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"Second, buying a brand new boat that has a non disclose damage is a criminal offense in the US, period."
Gents, there's some confusion here.
1-There's no US federal law requiring a boat or vehicle dealer to disclose information, especially if they don't know about it. For HOME sales, there is a burden to disclose known or suspected faults, like asbestos contamination or lead paint, and I believe that's either federal or nearly uniform across the states. But for boats? No.
2-State laws wil vary by state, but again...and especially in FloriDUH, as a number of their own leading papers refer to it, the consumer laws are weak and enforcement usually consists of "Hey, sit down and have a drink."
I doubt Florida has a law requiring disclosure of what a dealer would call "It's been fixed good as new, it isn't a material issue". In any case, criminal fraud requires KNOWLEDGE of the defect, no one has proven that here. There's just one picture of one ugly keel joint, that sure doesn't look very professional from here.
Without getting distracted by the nuances...The question remains, is it fishy or is it foul? [pun intended]
Alex, do you have any larger or clearer pictures?