Originally Posted by jwalker
Classy Boats, would you like to identify youself, your particular interest in this and indicate the reasons for your posting this on Ribnet.
Identity card has not yet been received but the Sherlocks around may have deduced that I was one of the wronged parties in this drawn out and draining saga.
What I have seen (personal observations based on our experience only) is an industry which appears to feel that it is a law unto itself – where RCD, CE Plates, Coding and Technical Construction Files etc are dismissed as irrelevant with arrogant disdain. These are the things which rightly or wrongly are meant to help in keeping us all safe on the seas – be it for leisure use or on passenger boats.
We have also observed what we think to be a tendency to disregard even the basic tenants of good commercial practice, contract law and the general duty of care – found as between any boat builder/customer or surveyor/client.
The Court has awarded proper reparation for the damages we suffered – and we can ask no more financially. That is, of course, when eventually the professional indemnity insurers get around to paying the final tranche! We can never be recompensed for all the time, risk, sweat and tears that go into fighting something like this.
We, however, bear no malice to anyone involved – in fact the defendants are really nice people.
The objective of bringing this into the open is the same impetus that has driven us to incur £80k legal cost to recover just £50k..
We want to try to make sure that no one else is put through what we have been through. We can see how easily someone could invest their life savings in a dream boat to be left in just the same mess as we were left in – and not be able to fight back.
We hope that we may be able to give a little prompt to those in the industry - builders, surveyors and compliance authorities to take a serious look at what is happening. Discussion on such a forum may help. We hope other will support our view that this is needed.