You're then responsible for the marshal's fee, which can be as little as $600 and as much as many thousands of dollars. While things are being settled, you're also charged a custodian's fee (often by the same yard that has made the claim) to watch the boat. You'll get a bill for dockage and insurance. And there are administrative costs, too. The only good news is that the creditor must prove his claim in court and the considerable attorney fees (admiralty law is a high-paying specialty) are not recoverable-thereby discouraging frivolous liens. Besides all of the above legal niceties that were ignored, Judge Bubba missed another. A big one. At that time it would have been impossible for anyone-especially a small-time county judge-to slap a maritime lien on our boat. You see, it wasn't until 1982, nine years in the future, that the Supreme Court ruled admiralty jurisdiction applied to recreational boating.