Abstract: A fire hose winding apparatus. The apparatus includes an elongated, horizontal frame, or extension arm, having an inner end detachably coupled to a fire truck, or other available support. A horizontal spindle extends transversely from an outer end of the frame. A hub assembly is mounted for rotation on the spindle and threadably secured thereon with a fastener knob. The hub assembly includes a centrally positioned hub and a plurality of radially extending hub arms. Hose arms are detachably and adjustably coupled to the outer ends of each hub arm. The outer extremity of each hose arm is provided with an L-shaped hose catcher bracket. The hose arms are set at a predetermined radially extending distance from the hub, to provide a support and forming frame for the fire hose. A cranking handle is detachably coupled to a selected hose arm. An end portion of the fire hose is placed over one of the catcher brackets, and the handle is rotated to wind successive layers of hose over the form provided by the brackets.
Abstract: A gunwale mounted fishing rod holder comprising an inboard arm to support the butt end of a rod and an outboard arm to support the reel portion thereof. The improvement involves the addition of a latching structure which securely encloses the butt end of the rod while the baited line is in the water but which opens when the user grasps the rod and lifts it in the event of a strike. The continuous upward movement of the rod saves time and allows the user to set the hook more quickly than when it is first necessary to shift the rod in an outboard direction before the rod can be lifted out of the holder.
Abstract: A bracket for supporting a fender on a frame including an arm and a plate. The arm is bent to form two parallel, but displaced portions. The plate is attached to the outer portion using a clamp. The clamp can be loosened to allow the plate to rotate about and slide along the outer end of the arm. A bolt extends from and parallel to the inner portion of the arm. The bolt passes through a hole in the frame and can rotate in the hole until a nut secures the bracket.
Abstract: A combined towing and docking hitch for watercraft. The hitch includes an elongated frame with a cable winch, a rearward yoke subframe, and a forward coupler. The coupler is adapted for mating with a complementary receptacle or receiver, mounted either on the stern of a towing boat or a boat dock. A cable or fiber web extending from the winch is attached to the bow eye of the towed or docked watercraft. The cable is advanced forwardly to draw the bow into nested engagement with the yoke. The yoke includes a pair of rearwardly diverging stabilizer arms having resilient bumpers on each end. A V-shaped roller is provided adjacent the converging region of the arms to accommodate the front bow stem of the towed watercraaft. The frame is pivotally attached to the coupler to accommodate wave-induced pitching movement, between the two vessels or between the moored watercraft and the dock.
Abstract: An ironing system for guests of the hospitality industry that is not only compact in size, for storage in a guest room closet, but is also convenient and safe to use when the guest needs to press garments or other articles of wearing apparel. By combining the customary iron and the usual ironing board with a specially constructed iron holder and tethering arrangement, property damage and loss is contained, all to the benefit of management and guest alike.
Abstract: An electric, three-wheeled motor scooter is described which can derive its motive energy either from a solar-electric array on the vehicle or an independent source of electric power. The vehicle has a unique suspension which permits limited lateral rotation of the forward portion of the vehicle relative to the rear portion, and thereby, facilitates handling and ease of use. Speed and acceleration are controlled through a modulated pulse width controller which supplies pulses of electrical energy to the DC motor in response to throttle commands.