Posted 29 November 2012 - 04:23 PM
Hope I'm on the right forum. Bought a used aluminum bass boat that is over 20 years old, used it on some of the MD. reservoirs for 3 months and there were no leaks. I found I bigger boat that fit my needs better. Put an ad up for the older boat up on craigslist, ad said "as is" but I didn't have a copy of the ad. Buyers call me several months later and say the boat has a huge hole and crack in the bottom.Pictures they e-mailed me didn't look like any holes were in the boat to me, Told them I didn't damage it , knew nothing of the older repair but felt bad and offered to help. Next thing I know I'm in court, judge rules for buyers because they had me write a recipt word for word as they told it to me, almost like they knew what to do.Recipt didn't say "as is " so thats why he ruled for them. I filed a motion because there was alot more information needed to make a fair judgement. That got turned down. Filed a motion to vacate judgement and dismiss thinking we would be back in court, I later learned that it wouldn't be a court date so meanwhile the buyers abandoned the boat in my driveway and when I looked at it they had cut all the wires at the console. I took pictures of the cut wiring, took pictures of the boat sitting in the water with time in date present in the pictures and had over 30 pictures of the boat and its bilge area with no water in the bilge for an hour sitting in the water.I also got a call from my brother and he found the ad I had on craigslist the he printed out, he found it while cleaning out his office with his wife so he gave it to me. Even after notifing the judge that they maliciously cut all the wires,showed him the ad off of craigslist and showed him that they lied in court about the boat leaking and having a huge hole he still turned me down. Didn't give me any reasons so I'm going up to the court house in the AM to get some answers and see what my next move may be. I didn't have an estimate for the wiring damage at the time for the last motion but I will take it with me tomorrow. The boat sold for $1900 and they did almost $750 in damage to the boats wiring. Any thoughts or suggestions would be extremely helpful as I'm out on workmens comp and money is tight. I figure the boat doesn't leak, they damaged the boat probably to the point of being totaled and they lied / purged themselves in court. Sorry for the short book but I felt all the details were necessary if anyone were going to offer any assistance.