This blog aims to share a little of our life on board Temptress of Down and our sailing adventures wherever in the world we happen to wash up. Having spent 2016 sailing across the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific from Grenada to Malaysia we settled in Singapore for a couple of years. In April 2019 we decided to continue our circumnavigation but first joined Sail Malaysia’s Passage To The East so we can explore Borneo in company.

Fair Winds

Susie & Kevin
SY Temptress of Down

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  1. Hi,
    Our namesiare Franz and Shirley. We are sailing since 2012 around the world.
    During crossing the Bass Straight from Tasmania to Sydney our rudder broke off.
    We were towed 55 nm to Lake Entrance by the waterpolice of Australia.
    We ordered a rudderstock and frame from Jeanneau France. which arrived last week.
    We are trying to obtain a drawing from Jeanneau but so far without success.
    Do you have a contact within the Jeanneau organisation or elsewhere who could provide us with an original drawing of the rudder.
    Our boat is a Sun Odyssey 45.2 build in 2002.
    Best regards. Franz Maschke.


  2. Hello there! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this post to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!


  3. Hi Kevin and Susie, I hope you are well and having a great time aboard of Temptress of Down.

    While doing some research on how to rebuild my Rudder – Jeanneau 49 – I came across the Jeanneau Owners (https://www.jeanneau-owners.com/hintsandtips/RudderrebuildSO47.html) post on which your details where shared.

    During a passage from Colombia to Panama, I encounter a thunder storm leaving me a float for 2 days and crashing against the reef. As you can imagine, the rudder was damaged. I tried to rebuild within the conditions but was not the best solution, after this, COVID put all countries into lockdown. I could not attend the boat for close to 2 years. I live in Australia and the boat was anchored in Panama.

    Early this year, I managed to access the boat and crossed the Panama canal and seek protection in a marina located in the Pacific side. I am planning to return to Panama in January to address the maintenance including the Rudder.

    Would be possible for you to guide me on how to plan the rudder back to the original plan? Thank you in advance.


    • Hi Luiz
      Sorry to hear about your rudder damage. We do have the moulds for our rudder stored at JWS in Southsea, UK but I’m not certain whether that will help given that your boat is in Panama but happy to discuss via email – temptressofdown at gmail dot com. Susie


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