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1thailand
1thailand

Posted: Sun Aug 08, 2010 4:32pm

Post Subject: Let down by boatbuilder

We recently comissioned a boat from Skater marine of Liverpool, who have just ( within the last few days) gone bust. I understand that many other boat owners have been let down like ourselves. Our boat is half way through the build. We have lost about £20,000. The company has been taken over by a new company made up mostly of people who used to work with or for the old owner, and they are now holding our boat. They have told us that they will do some work for us, for a fee, to at least get the boat up to sailaway level, but we are rather concerned about the whole situation. We cannot just take the boat away, as it has no windows, engine etc, and could'nt just be put on the planned moorings in its current unfinished state.We feel between a rock and a hard place at the moment! What advice can anyone give us as to how to proceed?

Tony-B
Tony-B

Posted: Sun Aug 08, 2010 6:09pm

Post Subject: Let down by boatbuilder

I have no legal training save for that I undertook as part of the qualifications for my professional engineering body so must advise that you talk to a solicitor. If they have gone broke then it is the Liquidator who has the say over your boat. If you can prove that it is your boat and that you have paid for it up to this stage to the Liquidators satisfaction then he is does not seem entitled to hold the boat. The new company certainly can not. You need advice from someone properly trained in this type of dispute but for myself I would sort it out with the Liquidator and get it out of there fast. Talk to farmers local to you in case they have space in a yard to allow temporary storage whilst you arrange for the work to continue. It will cost you cranage and transport costs but on the basis of what you write I smell one very large rodent and fear you could end up losing even more. Tony Brooks

Tony-B
Tony-B

Posted: Sun Aug 08, 2010 6:52pm

Post Subject: Let down by boatbuilder

I have just checked on companies House website and it is NOT showing Skater Marine or Skater marine Fabrications as being either in liquidation of as being dissolved. I can not vouch for them but there is a solicitor who advertises in the back of the magazines as specialising in boat matters. I think make contact tomorrow. Tony Brooks

Tony-B
Tony-B

Posted: Sun Aug 08, 2010 9:39pm

Post Subject: Let down by boatbuilder

To our other readers. In view of the Company House web search result I do not thing that at present we can take the original question at face value. Skater Marine may or may not in liquidation but that remains to be seen. caution is the name of the game for until this thing sorts itself out. What I will say is that I bought our boat during the last downturn and I bought secondhand preferring a better chance ce at a good title to the boat over the danger of losing my money in a liquidation. Tony Brooks

canalboat
canalboat

Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 2:39pm

Post Subject: Let down by boatbuilder

Skater Marine appears to have ceased trading, we have spoken to Dave Flynn who is trying to rebuild a new company called Aintree Boat Company. He assures us he is trying to resolve any problems. He was not the owner of Skater Marine. He can be reached on 0151 521 1155 (the old Skater Marine number)

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