If this is your first visit, please click the Sign Up now button to begin the process of creating your account so you can begin posting on our forums! The Sign Up process will only take up about a minute of two of your time.

Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter
Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 11 to 16 of 16
  1. #11
    Registered BBB725's Avatar
    My Boats:
    39 Nortech CC
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Wi/ Fl Keys
    Quote Originally Posted by BraceYourself View Post
    The lawyer will be the only one to win in a boat lawsuit. However, if you're really pissed off, sue the individual, plan on loosing more money, wasting a lot of time, increasing your stress, but in the end have the satisfaction of the courts saying you are in the right, however no legal recourse to collect on damages. These guys are smart and have great ways to pass the buck and protect their assets.
    I've been thru something similar with an engine builder, went to court spent the money and time, and was still never made whole again. It's very frustrating but IMO the above comment is correct only the lawyers will come out ahead.

  2. #12
    Platinum Member Platinum Member socalstone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Lake Norman, NC
    Unfortunately, I've had to resort to small claims a few times over the years. It can work. It's up to the judge and how clearly you present your case. Documentation is huge, so having that well organized means a lot more to a judge than just your word against his. It sucks to have to do it, but when deadbeats don't take responsibility for their actions, sometimes you have to hold them responsible. I've won and lost, but even when I lost, I still felt good, knowing that I dragged that POS into court and made him squirm. Just keep your expectations low and don't let yourself lose sleep over it. -you'll come out alright. Good luck.

  3. #13
    Registered DURANGOKID59's Avatar
    My Boats:
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Traverse City MI
    Thamks for the input guys. I think I have all my ducks in a row, and hope that I come out on top, but I wont hold my breathe until I hear the judge tell me Im good to go. I know it's only 2400 and loss of the majority of this summers boating season, but I think Id rather try and win than just roll over and feel like I got screwed out of what I paid hard earned money for. I guess we'll see, filing the paper work here in a few days and see what happens.

  4. #14
    My Boats:
    Top Gun Twin Step
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Medina Ohio
    I agree with Seafordguy. Let the court sort it out. At the end of the day it is an unfortunate situation for all involved. The inconvenience of being without a boat, having to be towed in twice, additional phone calls, courts, and a lot of aggravation takes the fun out of boating. Unfortunatley the marine service industry has become overwhelmed with fly by night car mechanics that try and apply their trade to marine engines. Unfortunatley if the mechanic agrees to fix the eronious repairs that he alledgedly made, do you really want them to do the work anyway? No one will win here It's time and $ for everyone involved. Due diligiance is necessary when picking out a good service shop. My 2c.


  5. #15
    Platinum Member Charter Member
    My Boats:
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    so. WI
    Quote Originally Posted by BBB725 View Post
    only the lawyers will come out ahead.
    This is true all too often. I do all of my own repairs-cars, trucks, boats, house, everything. I just got way too tired of hiring things done only to have them screwed up by neanderthals and knuckle-draggers.
    I have an excellent local machinist whom I trust, and if I do the rest of the work, I know it's done right.
    Boating can be expensive, and things DO break. It may be in your best interest to do your own work. If you're not mechanically inclined or just plain don't want to get involved in 'self-inflicted' repairs with equipment/tool purchases, there is an enormous pool of boaters to call upon when things break- many are willing to help; just look at the tremendous pool of good folks here on OSO! Ask around your area about machinists too- the good ones have a tendency to shine high above the bad in reputation.

  6. #16
    Gold Member Gold Member Iggy's Avatar
    My Boats:
    '88 Formula F-206 LS
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Kissimmee, Florida
    The first mechanic subletted the head work to a machine shop here locally, and all the mechanic did was disassemble and reassemble when it was complete. I actually think it was the machine shop that is at fault for the bad/wrong machine work, but I was told I would need to take the mechanic to small claims because he subletted the repairs to the machine shop. In turn, he can then go after the machine shop if he so chooses.
    Exactly right. My employer deals with vendors that manufacture parts for us under a purchase order. If the parts are found to be defective we return the to that vendor. Now, if they had another source do the work that was found to be defective, then it's the original vendors problem to get it corrected or paid for.

    Example: A local shop built some close tolerance parts for us out of aluminum. The parts were sent a local plating house to be black anodized. The plater left them in the etching tank too long (4 minutes instead of 30-45 seconds) and they came to us in an undersize condition, totally unusable. We sent them back, machine shop had to remake all the parts then back charged the plater for everything.

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Similar Threads

  1. Environmentalists Sue Over Yellowstone Snowmobiles
    By CAP071 in forum General Boating Discussion
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 11-11-2004, 07:41 AM
  2. Fountain Sue
    By Jana in forum Fountain
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 04-18-2003, 09:07 PM
  3. OT: Who should I sue?
    By dockrocker in forum General Boating Discussion
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 08-29-2002, 07:30 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:14 AM.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 4.2.0
Copyright © 2016 vBulletin Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1
Original Poster In Postbit provided by Original Poster In Postbit v1.0.0 (Free) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2016 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Copyright 2011 OffShoreOnly. All rights reserved.