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2 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime and Civil Litigation for Washington on
Q: Can I sue a marina that gave my boat to the previous owner?

The marina claimed that the title I just received from the state was counterfeit and blocked my access to getting the boat in the water or on a trailer and then put it on either the water or a trailer for the previous owner effectively stealing my $40,000 yacht

T. Augustus Claus
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answered on Nov 2, 2023

Yes, you may be able to sue a marina that gave your boat to the previous owner. Under Washington law, a marina has a duty to protect the property of its customers. If the marina breached this duty by giving your boat to the previous owner, you may be able to recover damages for the loss of your... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime and Civil Litigation for Washington on
Q: Can I sue a marina that gave my boat to the previous owner?

The marina claimed that the title I just received from the state was counterfeit and blocked my access to getting the boat in the water or on a trailer and then put it on either the water or a trailer for the previous owner effectively stealing my $40,000 yacht

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answered on Nov 18, 2023

If a marina has wrongfully given your boat to the previous owner, especially after claiming your title was counterfeit, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. The key issues here would be the marina's basis for determining the title was counterfeit and their decision to release the boat to... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Admiralty / Maritime and Business Law for Washington on
Q: Can a captain charge deckhands for gear/supplies as he deems fit?

Normal deductions are food/fuel. The following are extra.

2 examples.

A captain from another boat needs to borrow a grapple hook. With the captains permission a deckhand takes the hook to the other boat and helps with the task. The hook is accidentally left on the other boat and... View More

Brent Bowden
Brent Bowden
answered on Mar 27, 2023

I think the answer depends on how the crew is being paid. It is also potentially not a WA answer if the work is being done in Alaska.

In WA, an employer cannot charge an employee for broke/lost equipment unless it was an intentional or dishonest act that caused it to be lost/broken. I...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law and Admiralty / Maritime for Washington on
Q: Can it be construed as threatening to tell someone if they do not pay you what they owe you you will take them to court?

Basically my old boss owes me decent amount of money. He has no intention of paying it. I don’t want to have to go through the legal process.

If I were to sit down with him and basically tell him

“So you owe xxxx. You know you do. I know you do. I don’t want to have to make... View More

Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
answered on Mar 22, 2023

Threatening to take someone to court if they do not pay a legitimate debt is legal.

Threatening someone with violence if they do not pay a debt is NOT legal.

1 Answer | Asked in Admiralty / Maritime for Washington on
Q: I'm trying to find whom discharged admiralty bonds

I have someone locked up that wants to discharge his admiralty bonds

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 11, 2021

Your question remains open for three weeks, and you may be losing valuable time awaiting a response here. You could reach out to maritime law firms in the Washington area (see the tab above - Find a Lawyer) to discuss. An attorney may want to know more about the events giving rise to any... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and Admiralty / Maritime for Washington on
Q: What is the proper way to go about transferring a stimulus relief payment that was issued to the wrong person?

My client is a fisherman and owner of a boat/company. He went on a temporary medical leave and transferred the name on his business permit to a long term employee. The employee subsequently filed an application for the seafood trade relief program. He obtained a near $18,000 check from the USDA,... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 14, 2021

I'm sorry your question remains open for three weeks. At this point, you could reach out to tax attorneys in Washington State. There's a link above (Find-a-Lawyer), or you could search online on your own. Maritime attorneys aren't likely to know about the issues you raise - a tax... View More

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