As I am (re-)searching for a yacht myself I came across this post
It is roughly one year later now but I am wondering if the OP ever came to a conclusion what went wrong with such a horrible outcome ?
While researching I also came across this youtube clip , its from an Oceanis
but might be a similar issue ? and I also found that Beneteau
came up with a solution to strengthen that assembly with a metal brace ?
its in Dutch but clearly the rudder broke free to some defect (if you need I can translate what is said)
anyway , just wanted to see if there was a follow-up and/or conclusion
text from below the clip :
This video shows how the rudder is attached to the steady, a 2007 Beneteau Oceanis
43 from Lelystad. The construction is as strong as its weakest link..in this case one millimeter thin top layer of the plywood
(plywood) in which the rudder with the rudder tube is attached. This is glued with polyester on the plywood
. In force on the rudder may go tearing plywood as my boat is happening. On the Bay of Biscay with depths up to 4,000 meters was found that only the rudder was still stuck to a flange in the storage
locker. The stirring of the fixing sleeve was torn so that the rudder could fall at any moment of the boat resulting in a trough hole in the boat so that it would sink in a few moments. Fortunately a French port location where the Steady could be lifted.