by a little scratch I do not mean our ripped cleat
. Actually we didn't leave any new scratches and subsequently we were not charged for them. But the way the boat was inspected by the owner, his repairman and the diver suggested to us that 1) the boat had seen a fair amount of damage done to it before (much of the inside is worn out, cabinet/doorways don't close, etc), 2) the owner wouldn't be too flexible with minor things.
xymotic, as far as 90 euros, perhaps you would like to reimburse me? What the hay, if it's very little money to you, why don't you wire me, say, 200?
Pardon me but I think it is up to me to decide whether 90 euros is worth something to me or not. It sure is a big part of my graduate school tuition.
Fact of the matter is, there were 2 cleats
; one previously repaired (with visible sealant); one was not; The one that was repaired ripped during a typical parking job - when the other did not. These things are not supposed to rip even in abnormal conditions.
We even thought of fixing it ourselves before turning in the boat, but an old yachtsman told not to: "it's a solid piece - the owner is the one responsible."
But, OK, the owner has his truth. What pisses me off the most is that we had to deal with the owner directly in the first place. What did we pay the broker, HELLENIC CHARTERS, for? I was their customer and I wanted them to resolve the issue - they didn't.