Since 1968 Derek Daniels of Nottingham, England invented and developed the first Hydrovane Self Steering Wind Vane . Over the years there have been 11 different models although the significant changes occurred in the 70's and 80's. In 2002, Derek retired and sold the business to John and Karen Curry . John is a chartered accountant and a sailor. In the late 1960s he worked on a charter boat in the Carribbean and sailed in the 1968 Transatlantic race on ‘Stormvogel’. In the early 1970s he and his wife to be, Karen, sailed from Panama to Tahiti. It was on that trip that the Curry’s developed a passion for cruising. In 1996 they took their teenage boys out of school for a year and sailed to Mexico for the winter and then back home to Vancouver via Hawaii.
The Hydrovane is still manufactured in Britain by our master craftsman Geoff Town. Sales and management takes place in Vancouver, Canada.
The Hydrovane is exhibited worldwide at boat shows including London, Düsseldorf, Southampton, San Francisco, Annapolis, Seattle and Vancouver. It is also the Corporate Member for Self Steering for ‘World Cruising’, official sponsor for self steering for the Cruising Rally Association's Caribbean 1500 and sponsor of the 'Baja HaHa'. Currently Hydrovane is sponsoring Britain’s Adrian Flanagan in his attempt to circumnavigate the world, solo, non-stop via the two polar regions.
WILL CURRY - In April 2005 Will Curry, son of John & Karen joined Hydrovane in a sales capacity. Will completed his Bachelor of Business Administration including a term in International Marketing in Copenhagen, Denmark. His credentials also include a number of offshore voyages to Mexico, Galapagos, Hawaii and back to Vancouver and he has also served time on the 'dark side' as permanent crew on a 60' Jefferson power boat that he took down to Mexico for a winter. On those trips he became initmate with self steering and watermakers using both types of self steering systems: auxiliary rudder and servo pendulum and both types of watermakers: energy efficient and conventional high output. His passion for boating and knowledge of the business has made him a wonderful addition to the Hydrovane team.
ECHO TEC WATERMAKERS - In 2006, while exhibiting at the Dusseldorf boat show, the Curry's came to know Michael Bauza of Echo Tec Marine in Trinidad. Although a native of Dusseldorf, Michael is now established in Trinidad with a family and an expanding watermaker business. He first had a watermaker repair facility in Chaugaramus, the heart of Caribbean cruising, but soon felt he could do it better and developed a manufacturing facility with a 'best of components' line of products: a 'cruisers' watermaker' and a land based 'Beach House Series'. Both product lines have evolved into new lines for 'mega yachts' and medium sized land facilities for golf courses and small communities. Hydrovane now represents the Echo Tec Watermaker in North America and the UK.
Today’s HYDROVANE retains many features tested during more than 40 years of ocean voyaging. The initial concept was to achieve a better system than the then standard servo pendulums. The variable ratio linkage was the first important development. Major improvements like the ‘adjustable vane axis’, ‘precise course setting’ and the vane and rudder construction combine to make the HYDROVANE more versatile and reliable than any other system. Its ultimate virtue as an emergency backup steering system puts it ‘over the top’.
In the West Vancouver offices John Curry, Will Curry, Karen Curry, Linda Suter and Cynthia Yates are looking forward to helping you with your self steering needs. Or you may find the Hydrovane booth at one of the boat shows where you will see John, Will and Karen.