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In a situation like this if you paid the marina in VA to make the boat water ready and they stated that they had done so to a point where it just needed to be put in the water, and you found out later that they lied, then your recourse here is to sue them for breach of contract, misrepresentation, and fraud. If you paid him to perform services or work and he failed to do so, then you are entitled to your money back for what you paid him if he can't prove that he did the agreed on work.
VA has a 3 year statute of limitations on this type of oral contact or 5 years for a written one, so you still have time to sue him to get your money back. You would have to do so in VA in order to get personal jurisdiction and since it is over the $5K small claims limit, you would need an attorney to represent you and sue in a higher court.
However, since his actions were clearly fraudulent, you could sue for all your attorney fees and ask for punitive damages on top of your compensatory damages in order to set an example and deter future similar behavior..