Sweden Yacht 42
“It is a pleasure to sail without the constant noise and power draw of the autopilot.”
From: Richard M.
Sent: 16 September 2018
To: Will Curry
Cc: Gloria Anderson; ‘John Curry’; ‘Sarah Curry’
Subject: Tests after impact
I’m pleased to say that the Hydrovane performed well the very first time we used it on a 480-mile trip from Rabat in Morocco to Arrecife on Lanzarote. It is a pleasure to sail without the constant noise and power draw of the autopilot.
I’m not so pleased to report that this morning the vane was hit by another boat whilst the other boat was attempting to dock. (We were securely berthed at the time.) I was present throughout and the impact was to the drive unit cover which is now broken – I am hoping that there is no other damage.
The shaft still spins freely and everything appears to work. However, I’d like to check that nothing is even slightly bent or out of alignment. What tests should I do to check the vane thoroughly before declaring it ok?
[Editor’s note: Luckily the damage was just to the plastic Frame Case Cover. Phew!]