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Old 27 August 2005, 11:45   #11
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Naturaly iam very concerned with peoples saftey, some years ago when we decided to begin to build hand built (british excellence) i believe that i went through the correct proceadure, firstly i have a complete boat designed by a well known designer, then i built a prototype and went through the very extenisve and very costly CE mark process, the copy that has been produced is not CE marked for the size engines they have installed, yes a tragic problem, and just waiting to happen!!!
I wouldn't worry about it at all unless they are attempting a clone of your boats complete design (Passing Off). They only have to change one small dimension anyway and it becomes original to them. On the basis that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I would watch their progress with interest. I once learned that if you have the skill to copy, then you should have the skill to innovate. Taking splash molds of cars and boats goes on far more than you think. I can personally identify at least 1/2 dozen Revenger copies in and around the Solent, but the finish is mostly terrible and no-one would even think about comparing them with an original even if they identified the bloodline.

I can also think of at least 1 Scorpion hull that was privately finished and was done so well that he was allowed to put Scorpion badges and ID's on it, but is it a Scorpion?

Like i say, I wouldN'T lose much sleep over it at this stage but keep an eye on their next moves. If you identify an attempt to steal your intellectual copywright then identify them to us here on Ribnet. The word will out swiftly and terribly!
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Old 27 August 2005, 19:59   #12
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I can also think of at least 1 Scorpion hull that was privately finished and was done so well that he was allowed to put Scorpion badges and ID's on it, but is it a Scorpion?
In that example, given that the hull was legitimately moulded in Graham's workshop, and the guy who built and fitted it used to work for Graham, then I would say yes, 100% Scorpion!
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Old 30 August 2005, 12:17   #13
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Hi Domino,Its a disgraceful state of affairs. At one time it would have been called theft and the perpertrator branded a theif.I dont suppose nowadays its called that probable has some fancy name.After the mould was taken was a rib made and then sold.
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Old 30 August 2005, 13:31   #14
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If it was someone in the trade who splashed it did they fit the engines,if so isnt there some legal responsability or duty of care for safety
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Hi there,
The company that spashed are just cheap crooks, i have invested so much from plug to production, the amount in excess of 250k, i photographed the boat on the water today sighted in Dartmouth, even the HIN number is fraudlent!!!
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Surely a phone call to your local trading standards office would suffice.
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I have contacted the harbour master and informed trading standards, they are very likley to confiscate the boat, given last weeks boat breakup in st ives which i believe was also a copy.
I have now been informed by the company who fitted the twin engines that he was asked to sign a disclaimer, pictures in a while
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Old 30 August 2005, 15:17   #18
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If the person who splash ypur hull was known to anybody would you think it would be inapropiate that he should be named and shamed
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If your boat has been anywhere near these guys workshops you should be weary, its not the first time this has happended iam told, the last time they got away with it, so they say on the previous splash they in there skills only changed the plug only to enhance the performance, why? did i use a well known british designer to design a fast hull when there are others that know so much!!!! this time they have gone too far
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I see the name Olmec .Would this be Olmec Tubing
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