Originally Posted by Frankschicketanz
And if it was the bankrupt German dealer who damaged the rudder during delivery, am I wrong to assume that Hanse should bear responsibility, since I cannot collect from a company that no longer exists?
Yes, the factory is not responsible for the acts of the dealer, trucker, or skipper. You must show the rudder was defective when it left the factory. Without an expert's opinion to the effect you have no valid claim.