May 19, 2016 Larry Montgomery, a marine surveyor and Lloyd’s agent arrived on Dragonfly. He again reiterated the responsibility of the insurance company to make this right. He listened to Al’s description of the dismasting, he took pictures and identified areas that needed to be repaired for the scope of work.
Larry advised Al, that it would be best to have the work done in the states, because there were limited resources in Hawaii. His experience was that no one would take full responsibility for the entire project. Therefore, he would assist Al in identifying a solution for getting Dragonfly to CA for the repair.
More “feel good” and promises
At no time, did Larry question the validity of the claim, identify any areas of concern or request to talk with any of the crew. Larry stated that we needed to track our expenses and anything reasonable would be reimbursed, even travel due to illness or business.
Larry took an active role in providing the scope of work documents to vendors and acquiring estimates.
Al talked with Mark Spink at Blue Water Insurance and he told us once the estimates had been turned in, we should have a settlement within two weeks.
Scope of work completed
May 22 the scope of work was completed and distributed to the vendors in Hawaii and California.
We felt everything was progressing well and Al left Hawaii on May 25th to California to meet with prospective vendors and then go home to be with Jill during her continued medical evaluation.
However, little did we know of the ulterior motives that Larry apparently had.