Re: Malo 45' loses rudder, pulls an All is Lost
How many rudder bearings does the Malo have? Or for that matter, what is typical for a skeg hung rudder?
On my boat, there is a shoe at the bottom of the skeg that is bolted through the skeg, with loctite on the bolts and then with an epoxy fairing compound over the entire shoe assembly, so I would not expect to have the bolts vibrate out. I then have a rudder bearing where the rudder post enters the hull, and another one where the rudder post comes up through the cockpit and the tiller is attached. Given this, my expectation was always that if the shoe failed, I still had two rudder bearings that would avoid the scenario that seems to have occurred here, where the rudder moved laterally to the point where it tore a hole in the boat. So what is typical (if there is such a thing)?