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Boats and Other Watercraft: Does the Lemon Law Apply in California?

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You invested in the boat, jet skis, or yacht of your dreams and you expected your watercraft to be in perfect and safe condition. Now you spend more time in the repair shop than on the water after you discovered that your watercraft is indeed defective.

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Our boat attorneys will walk you through the process of getting your money back for your defective watercraft. With our No Win, No Fee Guarantee, you have nothing to lose! Free Consultation is available | 888-536-6628.

The Lemon Law is not just for automobiles and in California, a top boating state, you have protections if you’re stuck with a malfunctioning boat. Not only does the Department of Boating and Waterways enforce vessel repair laws, but the state’s blanket “lemon” law, called the california-lemon-law-how-it-works">Song Beverly Act, has been invoked in cases where boats are defective.

The California lemon law also applies if you purchased the following types of watercraft for personal use:

  • Motor Boat
  • Jet Skis
  • Yacht
  • Sail Boat
  • Fishing Boat
  • Speed Boat
  • Pontoon Boat
  • Catamaran Boat

If your boat was sold with a valid manufacturer’s warranty, you may be eligible for a buy-back or replacement, based on the following guidelines, as stated by the California Lemon Law:

  • If your boat has spent a significant amount of time being repaired - more than 30 days - then your defective watercraft may be deemed a lemon. Keep in mind, per the law, the manufacturer or authorized dealer must be given a reasonable time to fix the problem.
  • The defect or malfunction on your vehicle impacts the use, value, or safety of your boat. Defects may include engine failure, broken communication system, faulty navigation system, among many other defects and malfunctions.
  • The defect or malfunction was not caused by you, whether by accident or misuse, or inability to maintain the watercraft as required in the manufacturer’s warranty.
  • Keep all records involving purchase or lease of your boat, including Bill of Sale, Written Warranty, Repair Orders, and names of individuals involved.

Are you unsure whether your boat qualifies for a buy-back or replacement under the California Lemon Law? Fill out our Free Boat Check Form. and one of our experienced boat lemon lawyers will contact you immediately.

Your safety always comes first.

If you notice your boat has a defect or malfunction that is substantial and may cause harm or death, it’s best to stop using the watercraft immediately. Call us for your free and thorough consultation or click our Live Chat feature and we will walk you through the process of opening your Lemon Law case against the manufacturer or dealer.

Our firm has helped many boat owners just like you who find themselves dealing with repair after repair for the same defect. We know your frustration and we know your rights! With over 20 years of successful boat lemon law cases, our attorneys know what it takes to help you get the best outcome for your case.

Fighting the boat manufacturer can be a difficult process if you go at it alone, especially when the manufacturer or dealer are uncooperative and not complying with the lemon law. Our knowledgeable boat lemon law attorneys will help you navigate through these rough waters and help your exercise your rights under the law. Remember, you never pay legal fees – we make the manufacturer responsible, per California Lemon Law.

Call us today at 888-536-6628 - Your consultation is free!

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