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Old 07 March 2008, 08:40   #11
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Tell us exactly where yard it is.

Just for the record, could you give us the full name and address of the yard. Also, if you can post a picture, we know where to avoid.

Write a log of your memories of dealings with the yard from day one up to today. Date everything where possible and make very detailed notes of telecon's with the yard. How you achieve this is up to you. Then, if it goes to court, you have the data.

AND, I am sure there was a piece on Watch Dog about making you pay for your car service before they release it. I am pretty sure they can't do it.

Good luck!


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Old 07 March 2008, 09:09   #12
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Originally Posted by benc View Post
That was one of my initial thoughts, but it wouldn't hold up, you are not allowed to record calls without the persons consent.
But it's a great memory jogger for when things get heated and worth doing from a personal point of veiw.


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Old 07 March 2008, 10:31   #13
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let have a name and picture of the front of the boat yard!!
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Old 07 March 2008, 10:40   #14
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The OP did mention these
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Old 07 March 2008, 12:11   #15
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Originally Posted by Jizm View Post
It's not a civil matter, it is theft ben. He cannot hold onto your property regardless.
I think that will depend on the terms of his contract with Ben. It wouldn't be unheard of for their to be a term entitling them to impound property whilst awaiting payment for any outstanding debt. Whether there is an outstanding debt is a civil matter.
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Old 07 March 2008, 12:14   #16
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No it's not theft, the boat was not 'dishonestly appropriated' and I dare say the boat yard will say it'll be released on payment of the bill, therefore no 'intention to permanently deprive', both of which need to be proved for a charge of theft to succeed.
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Old 07 March 2008, 13:49   #17
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In my experience DONT phone at all ,do it all by letter or email as there is then a hard copy of what you have asked for ,it will also force him to reply to your points , 'he said ' I said ' etc can often get very muddled . I suggest an email or letter to the yard with all the points in chronological order. Also mention in the letter that you want to settle the matter without recourse to solicitors . If and when you go to court you will be the one who appears reasonable and helpfull.Dont get involved in any slanging matches .
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Old 07 March 2008, 14:02   #18
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Originally Posted by Rooster21 View Post
The OP did mention these
There are quite a few businesses all close together in that area so it would be nice for a picture of the yard and the main door so we can all avoid it in future.

I use that slip a lot so would like to be made aware of any dealers I might have to deal with in the future. Or not once I know which one it is.
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Old 07 March 2008, 14:06   #19
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Thanks for your comments guys. I have been on the phone to a solicitor this afternoon, and had some really good advice. So will be following it up tomorrow/monday.

Yes, it was Warsash Marine (

Up until this week I have had good dealings with him (other than the lenght of time taken to repair my engines!), but he has flipped now, and I do believe he is treating my unfairly.

I will keep the thread updated with my progress.

Thanks again guys.


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Old 07 March 2008, 14:13   #20
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