Mike Waller Yacht Design
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Mike Waller Yacht Design is a business specialising in boat plans for amateur boat builders. We provide stock plans for both monohull and multihull sailing vessels, including sailing skiffs and sharpies. Our designs mainly feature timber construction, in plywood or cedar strip plank composite construction, using the W.E.S.T. system (wood epoxy saturation technique). Our designs are intended mainly as cruising boats, although several have done well in racing.
CREDIT CARD PURCHASES
SPAM, JUNK MAIL and VIRUS MAIL
ILLEGAL PLAN COPIES
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE WILL NO LONGER BE SELLING PRE - PRINTED AND DELIVERED PLANS. IN FUTURE ALL OUR PLANS WILL BE SOLD AS ePLANS. WE HAVE FOUND OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS THAT FEW IF ANY BUILDERS CHOOSE TO TAKE THE PRINTED OPTION DUE TO THE INCREASED COSTS, CUSTOMS DUTIES AND TIME DELAYS ASSSOCIATED WITH GETTING THESE PLANS.
OUR ELECTRONIC PLANS CONTAIN ALL THE DRAWINGS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOUND IN OUR FULLY PRINTED PLANS, AND SOMETIMES ADDITIONAL MATERIAL AS WELL. THE REDUCED PRICES PREVIOUSLY OFFERED FOR OUR ePLANS WILL REMAIN AS OUR STANDARD PRICES.
CREDIT CARD PURCHASES
As from January 1st 2010, we no longer accept credit card payments for purchases direct to this office. We have made this decision for the following reasons.
99% of our clients now prefer to use our Online PayPal Fascility. This fascility is totally secure and is BOTH quicker and safer than providing your card details direct to a Vendor.
For special orders (for example, where we have agreed to a non standard price on a stock plan, we can send a Payment request to your email address with a direct link to PayPal which will allow you to remit the amount in total security.
The standard Eftpos fascility provided by our bank allowed only credit card payments for Mastercard or Visa. Our PayPal fascility allows the use of all major credit cards or debit cards, eCheques or direct payment from your own bank account or PayPal account (if you have one). You, the client therefore has many more payment options.
SPAM, JUNK MAIL and VIRUS MAIL
Many of you will be aware that we are currently going through an unprecedented period of junk email and virus activity. This office, for example, receives a massive amount of this rubbish every week, despite the best efforts of our host ISP and ourselves to filter them out.
We have become aware that there are a number of persons receiving junk and spam email supposedly coming from this office. I wish to re-assure all viewers that they do not originate from us.
Unfortunately there are some types of predatory virus style emails which will invade a computer, and then re-issue themselves using the names and addresses found in the mailing lists on that computer. This business is of such a nature that our email address is probably recorded on hundreds of mailing lists, by builders, potential builders, and even just interested people.Somewhere out there, computers containing our email address have been infected, and are responsible for the problem. We are not!
Rest assured that any virus email purporting to have been sent from this web site did not in fact issue from here. This web site is, as always, virus free, and our systems are protected by the latest anti-viral software, which is updated on a daily basis.
My apologies for anyone who has suffered any problems from these emails, but unfortunately they are beyond our control.
ILLEGAL COPYING OF BOAT PLANS
Unfortunately, it has come to our attention that there are several boats being built illegally to our designs , using photocopied plans. This is a common and never ending problem in the boat design business, and is something that no boat designer can afford to ignore. For this reason this office has now assumed a policy that builders of illegal boats will be persued to the best of our legal ability.
Boat plans are classed as the intellectual property of the designer, and are covered by both national and international copyright laws. The building of a boat to an illegal copy, without paying the designer his proper due, is theft. Designers spend many long hours producing safe and seaworthy vessels for builders, and to illegally copy those plans is to rob the designer of rights and income to which he is clearly and legally entitled. Purchase of a plan entitles the purchaser to build one boat only, unless a royalty has been agreed upon with the designer for subsequent boats.
Specifically, we are aware of boats being built illegally in South Africa, to our Coral Sea 35 design, by an individual who claims to have authority from us to build 10 boats. Be warned that this person is working from partial copied plans, and has apparently already cost at least one victim considerable expense. Authorities from this office are always issued in writing.
We are also aware of at least one Waller 9.4 (a superceded design) being built in Turkey, without having purchased plans, and several boats built to our popular TC670 trailer cat design, by an as yet unidentified builder in Queensland, Australia.
Should you come in contact with any such person, we would appreciate your contacting us. This would be the right thing to do, and we could save you a great deal of money. All plans issued from this office are now numbered, and records of all plan purchases are maintained. We can help you identify whether the boat you are being offered is legal or otherwise.