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    Default Neighbor's Boat is Partially in My Slip - What Can I Do

    My question involves real estate located in the State of: New York
    We live in Babylon Village NY on the Great South Bay, our neighbor has docked his boat 28 foot boat in to 5 ft of my boat slip, we went to the Town records and on the deed it shows that he is indeed over the line in to our slip. We showed him the information and asked him to move back but he refuses.
    What can we do legally?

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    Default Re: Neighbor's Boat is Partially in My Slip - What Can I Do

    I wonder if the local harbormaster could give the guy a summons? Wondering if the neighbor is a permanent resident, or summer knucklehead. LI during the summer is nutZ.

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    So much as touching the boat risks incurring liability should anything happen so, as bent suggested try the harbor master. From there I would contact the police and if still no satisfaction sue seeking an injunction.

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    Per the deed, do you own the land under that dock/water area....IF you do, sort thru if NYs law as to
    trespassing might be of some use .

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    Default Re: Neighbor's Boat is Partially in My Slip - What Can I Do

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    My question involves real estate located in the State of: New York
    We live in Babylon Village NY on the Great South Bay, our neighbor has docked his boat 28 foot boat in to 5 ft of my boat slip, we went to the Town records and on the deed it shows that he is indeed over the line in to our slip. We showed him the information and asked him to move back but he refuses.
    What can we do legally?
    I assume that from your description this is a dock that is parallel to the shoreline and that what you speak of from the deed is your boundary line.

    The police and the harbor master will not get involved in this dispute. It is more complicated than a simple trespass in the eyes of the law. It is a riparian rights issue as well as a trespass and a nuisances.

    I would start by speaking to an attorney and getting a cease and desist letter written with a threat of litigation and damages.

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