FYI: December 2002 Page 2
|FYI — December 2002|
|By Brad Dunn|
Dress Suit Settled
Hinckley had warned several boatbuilders to stop manufacturing models that it felt looked too much like its Picnic Boat line (see photo). The company then filed a suit against eight builders and dealers, including Belkov, who it contended were violating “trade dress,” by trying to mimic the Hinckley style enough to confuse consumers.
Under the terms of the new agreement, Hinckley said it would dismiss the suit and Belkov said it would make certain design changes to the boats under question.
The other seven builders and dealers named in the original Hinckley suit include Alliance Marine, Annapolis Sail Yard, LazMar International, Monaco Marine Group, Wellfound Yachts, San Juan Composites, and Capitol Yacht Sales. The San Juan Composites suit was dismissed because of jurisdictional issues.
Have a Winner!
Next year Tampa will launch major expansions of two marinas. The Marjorie Park Yacht Basin will get a $5-million upgrade, expanding its number of boat slips from 78 to 105, and adding up to 18 new transient slips. Bidding on the project will begin this month. The project, which is the larger of the two, also calls for deepening the basin to about 16 feet and increasing the marina’s fueling capacity.
Also slated for expansion is the Bayshore Marina, which currently has 36 slips. Though the size of the project hasn’t been decided, bidding will begin in April.
This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.