Ta Chiao built CT 47 - 15 Tons
“It says something, I think, that 25 years later Hydrovane is still around and upgraded to an even better design than when I first discovered it. The other vane manufacturer is not.”
From: John Shugar
Sent: Sunday, March 05, 2006 5:49 PM
To: Will Curry
Subject: Vane specs/parts sheet
The vane worked great! AS I knew it would given my past experience with the RVG unit.
On Feb. 10th we finally relaunched Windsweptt II. My step-son flew in from Pensylvannia (after a day’s delay for the 18″ snow they got) and we sailed the boat back south to our area. We motored throughout the night but by morning we had 18-20 knots of apparent wind. First time we sailed the boat, new mailsail and everything to shake out. But the vane steered the course as steady as it could in 5-6 foot of slop, variable wind directions and strength.
My stepson couldn’t believe how well it steered the boat. We had motored all night utilizing the auto pilot and that didn’t really hold the course at all……yawing 15-20 degrees around the course. The vane held to a degree or two!
From: John Sugar
Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2006 7:40 AM
To: John Curry
Of course you can use my quote on the vane. I have waited years to get my hands on the Hydrovane and have had quite a bit of discussion with others about it already.
Thanks for all your help and wish you continued success on sales. Incidentally, the first time I coveted the Hydrovane was 25 + years ago when I built a boat from a bare hull. That was a tight budget project and I couldn’t afford to buy the Hydrovane so I used a competitor’s unit that simply was not rugged enough for the boat and the way I sailed it. It failed three different times, the last on a 13 day trip from Florida’s west coast to Bermuda with my 66 year old mother as crew! We had to hand steer the last 10 days through absolutely the worst weather I have sailed in on the Atlantic!
But it has all worked out. I sold that boat with the vane and now I have an even grander boat, and although she is almost 4,000 lbs heavier, the Hydrovane handles her with ease!I look forward to many more sailings with no problems.
It says something, I think, that 25 years later Hydrovane is still around and upgraded to an even better design than when I first discovered it. The other vane manufacturer is not.