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Old 07-14-2008
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Two years ago 3 Hylas 54s lost their rudder between the U.S. and the Caribbean. I was told that Hylas claimed is was a designed failure in case of grounding - even though the keel extended way below the rudder tip. I spoke to one owner ( his boat was new) who said the replacement rudder was of the same design; there was nothing but foam and fibreglass in the bottom third. He had the rudder refabricated with steel webbing in St. Maarten before reinstalling it.
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