Patents Examined by Ajay Vasudeva
  • Patent number: 10723421
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a houseboat assembly formed from a cabin assembly secured to a hull assembly. In some version of the houseboat assembly, the hull assembly may include a runoff flange. The runoff flange may include an inner flange, an outer flange, and a riser extending between the inner flange and the outer flange. The outer flange may extend along an imaginary longitudinal outer flange axis and the riser may extend along an imaginary longitudinal riser axis whereby the riser axis intersects the outer flange axis at an angle. In some versions of the houseboat assembly, the angle is an acute angle. More specifically, the angle may be between thirty and sixty degrees. In some versions of the houseboat assembly, the cabin assembly is secured to the inner flange of the runoff flange. Cross-members and deck boards may be secured to a roof of the cabin assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Harbor Cottage, LLC
    Inventor: James DeSales Hamilton
  • Patent number: 10718142
    Abstract: A carrying tray facilitates installation of a latching assembly on a cowl of a marine drive. The carrying tray comprises a plurality of latching device cavities configured to retain a plurality of latching devices in a spaced-apart orientation that positions each respective latching device with respect to its mounting position on the cowl so that the respective latching device can be directly installed onto the cowl without tangling or damaging the flexible connectors, and an actuator retainer that retains an actuator in a position with respect to its mounting position on the cowl so that the actuator can be directly installed onto the cowl without tangling or damaging the flexible connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Steven J. Amerling, John A. Groeschel
  • Patent number: 10717498
    Abstract: The invention relates to a trim stabilizer device comprising a foil being structurally independent from the transom of a boat to which it is to be mounted and being tiltable around its transversal axis; a first actuator associated with the foil for tilting thereof; a adjusting arm associated with the foil, at one end, for making a vertical motion thereof relative to the transom, and at the other end, associated with a connecting member provided on the transom. The trim stabilizer device for boats comprises a second actuator for making a vertical motion by a non-manual force of the adjusting arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Mehmet Nevres Ulgen
  • Patent number: 10710685
    Abstract: A keel canting mechanism for a sailing vessel having a hull, a keel and a mast is disclosed. The mechanism comprises a worm gear co-axial with the longitudinal axis of the vessel about which the keel rotates during a canting movement. There is a double enveloping worm in mesh with the worm gear and means for driving the worm. The worm gear is fast with the keel and, when rotated by the worm, displaces the keel through a canting movement. The gear has a plurality of holes in it into which pins can be inserted to lock the gear, and hence the keel, in the position to which it has been moved by the worm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventor: Sarah-May Steenkamp
  • Patent number: 10710679
    Abstract: An inflatable boat with a motor mount for use in shallow water conditions. The inflatable boat with the motor mount has a U-shaped hull in plan view, which is formed by open outline of inflatable boards and nose, as well as a transom installed on the boat stern and an inflatable bottom attached to the hull from below, and which bottom has an axissymmetric groove laying longitudinally from the stern end. The groove is V-shaped in cross-section. The depth of the groove is reduced uniformly in direction to the bottom nose. The inflatable boat according to the present invention allows expansion of usage specifications of the inflatable boats with motor mount, provides an additional guard for the outboard motors installed on them against possible mechanical damages and lowers fuel consumption in comparison with the boats of similar design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Stanislav Vladimirovich Zykov, Mihail Viktorovich Losev, Sergej Valer'evich Chesnokov
  • Patent number: 10703447
    Abstract: A fuel tender for providing fuel to an internal combustion engine of a marine vessel may include a first pontoon, a second pontoon, and a truss structure connecting the first pontoon to the second pontoon with the first pontoon being separated from the second pontoon by a pontoon separation distance that is greater than a vessel width of the marine vessel so that the first pontoon and the second pontoon can straddle a vessel stern of the marine vessel with the truss structure disposed above a stern deck of the marine vessel. A fuel reservoir may be mounted on the truss structure and have a fuel supply line extending therefrom, with the fuel supply line being fluidly connectable to a fuel inlet port for the internal combustion engine when the first pontoon and the second pontoon straddle the vessel stern of the marine vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Progress Rail Locomotive Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Christopher Kulaga, Gerald Robert West
  • Patent number: 10689077
    Abstract: A self-propelling watercraft system is provided. The watercraft has a base with a plurality of sidewalls extending from the base to form a cockpit. The base also has a recess, where a pump can detachably connect to the hull within the recess. The pump has an intake valve on a first end and a nozzle on a second end that is opposite the first end. The intake valve can intake water. The nozzle can jettison water received in the pump from the intake valve and agitate water surrounding the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventors: Michael Railey, Leonard Stobar
  • Patent number: 10683074
    Abstract: A hydraulic steering system comprising a primary propulsion unit having a tiller, an auxiliary propulsion unit having a tiller, and a hydraulic steering actuator operatively coupled to the tiller of the primary propulsion unit. A tie bar couples a tie bar mount of the hydraulic steering actuator to the tiller of the auxiliary propulsion unit. A first connecting member which connects the tie bar to the tie bar mount of the hydraulic steering actuator and a second connecting member which connects the tie bar to the auxiliary propulsion unit are oriented substantially perpendicular to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: Marine Canada Acquisition Inc.
    Inventors: Noam Davidson, Richard Redfern, Neal W. D. Wood
  • Patent number: 10661868
    Abstract: A vessel propulsion apparatus includes a propulsive force generator including a duct and a propeller. The duct includes a stator. The propeller includes a rim that includes a rotor disposed at a position facing the stator, and a blade on an inner side in a radial direction of the rim. The vessel propulsion apparatus further includes a steering shaft that turnably supports the duct, a motor controller that rotationally drives an electric motor including the stator and the propeller in forward and reverse rotation directions, a turning mechanism that turns the duct in a full turning angle range including a range of ±180 degrees, and a turning angle range limiter that limits a turning angle range of the turning mechanism to a reduced turning angle range narrower than the full turning angle range, and when a predetermined limitation cancellation condition is met, cancels the limitation and allows turning in a turning angle range wider than the reduced turning angle range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Takayoshi Suzuki, Kohei Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10661867
    Abstract: An underwater drone is disclosed. The underwater drone includes a horizontal propeller module and a vertical propeller module to respectively provide a drone body with a horizontal proceeding force and a vertical lifting or diving force. The underwater drone includes a horizontal channel and a vertical channel, which allow the water to pass through for reducing resistance when the underwater drone moves forwards, upwards or downwards. The underwater drone is equipped with a buoy member with an antenna portion of a communication module disposed therein. The underwater drone is equipped with the fishing device, the fish finding device and the image capturing module. Therefore, the underwater drone is capable of fishing, rapidly moving and wireless remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: PowerVision Tech Inc.
    Inventors: Weifeng Zheng, Zhixiong He, Di Zheng, Hailiang Wu, Jie Tang, Guangzhang Wu
  • Patent number: 10654546
    Abstract: A sustainable floating community based on a mass-produced modular, pre-fabricated kit of parts referred to as floating modular units. The floating modular units are designed to allow for various needs while remaining simple to deliver and assemble by hand in remote destinations prone to volatile shifts in water levels and currents. The floating modular units are ready to assemble, can be erected for use on land and bodies of water, are easily collapsible for transport, thereby serving as highly adaptable transportable structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventor: Charles I. Wee
  • Patent number: 10654553
    Abstract: A ship including a liquefied gas storage tank includes: first and second compressors which compresse a boil-off gas discharged from a storage tank; a boost compressor which compresses one part of the boil-off gas that is compressed by at least any one of the first compressor and/or the second compressor; a first heat exchanger which heat exchanges the boil-off gas compressed by the boost compressor and the boil-off gas discharged from the storage tank; a refrigerant decompressing device which expands the other part of the boil-off gas that is compressed by at least any one of the first compressor and/or the second compressor; a second heat exchanger which cools, by a fluid expanded by the refrigerant decompressing device as a refrigerant; and an additional compressor which is compresses the refrigerant that passes through the refrigerant decompressing device and second heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Inventors: Hyun Jun Shin, Dong Kyu Choi, Young Sik Moon
  • Patent number: 10640172
    Abstract: The invention relates to a vessel, especially a drillship or so-called drilling ship. The vessel comprises a hull having a bottom surface and a deck. A moon pool extends from the bottom surface of the hull in an upward direction through the hull. Further, the vessel is provided with a cavity located at a rear side of the moon pool, with the cavity being at least partly open at a front side to allow water to flow from the moon pool directly into the cavity. Further, the cavity is at least partly open at a bottom side to allow water to flow out of the cavity. The cavity is defined at least partly by a trailing wall sloping downwards in a rearward direction and at least partly by a ceiling connecting a rear wall of the moon pool with the downwardly sloping trailing wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: GustoMSC B.V.
    Inventors: Sjoerd Maarten Hendriks, Jan-Willem Krijger, Dimitrios Chalkias
  • Patent number: 10640177
    Abstract: An apparatus may include a drone buoy configured to float on a body of water. The drone buoy may include a first configuration. The drone buoy may include a second configuration, wherein the drone buoy may be configured to transition between the first configuration and the second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Peyton Webb Robertson
  • Patent number: 10634245
    Abstract: A shift device for a boat includes a lever which can be operated about a predetermined axis, and a lever operation suppression mechanism which suppresses an operation of the lever. The lever operation suppression mechanism includes a load applying portions (a first load applying portion and a second load applying portion) which apply different loads to the lever in a first operation period of operating the lever between a neutral position of the lever and a first position corresponding to a forward movement of the boat, and in a second operation period of operating the lever between the neutral position and a second position corresponding to a backward movement of the boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: NHK SPRING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kentaro Kitada
  • Patent number: 10633790
    Abstract: A mooring member comprises a rope configured for extending between a vessel floating in a body of water and an anchoring device. The mooring member comprises a plurality of functional elements, wherein a first functional element is wound onto at least a portion of the rope, a second functional element is wound onto the first functional element, and so on, until an outermost functional element is wound onto a second-to-outermost functional element. The functional elements are wound in a helical configuration, and are configured to provide at least one of the following functions: damage protection, buoyancy, optical detection, sonar detection, stiffness control, and anti-fouling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Calorflex, AS
    Inventors: Allan Boye Hansen, Peter Sörensen
  • Patent number: 10611452
    Abstract: An outdrive flexible shield apparatus has a rectangular frame and a rectangular flexible liner. The frame has a front pole, a left back corner, and a right back corner. The front pole of the rectangular frame has a left segment and a right segment, the right segment separated by a gap from the left segment. A circular opening is medially disposed within a front surface of the rectangular flexible liner. The rectangular flexible liner is attachable to the frame. A left rope attaches the back left corner of the apparatus to a boat and another right rope attaches the back right corner of the apparatus to the boat. A dissolvable chlorine cartridge is removably disposable within the cavity of the substantially rectangular flexible liner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Inventor: Bonnie LaGrasso
  • Patent number: 10583329
    Abstract: A rescue device with a hybrid foldable avalanche airbag, the airbag containing at least one outer gas compartment that surrounds at least one inner air compartment. The outer compartment constitutes a pneumatic support frame for the airbag connected via a discharge valve with at least one pressurized gas cartridge. The inner air compartment is provided with at least one check valve through which ambient air is drawn in. The folded airbag is placed in a pocket of a backpack or in a pouch provided with shoulder straps connected to a buckled belt forming thereby a vest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventors: Wojciech Wieczorek, Andrzej Wieczorek
  • Patent number: 10577119
    Abstract: The invention is a watercraft to aircraft refueling system (“WARS”). A WARS is a refueling system based from a watercraft, such as a surface ship or submarine. A WARS would typically include an elevation apparatus to lift a refueling hose above the water. The elevation apparatus can compose a lifting or swiveling mechanism. In some embodiments both a lifting and swiveling mechanism is used. The WARS lifts the refueling hose above the water, allowing an aircraft to engage with the WARS. The refueling hose may also include a telescoping mechanism or a rotor apparatus or a pressurized water nozzle system to elevate the refueling hose and assist in engaging a WARS with an aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventor: Konstantinos Margetis
  • Patent number: 10549825
    Abstract: A survival craft comprises a hull (10) formed from inflatable members (12, 13) and mounting a powered propulsion system (18, 19) for the survival craft. A superstructure (11) is mounted on the hull and formed from inflatable members (25, 26, 29a-29i) and a flexible roof (28) supported by the inflatable members (25, 26, 29a-29i). The superstructure provides the hull (10) with increased longitudinal rigidity that reduces the tendency of the hull (10) to bow longitudinally when the propulsion system (18, 19) is operating. The survival craft forms part of a marine escape system with the survival craft deflated and packed in a container including an inflation system for the survival craft. The system has a deployment system for mounting on a marine structure and carrying the container with the deployment system transferring the container from the structure to the water where the inflation system inflates the survival craft for access by persons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventors: Damian Keown, Cyril Stocker, Richard McCormick, Iain McLean