This post will come up in google from now on. May I suggest that you edit your first post to include the outcome?
I can see why you would want to use the forum like this and it appears that the end result was what you were hoping for, so in all fairness to the company, placing the whole story on the first post would enable any pottential customer who sees the thread to find out the ending without having to wade through all the posts.
Looking for Cheverton boats to feature on http://cheverton.org.uk/
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