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Posted: Sat Jan 31, 2004 6:36 am
I've been checking out eBay as a source for boat plans, and found several sellers offering CD-ROMs with dozens of plans. Looking through the lists of designs I spotted a few familiar names, like Riviera for instance, would this be the Glen-L Riviera by any chance?
Legitimacy apart, has anyone bought one of these CDs and do they live up to the descriptions?
Posted: Sat Jan 31, 2004 9:42 am
I haven't bought one of the CD's, but most of the "plans" are just articles from old Science and Mechanics magazine articles and other mags scanned onto a disk. I have built some small hydros from these types of plans. I do like full size plans if available for a larger boat as I don't have to go through the hassle of lofting them.
Posted: Sat Jan 31, 2004 9:55 am
Thanx John, I don't mind lofting, it's something I'm quite used to doing as part of my job. My concern was that the plans were complete enough to build from, not just a 3-view, although I could build from that if I have to!
Posted: Sat Jan 31, 2004 12:39 pm
My concern would be that I'd be buying plans from someone that bootlegged the plans instead of designing their own. For example, why would anyone advertise the Riviera, other than Glen-L, unless it was pirated? For some of the old magazine articles, if they've been out of print for years, I don't guess that there would be any harm, but I imagine that piracy does exist in this industry as well as others.
But then again, here's the next problem. Let's say that I buy a set of plans that have been bootlegged from Glen-L. Then when I run into obstacles, I come on to the Glen-L sight and start asking questions. How motivated to help are the Glen-L people going to be if they learn that I've bought a copied set of plans from someone else?
However, I've noticed too that Glen-L, Ken Hankinson and Clark Craft, all share some designs with the exact same names. I'd like to know what's up with that?
Posted: Sat Jan 31, 2004 1:14 pm
Dave, don't forget than there was a Chris-Craft Riviera too, the one on the plans CD may be something different again.
I started thinking about something else, most boat plans I've seen the purchaser is allowed to build one boat from them, it's a sort of licence to build. After that you are not supposed to build another or sell the plans on. Glen-L don't appear to have this policy, at least I can't find it written anywhere.
There's a big difference though between selling a used set of plans, and copying those plans to sell multiple copies.
Posted: Sun Feb 01, 2004 1:48 am
That's strange, my last mail showed me as a guest even though I was logged in (I never log out) lets see what happens with this one.