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What would you like to know about this please?
Sorry if I am missing the point but what is the defamation?
I'm really sorry but I am afraid it is quite unlikely that a court is going to accept that saying a person launched a powerboat without permission amounts to a defamation.
A defamation is something that causes such damage to a persons' reputation that they would be shunned by society. Accusing somebody of a sexual attack would be a good example. This is nothing like I'm afraid. It is a simple misunderstanding if wrong that can be corrected by explaining.
If you are intent then you need to send them a letter before action but it isn't a good idea as you will lose and have to pay their costs which will be onerous.
Can I clarify anything for you?
I am really sorry but I still cannot agree that this amounts to a statement sufficient to be defamation.
If it is know that the statement was incorrect then what damage has your reputation suffered?
The trouble is that issuing and pursuing this if they contest it will cost in excess of £10k and if you lose you will have to pay his costs.