Boy, I am sure glad to hear you guys talk about this. After spending time on the other board, and listening to the pro-splashers comments, I really was starting to worry about moral decay in America.
This is really refreshing to hear!! whew.
Regarding why manufacturers don't go after the splashers since they legally have a right to do so --- I knew one company who spent $25,000 in legal fees, and in the end, the judge could not come up with a verdict. It turns out that no company ever won this kind of battle since Bonito vs. Thunder Craft Boats, Inc. , because the laws were simply too vague. A few companies have patented certain portions of their designs, but only when the feature is completely unique.
According to what is written in the New Vessel Hull Protection Act, you could end up having your legal fees reimbursed. Which is what kept many manufacturers from proceding in the past.
Funny you mention Bayliner Because, if it weren't for Bayliner NMMA and Zodiac, we probably wouldn't have this new law.