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74-foot Yacht “Arrested” in Financial Dispute

Nov 6th 19

After the horns went off signaling the end of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, U.S. marshals boarded a 74-foot yacht at Bahia Mar, where she was displayed by the manufacturer, Sunseeker International, The Sun-Sentinel reports.  


U.S. District Judge Celia Altonaga authorized the boat’s “arrest,” which removes a vessel from the control of parties involved in a dispute until it’s settled. In this case, there are four parties involved in the dispute over the $4 million yacht — buyer Kevin Turner, Sunseeker International, Sunseeker USA, and Fort Lauderdale-based broker Rick Obey & Associates. 


The marshals transferred custody of the vessel to a court-appointed third-party custodian, National Maritime Services, and she was taken to a secure “undisclosed location,” Turner told The Sun-Sentinel.


Obey and Sunseeker are tied up in a legal dispute as they are currently suing each other over various alleged breaches, The Sun-Sentinel reports. It all allegedly started when Sunseeker refused to take responsibility for a catastrophic engine failure on the maiden voyage of one of Obey’s customers in May 2018. This caused payments from Obey to Sunseeker to slow for several boats under construction and then stop before Turner’s boat was delivered, he says.


Turner filed a lawsuit in May 2019 and said he’s one of six buyers who paid the broker to have Sunseeker build boats for them and are now all in limbo while the two companies battle it out in court. 


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