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Old 12-05-2011
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We were down to a choice of Hydrovane and Monitor and started doing the really detailed research. Because the Hydrovane steers the boat rather than steering the wheel like a Monitor it must have a much stronger mount and often transoms have to be reinforced. Our transom is very strongly built so that was not a problem. What was the problem that our boat was built with a variety of hoses (exhaust, bilge, fuel vent) looping up and then down inside the transom. Having to remove and reroute all of these would have been a nightmare. With the Monitor you only have to drill four holes and mount the unit with fender washers - whole thing took about a day. Monitor make an emergency steering option but I no nothing more about it than it exists. We have been very pleased with the Monitor and can recommend it.
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Finished the circumnavigation in early February in Grenada. Have to work on a book project for the next several months so the boat will be waiting for next year.
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