Patents Assigned to Brunswick Corporation
  • Patent number: 11945565
    Abstract: A marine vessel including a hull extending horizontally from a bow to a stern with a midpoint therebetween. The hull has opposing walls that extend upwardly, where the opposing walls have inner sides that face inwardly toward each other and outer sides that face outwardly. A first of the outer sides defines a first opening therein that is horizontally closer to the midpoint than to the stern and horizontally closer to the midpoint than to the bow. An engine compartment is configured for positioning an engine therein. A first conduit fluidly couples the first opening and the engine compartment for at least one of ventilating and exhausting the engine compartment. The first opening is positioned to prevent water from entering the first conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Prasad Dhananjay Deole, Matthew P. Klausky, Paul E. Olvera, Zachary M. Handziak
  • Publication number: 20240104318
    Abstract: A system for tracking assets having tags using a moving device. The system includes a tag reader having a range and being located on the moving device. The tag reader is configured to read asset data from each of the tags within the range of the tag reader. A location tracker detects a geographic location of the moving device and asset locations are determined for the assets based on the geographic location detected. A wireless transmitter is located on the moving device. The wireless transmitter communicates the asset data and the asset locations for each of the tags read by the tag reader. A computing system receives the asset data and the asset locations and maintains a database of the asset data and the asset locations for the assets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2021
    Publication date: March 28, 2024
    Applicant: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventor: Sean Minogue
  • Patent number: 11939036
    Abstract: A device for coupling a propulsor to a marine vessel. A rail is configured for attachment to the marine vessel. A carriage is moveable relative to the rail into first and second positions. A shaft has a first end pivotally coupled to the marine vessel and a second end for coupling to the propulsor. An actuator is configured to pivot the shaft relative to the marine vessel to thereby move the propulsor into and between stowed and deployed positions. A lock is manually operable to fix the carriage in the first position in which the actuator prevents manual pivoting of the shaft and alternatively in the second position in which the shaft is permitted to be manually pivoted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Andres Perdomo Tornbaum, Wayne M. Jaszewski, Robert A. Podell, Jeremy J. Kraus, James E. Erickson, Randall J. Poirier, Derek J. Fletcher
  • Patent number: 11940147
    Abstract: A blown air heating system has a housing having an upstream air inlet and a downstream air outlet and a forced-air device configured to draw air into the housing via the air inlet and force the air out of the housing via the air outlet, wherein the air follows an airflow path from the air inlet to the air outlet. A gas burner is configured to heat the air as it passes through the housing. A gas valve is configured to provide a fuel gas to the gas burner, and the gas valve is located between the air inlet and the air outlet and in the airflow path. A baffle is in the airflow path, and the baffle is configured to divert the flow of air away from at least part of the gas valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Stuart C. Black, David M. Hopley, Philip Eadie
  • Publication number: 20240092468
    Abstract: A transportable outboard motor has a midsection and a tiller extending forwardly from the midsection. The tiller is pivotable about a lateral tilt axis into a downward tilt position in which the tiller is oriented transversely to the lateral and longitudinal directions. The tiller in the downward tilt position is configured to permit manual carrying of the transportable outboard motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2022
    Publication date: March 21, 2024
    Applicant: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Todd D. Dannenberg, Matthew Z. Seta, Scott G. Ahlswede, Gary D. Needham, Robert A. Podell, Andrew J. Przybyl, Matthew S. Dawes
  • Publication number: 20240092471
    Abstract: A stern drive is for propelling a marine vessel in a body of water. The stern drive has a powerhead, a mounting assembly configured to affix the powerhead to the transom, inside the marine vessel, and a drive assembly coupled to the mounting assembly, the drive assembly being trimmable up and down relative to the mounting assembly, the drive assembly comprising a driveshaft and an output shaft which extends transversely to the driveshaft. The drive assembly has a driveshaft housing for the driveshaft and a gearcase housing for the output shaft, wherein the gearcase housing is steerable relative to the driveshaft housing. A universal joint couples the powerhead to the driveshaft so that operation of the powerhead causes rotation of the driveshaft, which in turn causes rotation of the output shaft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2023
    Publication date: March 21, 2024
    Applicant: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: David J. Belter, John A. Groeschel
  • Publication number: 20240092470
    Abstract: A transportable outboard motor has a tiller which is pivotable about a lateral tilt axis into a plurality of tilt positions and also pivotable about an axial yaw axis into a plurality of yaw positions. The tiller is pivotable about the axial yaw axis into a straight-ahead position, into a port yaw position which is oriented towards the port side relative to the straight-ahead position, and into a starboard yaw position which is oriented towards the starboard side relative to the straight-ahead position. The tiller is pivotable downwardly about the lateral tilt axis from the port yaw position, and downwardly about the lateral tilt axis from the starboard yaw position. Pivoting the tiller into the plurality of yaw positions creates space for a user to manually grasp a swivel tube and thereby lift the transportable outboard motor from a rear-laydown position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2022
    Publication date: March 21, 2024
    Applicant: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Todd D. Dannenberg, Matthew Z. Seta, Scott G. Ahlswede, Gary D. Needham, Robert A. Podell, Andrew J. Przybyl, Matthew S. Dawes
  • Patent number: 11932369
    Abstract: A device for coupling a propulsor to a marine vessel. The device includes a mounting bracket configured for attachment to the marine vessel. A support frame has a carriage and is configured for the propulsor to be coupled thereto, where the carriage is configured to slidably engage with the mounting bracket into a fixed position. A member is manually engageable to prevent the carriage from sliding out of the fixed position. The propulsor is coupled to the marine vessel by sliding the carriage into the fixed position and engaging the member, where the propulsor is operable to propel the marine vessel in water when the carriage is in the fixed position, and where the propulsor is configured for decoupling from the marine vessel by disengaging the member and sliding the carriage out of engagement with the mounting bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Andres Perdomo Tornbaum, Tom Geng, Steven Lu, Matthew Z. Seta, Jeremy J. Kraus, Keith W. Schmidt, James E. Erickson, Ronald L. Hall, Derek J. Fletcher
  • Patent number: 11932370
    Abstract: A system for steering marine propulsion devices. Steering actuators are configured to change steering angles of the marine propulsion devices. A control system is operatively connected to the steering actuators. The control system is configured to receive a steering request for steering a first device among the marine propulsion devices, compare a steering angle of the first device to a steering angle of a second device among the marine propulsion devices, and control the steering actuators to steer the first device only when the steering angle of the first device is within a threshold range of the steering angle of the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Jason S. Arbuckle, Thomas S. Kirchhoff, Robert R. Osthelder
  • Patent number: 11912389
    Abstract: A propeller for a marine propulsion device configured for use on a boat has a hub extending along a longitudinal axis and a plurality of blades, each blade having a blade root attached to the hub and extending radially outwardly from the longitudinal axis toward a respective blade tip. Each blade has a polymer-based core. Each blade is coated with a metal coating that extends from the blade root radially outwardly toward the blade tip. The blade tips are not coated with the metal coating. A method of manufacturing the propeller is also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel A. Roske, Jeffrey D. Reifsnyder
  • Publication number: 20240059386
    Abstract: An electric marine propulsion system configured to propel a marine vessel includes at least one electric motor powered by a power storage system and configured to rotate a propulsor to propel the marine vessel and a control system. The control system is configured to determine a voltage change due to a change in demand level of the electric motor, determine a minimum voltage at a maximum rated demand level for the electric motor based on the voltage change, determine an adjusted command for the electric motor based on the minimum voltage and a current demand input, and control the electric motor based on the adjusted command.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2022
    Publication date: February 22, 2024
    Applicant: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Jared D. Kalnins, Mitchell J. Baer
  • Patent number: 11904996
    Abstract: A method for controlling propulsion of a marine vessel powered by a marine propulsion system including a plurality of propulsion devices includes operating at least one proximity sensor to determine a relative position of the marine vessel with respect to an object, the at least one proximity sensor having a field of view (FOV), identifying a trigger condition for expanding the FOV of the at least one proximity sensor, and determining whether the object will be sufficiently captured based on recent vessel angle data of the marine vessel. Upon determining that the object will not be sufficiently captured, thrust and/or steering position of at least one of the plurality of propulsion devices is controlled to expand the FOV of the at least one proximity sensor by inducing a roll movement or a pitch movement of the marine vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew Eric Derginer, Aaron J. Ward, Travis C. Malouf
  • Patent number: 11904997
    Abstract: A method for maneuvering a marine vessel includes receiving an input signal from an analog user input device and comparing a magnitude of the input signal to a predetermined threshold. In response to the magnitude of the input signal being less than the predetermined threshold, the method includes actuating a first marine propulsion device to produce thrust. In response to the magnitude of the input signal being greater than or equal to the predetermined threshold, the method includes actuating the first marine propulsion device and a second marine propulsion device to produce thrust. The second marine propulsion device does not produce thrust when the magnitude of the input signal is less than the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin C. Wald, Brad E. Taylor, Kenneth G. Gable
  • Publication number: 20240051650
    Abstract: A transom bracket assembly is for supporting a marine drive on a marine vessel. The assembly comprises a transom bracket comprising a swivel cylinder, a steering arm extending from the marine drive, a swivel tube having a first end coupled to the steering arm and a second end seated in the swivel cylinder so that steering of the steering arm relative to the transom bracket rotates the swivel tube in the swivel cylinder about a steering axis for the marine drive, and a yoke which couples the second end of the swivel tube to the marine drive.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2022
    Publication date: February 15, 2024
    Applicant: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas F. Nickols, Jeremy J. Kraus
  • Patent number: D1014998
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2023
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Rachel Parteko, Rostislav T. Kucher
  • Patent number: D1015252
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan C. Abellera, Todd D. Dannenberg
  • Patent number: D1015898
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan C. Abellera, Todd D. Dannenberg, Thomas M. Weger
  • Patent number: D1016503
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Rachel Parteko, Rostislav T. Kucher, Jacob M. Oswalt
  • Patent number: D1019442
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Taj L. Puetz, Mark W. Henker
  • Patent number: D1020600
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Ryan C. Abellera, Todd D. Dannenberg