Hydrovane self steering system has been installed


The Hydrovane self steering system was installed in two sessions, at the first time one pipe was too short as a result of a misunderstanding. But the delivery was as prompt as the first time. At the second attempt the installation could be finished.

The quick response time and the uncomplicated replacement of the right length of pipe improved the first impression on the Hydrovane team - competence. The whole "deal"  starting with questionnaire, offer, order, delivery and after sales service is absolutely first class.

The whole lot arrived in 5 boxes, packed as if they would travel 5 times around the world under worst conditions, what I want to say is, it cannot be better protected! The packaging material could be used to build houses.

In the meantime the Hydrovane is installed - the instructions need a bit more than English for beginners, but with some more time and careful reading and following the procedure, the vane gear is assembled.

The base connections to the stern need the most care, because that is the most important point, to get it right. The rest of the assembly is not too difficult, as long as you follow the instructions.

Our holidays from 27th of May to 26th of June 2005 was the main trial and test for our "Minna", so we call her.

We started from Fécamp to Poole, after that we went to Guernsey, Sark, Jersey, Iles Chaussey, Sark, Alderney, Cherbourg and via St.Vaast back to Fécamp.

The Hydrovane was verry easy to adjust and was running superb from the first moment without any problems. We have had a lot of opportunities to test her on all courses and wind between 2 and 6 Bft with some gusts. I can only write the verry best about our „Minna“ and recommend it to the whole sailing community.


The Test

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