Schutzie doesn't have a dog in this fight, but wanted to offer an opinion about the "replacement" offer.
The boat was 4 years old when the issue surfaced. The manufacturer offered to replace the defective boat with a new one, less depreciation.
I mean, defective or not, the owner got 4 years of use out of the boat, doesn't that count for something?
Harsh to have to pay 70% (or whatever) of the price of a new boat to replace a defective one, but then again; you got 4 good years out of the boat. You get a new boat. Consider it $1,000 a year "rental" or "lease" or whatever makes your crank ....... crank.
And for the manufacturer; if indeed it was bad material, replace, replace, replace. Your reputation is at stake.
Schutzie, he doesn't much care how this ends up, but loves the dialogue.