOMICAL to produce.
The real question is why do you need to remove the self steering
vane rudder?? Haven't seen too many people dropping the boats rudder whenever they drop their anchor
or tie up in a marina. There is no need to remove the rudder in most situations. Keep the anti fouling paint
up with each haul out
and leave it. Mine stays in the water
It would be nice to easily remove the rudder on my WindPilot Pacific Plus auxiliary rudder self steering vane for maneuverability in tight situations like marinas
. When not engaged, the self steering rudder is locked on centerline so it doesn't help turning the boat. The boat has a long full keel
and is rudder challenged without the vanes rudder locked on centerline. Made for some serious control issues that I finally solved
by using control lines attached to the wind
of the vane to steer in close quarters. Use the self steering rudder to steer the boat by pulling on lines that mimic wind
input. Since the wind vane's rudder steers the boat so much better than the boats rudder, boat is actually way more maneuverable using the lines to have the vane steer the boat than with the boats rudder. A boat with a fin keel
may not have the issues my boat has.
Grounding is an issue but it's an issue whether the vane is there or not. The self steering rudder shouldn't draw more than the keel of the boat so won't actually come in contact with the bottom before the keel. The same reason that most boat's rudders draw less than the keel. You do have to exercise some caution kedging off but you have to do that whether the vane's rudder is in the water
or not, especially spade rudder boats.
So the question is do you really want an auxiliary rudder vane with all its advantages like emergency
rudder steering, no lines in the cockpit