Patents Examined by Andrew Polay
  • Patent number: 11065928
    Abstract: An amphibious motorcycle with a hull that provides desirable buoyancy for the vehicle to float while in the water and yet allows the vehicle to lean/turn during use on land is provided. The amphibious motorcycle has a front wheel with a front suspension system and a rear wheel with a rear suspension system. Also included can be at least one wheel retraction system that is operable to move the front wheel and/or the rear wheel between a deployed position for use of the amphibious motorcycle on land and a retracted position for use of the amphibious motorcycle on or in the water. The amphibious motorcycle also has a hull that can have a center portion with a center bow and two oppositely disposed and spaced apart side portions each with a side bow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Gibbs Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Alan Timothy Gibbs, Simon James Longdill
  • Patent number: 11066134
    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: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventor: Walter David Dial, III
  • Patent number: 11065179
    Abstract: A therapeutic flotation device and a therapeutic method of use thereof is disclosed. The device includes a plurality of buoyant float elements and a member (an elongated web strap) that couples each of the buoyant float elements such that the buoyant float elements are serially aligned along the member. A first end of the member is secured to a second end of the member. A mating mechanism, such as a buckle, secures the first end of the member to the second end of the member, or the two ends of the member may be permanently secured to each other using an adhesive or by being sewn together. Each of the buoyant float elements has a center aperture aligned along the center of a cross-section thereof. The member is preferably coupled to each of the buoyant float elements by being sequentially passed through the center apertures of each buoyant float element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventor: Arnold Beau Baker
  • Patent number: 11066137
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a marine structure comprising an external surface (50), a load (2, 20, 21, 22, 25) comprising a light source, said load having a first load terminal (2a) and a second load terminal (2b) adapted to be powered by an AC power source (1), said AC power source (1) having a first AC terminal (1a) electrically connectable to the surface (50) and a second AC terminal (1b), a first electrode (3) electrically connected to the first load terminal (2a), and a dielectric layer (4). The first electrode (3) and the dielectric layer (4) are arranged to form, in combination with the surface (50), a capacitor (6) for capacitive transmission of electrical power between the first electrode (3) and the surface (50). The second AC terminal (1b) and the second load terminal (2b) are arranged to be electrically connected to an external electrically conductive element (10, 11) insulated from the surface (50). The first load terminal (2a) is electrically insulated from the second load terminal (2b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Martinus Hermanus Wilhelmus Maria Van Delden
  • Patent number: 11052980
    Abstract: An underarm float for infants, comprising a main body, the main body is composed of a front part and rear parts, which are connected to each other, wherein rear parts are connected to both ends of the front part, and rear parts at the two ends of front part are oppositely arranged; a first arc groove and second arc grooves are formed at the joint between front part and a rear part, first arc groove is downwards recessed along the upper surface of the front part and the rear part, and the second arc grooves are inwards recessed along the side surface of the front part and the rear part; a shoulder strap is arranged at the joint between the front part and the rear part, and the shoulder strap is located above the first arc groove; and the oppositely arranged rear parts are provided with an elastic cord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Inventor: Weixin Zhou
  • Patent number: 11046396
    Abstract: A surfboard fin assembly for the flush incorporation into a surfboard body that allows for adjusting the depth the fin extends below the surfboard. It has a biasing means that maintains the fin in the down position yet allows upward movement upon the application of upward force such as when the fin is struck from below. The fin is perpendicularly affixed to a hinge body that is pivotally housed in an open ended fin box that is integrated into the volume of the surfboard body. A means for tensioning is releasably attached at a distal end to the hinge body and at a proximal end to the surfer's ankle. The height of the fin is adjustable through the means for tensioning and sets the performance of the surfboard to the surfer's desired level of directional control depending on their type of surfing. The fin or fin and hinge body are interchangeable with other design of fins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Inventor: Benjamin Gene West
  • Patent number: 11040761
    Abstract: A system for operating a boat equipped with an electric drive includes a component controller. The component controller includes a component interface for connecting a system component of the electric drive, and a communication interface for connecting the component controller to a system bus of the drive control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: Torqeedo GmbH
    Inventors: Jens Biebach, Philipp Krieger
  • Patent number: 11034416
    Abstract: A catamaran oil production apparatus is disclosed for producing oil in a marine environment. The apparatus includes first and second vessels that are spaced apart during use. A first frame spans between the vessels. A second frame spans between the vessels. The frames are spaced apart and connected to the vessels in a configuration that spaces the vessels apart. The first frame connects to the first vessel with a universal joint and to the second vessel with a hinged connection. The second frame connects to the second vessel with a universal joint and to the first vessel with a hinged or pinned connection. At least one of the frames supports an oil production platform. One or more risers or riser pipes extends from the seabed (e.g., at a wellhead) to the production platform (or platforms). In one embodiment, the production apparatus includes crew quarters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: VERSABAR, INC.
    Inventor: Jon Khachaturian
  • Patent number: 11034426
    Abstract: An underwater propulsion apparatus includes a motor and a control system for controlling the motor. The control system includes a remote controller and a motor driving device, wirelessly communicating with the remote controller. The motor driving device includes a communication repeater module and a motor driving module. The communication repeater module is configured for detecting interruptions or non-receipt of a wireless signal transmitted by the remote controller. Wireless signals to the motor driving module are transmitted by the remote controller to the communication repeater module. The motor driving module is configured for receiving the wireless signal, and outputs a driving signal for driving the motor according to the wireless signal, the motor driving module shutting down when no signal is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Guangdong ePropulsion Technology Limited
    Inventors: Guo-Jian Liang, Zhi-Zhou Wei, Yan-Li Zhong, Shi-Zheng Tao, Xiao-Kang Wan
  • Patent number: 11034417
    Abstract: A catamaran oil production apparatus is disclosed for producing oil in a marine environment. The apparatus includes first and second vessels that are spaced apart during use. A first frame spans between the vessels. A second frame spans between the vessels. The frames are spaced apart and connected to the vessels in a configuration that spaces the vessels apart. The first frame connects to the first vessel with a universal joint and to the second vessel with a hinged connection. The second frame connects to the second vessel with a universal joint and to the first vessel with a hinged or pinned connection. At least one of the frames supports an oil production platform. One or more risers or riser pipes extends from the seabed (e.g., at a wellhead) to the production platform (or platforms). In one embodiment, the production apparatus includes crew quarters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: VERSABAR, INC.
    Inventor: Jon Khachaturian
  • Patent number: 11027807
    Abstract: The present device relates to boatbuilding, and more particularly to screw propellers with safety couplings, intended for use in outboard motors and/or marine screw propellers. A screw propeller with a safety coupling comprises a screw propeller body-cum-hub, a drive coupling, a driven coupling, and a dowel pin. The driven coupling is disposed for rotation on a spacer bushing, said spacer bushing being a tail bushing of the driving coupling. The driven coupling is partially or completely disposed in an opening in the screw propeller body-cum-hub and transmits torque to the screw propeller body-cum-hub by means of a longitudinal dowel pin and/or longitudinal grooves and a spline coupling. A common opening for the dowel pin in the driving and/or the driven coupling is configured as a through opening, and/or the blind end of the opening for the dowel pin is connected by a transverse opening to the outside surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventor: Eduard Arkadjevich Gerashchenko
  • Patent number: 11027804
    Abstract: An underwater sailing body includes: a positioning device configured to detect positional information of a hull of the underwater sailing body; a posture detecting sensor configured to detect posture information of the hull; an actuator configured to apply thrust to the hull in a front-rear direction of the hull, a left-right direction of the hull, an upper-lower direction of the hull in water to change the position and posture of the hull; and a controller configured to control the actuator. In order to hold a hull at a target position when the hull receives an external force by disturbances, the hull keeps balance by using thrusters with respect to the external force acting on the hull. Specifically, the hull is held at the target position by controlling a thruster configured to generate thrust in a front-rear direction and a thruster configured to generate thrust in a left-right direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Noriyuki Okaya, Takashi Okada, Takafumi Okamoto, Hiroaki Kagaya
  • Patent number: 11021219
    Abstract: A trolling motor is provided including a position sensor configured to determine the direction of the trolling motor housing, a digital display, a processor, and a memory including computer program code. The computer program code is configured to, when executed, cause the processor to receive position data from the position sensor, generate display data based on the position data, and cause the display data to be displayed on the digital display. The digital display is integrated with the main housing and configured to display the display data so as to provide an indication of the current direction of the trolling motor housing relative to the watercraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2021
    Assignee: NAVICO HOLDING AS
    Inventor: Paul Robert Bailey
  • Patent number: 11001359
    Abstract: A harness for sailing, comprising a harness body with a pair of side flaps, a groin piece connected to the harness body and connecting to a spreader bar assembly. The spreader bar assembly comprising a front piece, and a pair of distal flaps, in which a respective side flap can be positioned between the front piece and the respective distal flap to be releasably secured therein; the spreader bar assembly comprising a quick release strap positioned between each distal flap and respective side flap, such that when the quick release strap is moved distally of the spreader bar assembly, the distal flap is separated from the side flap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Zhik Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Andrue Kerr, Bartosz Milczarczyk
  • Patent number: 11001351
    Abstract: An extraction vessel is provided that includes two pontoons forming parallel hulls, a cargo hold located between the pontoons, and a retractable extraction conveyor belt located between the pontoons and mounted on tracks so as to be movable between retracted and deployed positions. In the retracted position, a lower end of the conveyor belt is above the waterline of the vessel. In the deployed position, the lower end of the conveyor belt is below the waterline for extracting the floating debris, and an upper end of the conveyer belt is above the cargo hold to discharge the floating debris into the cargo hold. Also provided is an extraction vessel that includes variable buoyancy floats attached to the pontoons and movable between a raised position in which the lowest surface of the float is above the waterline, and a lowered position in which part of the float is submerged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: Pablo Manuel Aguilera
  • Patent number: 11001346
    Abstract: An attachable watercraft chair. The attachable watercraft chair includes a chair formed by a back member and a seat member that are pivotally connected. The back member has a first end placed distally to the seat member and a second end placed proximally to the seat member. A first pair of brackets are connected to the back member. The first pair of brackets have suction cups mounted on them. Also, a second pair of brackets are connected to the back member. The second pair of brackets have a support bar that spans across the back member. The attachable watercraft chair can be attached and removed from a watercraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Inventor: Ronald H. Barwick
  • Patent number: 11001360
    Abstract: A device for monitoring a boat drive, preferably for monitoring a drive battery of a boat drive, includes a first water sensor configured to switch off the boat drive when a first water level is reached, and a second water sensor configured so as to output a water level warning when a second water level is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Torqeedo GmbH
    Inventor: Hendrik Basler
  • Patent number: 10994816
    Abstract: A floating device having active stabilization and a method for actively stabilizing a floating device employs a floating device that operates underwater and which may be tethered to the floor of the body of water. The floating device having active stabilization includes an internal sensor assembly which measures angular velocity and generates a real time output corresponding to a measured angular velocity and a counter-rotation assembly which generates in real time mechanical energy in the form of rotation in response to the real time output of the sensor assembly that causes a counter-rotation torque on the device body that opposes the measured angular velocity. The counter-rotation torque may be imparted by accelerating a flywheel as a reaction wheel in the opposite direction of the desired counter-rotation torque, thereby achieving stability of the device body in the form of minimizing rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Leif E. Roth
  • Patent number: 10994810
    Abstract: A rail system for a marine vessel having an upper deck. The rail system has a set of forward rails that encloses a portion of the upper deck, where the set of forward rails includes a front rail and folding side rails. The set of forward rails is pivotable between an up position and a down position. A plurality of floor hinges pivotally couple the folding side rails to the upper deck. The set of forward rails has an up height when in the up position and a down height when in the down position that is lower than the up height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: BRUNSWICK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kage J. Scheele, Jeremy D. Ward, Kirk W. Harmon
  • Patent number: 10994809
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a bendable elongated assembly extendable over a watercraft. A coupler assembly is configured to couple the bendable elongated assembly to the watercraft. An engagement assembly configured to engage the bendable elongated assembly. This is done in such a way that the engagement assembly, in use, urges the bendable elongated assembly to bend and form an arched structure positioned over the watercraft once the bendable elongated assembly is extended over the watercraft and is coupled to the watercraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Leo Henri Desautels