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The Hydrovane looks like a very nice bit of gear.. a friend mounted one before sailing to and around Mexico's Pacific coast and the Sea of Cortez.
The 'auxillary rudder' feature is a good one, though having to mount it underway would be a chore, I think... I believe that for the most part they relied on their RM autopilot, but did use the vane for the longer legs. It performed well for them AFAIK
Don't think 6" off center would be a huge issue...
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)