Originally Posted by sailingfool
This is a dead end idea ... the legal costs of any such litigation would likely exceed the value of the boat, tough to get such a proposition to work out, since here in the USA you can't get the loser to pick up your legal costs...
Maybe so, but defending themselves might exceed the cost to finish the repairs
as well. A single threatening legal letter is pretty cheap. Start with good faith, get a thorough estimate and present it to the offender.