Wavester, I believe the OP (and others here) are recognizing full-failure of that run of boat fabric, which is hardly comparable to getting your truck repaired under terms of its factory warranty. I'm not even sure which components to describe as a similar comparison allowing you that "ah-ha" moment, but start thinking lemon-law issues to get you closer. After all, the fabric showed multiple areas of failure and SOTAR admitted a bad run from their supplier. Hardly an even comparison with your truck. I hope this offers some better perspective, and I hope I'm not out of line here.
My biggest concern is still the fix being "lipstick on a pig" and would have serious concerns if a SIMILAR failure on my vehicle occurred. The pro-ration topic is something I'll have to ponder a bit longer, but definitely would be less concerned on my $3K RMR (which snobs call poverty boats? ? ) than a $6K SOTAR.
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