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Moody 39 - Big Following Seas
“I am very pleased to say that my Hydrovane has performed excellently in all conditions.”
“I have been cruising non stop ever since December ’89. I am very pleased to say that my Hydrovane has performed excellently in all conditions. It is particularly good downwind and holds an excellent course, even with big following seas. Having exchanged views with many skippers it is obvious that many windvanes are fairly weak on that point of sail. Mechanically it has stood up very well and has required minimal maintenance.”
Owner of Moody 39
Just to let you know I have steered them over the Atlantic and half the Pacific. They cannot manage without me, I am so clever.
Harriet the Hydrovane on Susquehanna
Fare-Huahine, Isles Sous Le Vent, French Polynesia
June 25, 2002
Spencer 1330 - Switch from Servo
“As we had sailed many miles successfully with the pendulum system we were, initially, very hesitant to try an alternative mechanical steering product.”
“Particularly, the downwind light air performance is remarkable!”
“We have sailed with mechanical self steering systems since 1987 and have accumulated in excess of 42,000 sea miles exclusively using vane steering. Prior to purchasing the Hydrovane we had been using a popular brand pendulum system with fine results. We did, however, tire of the cockpit being interfered with by the steering lines led from the pendulum system. As we had sailed many miles successfully with the pendulum system we were, initially, very hesitant to try an alternative mechanical steering product.
After three years and 10,000 sea miles of Hydrovane steering, we are absolutely delighted. Particularly, the downwind light air performance is remarkable! The vane has been totally maintenance free and is exceptionally easy to engage/disengage. Thank you for a very fine product. It is an absolute pleasure to sail with the Hydrovane!”
Owner of a Spencer 1330 (45′)
Langley, B.C., Canada (currently in Malaysia)
Falmouth to Lanzarote – Hanse 400
“Great installation – off center to keep dropdown transom fully functional”
“The vane has been used for a number of overnight passages and has been working well.”
Sorry about the delay in replying. I wanted to be able to use the vane before responding.
We have now sailed from Falmouth(UK) via Spain and Portugal to Lanzarote.
The vane has been used for a number of overnight passages and has been working well.
It would be absolutely perfect if it could also stand watches during the night !
I have attached some photos as well