We contacted Larry on Jan 14, 2017 and invited him to come on board to review the findings of Bill Trenkle with us and take the theft and damage claims. We were extending an olive branch to work together to determine what was the truth.
On Jan 16, Wayne Scott authorized him to come on board and told him to “investigate and report to underwriters on all matters listed please.”
Inspection of Areas and Items in Dispute
Larry came on board on Jan 17. He inspected, verbally confirmed and took pictures of the following and other areas:
- Main beam – No stress cracks in the anchor lockers or in the berths where attached to the main beam. He admitted they did not get into the anchor locker during the June survey since there were lines and fenders in the lockers.
- Forward beam – No movement of the forward beam brackets evident on the outside or inside. Larry acknowledged that the forward beam design allowed it to twist on the bracket when under load from the anchor.
- Minor mast surround leak – was due to the salon roof flexing, not the main beam flexing.
- Minor water leaks around the front windows was due to the curved designed of the surface, resulting in it being difficult to get a good seal. It had nothing to do with the beam flexing.
- The remaining turnbuckles, were not stripped, in good condition and functional.
Larry wrote up the claims for the damage and theft which Al signed and told us that he would send all of this information to Wayne Scott.
We felt vindicated. Larry openly admitted that John Koon’s report, which he was involved with, was incorrect. He agreed one-by-one that each of major flaws portrayed in the report did NOT exist.
We thought this mess would soon be over. Finally, the truth would be shared.