We bought a Brand New 2008 Chaparral 244 Sunesta June of 2009. It has had multipltle issues from day 1. Engine goes through 1-2 litres of oil every 50hrs. The shocks on the engine compartment need replacing every year since we owned it, the water pump fell off first year we owned it, distributor had a crack in it and left us stranded first year we owned it, the bathroom frame has spider cracks and the expert people we took it to suggest it was from a poor repair that was covered up at factory, when we went to pick it up from the repair being preformed at our expense the expert noticed the hull has to major cracks, one on each side of the hullthat he pointed out to us.
Sounds like it's worth contacting a local professional with these issues. The better documented they are the more likely you can get help.
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If it were mine, I'd call it a lemon alright. When you buy a new boat there is always a manufacturer’s warranty that comes with it and you may also get a warranty from the dealer. There is also a federal lemon law that covers any consumer product (including boats) and it can help you too; it's called the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act (you can read the federal Lemon Law that covers boats on this web page: http://ohiolemonlaw.com/federal-lemon-law.htm). You can read how to use the federal lemon law to get rid of a lemon boat at this free online Avvo Legal Guide: http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/how-to-use-the-federal-lemon-law-to-get-rid-of-lemon-boat. With a new boat warranty, your obligation is to give the dealer a reasonable chance to fix anything that goes wrong which the warranty covers. That means a reasonable amount of time or a reasonable number of chances. The dealer’s obligation is to get it fixed. If the boat does not get fixed within a reasonable number of attempts and within a reasonable amount of time, then you can consider the warranty breached. If the boat is still in substantially the same condition as it was when you got it, then some states even say you may be able to cancel the sale. At the very least, you can recover your damages, which is likely to be the cost to have it repaired by someone else at a minimum. It can be much more than that, depending on your state law. Even if the problem does not seem like the factory warranty will cover it, many watercraft manufacturers have secret warranties that they only tell their dealers about and which the dealer only tells customers about if they really complain (and even then they may not). You can learn more about boat warranties, mistakes, tips and traps in them, on this web page: http://www.ohiolemonlaw.com/boat-warranties.html. To find out how this works in your state, you need to call your local attorney bar association and ask for a referral to a boat lemon law lawyer near you. You can go to this web site page for a Free Online 50 State National List of Consumer Law Lawyers (http://ohiolemonlaw.com/locate-a-local-attorney.shtml) and find one near you (lawyers don’t pay to get listed here and most of them are members of the only national association for Consumer Law lawyers, NACA.net). You can also look for one here on Avvo under the Find a Lawyer tab. Or you can call your local attorney's Bar Association and ask for a referral to a Consumer Law attorney near you. But act quickly because for every legal right you have, there is only a limited amount of time to actually file a lawsuit in court or your rights expire (it's called the statute of limitations), so don't waste your time getting to a Lemon Law attorney and finding out what your rights are. If this answer was helpful, please give a “Vote UP” review below. And be sure to indicate the best answer to your question so we can all be sure we are being helpful. Thanks for asking and Good Luck. Ron Burdge, www.BoatLemonLaw.com
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