In early May, after the Qualifier 105 had
nearly completed its annual maintenance, we discovered a
problem with a fuel tank.
The problem is non-structural but unfortunately,
given its location, it will be prohibitively expensive to
had hoped to be able to run trips after August 20th,
but as of this week, after exploring all current options, I
have been forced to conclude for many reasons that the Q
cannot operate any trips during the 2012 season.
Our passengers’ primary concern involves
trip deposits. I
want to assure everyone that once we understood the
magnitude of the problem, the Qualifier organization stopped
taking new reservations and ceased cashing any deposit
checks held or received by the company.
We would like to be in a position to return all
deposits immediately to anyone who requests a refund,
however, the Qualifier Corporation does not have the cash to
refund all deposits at this time.
We are working to resolve the deposit situation for
all passengers but unfortunately it may take time to work
through this problem.
Below are the options available at this
time for passengers with deposits:
A. The Qualifier can try to move
your deposit to one of the following vessels that have
agreed to work with the Q in closing operations: Vagabond,
Searcher, Royal Polaris, Spirit of Adventure, Shogun,
American Angler, and Royal Star.
Simply calling another vessel and making
a reservation will not ensure that your deposit can be
moved. It is a place to start if you like, but it is just
the first step. In order to have deposit honored by another
boat, customers must call or e-mail the Qualifier with the
following information so that we can attempt to work out the
specifics if possible:
(1) Passenger Name
(2) Q-105 trip # and dates
(3) Name of alternate boat
(4) Alternate trip dates and trip #
(5) E-mail requests should specify “Trip
Transfer Request” in the subject line.
We will not be able to transfer deposits
to all boat on all trips. The Qualifier will do what we can
to get our customers fishing using current deposits however
it is a complicated and time consuming task. If we encounter
a problem with a transfer on a specific trip and there are
alternate options we will call and inform you.
B. If passengers choose not to
move their deposit to another vessel, we are hopeful that
the Qualifier will be able to raise enough money to refund
their deposits in the future.
However, prospects for generating additional
resources are limited, this option is uncertain and will
likely take a significant amount of time.
As a friend of most of the Qualifier
105’s customers, I understand the frustration and
disappointment this situation has caused.
Failing passengers and friends in this way is very
difficult for me.
For decades I have worked hard to ensure that the
Qualifier meets the needs of its passengers and provides a
quality fishing experience for every angler.
Unfortunately, the recent problems with the boat have
created an enormous challenge.
The Qualifier organization is working diligently to
craft a way that minimizes the impacts this situation will
have on all the Q’s customers.
Please be patient and I will keep you informed as
soon as I have additional information.
I look forward to speaking to each of my friends and
Thank you Linda Palm and Christina for your generous support
to me and my family.
President, Qualifier 105 Sportfishing,