Couple claims $200K fishing boat bore faulty electronic components

By John Suayan | Feb 14, 2019

GALVESTON – A Matagorda County couple has filed a product liability lawsuit, alleging that a sport fishing boat they purchased more than a year ago bore faulty equipment.

Recent Galveston County District Court records show that Larry and Lisa Land initiated litigation against Ron Hoover Marine, Inc. on Feb. 12 in the Galveston County 56th District Court.

The Lands reportedly bought the subject vessel from the business in June 2017 for nearly $200,000. Their suit claims that “it did not conform to the usual standards of completion, safety, and suitability” upon delivery.

Taken to a boat show without authorization, the original petition explains, it was apparent that “essential systems to make the boat seaworthy and suitable for the intended purpose were inoperative, faulty, or absent.”

The respondent then added all electronic components, to which the suit says were “inoperable, failed erratically, and the overhead compartment was not sealed – allowing water intrusion onto portions of the equipment.”

Court documents further state that the plaintiffs took the boat for several unsuccessful repairs. They eventually learned that Ron Hoover “had not used manufacturer approved wiring harnesses, or standards, to install the interconnected electronic systems.”

Consequently, the Lands seek unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.

Savannah Robinson of Danbury is representing the couple.

Galveston County 56th District Court Case No. 19-CV-0221

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