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Re: Chartering and mechanical failures -- next steps
Yep- I agree with SteveInMD; they owe you an apology, but you haven't really mentioned if they are asking you to pay for damages. Are they? If things happened exactly as you mentioned above, it looks like just a case of poorly maintained rigging. They may come at you with "did you do a pre-sail inspection?", not that you'd really be able to tell if a bolt was ready to crack, but sometimes they can look rather obvious... just all depends. In those kinds of conditions (in moderate air it sounds like?) the tension on the shrouds should have been unloading a bit going from close to broad reach, suggesting there was some old hardware in need of replacing if it broke that easily, which boils down to proper preventive maintenance.
Last edited by Irunbird; 01-29-2013 at 09:07 AM.