Patents Examined by Andrew Polay
  • Patent number: 10723430
    Abstract: A propeller propulsion system for a watercraft includes at least one electric motor and a propeller which can be driven by the electric motor. The propeller is a surface piercing propeller. The propulsion system includes a box-like body having a side wall on which the electric motor is fixed and a cover part on which an outdrive of the surface piercing propeller is applied. The side wall and the cover part include holes through which a shaft of the motor and a shaft of the outdrive respectively pass. The box-like body includes means for transmission of motion from the drive shaft to the outdrive shaft, and the propulsion system includes means for fixing the box-like body to a transom of the watercraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: VOLTA BOATS GmbH
    Inventor: Giorgio Raimondi
  • Patent number: 10723418
    Abstract: A surfboard having laterally opposed pairs of axial or lengthwise grooves with the pair forming opposed rails of greater stiffness and reduced mass. At least one of the grooves of each pair is at a board edge extremity and the other groove is nearby, preferably near or on the lower side of the surfboard. The grooves may be laid up with epoxy or fiberglass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Gianfranco Gasparro
  • Patent number: 10710683
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a vessel that comprises at least one super structure configured to at least in part translate relative to said hull between a first position and at least one other position. The at least one superstructure in said first condition at least in part defines a first zone suitable for accommodating at least one person and/or vehicle, and the at least one superstructure in said second condition at least in part defines a second zone suitable for accommodating at least one person and/or vehicle. Preferably the at least one superstructure at least in part separates the first and second zones. Preferably the vessel's centre of mass is aft of mid-ship in the first condition and forward of mid-ship in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: KILOBRAVO LIMITED
    Inventor: Kyle Dick
  • Patent number: 10703445
    Abstract: An apparatus for towing geophysical sources includes a housing; a first geophysical source disposed in the housing so that the first geophysical source is partially exposed to a surrounding environment; and a plurality of ballast tanks coupled to the housing and configured to at least one of: change a buoyancy of the source towing system; and shift a center of mass of the source towing system. A method of towing a geophysical source includes towing a source towing system through a body of water at a towing depth; and operating a plurality of ballast tanks of the source towing system to at least one of: change a buoyancy of the source towing system; and shift a center of mass of the source towing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: PGS Geophysical AS
    Inventors: Mattias Oscarsson, Thomas Hvesser
  • Patent number: 10683063
    Abstract: A wakeboard binding assembly in which the upper may be directly connected to the base plate without additional adhesives, stitching, or fasteners thus facilitating the assembly, removal, modification or interchange of one or more components of the binding during manufacturing, by a consumer or dealer to customize the fit, function and/or aesthetics of the binding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventor: Scott Stephan
  • Patent number: 10676162
    Abstract: An autonomous anchor device, involving a streamlined body configured to freefall through a water column and to drive itself into sediment of an aquatic environment and a plurality of blades operably coupled with the streamlined body and configured to deploy itself into the sediment as well as retract itself from the sediment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: United States Government as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Leif Roth, Josh Bianchi, Adam White, Brian Daniel Shook
  • Patent number: 10676158
    Abstract: The invention is a watercraft with at least one hull which creates hydrodynamic lift by using narrowing concave channels (1) on the underside of the said at least one hull where propulsion (3) is placed such that the said propulsion draws water through the said narrowing concave channels (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: Yu Lee Tan
  • Patent number: 10661871
    Abstract: A watercraft includes a transversely leftward moving switch and a transversely rightward moving switch attached to a steering wheel. A controller is configured or programmed to control a marine propulsion device so as to move a vessel body of the watercraft transversely leftward when the transversely leftward moving switch is operated. The controller is configured or programmed to control the marine propulsion device so as to move the vessel body transversely rightward when the transversely rightward moving switch is operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Satoshi Koyano, Hirotaka Aoki
  • Patent number: 10654550
    Abstract: Disclosed are an improved nozzle for an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV), and a method for operating the same. The nozzle includes a first rigid member operatively coupled to a UUV steering mechanism. The nozzle also has a second rigid member, coupled to the first rigid member by a flexible bellows according to a configurable operating angle. The nozzle does not extend beyond a bounding surface when stored but does when deployed. Water traversing the first rigid member and contacting the second rigid member produces a reactive force according to the configurable operating angle. Simultaneous and independent control of the volume of fluid traversing several such nozzles in the UUV, and their respective orientations and operating angles, permits automatic station-keeping or navigation according to another guidance objective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Emily J. Pikor
  • Patent number: 10647386
    Abstract: The invention relates to a watercraft having a hull (10) which has a hydrofoil assembly (20) in the region of the stern (12) and another hydrofoil assembly (30) in the region of the bow (11), the hydrofoil assemblies (20, 30) each having hydrofoils (21, 31) arranged on both sides of the hull (10). To achieve a stable position in the water while ensuring good driving dynamics under a wide range of conditions, according to the invention the hydrofoil assemblies (20, 30) are coupled to at least one adjustment unit (22, 32) such that the bow-side hydrofoil assembly (20) and the stern-side hydrofoil assembly can each be at least partially individually height adjustable (FIG. 1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Peter Schnauffer
  • Patent number: 10647385
    Abstract: Watercraft hulls and parts thereof are disclosed which improve hydrodynamic performance for yachts, sailboards, and other craft. Drag at the transition from displacement mode to planing mode may be reduced to be the same or less than the minimum drag experienced in planing mode. Exemplary embodiments may include a bow with a center planing surface and tunnels to either side. The bow tunnels may each end in a step. At least part of the center planing surface may be cambered. A spoiler and/or interceptor may be provided at an aft end of a camber of a planing surface. For some hulls, the bow is followed by a main lift surface which is followed by a back lift surface (from stem to stern). In the back lift surface behind the main lift surface, a tunnel surface may be provided to add longitudinal stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: John H. Keller, John Wallace Keller
  • Patent number: 10640185
    Abstract: An environmental protection garment for use during water activities includes a wetsuit. A plurality of bladders, a receiver, a transmitter, and a controller are coupled to the wetsuit. An inflation unit coupled to the wetsuit and fluidically coupled to the plurality of bladders. The receiver is global position system enabled. The controller is operationally coupled to the inflation unit, the receiver, and the transmitter. The controller is positioned to selectively actuate the inflation unit to inflate the bladders to increase a buoyancy of a user. The controller is positioned to selectively actuate the receiver to receive location coordinates and the transmitter to transmit the location coordinates and a distress signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Africa Jacobs
  • Patent number: 10640183
    Abstract: According to the present invention, there is provided a ship having an anti-sinking and anti-capsize device for emergency, which, in an emergency situation that may be caused by load or loss of buoyancy attributable to flooding, can continuously maintain the state of floating on the water by generating buoyancy inside and below a lower hull, and can prevent the ship from being tilted to one side or being completely capsized by maintaining the balance of the ship, thereby preventing a deadly accident that may occur in an emergency, such as a ship sinking accident, and also facilitating rescue operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Chongchul Kim
  • Patent number: 10640189
    Abstract: An outboard motor includes an engine, a fan driven by the engine to discharge air surrounding the engine, and a cowl housing the engine and the fan. The cowl includes a top cowl that is disposed above the engine and includes an exhaust pathway for exhaust to flow from the fan, and an exhaust port connected to the exhaust pathway and located on the top cowl. The exhaust port opens in a forward direction of the outboard motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 10633071
    Abstract: A cowl includes a bottom cowl, a top cowl, and a clamp device. The bottom cowl opens upward. The top cowl opens downward and closes an opening of the bottom cowl. The clamp device detachably couples the top cowl to the bottom cowl. The clamp device includes a clamp and an operating lever that operates the clamp. The clamp is disposed inside the cowl. The operating lever is disposed outside the cowl. A mating portion between the bottom cowl and the top cowl includes a first mating section and a second mating section as seen in a side view of the cowl. The first mating section extends rearward from a front end portion of the cowl. The second mating section extends upward and rearward from a rear end of the first mating section. The operating lever is located above an extension line defined by extending the first mating section rearward as seen in the side view of the cowl.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 10633068
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sail having a variable profile. The sail can vary between a folded non-operative position and an unfolded operative position, wherein they determine the profile of the sail (2) and therefore the aerodynamic surface for contacting with the wind, characterised in that the sail comprises at least one sail element (24) which is inflatable and stiffenable, and which can be actuated by inflation (30) and stiffening means (29), between a folded position corresponding to said folded non-operative position and said unfolded operative position, in which the sail (2) is inflated. The profile of the sail is divided into sections (21, 22) on both sides of a shaft (20), and comprises a support structure (23) on which said inflatable sail elements (24) are disposed, said inflatable sail elements being formed by inflatable pockets (24) which can be actuated by said inflation (30) and stiffening means (29).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: BOUND4BLUE, SL
    Inventors: Jose Miguel Bermudez Miquel, Cristina Aleixendri Munoz, Ignacio Bermudez Sanchez, David Ferrer Desclaux, Francisco Jose Saenz Sanez
  • Patent number: 10633061
    Abstract: An inflatable ride-on water toy comprising a stylized body that is connected to a separately inflated safety ring using a variety of configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Walter David Dial, III
  • Patent number: 10633072
    Abstract: A method for positioning a marine vessel includes receiving a measured actual position of the vessel and determining a first error between the actual position of the vessel and a desired target position of the vessel. In response to the first error being in a fore/aft direction of the vessel, the method includes commanding a first subset of marine propulsion devices in a plurality of marine propulsion devices to produce thrust to minimize the first error in the fore/aft direction, as appropriate, while a remainder of the marine propulsion devices in the plurality do not produce thrust. The method thereafter includes commanding the first subset of marine propulsion devices to cease producing thrust. The method may also include selecting whether to actuate all marine propulsion devices in the plurality of marine propulsion devices or a first subset thereof based on a magnitude and a direction of the first error.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Jason S. Arbuckle, Andrew J. Przybyl, Steven J. Andrasko
  • Patent number: 10625835
    Abstract: A marine propulsion system includes a water intake guide block with a flow guide passage, a propulsion device including a housing connected to the water intake guide block and a propeller mounted in the housing, a fixed nozzle connected to the housing of the propulsion device, a swinging nozzle connected to the fixed nozzle and biasable leftward and rightward relative to the fixed nozzle, and a contra type bossing pivotally connected to the fixed nozzle and biasable up and down relative to the fixed nozzle. When rotating the propeller, water is sucked into the flow guide passage and propelled by the propeller to eject backward through the fixed nozzle, and the swinging nozzle is biased leftward/rightward to control leftward/rightward turning of the boat, and the contra type bossing is biased upward/downward to control the pitch angle of the boat and forward/backward movement of the boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: SOLAS SCIENCE & ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yeun-Junn Lin
  • Patent number: 10625826
    Abstract: A motorized water sports equipment rack and method for motorized swiveling of a water sports equipment rack attached to a boat are disclosed. The motorized water sports equipment rack includes a mounting bracket for securing the mounting bracket to the boat and a water sports rack mounting bolt connected to the mounting bracket. A swivel bracket is connected to the water sports rack mounting bracket. A water sports equipment rack mount is connected to the swivel bracket. The water sports equipment rack mount supports a water sports equipment rack adapted for holding various types of water sporting equipment. A sealed actuator housing is connected to the swivel bracket and houses an actuator, such as an electric, pneumatic or hydraulic actuator. The actuator is configured to drive the swivel bracket to rotate the water sports equipment rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: LeClaire Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Michael Zimmerman