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Bayliner Marine Corp. v. Crow
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Plaintiff test drove an off-shore fishing boat, which was manufactured by Defendant Bayliner, with a sales representative from Defendant Tidewater. Plaintiff was unsure of how fast the boat was traveling during his test drive. In order to determine the potential speed of the boat, Plaintiff was given documents described as “prop matrixes” which were included by Defendant Bayliner in the owner’s manual. The “prop matrixes” described the boat as having the capacity to travel 30 miles per hour when equipped with size “20 x 20” or “20 x 19” propellers, when carrying approximately 600 lb. of passenger gear. Plaintiff was also delivered a brochure which stated that the type of boat in question delivers the “kind of performance you need to get to the prime offshore fishing grounds.” Plaintiff purchased the same model boat that he had test driven for $120,000, but the boat he purchased had a propeller size of “20 x 17” and had equipment installed that weighed over 2,000 lbs. Plaintiff’s boat traveled significantly slower than he expected, and eventually only achieved a maximum speed of 17 miles per hour. Plaintiff eventually received a letter from Defendant manufacturer that the maximum speed the boat could achieve was 23 to 25 mph. Plaintiff alleged that he was unable to use the boat because of the long distances needed to travel for offshore fishing, and that there was a major impact on the time left in the day for fishing due to the boat’s speed. Despite Plaintiff’s alleged problems with the boat he had recorded over 850 hours of engine usage during the first few years after he purchased it. Plaintiff brought suit against the manufacturers alleging breached express warranties and implied warranties of merchantability. The trial court awarded Plaintiff damages of $135,000, which included costs for storing, maintaining, insuring and financing the boat.
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