Well...I can finally conclude this thread...As I expected, I did not receive anything for the damage. The contract
I signed stated that I was responsible for how everything was loaded when it was picked up in New York
even though I was in Hawaii
at the time. The statement by the trucker that he would load the mast and furling
on special beds on the side of his trailer(see attached photo
from their web site) was only here say and not in the contract
. The yard that de-commissioned the rig told the EMI (Evans Motorsport Inc) not to put the rig on the coach roof. But again...this is here say.
I will add the only reason I received a denial letter was persistence on my part...a phone
call every 2 weeks and when the Insurance broker (Judd Leonard) stopped returning calls, I finally had to go to the Insurance commission board of his state to light a fire under his ass.
Situations like this are of no benefit unless I can find a positive note from all this and pass that on to the boating
community. So here is my suggestions...
1) Before anything is signed, get a copy of the trucking companies cargo and liability insurance.
2) READ THE CONTRACT! If you cannot be there for the loading (often times we can't), be sure you are not responsible for the loading of the boat and it's rig. If that means making your own contract to them...DO IT! It's your nickle, they need to be accountable for their actions.
3) Do not give the driver the balance of the funds until the boat is off loaded and you have inspected the boat inside and out and the rig.
To show you the difference in this company and another one I used in 2004. I had my Ingrid 38 moved from Washington
State to California
. A metal handle had rubbed against the sitka spuce main mast and produced a 1"x 3" gouge. The driver pointed it out to me and immediately called his boss and apologized. They offered to fix it. I had a rigger on the premises look at it and told me it was no big deal. So I excused it and fixed it myself. So there is a big difference how these guys operate.
To conclude, I have dismantled the furler
and will go to a distributor for the parts
. See you on the water