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Old 28 March 2013, 14:42   #1
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Boat legal question?

Hi all, could anyone clarify my position on this? I recently bought a sailboat for a decent price, I have a bill of sale etc, last weekend the owner before the guy I bought the vessel from came to the sailing club and removed my mast, boom and even the damn rigging, there is cctv footage of him doing so also.

How do I stand legally, seeing as the guy is apparently claiming he was not paid in full by the guy I bought it off, although the guy I bought from is saying he is owed a few hundred pounds from the guy he bought it from, if you follow?

Any and all help greatly appreciated and apologies if this is in the wrong place.
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Old 28 March 2013, 14:49   #2
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Let's pretend its a Rib (you'll get an easier ride)

Did the owner you bought it off have a bill of sale for his purchase, signed by the original owner, transferring ownership to him ?

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Old 28 March 2013, 14:54   #3
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I honestly don't know
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Old 28 March 2013, 15:32   #4
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In this country its theft. If you are owned money, you go to the courts for restitution, not taking things back which you believe are yours. I know of numerous cases where the aggrieved 'owner' was prosecuted for theft. I'd be ringing up the police and filing a report, let the court sort it out.
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+ 1 for the police, some bloke who has nothing to do with you has stollen your property, end of story.
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It's not your argument. He's stolen from you. Call the police.
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Old 28 March 2013, 16:00   #7
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+ 1 for the police, some bloke who has nothing to do with you has stollen your property, end of story.
Or if the previous owner hasn't any proof of purchase like a bill of sale then the original owner could well argue that you've bought a "stolen" boat, being that it wasn't your sellers to sell, to you!

Difficult situation, if the boat is now in your name at the sailing club that will help, and I'd call the police like others have said.

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It's theft ! Let the police sort it out.
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Old 28 March 2013, 16:18   #9
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Make sure you call the police before he does!

If he reports it before you then you will be in a difficult situation.

Call them asap.

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Yep. Ring the old bill....
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