You just had your fancy new interior done for your 100 pt show boat and you want to go the extra mile and sew on a remade label on your remade cushion like the original ones? Well, you may want to check with your attorney first. Yup, hey don’t yell at me. Just the possible messenger. We had this conversation with Seth at Katzs Marina a bit ago who is obsessed with being original as we are. .
Here is the thought. That label, like the ones on your new mattress and so on that we all laugh at that say DO NOT REMOVE, is allowed to be there because it passed some legal standards. And the item that the tag is on is registered as such. So in a sense, when you remake a label like this for your cushion, you are in a sense making a counterfeit label. It is no different than making a 1948 $100 bill to use as gas money on your boat.
Okay, lets take this thought all the way to court. I am pretty sure the coast guard guys who are going over your boat are not going to call out the label. BUT. Lets say your boat sinks. Or someone else sinks and you toss them your REMADE cushion, and lets say that it has a remade label on it, and lets say it fails. Or anything goes wrong. Its within reason that the person that was tossed the REMADE cushion could come back at you and say, hey, you lied about this cushion.
Here is another scary thought on a related product, 6 volt Bilge pumps. The O rings on those are old and need replacing. You make an aftermarket O ring, and it fails. Is that remade O ring liable? Now we are not attorneys here, I am sure one of you is, and can comment here. But, it is a topic to consider. Just don’t tell me that original Zippers are an issue.