The Malo 45 is a exceptional well build boat, my guess its a fatal isolated case after thounsands of miles in a TW, i dont know how is made the skeg and lower pintle in the malo 45, or if the skeg is structural or sacrificial since in a one piece mold
construction , glassing the inside of a skeg is kinda dificult and its better done in a half moulds construction, its a semi skeg rudder config and looking at the picture not my favorite setup, me think the lower pintle or heel plate goo leaving the rudder like a regular spade without any support inside since skeg rudders dont need a top support , im glad my old CSY
have 3 strong points in the rudder, lower masive heel plate, bronze stuffing box, and top rudder stock suport.
Also lets say that the rudder made the structural damaged, rudders pintles, bearings , and anything in charge to keep the rudder married with the boat need regular inspections , maintenance
The blue masive skeg broken in half its another example on how dificult is to glass properly this skegs, leaving the builder
with the only option to pour inside a mush of resin in the mould , i dont know the builder
of that boat but clearly the skeg is a piece of ****...
The Hanse i think is the well discuted case of a owner doing a Ap Ram installation
in the rudder stock skipping all the Hanse recomendations about Lever Arm installation
, not Hanse fault, Owner fault.
, hehe,,, when the last time this dudes do any maintenance
in the bottom and rudder..
Alden and contest show again that rudders problems are not only confined to mass production boats...
Pics show the malo rudder and my CSY
skeg rudder, the laminate thicknes in the skeg área are a solid 2 inches fiberglass
, the heel plate its masive in bronze, the top of the rudder stock is troughbolted to a glassed bulkhead with a pillow bearing. even in a remote
scenario i loose the lower bearing still i have my rudder supported by 2 points..