I cannot believe it is almost a month ago since this all happened. Anyway, I have been extremely frustrated to say the least. The insurance company appointed an assessor from their panel who is based here in Jersey. It took him 4 days to get to Alderney and then came back and met with me a week later. He requested a couple of photographs from me of the torn hypalon etc. This was a rather strange request because, would you not think having been to look and asess the Rib he would have taken his own photographs?! In the meanwhile I gathered 3 quotes/estimates and promptly forwarded these to the insurance company as requested. A week later the assessor was to have submitted his report, only to find out that he 'swanned' off on a short holiday to France. My hands were tied, the broker's hands were tied and there was nothing the insurance company could do without this chap's report. When he finally did manage to send me a copy of his preamble to the report, he spoke of PVC, triple gluing overlocking, my goodness the chap did not have a clue what he was talking about as far as ribs are concerned. It always frightens me when non-rib people start spouting off about ribs, and as we all know, ribs are not your average GRP type boats. A lot of specialist knowledge is required.
To end this post, the quote from Scorpion has been accepted and my boat will be placed on a ship in Alderney, taken to Weymouth and then on to Lymington - probably be back in time for Christmas
A hard 'bow nose' will be manufactured, new tapered tubes (from Nick Gilbertson- have you started yet, Nick?) supplied and fitted with the valves on the outside! A couple of other mods will be done at the same time.
I trust I will then have a FANTASTIC Rib....I ordered the Raymarine RL70C Plus plotter as well as the Tri-data Raymarine auto-helm....hmmm need to order that fridge for the large locker.