It's very beautiful !. I built a sailing nesting one from plywood
covered with fiberglass
cloth where the construction type for attaching the cut plywood
to each other to make the curves is called "stitch and glue" while using copper wire for the stitches and reinforcing with fiberglass
It was very light to carry and rowed effortlessly but the wood rotted in time with rainwater. Found the pattern online and modified it from the 14 footer it was designed to be.
Have you gone to see what the damage to the new dinghy is? If it's only cosmetic and they could not fix it to look perfect and they offered to refund the high price
or to make you another, there is also a third solution:
Ask them for a good discount, maybe at their cost or less. This way, you don't have to wait to get another built, or have to buy something else somewhere and besides, you will eventually and naturally mark and scratch it with use, even will get deep dings in it with time. The builder
will be very glad to discount it and be done with it since he will have to discount it to another buyer and you will be enjoying it soon, at a much better price
for the Admiral to accept. Enjoy it!!.