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When I took over the boat, I neither saw or signed a contract, nor do I believe did the previous owner. It is not a very professional boatyard. The storage is monthly in advance
I doubt it as I don't think they have one as such . Their web site (http://www.southdownmarina.com/) shows no terms and conditions and I received nothing when I confirmed change of ownership of the boat
Ok - no terms means there is no contract in writing.
This means that the yard owner can not impose conditions on what you can and can not di
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If you had signed a contract which limited what you could do then you would be in some difficulty.
But in this case if there is no written agreement the yard owner can't dictate what you can and can not do
Therefore on that basis there is no contract they can not stop you taking it out whatever you want
If they refuse then they are in breach of contract and you could sue for loss and damage,
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
Problem is, I cannot remove the boat without their assistance and I accept that it is now practically impossible for them to do so. If I were to drop the issue now, and pay the storage fees (albeit under duress) so that the boat is at least looked after until it's release, would this prevent me from taking action once the boat is in my possession ?
No, you have 6 years to take action!
You could of course seek an injunction but that may be costly.