Re: Malo 45' loses rudder, pulls an All is Lost
I know it's hard to be there and easy to play armchair skipper.
I had the same thought as MedSailor: Why not try to jetison the rudder? Then there is either no hole or a small hole to worry about and you at least have a floating island while you figure out the next part of the plan. The rudder wasn't helping them at all.
If I ever have a skeg boat I hope that the rudder stock and bearings are beefy enough to handle failure of the skeg. That doesn't seem to be an uncommon failure point.
boats that I sail on regularly: Pearson 28-2, Rondar 505, Yankee 30, Blanchard Junior