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Re: Boat owner not paying yard, and title of ownership issues
The only caveat being that things can get complicated when the vessel in question is federally documented and a boatyard or marina, files in state court and gets a title that way.
You wouldn't want to be the one who bought that boat if the owner came back and filed in federal court to challenge the use of the state law to seize and sell his boat.
The federal Commercial Instruments and Maritime Lien Act says expressly that it, not any conflicting state law, controls. (Title 46 USC Section 31307.) Worst case scenario, the sale would be undone, and just possibly the yard would face liability for “conversion”, or civil theft.
Something to keep in mind.
On the northern Gulf of Mexico.
"Best thing to do is get her out on the ocean. If anything's gonna happen, it's gonna happen out there." Captain Ron Rico