Discovery 47 - 41,000 lbs - Light Airs
“…we had about 1.5 – 2.0 kts of apparent wind, and it just came alive, tilting this way and that and steering a gently meandering course.”
“This thing is magical.”
From: Jean Baillargeon
Date: Jun 28, 2017
Subject: feedback on Hydrovane
To: Will Curry
Nice seeing you and Sarah last night. Glad to hear you are heading out again and who knows we might bump into one another in SF.
As you suggested I also wanted to offer some feedback on my hydrovane’s performance so far.
Helen and I were sailing from Nanaimo up to French Creek a few weeks ago in a very light breeze from the east up the Strait. Maybe 6-8 knots. We set our asymetrical spinaker on a starboard tack with the wind well aft the beam (150-160 degrees) It took a few minutes for the boat to get some way (we’re a heavy 41,000 lbs) But soon we’re ghosting along at about 3.0 – 3.5 kts. I set the hydrovane at its most sensitive setting, we had about 1.5 – 2.0 kts of apparent wind, and it just came alive, tilting this way and that and steering a gently meandering course. I tweaked it a few times to get just the right heading and we just enjoyed a nice quiet ride for the next few hours. This thing is magical.