Dealer investigated for operating without a license

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A Virginia boat dealership at Smith Mountain Lake is under investigation for operating without a valid dealer's license.

A search warrant on file in Franklin County circuit court says the Blackwater Boat Company, formally known as Bridgeside Marine, has not had a valid license since last October, according to an article on the News & Advance Web site.

Despite having no license, a conservation police officer wrote in the search warrant that Blackwater manager Alan Arthur tried to sell him a boat last month.

The warrant claims Blackwater Boat Company is under investigation after eight customers filed complaints with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries claiming the dealership failed to forward registration and title fees to the state within 15 days of sale.

Several customers told investigators it took up to one year to get their registrations and titles after Arthur promised to have it done within 30 days.

On its Web site, the dealership states it's a licensed MasterCraft dealer and service center.

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