That's great John, thanks. I forked out for a Hydrovane which is a quality piece of kit and only time I seen them break is in marina collisions. I have tools and some spares. I was thinking more in terms of some sort of drogue thingy in case of bad weather to sea anchor the boat? I have a GPS and a handheld backup but no knowlege of celestial navigation or sextant for the ocean. Is that necessary? I suppose what's really nagging me is solitary confinement for two weeks with a bit of claustrophobia and sensory deprivation thrown in. For fear of sounding like a sissy can it become a problem? Are there ways to deal with it? I mean, if the party gets boring it's not like you can get a cab home is it?