A 9m Easy Craft aluminum fishing boat (not the exact boat seized). Stabicraft alleged that some models from the Shandong-based manufacturer are copied from their designs. Photo / Provided

Two southern boat companies have locked horns in the High Court over imported Chinese gear amid disputed claims the manufacturer ripped off Stabicraft designs.

Customs seized the boat at the border because documents were filed

Stabicraft founder Paul Adams, who has now stepped down as chief executive, has previously denounced copycats of his company’s boats in a video posted online.