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A newcboater at our marina hit my Catalina 27 on the swim ladder and stern pulpit hard enough to put a hole in his Searay hull above the letters! He wants to replace the pulpit himself to avoid insurance claim.i sent him am link from CatalinaDirect.com. The cost is $973 plus shipping and duty to Canada. His choice was to take it home and try to straighten the flattened support. Also, shallow 2" screws pulled out at base. The pulpit is shifted slightly forward in starboard side. Should I let him install it or insist on local marina mechanic specialized in sailboat repair? Could also pull the plug as I've sent an e-mail to my insurance reporting incident. The marina has a statement of him accepting liability(he did try to flee though but other boaters stopped him). Nice guys sometimes burn
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Re: Bang, ouch

Let a professional fix your boat, the guy that hit you should have insurance. Unless he is an established marine mechanic w a good reputation I would not let him touch my boat... There could be other small hidden damage items that could lead to leaks or fiberglass delamination later on in time... get it done right, you are the one in charge here...

Sorry about the damage, hope everything works out for you...

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Re: Bang, ouch

I agree that someone OTHER than the culprit should do the repair... If you agree to let him do it he (1) may never get around to it, (2) will likely do a poor job.
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Re: Bang, ouch

Sorry, but it is not his choice how it gets fixed but your right to have it put back professionally into the state it was before his unfortunate accident.
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Re: Bang, ouch

Tried to flee (reflects on his standards), doesn't understand engineering (fixing flattened pulpit tubing) probably doesn't know how to ensure new installation is watertight through the deck, or that the deck may need some repair and strengthening...

It is hard enough to find an alleged professional who is in the business that will actually do it right. Don't waste your time, tell the man if he doesn't want you to put through the insurance claim, he's got one week, seven days no more, to see the professional you've chosen, pay the man up front, and have the repair done the way you want it done. By a professional.

That is more than fair.

Rashly assuming you might be in the US, state or federal laws usually require filing a police report when the value of an accident exceeds a specific threshold, and with a thousand dollar pulpit, you (and he) are probably required to file anyway.
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Re: Bang, ouch

I agree with the others, he shouldn't be the one doing the repair. I might consider letting him buy the ladder if it's cheaper than the actual repair person can get it, or source supplies as long as the repair person thinks they are of acceptable quality. But, otherwise, I'd want someone qualified to do the work.
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Re: Bang, ouch

Trying to flee is a reflection of his ethics. My concern is that it would never be right and you would have zero recourse to have it corrected. Get a pro to do it. If it's not right, they will fix it.
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Re: Bang, ouch

What everyone above me has said, for the most part.

His insurance company should take care of it, and they should send a surveyor to inspect the damages to your boat. The other option is for you to go through your own insurance company and let them seek recovery from the other party's insurer for the recovery of your deductible.

Letting him take care of it is not a good idea. At all.
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Re: Bang, ouch

Yup...

Keep him out of it. All you need to deal with is the insurance company or companies.

Regardless if you pay someone or do it yourself. If it were me I would get estimates for the full on repair and then decide if I'm going to pay someone else or pay myself to do it.

Either way, keep this clown as far away from your boat as possible.
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Re: Bang, ouch

Sounds to me as if some bolts pulled through your deck as well, meaning there is some glass/epoxy work to be done.
You may be trying to be nice but don't do it at your own expense. Get an estimate from someone YOU are comfortable doing the work and IF he still wants to pay out of pocket then so be it. Betcha he lets insurance handle it...
The old bent pulpit will never be the same, ever.
If he drove his motorboat into your sailboat how much boating experience do you think this fellow has? Meaning he probably has no clue as to how to do a good repair to YOUR boat.
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