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Just curious if anyone know if there is a lemon law for boats. Just bought a boat over 30 ft that I paid almost $300,000 for. I'm getting ready to make my 3rd payment on it and its been in the shop 4 times now and needs to go back again. I'm so pissed off, I cant see straight. Its the most expensive boat I've ever owned & had the worst luck will it and its a brand name boat. PUZZLED
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My friend lemon-law'd his boat years ago... but that was in CA and I think it's based on the State.
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Sorry to say, no lemon law for boats in FL.
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Dang, sorry to hear that. I hope you get relief soon and get out there!
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Lemon Law is a state thing. Not sure what the rules are in Virginia (it appears OP is in Virginia). I doubt boats are covered by lemon law.
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you need to read up on The Magnuson-Moss Act and then if you feel you have an issue consult with an attorney in your state that deals with Magnuson-Moss and boats (if you can find one that specific)

the Magnuson-Moss does not have a buy back requirement, but it does have requirements laid out as to following what the provided warranty calls for and if a company has been found to have violated what their given warranty calls for there is possible financial compensation
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Another reason to have a complete professional survey(s) done on a new boat.
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Originally Posted by letsfish View Post
Just curious if anyone know if there is a lemon law for boats. Just bought a boat over 30 ft that I paid almost $300,000 for. I'm getting ready to make my 3rd payment on it and its been in the shop 4 times now and needs to go back again. I'm so pissed off, I cant see straight. Its the most expensive boat I've ever owned & had the worst luck will it and its a brand name boat. PUZZLED
Is it the same problem or various different ones? Lemon Laws in some states require the same issue multiple times unable to be resolved. Sorry to hear about your negative experience, it sucks to be out of the water. Has the dealer tried to make it right?
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I have nothing to offer, except I feel for you and I wish you better luck. Hopefully it’s just shaking the bugs out of poor QC at the factory and you will be good to go.

Maybe getting a survey done now will find any more problems in one shot so you can end the death by a thousand cuts situation.
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Post the boat manufacturer, the dealer, and the problems you've had. Otherwise this thread is useless.
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This is a brand new boat I assume?
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Originally Posted by tripleseaz View Post
Post the boat manufacturer, the dealer, and the problems you've had. Otherwise this thread is useless.
Not really, he asked for legal advice. A bunch of guys trashing the boat or dealer isn't going to help his situation.
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We don’t need the brand but it would be proper to list the issues to date. Some boaters think a defective bilge pump is a major problem , some don’t. You may be nowhere near lemon law.
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Originally Posted by sjef View Post
Not really, he asked for legal advice. A bunch of guys trashing the boat or dealer isn't going to help his situation.
Without listing the problems it could be electronics, could be motor, could be trailer, etc etc. So without details this is pretty useless.
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Originally Posted by sjef View Post
Not really, he asked for legal advice. A bunch of guys trashing the boat or dealer isn't going to help his situation.
come on I love a good GW or BW bash thread
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Brand?
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What are the issues?

Why was this moved?
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Originally Posted by letsfish View Post
Just curious if anyone know if there is a lemon law for boats. Just bought a boat over 30 ft that I paid almost $300,000 for. I'm getting ready to make my 3rd payment on it and its been in the shop 4 times now and needs to go back again. I'm so pissed off, I cant see straight. Its the most expensive boat I've ever owned & had the worst luck will it and its a brand name boat. PUZZLED
I don't think that any state's "lemon laws " apply to boats

What are the issues?

You know that most new boats have a punch list of issues that pop up the first couple seasons? Every boat I have ever bought has had 1-3 dozen items to take care of in years 1-3. I dont know a single person that has received a "perfect" or close to perfect new boat. what most people do is make a list at the end of each season and let the dealer fix during off season.

of course, you didnt mention your issues so we dont know if they are impacting operation or sea worthiness

Yachts can have hundreds of issues that need to be corrected so consider yourself lucky if its only a few non-critical issues.

Did you have the boat surveyed? Did you sea trial before closing? Always do that on a new boat! Never make final payment until you "accept" the boat
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Are the problems really defects in design, material, or workmanship or just things you want to be different, tuned, or adjusted?
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Big problems? Punch list items? I feel for you, spend the money and want a quality reasonably trouble free product. That being said, with no additional information, the dealer has had you back in for service 4 times - it appears they are trying to take care of you. In some areas you could not get a boat in once for service over the summer months.

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