Puddle Duck Trademark Restrictions and Use Guidelines
PD Trademark Ownership Information
The terms: "PDRacer", "PD Racer" "Puddle Duck Racer", and "PDRacer.com" are a trademarks owned solely by David Routh. First used in commerce on April 5, 2003, which is also the same day the website PDRacer.com was created. All herein referenced as "PD trademark". David Routh's nickname is "Shorty", and is herein referenced as Shorty.
Any Exchange Of Funds Relating To The PDRacer club or PD Trademark
Shorty created the Puddle Duck Racer sailboat class in 2003 and has been maintaining it ever since - has always offered free plans, free instructions, free lifetime membership, hosted events free to enter and many more services to puddle duckers, all for free.
- If you organize and participate in ways that are free, then you can use the PD trademark for free.
- If you charge (or solicit funds) for anything in relation to the PDRacer class, you will need to establish a trademark use agreement and royalty fee with Shorty.
If you are interested in selling your products to puddle duckers, something you might consider is to advertise here at PDRacer.com I purchase ads on other sailing sites to attract sailors to come check out our club, and to reciprocate I have ads running on the pages here so that others can do the same at my site. Here is more info about advertising at PDRacer.com
Puddle Duck Racer Related Plans
I did not start (and continue to maintain) this club to provide an income source for 3rd parties. Any plans or building instructions which use the PD trademark in any way, must be offered for free, and the rocker shape must match the drawing on the class rules page (same dimensions, same station marks). The plan publisher is solely responsible to make sure the plans meet the current class rules.
One big problem is a sales gimick, the plan producer (and distributor) make it sound difficult to build our boat and proclaim certain doom unless you purchase their plans and advice. This violates a core value of our club that we share boat building information and plans for free, and help each other build our boats for free.
Professional boat designers produce plans for many different types of boats. If a designer produced a set of free plans for the duck, it would give duckers the opportunity to see what their design skills are like and what kind of instructions they provide. This is sort of like the free samples at the grocery store, after they get a taste of what the designer makes, duckers may be inclined to purchase their other plans.
There is no real design work involved, the PDRacer hull shape is available for free on our class rules page, simply add a sail, leeboard & rudder and presto the plans are done. It takes less time to make a set of plans than to build a PDRacer -- another reason why the plans should be offered for free, the investment to create plans is less time and effort than any single ducker who has built their own duck.
PDRacer Kits / Hulls / Complete Boats Etc.
For selling kits or complete hulls, every kit or hull sold must include an official HIN Plate that has been purchased from me. I also have a note about this on the registration page so duckers can let me know they received a HIN plate so I can update their benefactor icon. It is a simple arrangement and the funds I receive from the plates will help me continue to maintain and promote the class which we all benefit from.
Whether the hull is class legal or not, is a responsibility the supplier has to their customers. I suggest reading the class rules to understand what is (and isn't) class legal.
New for 2012:
Private Club Annual Membership Fee
As explained above, any ducker can simply contact other duckers, setup a time & place and get out there to go sailing, racing etc for free and never have to submit any fees as long as they are not soliciting funds in any way for the events or gatherings they organize. This is the original concept of the club, and all of the tools and structure built into the class are aimed at supporting this.
There are certain difficulties with the free organization model that increase with size, and this has unfortunately limited our events. Conventional sailboat clubs that charge fees to support their organization have shown how a little funding can go a long way to providing a much larger venue and range of services. To allow organizers to adopt this operational model, we are now allowing events / races / local clubs to be formed that charge entry for participation. This is to give duckers more opportunities.
To host puddle duck event(s) / race(s) that the organizer charges entry to or solicits funds in any way (any exchange of money), the organizer is required to remit $15 per PDRacer hull. The fee covers that hull, to partcipate with that organizer, till the end of the calendar year (expires on December 31st). When sending in the fee, let me know what the ducker's hull number is so I can apply the amount to their benefactor icon level and also send them a thank you email.
- This fee is simply a use license allowing the organizer host and charge entry to official puddle duck events, and/or collect for membership fees for their local club, and use the PD trademark for advertising & promotion.
- This use license does not grant any territorial or exclusive rights to an area
- The fee is not transferable, so if a ducker wants to participate in another organizer's event(s) that have paid entry, that other organizer will be submitting a fee for their events.
- If you sell PDRacer kits or hulls, as explained above, you need to provide them with an official HIN plate
- You may host paid entry regional or state championship type events
- You may host paid entry events which are then used as bids to win the rights to host the world championship
Our official world championship continues with the requirement to allow free entry and participation to any registered class legal ducker and their crew. (more info) I realize that sailboat clubs do incur a lot of expenses (like I do), and it will take financial expenditures to provide this race. So in business terms, think of it like a loss leader, you can host the championship and show them a good time, and if they like you, they probably will sign up for your regular racing which would be where you charge your regular fees.
Notice to Change of Terms
The terms listed in this document and/or class rules & definitions may change at any time at the sole discretion of David "Shorty" Routh.