The reason I advised him to seek out an attorney is simple. The damage to this boat might be far more extensive than first appears. Also, statements made on the web can be used as evidence against your position and easily discovered.
Iíve sat through lots of maritime trails. You would be astounded because itís not television. People who bring cases before the courts sometimes not just loose their case, they loose everything because they end up responsible for the legal and expert fees
of the winning side.
Once you post something on the web, itís there forever. You have some damage.
You sell the boat. Years later it sinks drowning the new owners. The family
wants to blame somebody. They say you didnít fully disclose, or you hid, the damage and you are partially or fully responsible. They get a sympathetic jury who finds you just partially responsible. Never a good ending.
Take the case of Seaboard Power. Thatís the jack up rig that capsized in Louisiana killing several crew. The owners are using a known maritime law to limit damages to the value of the vessel...which is zero.
Is it ďfairĒ. Heck no.
People get in a boating
or car accident
and somebody has their cell phone
running and somebody asks ďAre you okĒ and you say ďIím fineĒ which means give me a second to unscramble my brains. But you are not ďfineĒ, and the doctors keep you in the hospital for days with eye meter running and your insurance
company tells you that they will not pay anything because of your documented statement.
You are not a doctor...say nothing.
I donít make the rules in this society. We have a hundred times more attorneys than Japan
for example. I posted because I see so many people hurt by the system. Say nothing an find an Attorney, remains in my opinion, sound advice
Happy trails to you.
Mark and crew still looking for the person who scrawled trump on the back of a manatee as they used their beer money
to increase the $25,000 reward.