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Old    Kronos (kronoss)      Join Date: Oct 2010       07-29-2012, 6:15 PM Reply   
So, what do you guys think of this pic?

Trim tabs mounted in a vertical position.


http://s1.craigupload.com/uploads/07...31.8518970.jpg
Old    LR3w8kbrdr            07-29-2012, 6:57 PM Reply   
Did it work??
Old    9Drozd            07-29-2012, 6:58 PM Reply   
Its photo shopped on. But it would theoretically work.
Old    LR3w8kbrdr            07-29-2012, 7:05 PM Reply   
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Its photo shopped on. But it would theoretically work.
Haha I see that now. Was looking at the pics on my phone
Old    Seahawks #1 Fan Robert T (cwb4me)      Join Date: Apr 2010       07-30-2012, 4:02 AM Reply   
It's patent pending.Is it worth the risk? LOL
Old     (AndrewC)      Join Date: Jan 2011       07-30-2012, 4:33 AM Reply   
Trim tabs have been round forever. It's up to you how you want to mount them. No body can enforce the way you install an off the shelf product. I say give it ago.
Old    Shawndoggy (shawndoggy)      Join Date: Nov 2009       07-30-2012, 5:47 AM Reply   
http://www.themalibucrew.com/forums/...his-wave-look/
Old    Joe Lo (JoLo_Si)      Join Date: Oct 2011       07-30-2012, 6:20 AM Reply   
nice idea, no way it works though.
Old    Phil White (philwsailz)      Join Date: Feb 2009       07-30-2012, 7:14 AM Reply   
A patent protects an inventor from another commercial venture taking his intellectual property and selling it for a profit. A patent does not prevent a DIY tinkerer from taking part or all of an idea and applying it for his own personal use.

I would say go for it... Not sure if it will work for ya, but who knows??

Phil
Kicker
Old    Timmy! (timmyb)      Join Date: Apr 2007       07-30-2012, 7:57 AM Reply   
I knew someone would try that! Looks like it might be working for them too.
Old    Chris (maxx_wake)      Join Date: Sep 2003       07-30-2012, 9:08 AM Reply   
Depending on how the claims were written I think any DIY'ers would technically be infringing if a patent is eventually issued even if it was just for personal use. With that said I think the odds of Malibu finding those people and taking legal action against them are very low. It would probably cost more money to have the lawyers draw up a cease and desist letter than they would recover from individuals who just added some trim tas to the sides of their boats for their own use.
Old    9Drozd            07-30-2012, 9:30 AM Reply   
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Depending on how the claims were written I think any DIY'ers would technically be infringing if a patent is eventually issued even if it was just for personal use. With that said I think the odds of Malibu finding those people and taking legal action against them are very low. It would probably cost more money to have the lawyers draw up a cease and desist letter than they would recover from individuals who just added some trim tas to the sides of their boats for their own use.
If they added the actual surfgate system to past and current wake boats for a profit, then yes. A DYI'er adding aftermarket trim tabs to their own boat, No. You can buy those trim tabs and have any local shop install them or do it yourself. How you mount them is up to you, and in no way a patent infringement.
Old    TJ (Houstonshark)      Join Date: Jan 2011       07-30-2012, 10:39 AM Reply   
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That's a pretty impressive contraption. I'm still wondering how it affects the wake if the boat is not evenly weighted.
Old    Mik (norcalrider)      Join Date: Jun 2002       07-30-2012, 2:31 PM Reply   
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Anyway to see the pictures of the setup without signing up to another forum?
Old    LR3w8kbrdr            07-30-2012, 2:36 PM Reply   
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Anyway to see the pictures of the setup without signing up to another forum?
Its a video so unable to just paste it. Besides its a great forum over there
Old    Mik (norcalrider)      Join Date: Jun 2002       07-30-2012, 2:45 PM Reply   
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Its a video so unable to just paste it. Besides its a great forum over there
Page 2 has 3 attached pictures...

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