Boats & Watercraft

California Lemon Law applies to more than just road vehicles. It  protects you, the consumer. California Boat Lemon Laws cover all forms of water craft from jet skis to yachts, and everything in between. If a consumer has been sold a defective vessel, boat or recreational water craft of any size and finds that it can be a serious safety hazard to operate, it can qualify as a “lemon”.

There are a few important steps to take when purchasing any type of boat. You always want to save the bill of sale from whom ever is selling you the water craft or boat, and make copies. If the vessel is used or being sold “2nd hand” be sure to:

  • Find a qualified expert to evaluate the overall condition of the boat.
  • Get an experienced boat and water vehicle mechanic to survey and evaluate the hull, engine, electrical systems, navigational systems, etc. and be sure to get a written hard copy of the survey detailing the boat’s condition at the time of purchase.
  • Get a written statement from the selling party saying that the boat/craft you are buying is seaworthy and that it does not have any serious problems.

When it comes to boats and water craft many defects can become serious safety hazards. Having your navigation system give out, communication system cut out, or having your engine fail would leave you stranded and/or unable to get storm updates, all exceedingly dangerous because you are dealing with open water, where conditions can change in an instant.

If you have purchased a new vessel or a used vessel with a seller’s warranty that has one or more defects that adversely affect the performance, safety, and overall worth of the vessel then it is most likely a lemon boat and may be covered under California Boat Lemon Laws.

Here at, we specialize in California Boating Lemon Law. We have a team of expert Lemon Law attorneys with over 50 years of experience and will do whatever it takes to make this process as easy as possible for you. We will fight tenaciously and if a fair settlement cannot be reached, we will take the case to trial. We will make sure you are properly and professionally represented and receive the compensation you deserve.

If you have purchased a boat, water craft, or have a boat/water craft with components made by one or more of the manufacturers listed below and you feel you have a lemon on your hands, call a CA lemon boat/water craft lawyer today at our office. We offer free consultations and you will pay no fees unless we win your case!

  • Silverton Marine Corp.
  • Navigator
  • Californian Yachts
  • Fairline
  • Hunter Marine Corp.
  • Beneteau
  • Jeanneau
  • Catalina Yachts
  • MacGregor
  • Lagoon (catamarans)
  • Minn Kota Motors
  • Mercury Marine (engines)
  • Bombardier Recreational Products
  • Evinrude
  • Sea-Doo
  • Crusader Marine Engine Co.
  • PCM Marine Engines
  • Blue Sea Systems (electronics)
  • Volvo-Pentra Engines
  • Spirit Yachts
  • Force Boats
  • Four Winns
  • Alumacraft Boat Co.
  • Yamaha
  • Kawasaki