Small dent turns into big repair headache for boat owner, suit claims

Kelly Holleran Oct. 8, 2009, 2:47pm

Ryan Citrano claims he went to have a small dent in the hull of his boat repaired, but when he picked it up seven weeks later, the vessel had extensive damage.

Citrano says he contacted defendant Long's Trailer Repair on March 3 to fix the fiberglass hull of his Stratus 200 CC.

"All that was required was the repair of a small indentation in the hull," the suit states.

After getting his boat back nearly two months later, Citrano decided to take it on the water, but noticed it was leaning to one side, the complaint says.

"The majority of the fiberglass had been ripped off the starboard side of the boat," the suit states. "The damage clearly originated from the repair point on the hull."

Citrano alleges Long's Trailer Repair violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

He is seeking actual damages, treble damages, plus pre- and post-judgment interest, costs and attorney's fees.

Barrett P. Lindsay and April C. Lindsay of the Lindsay Law Firm in Beaumont will be representing him.

The case has been assigned to Judge Milton Shuffield.

Jefferson County District Court case number: D185-003.

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