Can I withhold half month slip rent and give deadline to marina owner to fix plumbing in bathrooms??
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Withholding dockage payments is a really bad idea. It will end up with a lien on your vessel and could end up with the U.S. Marshal arresting your vessel and taking custody of it. This can become quite expensive and if the cost of storing your vessel in protective custody looks like it will exceed the value of the vessel, the U.S. District court can order your vessel be sold at auction on the courthouse steps (https://www.usmarshals.gov/process/in-rem.htm).
A better option would be to sue the dock owner for breach of contract and deposit future dockage payments into the court registry until the matter is resolved or the court directs otherwise. If you are going to sue, I suggest you choose one who is thoroughly knowledgeable and experienced in Maritime Law, one who can give you specific legal advice based on the particular facts and circumstances of your case. You can find such an attorney by using the "Find a Lawyer" link at the top of this web page. Don't contact just any attorney -- be absolutely certain that your attorney is well versed in Admiralty and Maritime Law. Adding navigable waters to your case can give it the "genuinely salty flavor" that invokes maritime law that displaces and preempts the application of land-based state law. Maritime Law is substantially different from land-based law. The standard of care is different; the burdens of proof are different; even the amount of time you have to file the case is different. Be very careful in your choice of attorneys to ask specifically how well versed they are in Maritime Law.
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