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Forum Rules - Code of Conduct
1.) Keep threads & posts on topic.
1a.) New threads must be on topic based on the forum title. A thread in the Boat Design forum must be about boat design.

1b.) Respect the original poster of each thread replies should be on topic with the original post in a thread. Replies must not derail or disrupt the thread discussion based on the original post. Otherwise, start a new thread of your own. (It is ok for threads to evolve as the discussion progresses, but a thread about keel design is no place for a post about American politics.)

1c.) Posts must be substantive to the forum and/or topic at hand. A little humor is ok, but only in the context of on-topic ideas or information. Posts should not be made that contain only a sarcastic jab or humorous remark with no new information or ideas.

1d.) Language should be professional and understandable and must be in English which is the common language of the forum.

1e.) No duplicate or cross-posting.

1f.) When starting a new thread, please use a descriptive title. As a thread title, "help me" is not very helpful to others quickly scanning the new posts of the day to see which threads they are able to offer helpful advice. (note post titles are fully optional within the thread; when starting a new thread however, please enter a short but descriptive title.)

1g.) Do not post defamatory, manipulative, vulgar or obscene posts. Reported defamatory, manipulative, or vulgar posts are subject to removal. Posts or threads that are generally considered to be in poor taste are subject to deletion.
The initial consequence of breaking the above rules is that the offending posts will be deleted at the discretion of the moderator(s). Repeatedly breaking the above rules will lead to the termination of your login and being banned from the forum permanently at the discretion of the moderator(s) If you see a member breaking these rules as a habit, please report an offending post by clicking the report post icon .


2.) Conduct must be conducive to sharing ideas and information.
2a.) Please be kind to each other.

It is never acceptable to insult or attack other members. Disagreement is healthy and beneficial to intelligent discussion but should be based always on ideas and factual information and never degenerate to a personal attack or insult.

Please use proper forum etiquette and be polite and respectful to all other forum members. If you can't get along with another forum member civilly or wish not to read their posts, please add them to your ignore list.
A violation of the above may lead to the immediate termination of your login and being banned from the forum permanently at the discretion of the moderator(s). More than one violation will mean the termination of your login and permanent banning from the forum without discussion. If you believe a post constitutes an attack against you or other violation, you are always welcome to report this using the "report post" icon on the top right of each post .

Access Agreement
Please read this Agreement carefully before accessing Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net). As a condition to and in consideration of receiving and accessing Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net), the User agrees to be bound by the terms of this Agreement. Use of or access to Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) shall constitute acceptance of and agreement to be bound by this Agreement. If you do not wish to be bound by this agreement, do not access Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net).

Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net), provided without charge to you, is a World Wide Web site designed to allow users to interact with eachother in the form of boat design and boatbuilding forums and galleries in which messages, images, photographs, and drawing files can be exchanged and posted for comment. Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) contains or may contain information, communications, opinions, text, graphics, links, photographs, and other material and data (collectively, "Content") formatted, organized and collected in a variety of forms that are generally accessible to Users, including directories and databases, and areas of Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) that can be modified by Users, such as posting messages, images, or links. This Agreement comprises the entire agreement between Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) and you, and supersedes any prior agreements with respect to the subject matter herein. Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) may revise this Agreement or any other policy at any time and from time to time, and such revision shall be effective upon posting notice of such revision on Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net). You agree to review this Agreement periodically to be aware of such revisions. If any such revision is unacceptable to you, you must discontinue accessing Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net). Your continued accessing and use of Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) following notice of any such revision shall conclusively be deemed acceptance of all such revisions. If any provision of this Agreement or any other policy be held invalid or unenforceable, that portion shall be construed in accordance with applicable law as nearly as possible to reflect the original intention of the parties and the remaining portions will continue in full force and effect. The failure of Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) to insist upon or enforce strict performance of any provision of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right. This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the state or province of domicile of Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net), excluding its conflict of laws rules, and you and Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) each submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of that state or province. This Agreement is personal to you and you may not assign your rights or obligations thereunder to anyone.

User Rights and Responsibilities
You agree to access and use Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) only for lawful purposes. You are solely responsible for the knowledge of and adherence to any and all laws, statutes, rules and regulations, pertaining to (i) your use of Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net), including any Interactive Area, (ii) the use of any networks or other services connected to Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net), and (iii) the communications means by which you connect your modem, computer, or other equipment to Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net). By accessing Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net), you agree that you will not:

(1) post or transmit any information which violates or infringes in the rights of others, including material which is an invasion of privacy or publicity rights or which is protected by copyright, trademark or other proprietary right, or derivative works with respect thereto, without first obtaining permission from the owner or right holder.

(2) claim a relationship with or to speak for any business, association, institution or other organization for which you are not authorized to claim such a relationship.

(3) post any images or messages which are in violation of the laws of your state, province, or country or the laws of The United States, Michigan, Illinois, or Texas.

Intellectual Property Rights
Content provided by Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net):

You acknowledge that Content on Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) is generally provided by Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net), individual contributors of Content ("Contributors"), third party licensees, and/or other Users. You acknowledge that Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) permits access to Content that is protected by copyrights, trademarks, and other proprietary rights ("Intellectual Property Rights"), and that these Intellectual Property Rights are valid and protected in all media existing now or later developed and except as is explicitly provided below, your use of Content shall be governed by applicable copyright and other intellectual property laws.

You may not modify, copy, reproduce, transmit, distribute, publish, create derivative works from, display or otherwise transfer or commercially exploit any of the Content, in whole or in part, provided, however, that you may make a reasonable number of digital or other form of copies to permit your computer hardware and software to access and view the Content. You acknowledge that the Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) owns a copyright on the "look and feel," the selection, coordination, arrangement and presentation of such Content.

Content Provided by User:

You may upload to any Interactive Area or otherwise transmit, post, publish, reproduce or distribute, on or through Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) only Content that is not subject to any Intellectual Property Rights, or Content in which any holder of Intellectual Property Rights has given express authorization for distribution over the Internet and on Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net), without restriction whatsoever. Examples of such Interactive Areas include but are not limited to the Boat Design Net Forums and Galleries. Any Content submitted with the consent of a copyright owner other than you should contain a phrase such as "Copyright owned by [name of owner]; Used by Permission." By submitting Content to any Interactive Area, you automatically grant and/or warrant that the owner of such Content, whether it be You or a third party, has expressly granted to Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, unrestricted, worldwide right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, sublicense, distribute, perform, and display such Content, in whole or in part, worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media, or technology now known or later developed for the full term of any Intellectual Property Rights that may exist in such Content. You also permit Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) to sublicense to third parties the unrestricted right to exercise any of the foregoing rights granted with respect to such Content. You also permit any User to access, view, store and reproduce the Content for personal use.

Interactive Areas
You acknowledge that Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) includes various interactive areas ("Interactive Areas"), including but not limited to forums, galleries, advertising, classified, or marketplace sections. These Interactive Areas allow feedback to Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) and interaction between users. You further understand that Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) does not control the messages, information, or files delivered to such Interactive Areas and that Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) may offer you and other Users the capability of creating and managing an Interactive Area. However, neither Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net), its subsidiary and parent companies, or affiliates, nor their respective directors, officers, employees and agents are responsible for Content within any Interactive Area. Your use and/or management of an Interactive Area will be governed by this Agreement and any additional rules or operating procedures of any Interactive Area established by you or another User, as applicable. You recognize that Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) cannot, and does not intend to, screen communications in advance. Moreover, because Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) encourages open and candid communication in the Interactive Areas, Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) cannot determine in advance the accuracy or conformance to this Agreement of any Content transmitted in an Interactive Area. Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) is not responsible for screening, policing, editing, reviewing or monitoring any Content in an Interactive Area. Notwithstanding the above, you agree that Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) has the right to monitor any Interactive Area, from time to time and to disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any law, regulation or other governmental request, to operate the Interactive Area, or to protect itself or other Users. If notified of Content that is alleged not to conform to this Agreement, Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) may investigate the allegation and determine in its sole discretion whether to remove or request the User to remove such Content. Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) reserves the right to prohibit conduct, communication or Content within an Interactive Area, or to edit, refuse to post, or to remove any Content, in whole or in part, which it deems in its sole discretion to (i) violate the then-standard provisions of this Agreement or any other standard, written Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) policy in effect at that time, (ii) be harmful to the rights of any User, Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net), or other third parties, (iii) violate applicable law, or (iv) be otherwise objectionable.

Privacy Statement
Information This Site Gathers And Tracks

BoatDesign.Net gathers two types of information about users:

Information that users provide through optional, voluntary submissions: These are voluntary submissions to participate in the forums, gallery, to email a friend, or submit an entity to the Boat Design Directory.

Information BoatDesign.Net gathers through aggregated tracking information derived mainly by tallying page views: This information allows better tailoring content to readers' needs and to design infrastructure to handle demand.

BoatDesign.Net Gathers User Information In The Following Processes:

Optional Voluntary Information

The following free services are offered, which require some type of voluntary submission of personal information by users:
  1. BoatDesign.Net Forums and Gallery
    Users of the site's Forums must register separately for these services (free of charge) in order to post messages, although they needn't register to visit the site. During registration the user is required to supply a username, password, email address, location, and either general or specific description of current boats.
  2. Submission to the Boat Design Directory
    Businesses or users wishing to appear in the Boat Design Directory may submit voluntary information including Business name, address, description, website address, email address, and phone number.
  3. "E-mail this to a friend" Service
    The site allows users to electronically forward a link, page, or documents to someone else ("e-mail this to a friend".) The user must provide their email address, as well as that of the recipient. This information is used only in the case of transmission errors and, of course, to let the recipient know who sent the email. The information is not used for any other purpose.
Usage tracking

BoatDesign.Net tracks user traffic patterns. However, this information is not correlated with data about individual users.

BoatDesign.Net sometimes tracks and catalogs the search terms that users enter in our Search function, but this tracking is never associated with individual users. This tracking information is used to determine which areas users like and don't like based on traffic to those areas. BoatDesign.Net does not track what individual users read, but rather how well each page performs overall.

Cookies

BoatDesign.Net may place a text file called a "cookie" in the browser files of your computer. The cookie itself does not contain Personal Information although it will enable BoatDesign.Net to relate your use of this site to information that you have specifically and knowingly provided. But the only personal information a cookie can contain is information you supply yourself. A cookie can't read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites. BoatDesign.Net uses cookies to track user traffic patterns (as described above). The site's advertising system delivers a cookie to better track ad impressions and click rates.

You can refuse cookies by turning them off in your browser. If you've set your browser to warn you before accepting cookies, you will receive the warning message with each cookie. You do not need to have cookies turned on to use this site. However, cookies greatly improve the ability to participate actively in forums or the gallery.

Third party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on a user's prior visits to the website.

Google's use of the DoubleClick cookie enables it and its partners to serve ads based on user's visit to BoatDesign.Net and/or other sites on the Internet.

Users may opt out of the use of the DoubleClick cookie for interest-based advertising by visiting Ads Settings.

You may also opt out of a third-party vendor's use of cookies for interest based advertising by visiting http://www.aboutads.info


Your Consent

By using this site, you consent to the collection and use of this information by BoatDesign.Net. If BoatDesign.net decides to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances we disclose it.

We collect the following information:
  1. Click-stream data
  2. HTTP protocol elements
  3. Search terms
  4. User's Name
  5. Computer information
At the user's option, we may also collect the following data:
  1. Email Address
  2. Website Address
  3. Location
  4. Current Boats
  5. Birth Date
  6. Name
  7. Telephone
  8. Business Address
This data will be used for the following purposes:
  1. Completion and support of the current activity.
  2. Web site and system administration.
  3. Research and development.
  4. Voluntary Submission to the Boat Design Directory or Participation in Interactive Areas including the Boat Design Forums and Boat Design Gallery. Please do not post, reply, submit, or PM information which is sensitive, confidential, restricted, or which should not be shared.
This data will be used by ourselves and our agents, or in the case of voluntary submissions to the forum, gallery, or directory, posted on the net.

Do we use Cookies

Yes (Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computers hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the sites or service providers systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information

We use cookies to understand and save your preferences for future visits and allow you to track posts and login to the forum

Third party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on a user's prior visits BoatDesign.Net.

Google's use of the DoubleClick cookie enables it and its partners to serve ads to users based on their visit to BoatDesign.Net and/or other sites on the Internet.

Users may opt out of the use of the DoubleClick cookie for interest-based advertising by visiting Ads Settings.

You may also opt out of a third-party vendor's use of cookies for interest based advertising by visiting http://www.aboutads.info


Contact

If there are any questions regarding this privacy policy, please send your concerns or questions using the contact form.

Disclaimer of Warranties
Please use your best judgment in evaluating all information contained or opinions expressed on Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net). It is the policy of Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) not to endorse or oppose any opinion expressed by a user or content or link provided by a user, contributor, or other independent party. You expressly agree that your use of Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) is at your sole risk. Neither Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) nor any of its subsidiary and parent companies, or affiliates, or their respective directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, affiliates, licensors or other suppliers providing content, data, information or services warrants that Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) or any Internet site linked to or from Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected, nor do any of them make any warranty as to the results that may be obtained from the use of Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) or any internet site linked to or from Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) or as to the timeliness, sequence, accuracy, authority, completeness, usefulness, noninfringement, reliability, availability, or substance of any content, information, service, or transaction provided through Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) or any site linked to or from Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net). Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) is provided on an "as is," "as available" basis, without warranties of any kind, either express or implied, including, without limitation, those of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.

Limitations of Liability
Under no circumstances shall Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net), its subsidiary and parent companies, or affiliates, or their respective directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or licensors, be liable for any incidental, special or consequential damages under or arising from this agreement, Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net), or any internet site linked to or from Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net), whether for breach of contract, tortious behavior, negligence, or under any other cause of action, including without limitation, any liability for damages caused or allegedly caused by any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, communications line failure, breakdown of equipment, software error, infringement, unauthorized access to, or theft, destruction, alteration, or use of, records.

Under no circumstances shall Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net), its subsidiary and parent companies, or affiliates, or their respective directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or licensors, be liable to you or any other third party for any decision made or action taken by you in reliance on the content contained within Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) or the content contained within any internet site linked to or from Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net). the content within Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) and the content within internet sites linked to or from Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) may include technical or other inaccuracies or typographical errors. changes are periodically added to the content herein; these changes will be incorporated in new versions of Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) and specifically are included in this section agreement. Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) and its contributors may make improvements and/or changes in the content at any time and from time to time.

You specifically acknowledge and agree that Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) is not liable for any defamatory, offensive, fraudulent, or otherwise illegal conduct of any user. If you are dissatisfied with any Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) site content, or with the access agreement of Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net), in whole or in part, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net).

Indemnity
You agree to indemnify and hold Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net), its parent or subsidiary companies and their affiliates, and their respective directors, officers, employees, and agents harmless from any and all liabilities, claims and expenses, including reasonable attorneys fees, arising from breach of this Agreement, any other policy, your use or access of Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) or any Internet site linked to or from Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net), or in connection with the transmission of any Content on Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net).

Termination
The only right with respect to dissatisfaction with any policies, guidelines, or practices of Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) in operating Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net), or any change in Content, is for you to discontinue accessing Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net). Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) may terminate or temporarily suspend your access to all or any part of Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net), without notice, for conduct that Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) believes is a violation of this Agreement or any policies or guidelines posted by Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net), or for other conduct which Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) believes, in its sole discretion, is harmful to Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) or other Users. Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) may discontinue operating Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net) and terminate this Agreement without notice at any time for any reason in its sole discretion. In the event of termination, you are no longer authorized to access Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net), including the Interactive Areas, and the restrictions imposed on you with respect to Content downloaded from Boat Design Net (boatdesign.net), as well as the disclaimers and limitations of liabilities set forth in this agreement, shall survive.


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