In a letter I was to pen to the Marine surveyor that was hired to asses my boat formerly known as Artful Dodger, I wrote….. “Although you have prevailed in this proceeding it is my sincere hope that you have learned to have a less cavalier and more professional approach to future surveys of vessels. I do not know if you indeed have the required knowledge to professionally assess a vessel adequately or are just lazy. However your attitude and professionalism has been poorly demonstrated. The consequences stemming from your lack of professionalism may have had even more serious consequences than the extensive time and money I have been subjected to in order to correct your failings. God forbid that in the future others suffer more serious, life threatening consequences…”
I have struggled with the idea of calling out the surveyor based near Kingston Ontario, for quite some time now. Initially I was quiet because of the legal action I had brought against him for the extremely deficient survey I received from him for the boat formerly known as “Artful Dodger”. I feel the public should be warned of the real harm that can be done and so I have posted a warning to research well before you hire a marine surveyor.
It is incredulous that the Judge sided with the surveyor’s main witness in believing that the extensive corrosive decay I found after the purchase of “Artful Dodger” was the result of stray current corrosion. This witness had only seen photographs of the corrosion. Many of which you can find in this blog in earlier posts. It is impossible for anyone to unequivocally state from a photo that the corrosion occurred at a particular time. Without a doubt it did not happen in the few months I owned the boat as it was hardly even in the water and I cared for as one does a new child.
At a preliminary arbitration the judge at that time said that, and I paraphrase… “There is no Justice in the court if that is what you are looking for.”
I will soon include here as a PDF attachment my evidences presented to the court and the court’s decision against my case. I will let you decide. I would however caution each of you to research the surveyors you intend to hire. Surveyors come with all maner of Certifications. Some real, some nothing more than a purchased document.
Stay away from anybody that appear to be training. Instead hire an ethical professional.
I began manufacturing a hard dodger a couple days ago. The canvas ones are pretty and all but when you really need a dodger they just won’t stand up. One of those guys pictured above landing on deck and …. well…ya get a wee wet 😛
Progress is slow as I am redesigning it on the hour with each new piece cut out and welded in. I really wish I knew how I manage to measure things incorrectly so often when I am living by the rule of measure twice and cut once. Well it just aint so. I measure 3 or 4 times and yet I am often cutting twice 😦 Thank God welding can help make up for my incompetence. Speaking of welding…. I am slowly improving. I think one major mistake was I wasn’t providing enough power as I was fearful of burning through the steel. I finally turned it up for the gauge and I am now getting much better results albeit my aim still needs improvement.
Manufacturing with steel has some distinct advantages over a fibreglass boat as I can easily (well relative for me) weld the dodger directly to the cabin top. With fibreglass I would be drilling holes and bolting it down with back plates, so I think this is somewhat easier and probably stronger. Now that I have the framing structure in place it is very strong and stable.
I initially considered using plate steel as the roof but I have changed my mind and will now use 3/4 inch plywood as it is much stronger, stiffer actually, and will allow me to stand on top should I need to. I can also insert sweet little windows in the roof flush with the surface by routing a recessed edge.
Yesterday I went into the big smoke to pick up my electronics. It felt a bit like Christmas until I had to pay for them. The it felt a bit like bankruptcy 😛 I will begin installing the hydraulic auto helm in a day or two by manufacturing a base in the lazerette. I can’t start to install the electronics until I get out of the indoor storage as I will have to cut some holes in the steel and the management at the harbour won’t like that too much. Hopefully I will get outside this week. Maybe it will warm up and dry out a bit too. Wouldn’t that be nice 🙂
I am quickly running out of time. I have to return to work the end of May. Bills to pay you know. I figure I have another 2 good weeks to dedicate to the refit. I do have to complete a recertification in Controlled Substances for work and that will be a pain in the butt that no narcotic can alleviate. Aa well the last few days in May I will have to knuckle down and review for the Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) course I have to do.
I have yet again another major repair to undertake before I sail off into the wild blue yonder.
A short time ago I was examining the anchor rollers in their twisted metal Frankenstein like frame to determine how to best manufacture a new and better system than what is there at present. Upon removing a stainless cap on the nose of the bow I noted some rust and a possible hole. When I poked my finger into it the bondo (can you believe it) the previous owners had stuffed in to keep the water out (Hehehehehe…really!) crumbled away revealing a good sized gap. I could literally put my finger in it making me feel a bit like the Dutch boy trying to save his village from the flood streaming out of the dyke.
I now know one of the inlets for the major intrusion of water into the boat that has been the cause of all my repairs and the major headaches.
If you look a little closer you will see something even more disturbing…….
Notice how the deck appears pulled up at the plate where the tack of the sail is attached (silver plate in centre). Well…. This plate had not been welded directly to the stem of the boat and either through the tension of the forestay or a head on collision directly on the bow has caused the deck to buckle. “Bad news me thinks Cap’n”. Any real force applied to the forestay… I am thinking maybe a storm at sea and a very real chance of a DEMASTING 😦 and possible loss of LIFE!
The repair will entail cutting back the wood capped toerail a good 6 inches on either side, cutting a substantial portion out of the bent deck at the tack attachment bar, welding an extension onto the tack bar and welding this directly to the stem which terminated right below the deck. I then of course will need to patch the hole in the bow by welding further patch into the boat…. What?… That makes this about the 12th hole 😦
I have finally realized how appropriate it was that have named the boat the “Artful Dodger”. As Jack Dawkins replied to the perhaps naive Oliver, “Huh! A Friend’s just an enemy in disguise. You can’t trust nobody”.