(a) The current owners, registrants, secured parties, and lienholders of record of a vessel may contest the sale of a vessel by filing a notice of appeal with the court that ordered the sale within two years of the sale of the vessel.

Terms Used In Alabama Code 33-5A-7

  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • vessel: Every description of watercraft, other than a seaplane, capable of being used as a means of transportation on the water. See Alabama Code 33-5A-1

(b) The court shall conduct a hearing to determine whether proper notice was provided pursuant to this chapter. The vessel may not be sold pending the decision of the court.

(c) If the court determines that proper notice was issued, the vessel may be sold.

(d) Notwithstanding any other provision in this chapter, if the court determines that proper notice was not provided pursuant to this chapter, the sale of the vessel shall be void and the current owners, registrants, secured parties, and lienholders of record shall retain their ownership, security interests, liens, and interests in the vessel.

(Act 2018-179, §7.)