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Better Call Behnken: Gate closed at Palm Harbor consignment shop, customers still out titles, thousands

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (WFLA) – The gate is closed and the sign at Gulf Coast Boat Sales, in Palm Harbor, offers few answers for angry customers.

The shop is under fire after 12 customers called 8 On Your Side in desperation. They either sold boats through consignment and didn’t get paid, or they paid for boats they don’t legally own, because they don’t have titles. Some purchased brand new boats, but cannot receive them, because the manufacturer has not been paid.

That’s what happened to Rick Weaver after he forked over $24,000 for a boat. It now sits at his house, because he doesn’t have the title.

“I like to do everything legally, and I don’t really want to get pulled over and then I have to explain my way out of it,” Weaver said.

At first, there was a glimmer of hope. Manager and salesman James Laden promised to take care of things. But, now there a lot more complaints.

Customers are owed $40,000, $20,000 and various other amounts. Customers paid for boats they didn’t get, or received the boat and can’t legally drive it.

The boat shop has an F rating with the Better Business Bureau, and there are similar complaints, many of which have been settled. Laden said the shop is working to fix the poor BBB rating, but customers tell 8 On Your Side that Laden is no longer with the company.

The boat shop owner hired Attorney Christian Myer to represent the business. He said the shop’s issue started as a “small problem” but became a “massive problem.”

He said he hopes to have a plan in place by late next week to help the company pay back customers.

Meanwhile, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is reviewing several complaints.



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Crevalle Boats adds first Northeast dealer

Crevalle Boats announces its first Northeast dealer: Tradewinds Marina of Baltimore, Md. Crevalle Boats will enter the Northeast market with three Mercury Verado powered models: the 24 Bay, 26 Bay and 26 Open. Described by the company as crossover or hybrid-style boats for the family, these models offer a porta pottie, built-in removable coolers, eight cup holders, three insulated livewells, lockable rod storage, a forward cushion package with reversible back rests (Bay), coffin box cooler with cushion set (Open) and electronics.

“Crevalle is very excited to announce this new dealer,” said Chad Jaros, director of sales and marketing. “We are steadily growing our brand and the time has arrived for us to expand out of the Southeast.”

The primary sales area for Crevalle has been from Corpus Christi, Texas around the Gulf Coast to the Florida Keys and up to Sneads Ferry, N.C. The addition of Tradewinds Marina extends Crevalle’s reach another 400 miles to the north.

Tradewinds Marina is a family owned and operated business with over 34 years of service to Maryland. Located on Frog Mortar Creek off of Middle River, the marina offers wet and dry storage, travelift service, full mechanical service, along with new and brokerage boat sales. 2018 model year Crevalle’s will arrive in Middle River this July.

“We are excited to display them at the Annapolis Boat show in October,” said Bob Palmer, president and Brian Schneider, vice president, in a joint statement.

While Crevalle credits a large portion of its success to using the highest quality components, engineering and construction, “another large portion of our success is due to the best dealers in the business,” said company President Nick Engels.

Tradewinds Marina is a welcome addition to the following Crevalle Boats dealers:

  • Ron Hoover RV Marine Centers of Texas, Corpus Christi, Donna, Houston, Galveston, Lake Conroe, and Rockport, Texas.
  • North Texas Marine, Gainesville Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Nunmaker Yachts, Madisonville, La.
  • Nunmaker Boat Sales, Slidell, La.
  • Yamaha Marine Center of Jacksonville, Orange Park, Fla.
  • Still Waters Marine, Belleview, Fla.
  • Power Marine Outfitters, Sneads Ferry, N.C.
  • Apopka Marine, Inverness, Fla.
  • Power Source Marine, Seffner, Fla.
  • Quality Boats of Charlotte Harbor, Engelwood, Fla.
  • Naples Marine Sales, Naples, Fla.
  • Unique Marine, Taverner, Fla.
  • Boat World of Florida, Pompano Beach, Fla.
  • Grander Marine, Orange Beach, Ala.
  • West Orlando Powersports Marine, Oakland, Fla.

Crevalle Boats says it is actively recruiting new dealers with an eye for quality and the discerning customer. For more information, visit

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