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Old 09-10-2011
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Pearson 32 Missing Rudder

Owned this 1982 Pearson since 1986. Sailing back from Erie Islands to Toledo, heavy seas on the beam, double reef. Lost steering, checked internal steering linkage and rudder post OK. Towed to Toledo. Went swimming, no rudder. Rudder post intact, stainless rudder plate (about which the fiberglass rudder is molded) weld torn and plate bent. Any known similar failures and/or replacement sources?
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