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Old 30-01-2010, 12:53   #1
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Butterfly Repairs

The latest instalment of the blog from the owners of Butterfly, a Fastcat 445, makes interesting reading: of Butterfly and Barnacle.

I realise that this is not the place to settle disputes between customers and vendors, so I won't go there, but would just like to say that I find it bizarre in the extreme that the builder of this cat - only the fourth one launched - is not moving heaven and earth to (1) repair what appears to be a pretty serious structural failure, and (2) find out why it happened to ensure it won't happen again - as I understand it there has been one more of these Fastcats launched since Butterfly and more are in build. If it were my boat-building business I would be flying to Grenada to find out as much as I could and put it right on this and future boats.

In addition to the cracked bulkhead the owners of Butterfly are busy repairing cracked transoms and a leaking (built-in) fuel tank amongst other things. I have no doubt that when repairs are complete they will have a structurally sound boat and can finally get on with sailing, which is of course what they want to be doing - but what a shame that they've had to go through all this aggravation and expense.

Am I alone in thinking this?
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Old 30-01-2010, 13:20   #2
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I know if anything in my line of work were to fail in this manner, I would be sending a team to investigate the problem.

It would also seem to be in the very best interests of a manufacturer to take advantage of the live testing this couple have conducted, and simply use the data for further design and development of the product.

I hope this boat is set right soon, and these nice folks can head on their way without as much worry as surely has been planted firmly in their minds.
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