Everglades Boats president Stephen Dougherty, in response to Trade Only Today's report Tuesday about Scout Boat's T-top design, sent a letter to the editor Thursday to tell his company's side of the story.
Scout president Steve Potts sent a letter Monday to marine media to address what he said were misconceptions about a recent center console/T-top design trend he says his company began developing more than a decade ago.
Dougherty said he recognized two of the boats in Potts' letter as Everglades models.
"Regarding the debate about center console innovations and designs, Everglades Boats, since its inception in 1999, has been designing boats way outside of the traditional box," Dougherty told Soundings Trade Only.
"Over the years boat manufacturers have been raising the bar and coming out with new sleek designs on center consoles. Very few companies have made the impact that Everglades Boats has made," he added. "Though it is very flattering to see other boatbuilders copy our ideas, it is also very disheartening when they take credit for our originality. We made a conscious decision to miter our extrusions instead of curving them as to not follow Scout Boats. One should notice all of our newer designs are more of a contemporary, chiseled look."