SailNet Community - View Single Post - Malo 45' loses rudder, pulls an All is Lost
View Single Post
Old 06-30-2014
Group9's Avatar
Group9 Group9 is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 1,765
Thanks: 22
Thanked 70 Times in 68 Posts
Rep Power: 5
Group9 is on a distinguished road
Re: Malo 45' loses rudder, pulls an All is Lost

Sorry they lost the boat, but it sure sounds like they were a competent crew who did pretty much everything that could be done to save it. Sure reads better than a lot of attempts you read about where they abandoned the boat way early.

One common denominator I am starting to notice, or think I am noticing, is the use of the autopilot in heavy seas, before rudder loss. Perhaps a human, taking hold every once in a while, would be more apt to notice the strains on the steering gear before failure. One of the nice things about the old fashioned belt and pulley autopilots was that they usually give way before the rudder did when strains get too much. That happened with mine one time in some seas that were hitting the boat from a bad angle. If I had had a stronger autopilot, I wonder if my rudder would have broken first instead.
On the northern Gulf of Mexico.

"Best thing to do is get her out on the ocean. If anything's gonna happen, it's gonna happen out there." Captain Ron Rico

Last edited by Group9; 06-30-2014 at 04:41 PM.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook