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Charter company dilemma, need advice!
First, best of luck.
Since you had motored, as you say, several hours away from the marina, there is little chance you have of proving that you did not do the damage yourself. Next time - inspect all sails before leaving the dock. (They can be unlashed and looked at while still on the dock - trouble is, most charterers don''t use them at all and you''ll be asking for a face full of bugs and dust.) Now, how would you lose three days of your vacation by returning to the base? Did you not choose bareboating as your vacation so you could sail? I thought you said that sailing was to be a large part of the trip? If you had returned to the base to have the sail repaired or replaced, seems to me you could have spent much more of your vacation time sailing. It also seems to me that if you had returned to have the sail repaired or replaced, you would have received some most excellent complimentary treatment, whereas now you are just someone who probably ripped the sail raising it and is trying to get out of paying.
Long story short, if you want to motor, don''t bareboat. (Are you aware that you are allowed to have the sails up and still have the motor on?) The marina or charter company offered you a fix for your situation and you didn''t take advantage of it. Read your contract, but I don''t think they have to compensate you for a thing now that it''s all over with. And if you had a great time with that little knowledge, why complain?
Wish I had the money you spent,