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Re: Hydrovane and motoring
The Hydrovane was the choice of a friend of ours who took his Passport 40 to Mexico from the PNW. This is a very meticulous, detail oriented retired pilot who researched to the nth degree.
The off center mount was a big factor, I believe - centerline ladder too. Ultimately he was pleased with it, but in reality used the AP more, except on the longer runs and crossings. I don't believe he left the rudder on when not actively in use... abd I don't believe he ever tried to remove/replace it underway.
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)