For two years I stored for the winter and had a slip for the summer for my 22' Bayliner at Port Edgewood Marina in Cranston, RI. At the beginning of the 1999 boating season a family accident prohibited the use of the boat for the season. The boat was used once in April of 1999 and sat in the slip until September, 1999.
In August of 1999 I signed and paid for indoor winter storage for the boat. In September I requested the boat be hauled out of the water and placed in storage since I would not be using it for the remained of the year. The charge for a haul out for the purpose of storage is included in the price of the winter storage contract. The marina agreed to my request and wrote a work order to that effect. A month after my request I received a bill in the mail for $220.00 for the haul out. On the work order it clearly states the boat was to be placed in storage and not relaunched into the water.
When I called to complain about the bill I was told the shed was not ready for storage and the boat was put back into the water. I wrote several letters to the marina with no results. They still insist I owe for the haul out.
I sold the boat a week ago due to family illness and the marina is holding the boat hostage and will not allow the new owner to remove the boat until the bill is paid. I have no choice but to pay the bill because it is not fair to the new owner who bought the boat in good faith. I want to get the boat released to him.