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May I suggest a book? Very good technical breakdowns of the errr... breakdowns that happened in the book. My copy was drowned recently and is a "total loss". Fitting eh?

Total Loss: A Collection of 45 First-hand Accounts of Yacht Losses at Sea with a Summary of the Lessons to be Learned: Jack Coote: 9781574091465: Amazon.com: Books
Med, may I remind you that I own an old (historic even) wooden boat? If I was to read that book, I'd likely never leave the dock.

.. although, if I was feeling particularly nasty, it might make a nice Christmas present for Mrs Wombat.

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Med, may I remind you that I own an old (historic even) wooden boat? If I was to read that book, I'd likely never leave the dock.

.. although, if I was feeling particularly nasty, it might make a nice Christmas present for Mrs Wombat.
Hehe... As a recovering wooden boat owner, I understand.

This one is positively brilliant though. If you haven't read it, as a wooden boat owner, you must!



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Loved it. Met Farley back when we both were looking for a jack boat in Newfie. His search was 'successful'. I bought a GTO in Detroit.
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Med, may I remind you that I own an old (historic even) wooden boat? If I was to read that book, I'd likely never leave the dock.

.. although, if I was feeling particularly nasty, it might make a nice Christmas present for Mrs Wombat.
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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)?
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Re: Malo 45' loses rudder, pulls an All is Lost

Locktite is a good idea, but I'd also be tempted to drill a hole in the bolt and seize it in place somehow. Of course, you wouldn't want to weaken the bolt....

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