Originally Posted by Stoo
Other than loosing any possibility of a "good will" response by threatening legal action...
I agree completely with John. As I mentioned above, you buy used, you take your chances.
personally i would always follow up the good will to see where that goes as an amicable solution is always best, while putting together a stronger response to keep in the back pocket for the right time if needed.
the dealer put together a non insurable possibly dangerous boat and should be held accountable. and that does not do anyone in the boating industry any good so personally i would be chasing this firm to get a suitable result.
teaming up with the original buyer who is a "friend" would make a stronger case no doubt as you purchased it second hand from this person. worth a shot i would say
also you have a good engine on the back that should sell easily for reasonably money so that is a bonus, hopefully the honda will pay for a suitable replacement of late vintage