boatpoker· Dirt Free
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A marine lien placed by the marina on the boat follows the boat regardless of the owner. I've been involved with several such cases and will be testifying (as to condition & valuation) in one such case this summer. So yes, the buyer could buy the boat then lose it to the lien holder(s).I think some of you are making this unnecessarily complicated. The previous owner -- not the boat -- has a legal obligation to the marina. The new owner has no relationship with the marina. Inanimate objects cannot enter into contracts, only people, or in the case of a corporation an "artificial person," can sign a contract.
The primary issue the new owner faces is the possible lien on the asset (the boat). The secondary issue could be a desire to carry on doing business with the existing marina.