Thursday, 15 October 2009
"Forever Young" was looking forward to getting back in the water after 5 weeks on the hard. On the morning after her scheduled splash, I noticed she was still on her hard stands. I asked what happened.
A new chainplate was on order from the USA and it had not arrived. A deck mount chainplate is typically used to attach a shroud, forestay or backstay. Customs regulations in Trinidad state that "Yachts in Transit" can import repair parts duty free. On investigation they found the Customs Office had returned the part because "China Plates" are not repair parts for yachts.