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ldquo;Three grand that were….plus fifteen hundred for the stainless anchor, up top.” I wasn’t just impressed but amazed when my searching fingers found the loose end of the chain and the loose shackle next to it. Quickly realizing he must have forgotten to attach the brand new chain to the boat, I seized the moment, withdrew the shiny shackle and said seriously, “Mm, well if you ever do put this nice new chain into that dirty old water, you’d better remember to tie it on with this!” and I dropped it into his hand. Realisation dawning, he sagged visibly. “Ooh, bloody hell” with a Christian Louboutin Sale trace of a Yorkshire accent, “Ooh, you won’t tell the wife about this, will ya?” You’d give a grand in cash to relive a moment like that, wouldn’t you? He was very quiet for the rest of the survey. Disaster is always lurking for the unwary and is never far away. One awful day a couple of years ago I had a survey on a large powerboat for a Doctor client. From the moment we met my client had largely ignored me and brought along some posh mates for the survey Christian Louboutin outlet day. It was clear from minute one he had his own agenda and when I had Cheap Christian Louboutin tried to explain the vessel was now considered a workplace and all through the pre-inspection drill I was talked down and ignored. Finally, he grandly stood up and handed everyone a sheet of paper and said, “Right ho, you do your survey, we’ll do ours and we will meet on the bridge in an hour to compare notes.” With that, off he rushed and fell immediately down the engine hatch and disappeared. Thunderstruck, we hauled him out after his doctor yachtie mates pronounced him unhurt apart from severe winding Christian Louboutin Pumps Outlet and bruises. He was extremely lucky not to have been severely hurt and was shaken enough to meekly hand over the reigns to me once more. “Well,” I murmured consolingly, “this really is what I am here to do in the first place.” Secretly, I had been terrified he had broken his back in the fall….phew, Christian Louboutin Store what a day! In many cases, surveyors encounter total hostility from the boat owner and if the broker conspires with him, God help you. I was at Manly and had to inspect a beautiful timber Halvorsen Cruiser. The owner, a German was Christian Louboutin glaring at me and wouldn’t even return my greeting. The broker, someone I hadn’t met before, clearly was the spokesman for them. “Don’t take too long, don’t touch or damage anything and don’t expect to find anything wrong with the boat, he is a retired boat builder and he won’t appreciate any meddling!” We hauled the boat on the slip and I was about to sound the bottom with the wooden hammer end when the bristling owner confronted me…. “Vot choo gonna do vis dat?” “…Well, I am going to…” “Don’t choo bloody toucha zis boat vis dat hammer, no knife, no bloody spike, doan go near it!” “Ok then, tell me how I am supposed to sound the timber, you are a boat builder aren’t you?” “OK mate, you test ze boat vis your knuckle like zis!” and he rapped on the boats bottom. “Like zis, get it!” “Ok” I said handing him the hammer, “You survey the boat and I’ll learn how you do it!” Angrily, he snatched my little toffee hammer, threw it on the ground and started to rap on the boat with his knuckles. After he’d done that for about two feet he’d hurt his hand enough to stop. “Now you..come on, you are ze clever surveyor!” “No, no,” I said, “You are going a good job, only another thirty feet left.” After another two knuckle bruising minutes he’d really had enough.
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