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Skeleton Crew Sailing - Watkins 36 CC

ROARING FORTIES:  “…the Hydrovane held up above any expectations. In the heat of my last 4 days before pulling into Valdivia, Chile I was in 65ft seas and 50 gusting 60 kts of wind.”

Documentary in the works for SKELETON CREW SAILING: Skeleton Crew Sailing is a living, evolving story about a Navy Veteran and his friend breaking from a near decade of confinement by embarking on an Odyssey to circumnavigate South America. Partnered with the non-profit MISSION 22, our aim is to expose the lack of any transitionary program for veterans in their return to civilian life.

Check out: https://www.skeletoncrewsailing.com/

From: Skeleton Crew Sailing
Sent: July 31, 2018
To: gloria@hydrovane.com
Subject: Re: Hydrovane SKELETON CREW

Hey guys,

Taylor here. Our team is all over the states now. Raising funds for our documentary doing speaking events and what not.

Winter time set in hard down in the Roaring Forties… I must say, the Hydrovane held up above any expectations. In the heat of my last 4 days before pulling into Valdivia, Chile I was in 65ft seas and 50 gusting 60 kts of wind. Beyond impressed with the ease of installation and performance of your product, I’ll be recommending it to every person I meet on the water.

One man I met in Valdivia said he’s already in talks with y’all about installing one on his own boat down there.

Anyways, as I said before, we’re all over the states now. If y’all have any events or such you’d like us to speak at and tell everyone first hand how well the Hydrovane holds up, please give me a call or email anytime.

Until then, Hold Fast.
Taylor

Skeleton Crew Sailing
https://www.patreon.com/skeletoncrewsailing

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Moody 38

“…we managed to install the Hydrovane last weekend and used it while sailing from Gibraltar to Morocco without any problems”

From: Jan Reichel
Sent: August 2, 2018
To: Will Curry
Cc: John Curry ; Sarah Curry
Subject: Moody 38 – Hydrovane model VXA2D Pictures

Hi Will,

I’d just to inform you, we managed to install the Hydrovane last weekend and used it while sailing from Gibraltar to Morocco without any problems. Just with very light wind from the back we had to adjust it sometimes. I’m really happy so far and will use it hopefully most of the time during sailing to South Africa via Brazil the next month.

Thank you again for your support!

Best Regards
Jan

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XC 38

“FAB-YOU-LUS Hydrovane.

She is everything I had hoped for… and more. Working perfectly in light or heavy air on all points of sail. …despite the massive offset on our stern.”

From: Ian Miller
Date: August 2, 2018
To: Will Curry
Subject: RE: XC-38 – Hydrovane model VXA2D L(shaft length)/H/E Photos and spares

Hello Will,

I just wanted to report back to you about our FAB-YOU-LUS Hydrovane.

She is everything I had hoped for… and more. Working perfectly in light or heavy air on all points of sail. …despite the massive offset on our stern.

I am attaching some photos and sending a short video in another email.

All best wishes

Ian

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Beneteau 47.7

“Came thru a gale on day 3. HydroVane performed great.”

From: Dave Sitarski
Sent: June 30, 2018
To: HydroVane Will Curry
Subject: Stuck Pin

Hello Will,

I have the HydroVane installed on my 2002 Beneteau First 47.7. Installed last year in Alameda CA.

We just sailed from Portland Oregon back to Alameda. Came thru a gale on day 3. HydroVane performed great.

I was going to move the rudder, only to find the pin stuck. Tried giving it a nudge with a light plastic hammer. Moved just a bit. By using a screw driver in the loop end it did move around but still not wanting to come out.

It installed as usual with no problems. I installed in Astoria Oregon just before heading out to sea.
Is it possible the pin bent? Hard to tell.

Any suggestions so I do not damage any thing.

[Editor’s Reponse: If the rudder pin is stuck it could be that a bit of metal or debris is jammed inside the pin hole or the pin is bent.  If bent, you may have to try and hammer the pin tip straight or cut off the end that might be damaged.  Hopefully you can get it sorted without too much force.  We now have new super duplex locking pins that are over 200% stronger than the old 316 type.  We recommend using those for both the shaft and rudder pin.]

Thanks

Dave

Beneteau Idylle 13.5

“So my first use of the Hydrovane was to survive….Thank you “Thing””

From: Sallie Beauchamp
Sent: July 26, 2018
To: Gloria Anderson
Subject: my vane

Hello all,Attaching some install pics. Feel free to use along with this story.

Good news is we are in Burnt Store Marina, off the hard and in water for shake down sails and small projects. Sallie has named the HydroVane “Thing” as in “Adams Family TV show.

Coming south in Charlotte Harbor from boat yard to marina we were hit with massive thunder storm for over an hour with 40 mph steady winds….gusts much higher…horizontal rain and zero visibility. Surrounded by shoals and being blown backwards towards big mean concrete bridge even with engine wide open. If nose got turned I had to fall off to get enough boat speed to get rudder authority to try to get back into the wind.

Rapidly running out of room for this I luckily thought of my new Hydrovane, put it in manual mode, and used it along with the wheel. The boat immediately responded and quickly turned against the storm.

Even under these conditions I noted the load on the HydroVane rudder was extremely light. Finally got to a place where I could anchor as an escape technique and road out storm. Our new Mantus Anchor stopped the boat immediately in high winds.

So my first use of the Hydrovane was to survive….Thank you “Thing”

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Outbound 46

“So easy to deploy and “just works”.”

From: Anders Rhodin
Sent: July 8, 2018
To: Will Curry
Subject: Our Hydrovane is now operational

Hi Will,
We haven’t named it yet, but it might be “Bob”.
It’s on our new Outbound 46, Horizon. We’ve tested in now for a couple of days and it works great. So easy to deploy and “just works”.

I have one question about a humming noise that comes and goes. Think it’s the rudder vibrating. Seems to be mostly when the vane are standing tall. Anything we can do to avoid or minimize these vibrations?

[Editor’s Note: Working on a solution – involves squaring off the trailing edge of the Rudder]

I also noticed that there’s play in the shaft. I can move the shaft approximately 1 mm sideways both at the top and bottom. Is that normal?

[Editor’s Note: Yes, that is normal]

Thanks and regards,
/Anders

Hallberg Rassy 43

Tunisia to Spain: “The trip took three days and we had conditions ranging from very light winds to a F6 downwind run with 2 meter following seas. The Hydrovane (Doris) performed brilliantly throughout the journey and kept us on course the whole time.”

From: Steve Neal
Sent: July 2, 2018
To: Will Curry
Subject: Re: Hydrovane Mounted on HR 43

Hi Will,

Firstly, I have to say I’m very impressed with our new Hydrovane. We made our first voyage with it this week, from Tunisia to Spain. The trip took three days and we had conditions ranging from very light winds to a F6 downwind run with 2 meter following seas. The Hydrovane (Doris) performed brilliantly throughout the journey and kept us on course the whole time. We’re very happy we made the decision to install her. You can see her in action on our Facebook page.

The only problem that has persisted has been the vibration we noticed while motoring, as mentioned in our last email. I’ve attached a video clip with sound so that you can hear the noise we’re getting, both outside and inside the boat as it resonates through the hull. We notice the noise much more at speed, anything below 5 kts and it’s very infrequent. Anything above 6 kts and it becomes much more frequent and much louder.

[Editor’s Note: Currently working on a solution to this. We also sometimes hear it on our current boat, Jeanneau 43, only at faster speeds. We never experienced it on our Beneteau First 405. Solution involves squaring off the rudder’s trailing edge.]

Best regards, Steve.

Spencer 42

“… this time running three days of steady 30 knots.”

From: Michael Mullin
Sent:  June 19, 2018
To: Sarah Curry
Subject: Re: Back in service

She (we call our faithful helper “Ananda”) got us to Ensenada , see the palms, again this time running three days of steady 30 knots. Didn’t need help, either. Post repair post strong gale foto.

Wish our diesel motor was as reliable, are (again!) dealing w major trouble.

Keep well, hydrovane rules!

Hanse 325

“…all the money spent on my Saltwhistle your Hydrovane is by a million miles the best value.”

From: Steve Hawen
Sent: June 15, 2018
To: will@hydrovane.com
Subject: Saltwhistle

Hi Will , first sail today with the new addition! I have to say that all the money spent on my Saltwhistle your Hydrovane is by a million miles the best value. I am sure you have heard this a million times but so easy to fit and use . Love it already. Thanks team.

Stéve

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Pearson 424

“We just did our first sea trial and were very impressed—beer and sandwiches without a whisper of fuss. Hector, our windvane, steered perfectly throughout lunch. Gotta love him.”

From: Thom Bland
Sent: June 16, 2018
To: Will Curry
Subject: Re: Hydrovane Photos

Hello you two,

Just wanted to let you know that I don’t need a new stay tube. Seems I cut it correctly after all—-will wonders never cease?

We just did our first sea trial and were very impressed—beer and sandwiches without a whisper of fuss. Hector, our windvane, steered perfectly throughout lunch. Gotta love him

The unit does NOT adjust easily when we try to put the actual vane into irons. Is that just a matter of washing and lubing him or is that a common problem?

[Editor’s Note: for a stiff course adjustment gear on any older unit, yes, try washing with fresh water and soap. No lubricant! If that doesn’t work, try reaming out the two Worm Bearings just slightly – see Operation & Troubleshooting Guide]

Thanks again for all of your excellent help and advice

All the best
Thom
SV Dumela

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Duncanson 34

“So far I have done just over 750nm and the hydrovane has been fantastic, just about to do another 400nm hop up to Brisbane from Newcastle with a good blow from astern the whole way.”

From: Nigel Fox
Sent: June 17, 2018
To: Will Curry
Subject: Re: The bin

Hi Will,
Will send more photos when the water gets that much more tropical blue and desirable at some secluded anchorage around Oct, November time.

So far I have done just over 750nm and the hydrovane has been fantastic, just about to do another 400nm hop up to Brisbane from Newcastle with a good blow from astern the whole way. By the time I get to Townsville I should have a couple of thousand NM under the Hydrovane so will do you one then at the moment shes been working well in 31knots this coming hop should be all 20-25knots wind the whole way so some good time should be had. 😉

Hope all is well with you & the family. When ever you visited Newcastle? Plenty of people here remember your visit so seeing my Hydrovane has brought out many a comment from long term residents of the marine here.

[Editor’s note: we (Sarah and Will) made landfall in Coffs Harbour, Australia in 2014.. and enjoyed the Newcastle Yacht Club for a few nights as we hopped down the NSW coast to Sydney. Great spot!]

Cheers
Nige

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Island Packet 38

“I had an intermittent issue with my autopilot coming into Ecuador and I was unsure if I should take off for Polynesia, 3500 miles away. But preferentially using my Hydrovane, it was a non-issue and depart I did.”

From: Seth Sherman [sent via Iridium]
Sent: May 23, 2018
To: will@hydrovane.com
Subject: Serendipity HV & W&S

Hey Will-

Two things today:

1. I had an intermittent issue with my autopilot coming into Ecuador and I was unsure if I should take off for Polynesia, 3500 miles away. But preferentially using my Hydrovane, it was a non-issue and depart I did. Getting better at and gaining confidence with my Hydrovane, I hardly ever use my autopilot with the sails up. (Feel free to use this to market your wonderful product).

2. I was getting an unusual color pattern last night: 2 red flashes at intervals between 1-20 minutes, but NOT every 5 seconds, which according to the manual, would have indicated faulty wiring. The unit seems to otherwise be working well. When the batteries are not fully charged, I’m getting about 5A @ 5k (but never 10A). The converter was never hot to the touch. Now that the batteries are fully charged (14.10V), I’m getting the expected one short green q 5 seconds. Anything I should be concerned about? The wiring looks correct to me.

Thanks and best regards,

Seth

Gallart 13.50 Motorsailor

“Sincerely I believe that it has been a great investment”

From: Jose Maria Vazqez Perez
Sent: May 21, 2018
To: Will Curry
Cc: John Curry
Subject: Re: Instalation hydrovane

Hi Will

I tested the Hydrovane …. was wonderful, low wind but perfect.

Sincerely I believe that it has been a great investment

Many thank best regards
Citando

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Custom Alloy Motorsailor - 25 Ton

Report on passage Vancouver to Hawaii: “Hydrovane worked great. Didn’t even require much trimming of sails. Lazy man’s steering. Best thing on the boat without a doubt.”

From: P. Harris
Sent: May 15, 2018
To: Will Curry
Subject: Re: Minke

Hi Will,

I’m now back in Hong Kong – alas, by airliner. Left the boat in Hawaii for now. Weather was terrible all the way, making arrival a bit later than I could tolerate to continue into the typhoon belt.

Hydrovane worked great. Didn’t even require much trimming of sails. Lazy man’s steering. Best thing on the boat without a doubt. (NB: I don’t easily admit when a product is good, so this is quite an endorsement, not that you need it.)

Little recommendation: in the next change to the system, make a slot for the windvane mount to slide into. The current arrangement, with the only support coming from the tightness of the screw, is not nearly enough in my opinion. I tied my windvane on, but I would have lost it otherwise. The vane worked loose a couple times.

Thanks again for your kind help.

All best,
Paul

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Simpson Steel Pilothouse Cutter

“We quickly figured out how to use the Hydrovane. It proved itself invaluable the moment the sun set…”

From: Red Herring
Sent: May 10, 2018
To: Sarah Curry
Cc: Gloria Anderson; Will Curry
Subject: Re: Hydrovane delivered RODRIGUEZ / WATKINS 180079

Hi Sarah,

We are in Bodega Bay right now waiting out a storm. We will likely leave Sunday to finish the run down to Ensenada. Where are you headed? We will be on the lookout for SV Kaiquest.

Yes, that is the Gold Star Marine website. www.goldstarmarine.com. Bill is a new addition to the team as their “sailboat guy” and he did an excellent job getting our hydrovane installed.

We left Port Townsend April 30th to make our way out Juan de Fuca with a destination of Ensenada. We quickly figured out how to use the Hydrovane. It proved itself invaluable the moment the sun set and I could sit and enjoy the evening instead of hold the helm. We hand-steered for only a few hours in our six day trip to Bodega Bay. I do the majority of the helming and it was a revelation to have both my hands free to help in the sail trimming and to just sit and enjoy a hot tea.

There are a bunch of photos of our new Hydrovane in use on the website svredherring.com and at our twitter: https://twitter.com/SV_RedHerring

Jen

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