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Old 03-05-2011, 00:16   #16
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Re: Boat Hauler Trucking Nightmare

Thanks for all the warm wishes everyone.

@Khagan1227 The point about them not being able to transport it without permits is something I considered. He has a support person who seemed to be getting permits for each state on the fly as he crossed the country. That's how they operate since they tend to adjust their course as they go. Neither I nor the maritime attorney I called knew that they would not be able to get permits to take the boat to california if there is a dispute over it. He really tried to make it clear that he wasn't bluffing and would have no problem getting permits to take the boat there and was willing to pay the relatively small expense to have the boat offloaded into a yard in California.

The thing I was weighing was the cost of having the boat transported from Cali vs the extra $3K. I think he had calculated this as well.

Blocking his truck with my car wouldn't have gotten my boat into the water.
But you make a lot of good points about things to do to avoid possible issues.

Deal with trustworthy people is my number one piece of advice, because if someone isn't going to honor a contract, it is just a piece of paper.
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Old 03-05-2011, 11:20   #17
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Re: Boat Hauler Trucking Nightmare Please read this until the end. Very much like your story but not a happy ending.
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Re: Boat Hauler Trucking Nightmare

Just looking at my father's boat insurance renewal documents. in addition to the usual boat policy he has a seperate legal expenses insurance policy that appears to cover all manner of boat related stuff, including suing contractors......not a blank cheque (they have to ok any claim / expenses / use their own lawyers) and only up to £100k - but could be enough to scare another party into settling.

Might be worth checking your boat insurance to see what you have.
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