“Since leaving Southampton we’ve logged 4,600 miles, and I’d estimate that our Hydrovane steered over 4,500 of them…”
From: Andrew Cooper
Sent: December 15, 2018
To: Will Curry
Cc: Sarah Curry ; John Curry
Subject: Re: Najad 391 – Hydrovane advice
Will, many thanks for this. We arrived safely in St. Vincent last Sunday.
We got the rudder pin out by making a lever from a broomstick, tying it on to the loop at the end of the pin, bearing the end of the stick on to the rudder to exert pulling pressure and then wiggling the pin with a rod through the ring. This allowed us to pull the pin through with very little stress on the shaft and no damage to the hole.
Since leaving Southampton we’ve logged 4,600 miles, and I’d estimate that our Hydrovane steered over 4,500 of them, only giving way for sail changes, very light following winds, landing fish and a couple of night time squalls when we took the genoa off. It performed magnificently and on a boat operating at electricity break even there really was no other way to handle such mileage so efficiently. We were also very pleased that Kelpie was the second fastest monohull on our transatlantic leg after Time Correction Factor adjustments.
Best wishes for Christmas and the new year.