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Rudder lost at sea and rescue

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Much less harrowing than Doug Sabbag's tale.
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Stumbled on this story at the csbb forum: Viewfinder

Much less harrowing than Doug Sabbag's tale.
Pretty sad story. The first rudder hit a submerged object. It was "repaired" with poor workmanship and poor welding. It failed pretty quickly but like the first time they made it to shore for repairs.. They then had the rudder re-built a second time and again a sad case of sloppy workmanship clearly caused the rudder to fall off completely...

I doubt we'll ever know much about the rudder repairs as Jim seems like a pretty hands off guy and very trusting of the yard monkeys.. In this case the term MONKEY'S might be a compliment to the schmucks who screwed him over...... Very sad story, but at least they are safe...

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Re: Rudder lost at sea and rescue

That's a great story Caleb. One of the main points of vulnerability on any boat seems to be the rudder.. They can get knocked out of commission by stuff in the water, by groundings, or just simply breaking. As posted before, I made up an emergency rudder set-up that stows away fairly easily and could be assembled/installed in a couple of hours if necessary. Some of the vane steering units also have emergency rudder capability. Having some kind of basic steering option when a rudder breaks would seem to me to be a priority for any boat going more than say 10 miles out of sight of land.
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They could have let the shipwrights on board the big ship help them build a transom hung rudder of some sort instead of abandoning ship!
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. Having some kind of basic steering option when a rudder breaks would seem to me to be a priority for any boat going more than say 10 miles out of sight of land.
I agree with you completely. Even a large oar or a pair of "homer" paint buckets like they have at Home Depot would have worked as a kedge anchor.

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They could have let the shipwrights on board the big ship help them build a transom hung rudder of some sort instead of abandoning ship!
Realistically this wouldn't be all that easy. And then who's to say the new rudder wouldn't also fail after a bit of use.

In the mean time a very expensive big ship has to stay around. It'd probably be more expensive for that large ship to stay where it was for a couple hours than the smaller ship was worth.
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Re: Rudder lost at sea and rescue

I could only get back a few days to see earler blogs of the Viewfunder.
Is there anymore information about the experience of the crew?
Who was the captain of this vessel?

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Re: Rudder lost at sea and rescue

eh.. me thinks they wanted to be rid of the boat...

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Re: Rudder lost at sea and rescue

That boat was well equipped too. Davits, rescue raft, solar..And from reading his blog. Just seems the "captain" was too willing to let her go. Wouldn't we use a reefed main and jib to try and balance the boat if we lost a rudder? I dunno.. just guessing, wondering what McGiver woulda done.
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