While Sweet Escape is in the hard we decided the old worn out stripes on her hull needed to be removed and her hull be given a good be buff and polish to show off her beauty. Boy is she looking amazing as she sits on the hard having her bottom painted and waiting for a new rudder. It turns out Sweet Escape’s original rudder could not be repaired and a new one is being fabricated.
Fingers crossed, we are hoping to have Sweet Escape splashed the first week of October so we can give her a good shake down sail or two before we head off to the Keys for Fantasy Fest.
As I was at the boatyard yesterday another boat yard customer walked by shook his head and said “Hunter rudders!” and proceeded to tell me stories of Hunter owners losing their poorly designed/constructed rudders at sea. I have to mention from what I have read, not all Hunter rudders were poorly made, it seems it was during the times when Hunter was cutting costs and corners building their yachts. Anyway, losing your rudder at sea would be a terrifying moment because you would not be able to hold your course in any direction. You might be able improvise to get your yacht to safety or you might ultimately have to abandon your yacht and scuttle her to prevent her from being a danger. In any event we are getting a new rudder!