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Re: Cheeki-Rafiki: Another Shoe Falls
There is nothing normal about the Cheeky Rafiki story. This was not your average production boat, your average delivery or average delivery crew.
The Beneteau 40.7's were serious racer-cruisers with a real emphasis on racer rather than cruisers. They were more tightly engineered than most production boats, and went through way higher quality controls than most production or even semi-custom boats.
Cheeky Rafiki had a hard life. She was raced very hard including in some very tough conditions. She had made multiple trans Atlantic passages. She had an exceptional number of groundings including several that were termed hard groundings. If I remember correctly, she had some damage noted and thought to have been repaired in a manner inconsistent with the surveyor recommendations. And given the location of the damage, in the unlikely case that the delivery crew might have seen those repairs, they would not have any way to know whether they were done properly.
And lastly what ever else you think about production boats, 40.7s were designed to be able to do offshore races and passages, but my belief is that they were never intended to routinely make the type and number of Transatlantic passages that Cheeky Rafiki had done.
Given the nature of the 40.7 and it's hard use and abuse and advancing age, in my opinion the owner should have insisted on a detailed structural survey before a passage across the Atlantic. Had that been done, there is a good chance that the delivery crew would be here today.
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