Purchase / Sale of a Vessel

The purchase of a ship is a significant investment, whether that ship is a yacht for recreational purposes or a deep sea sports fishing boat for business use. As with any large investment, it's wise to consult a lawyer before you sign the final paperwork.

At the Bluestein Law Firm, P.A., in Charleston, South Carolina, we represent maritime business interests: ship buyers and sellers, banks who finance ship purchases, insurance companies and others in the maritime industry. For more than 20 years, attorney S. Scott Bluestein has been helping clients with the purchase and sale of ships in South Carolina and surrounding states.

How A Maritime Lawyer Can Assist You

The Bluestein Law Firm assists clients with the purchase and sale of large and small ships and other watercraft — yachts, sailboats, large pleasure craft, sports fishing boats, deep sea ships, house boats. We work with clients to ensure their purchase or sale is properly documented so there are no surprises upon completion of the transfer of property. We ensure that:

  • The boat is properly surveyed
  • Problems are noted and repaired
  • The boat is properly registered with the Coast Guard or the state
  • The vessel purchase and sale agreement is drafted accurately and covers all contingencies

It is difficult to guarantee that all problems will be identified with a vessel prior to purchase, particularly if the seller has not been honest in disclosing known defects. Mr. Bluestein represents clients in breach of contract cases in which one of the parties in the sale brings a lawsuit for failure to disclose a defect.

Get In Touch With Our Firm Today

Call the firm today to set up a free consultation about your ship purchase or sale, or any other aspect of maritime law. Reach us at 843-577-3092, 866-428-4030 or online via our email contact form.