Complaint Review: Aaron Belter - Marina del rey California
We contacted Aaron Belter who was selling his 1988 Sea Ray 345 Sedan Bridge for $35,000.00. We met with Mr. Belter at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey where he had his boat docked. Mr. Belter showed us his boat and showed us the survey that he had for the boat. Mr. Belter stated that the boat was in perfect condition. So we took Mr. Belter's word and bought the boat from him on 7/6/2020 for $35,000.00 cash.
We had noticed that some items on the boat were not working and Mr. Belter said he would take of the items. There was a new VHF radio, but it was not connected, the outlet in the forward cabin wasn't working and a few other items that we brought to Mr. Belter's attention and he said he would take care of them. But unfortunately Mr. Belter did not take care of the items that he said he would take care of.
We were having an oil change done on both engines and our mechanic noticed a small leak on the port side engine and it turned out to be a simple fix. Then our mechanic did the oil change and when he checked the transmission fluid he noticed that the fluid was milky and said that the transmission was compromised. The mechanic said that the fluid had been milky for a very long time and was the reason why the port side transmission would not go into nuetral. When we asked Mr. Belter about this, he stated that he knew nothing about the milky fluid in the transmission, Mr. Belter had originally told us that the reason the transmission didnt go into nuetral was because the shifters in the cabin and flybridge were not in sync with each other.
So we received bids on what the repair costs would be and the repairs were between $3,000.00 and $10,000.00. When we contacted Mr. Belter about these repair costs he stated that he would not pay for the repair costs and he began to get hostile with us. So we contacted his attorney Brandon Fernald to handle the mediation between Mr. Belter and us. Unfortunately Mr. Fernald was just as uncooperative as Mr. Belter was. Mr. Fernald stated that Mr. Belter had no idea about the condition of the transmission and didn't feel that Mr. Belter should pay for any of the repairs.
We decided to have a mechanic fix our transmission problem. In the process of getting the transmission out of the boat, the mechanic had to remove parts from the engine and once he removed the exhaust to the engine, he noticed that the exhaust manifolds were corroded really bad and they too needed to be replaced. We contacted Mr. Fernald regarding what the mechanic discovered and Mr. Fernald was once again uncooperative with trying to resolve the matter with Mr. Belter. The total repair cost came to over $10,000.00. And with no cooperation from Mr. Belter or Mr. Fernald, we decided to take Mr. Belter to small claims court for defrauding us.
Mr. Belter owns AB Yachts Group, Inc. and another company called Ex-Pirate Marine, Inc. in Marina del Rey, CA, where Mr. Belter has been selling boats for years. Mr. Belter buys junk boats, makes some repairs and sells these boats to unsuspected buyers like ourselves. I wonder how many other buyers Mr. Belter has defrauded and ripped off. Mr. Belter led us to believe that this boat was in perfect condition, when in reality it wasn't and we believe that Mr. Belter knew of the problems that this boat had and that he failed to inform us of these problems.
We also discovered that Mr. Belter has a criminal history for fraud, theft and among other things. including preying on underage girls and taking advantage of these young girls. If you Google Aaron Belter you will see many articles written about him. Mr. Belter was last charged with yacht theft here in California and in Texas. My question is this: How is an individual like Mr. Belter a member of the prestigious California Yacht Club where we are also members at? This man has an extensive criminal record and has preyed on underage girls! Yet he is a member of California Yacht Club? Other members at the yacht club should be notified of Mr. Belter's criminal record, especially those members with children and teenage girls. I know I would be concerned if Mr. Belter was there when my children were there.
Mr. Belter stated that he had other boats in other marinas in Marina del Rey, I wonder if these other marinas know about Mr. Belter's criminal history and the accusations made against him. I'm sure if these marinas, who do business with Mr. Belter ever found out about Mr. Belter's criminal history, I'm pretty confident that they would stop doing business with him and maybe Mr. Belter will stop defrauding prospective buyers.
We will see Mr. Belter in court on February 2, 2021, wish us luck and we will let everyone know what the outcome was.
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