Don't really want to criticise Lee and Kevin at Solent.
Truth is that boat was in final stages of built when jwalker saw the pictures (in fact first time I had seen the boat). Communication between builder and me had not been perfect - build occurred late Jul to end Sep with my Dad dying mid August - and when I visited the hangar a number of major issues were wrong - including the location of the throttle which meant a new top of the console, and wrong back rests. There was thus a lot of discussion that afternoon involving specifying some major changes. These were, to be fair, specifications I had placed in writing in June, but some of them had not travelled safely from the Solent office to the hangar!
Lee and Kevin were totally helpful, and admitted the mistakes, and the changes were made promptly within the quote.
Moral - visit builder regularly during build - mis communications / lost communication DO occur.
Thus there were major changes being made to the boat, and when I called the following day to suggest further changes to the strake and fairlead assembly, it was probably human nature for Lee to groan, look at his build schedule, and seek the lowest time delay solution - "leave the assembly as it is and suggest that jwalker was being overly concerned". Like a twat, I agreed in the interest of getting the boat before the end of September.
Moral - have courage in your convictions and in the advice of experts, and do not let yourself be influenced by well meaning but commercially inevitably expedient boat builders.
Remember, I was a real beginner at the time (still am
Both Farfetched and Tombuoy - both Soent Ribs - were damaged on Saturday at the same time and for the same reason. Other Solent owners please take note.
Dave / Harry - what are you going to do about repair - and about protection in the future?