Rockport Marine files action against customer for money owed

By Juliette Laaka | Jan 06, 2014

Portland — Boatbuilding business Rockport Marine Inc. filed a civil action in federal court Dec. 26 against a foreign customer for nonpayment, claiming the defendant did not fully pay for restoration work on a sailboat.

The S/V Bounty, a 57-foot-long Herreshoff ketch built in 1937 and owned by French citizen Eric Blanc-Garin, was partially restored at Rockport Marine in 2011. The vessel was worked on at Rockport Marine, and then sailed to the Caribbean, taking refuge in New York Harbor, seeking refuge from Superstorm Sandy along the course, according to the suit.

The sailboat participated in regattas and cruises in the Caribbean and was then shipped as ocean freight back to France, currently lying in French waters, according to the complaint.

In December 2013, Blanc-Garin forwarded a survey report done in France outlying problems with the condition of the boat and referenced structural work performed by the marina, said court papers.

Rockport Marine denied responsibility for the present condition of the vessel, contending it performed all obligations under the work contract. The marina further attests it made Blanc-Garin aware of certain structural problems and he did not authorize the work remedy it. The plaintiff also claims Blanc-Garin had a certified marine surveyor check over the vessel, who approved the work done by Rockport Marine.

Under the contract, Blanc-Garin agreed to pay for the work, yet there is an outstanding debt he refuses to settle, according to the suit. The remaining balance totals $8,634.

Rockport Marine is represented by William H. Welte of Camden.

Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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