Originally Posted by jonmitch
I've never seen a Leeway but they look like great boats to me (novice) and are obviously built and designed by a passionate enthusiast. Good luck to him. If you don't like them then you don't have to buy them.
I find the whole splashing and design theft thing deeply annoying, if you're new to boating (a small, 'cottage' industry) you'll not understand the implications of this practice, or the ease with which it can be done, and the effect it has on the very rare breed of person who DOES have the knowledge, skill and insight to design and develop new products in the field. Therefore, I consider your advise worthless and insulting!
However, all said and done, i'm a realist, and am fully aware that the practice goes on, on a daily basis, and as there are far more people who want to be boatbuilders, than there are people 'able' to do the whole process themselves (or willing to pay a designer & plugmaker) it's likely to continue, as long as people are happy to buy from them.
What really does get me going tho', is the bare faced lies that some splashers will tell about the origins of their obvious splash! "I designed it"...."I designed it using CAD"...."I built the plug from my design, taking some influence from a previous design". These ridiculous claims are no more than a insult to the intelligence of anyone 'in the know' within the boating world. Clearly not everyone is 'in the know', and to those people this probably looks like a load of bollix over nothing, but I am 'in the know' and have a good enough understanding of hull design, plug building and boatbuilding to know exactly whats going on here.
If these designer/builders would show the CAD drawings, calculations, and photos of the tooling plug being made, all of which, anyone who'd truely put in the thousands of hours & £s needed, would have been kept as a record, if only for their own interest, it would stop all the speculation, but I rather suspect there won't be any such pics posted here.
In short, why don't thse people have the courage of their convictions?