Man sues boatyard after sailboat damaged during repairs

Alejandro de los Rios Feb. 25, 2011, 1:17am

A St. Tammany Parish man is suing a New Orleans marina after his sailboat was destroyed when a dry-land support structure holding the boat aloft during repairs collapsed.

New Orleans attorney Wayne Jablonowski filed the petition for damages pro se on Feb. 22 in Orleans Parish Civil District Court.

It names M.G. Meyer Yacht Services Inc. and Scottsdale Insurance Company as defendants.

Jablonowski claims that the damage to his 33-foot sailboat the "Impulse" occurred while he was performing work on the underside of his boat and reapplying paint.

The lawsuit claims M.G. Meyer "negligently and without proper care failed to properly place structurally adequate stands to support Impulse."

The boat's sustained damages include "full destruction of the rudder and rudder post, keel, internal bulkheads and lifeline supports," according to the suit.

Jablonowski claims the damages have rendered the boat a total loss.

The petition claims no repairs can be made on the boat that don't exceed the boat's value. Jablonowski is seeking all costs for the repair and/or replacement of the damages caused.

This case is presided over by Orleans Parish Judge Kern Reese.

Orleans Parish Case 2011-01848

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