Just watched the whole episode, very sobering as said above. Boat wasn't so old, 2006 model but no knowing what has happened to the rudder at this stage. 3 days and nights before eventually getting to a safe anchorage, great determination shown - and patience. Interesting in some of the regattas we participate in we have to declare that we have a known method of steering the boat if the rudder drops off - just goes to show how difficult it really is. We tried steering the boat once, just for fun, without using the rudder just by trimming the sails, we could steer the boat to an extent, but the rudder was still hanging there so this may have helped in some way - how easy it would be without the rudder and in less favourable seas is a bit unknown - you never really get a chance to practice this.
The crew did an amazing job and kept extraordinarily calm for a frightening 4 nights, great support from the coastguard too.
I have no knowledge of drogue steering personally and admit the following video does look like it is in very benign conditions, but a drogue of some sort does seem to have potential at least if there is little swell and light winds....and should help yawing if being towed.
Amazing attitude shown to overcome a serious issue !
I am curious about the rudder shaft construction and sizing as near the end of the video there is an underwater view of the snapped shaft - does this model have a s/s and carbon composite rudder shaft as the s/s shaft looks very small diameter ?. Our 43DS 2001 by comparison has a solid s/s shaft of what appears to be approx 75 or 100mm.
Does anyone know the dimensions and construction of the rudder shaft ?
There's a forum post from the old site at jeanneau.proboards.com/thread/2634/rudder-problems that talks about rudder problems with multiple Jeanneau models. There were some pictures posted, but they are no longer visible. Does anyone have a local copy of the pictures? I'd like to see what the issue is/was.