Patents Examined by Andrew Polay
  • Patent number: 10336405
    Abstract: A removable marine cover for protecting marine support structures such as bullnoses in addition to nautical lines from abrasive contact has a polymeric cover body including an outward surface attached to a material with a gripping portion is provided. The marine cover has a set of ratchet straps arranged around the periphery to securely attach the cover to the marine support structure. The inward surface may include a wear pad, and may further include a polyurethane coating to reduce the coefficient of friction experienced by the nautical lines while also protecting the support structure from degradation, which ultimately prevents damage to both the support structure and the nautical lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Ratigan, Edward Ratigan
  • Patent number: 10329000
    Abstract: A mat and apparatus for rolling the mat adapted to be releasably affixed to a vehicle whereby the mat may be unrolled for use and easily rolled up for storage from within the vehicle and removed from the vehicle for additional uses. The mat and apparatus for rolling the mat is attachable to the back of the vehicle or a side thereof as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Steven B. Foust
  • Patent number: 10322783
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods for the deployment of a plurality of seismic autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) on or near the seabed. In one embodiment, the AUV comprises a buoyant body coupled to a pressure vessel that contains substantially all of the AUV's electronic components. The pressure vessel may comprise a plurality of composite components coupled together by a metallic ring to provide a substantially cylindrical shape to the pressure vessel. The AUV body provides lift to the AUV during lateral movement and compensates for an overall negative buoyancy of the AUV. The AUV may include a plurality of thrusters for propulsion. A vertical thruster may be used to create an upwards attack angle during takeoff and to maintain depth and orientation during flight. During normal flight operations, the AUV is configured to travel horizontally and vertically in a body of water by using only the horizontal thrusters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Seabed Geosolutions B.V.
    Inventors: Geir Valsvik, Arne Henning Rokkan, Johan Fredrik Næs, Matthew E. Silvia, Christopher J. von Alt
  • Patent number: 10322776
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate generally to an improved surfboard or paddleboard leash or other cord system that raises the leash line away from the board or surface in order to prevent it from interfering with the user's freedom of movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Inventors: Trenton Ventura, Meghan Anne Douty
  • Patent number: 10315729
    Abstract: A ship hull microbubble system is adapted to reduce drag on a ship hull traveling through water. The ship hull microbubble system includes a ballast pump, mechanically coupled to a ballast main pipe which is further connected to a forward peak tank with a forward peak tank valve. A venturi injector is joined to the ballast main pipe with a riser pipe. A discharge pipe is joined to the venturi injector and further piercing the ship hull. An air water mixture is formed when water pulled into the ballast pump receives air from the venturi injector. Discharging the air water mixture through the discharge pipe creates a plurality of microbubbles against the ship hull that reduces the drag on the ship hull when travelling through water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Kevin M McPherson
  • Patent number: 10308320
    Abstract: A lower deck for a watercraft is attached to and supported by an amidships hull, and an actuator slides the lower deck and amidships hull between a stowed position and an extended position on rails that are secured to the underside frame of the upper deck that is supported by abeam hulls. When fully extended, the lower deck remains attached to the watercraft while a portion of the lower deck's aft section remains beneath the upper deck. A hold within the amidships hull can store accessories used with the watercraft, such as live wells, tables, seats, a foldable slide and ladder assembly, and other items which can be accessed and deployed when the lower deck is extended. The holds are covered by panels which may be individual separable panels, a foldable set of connected panels, or laterally expandable panels. The lower deck can have foldable handrails and recessed cup holders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Quadratoon Company LLC
    Inventors: Michael Timothy O'Neal, Blaine Lawson, Michael Thomas Farmer
  • Patent number: 10308325
    Abstract: Mooring unit for mooring a ship comprising a base, an arm mounted on the base, and a hook supported by the arm for connecting a mooring line of the ship, wherein the arm is movable between a retracted position and an extended position, and wherein the unit comprises an actuating device for moving the arm from the extended position to the retracted position, wherein the arm is mounted on a first part of the base and wherein the first part of the base is rotatably mounted on a second part of the base that is rotationally fixed, to enable rotation of the first part of the base around a vertical axis perpendicular to the horizon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Nezhat Al Zuhairy, Gerardus Antonius Jozef Mampaeij, Johan Marlon Boerleider
  • Patent number: 10308331
    Abstract: A survival platform, comprising two flexible outer sheets (4, 5), the outer sheets each having a circumference (2) and being sealed together at their circumferences (2) to define a void (18) therebetween, the survival platform further comprising an inner flexible sheet (6) interposed between the outer sheets (4, 5) and dividing the void (18) into two sub-voids (18a, 18b), and means (8) for inflating the survival platform by introducing a gas into the void to increase a gas pressure therewithin, in which the inner sheet (6) is arranged such that, should one of the outer sheets (4, 5) be breached at a breach, the gas pressure within the void will tend to force the inner sheet (6) through the breach, thereby to block the breach and reduce the level to which gas escapes through the breach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Brett Wescott
  • Patent number: 10307645
    Abstract: A water floating device that offers support for the head or neck of a user when swimming or practicing water exercises. The floating support device includes a unitary piece body made of a floating and waterproof material. The unitary piece body has a U-shape including a curved central section having a first leg on a first end and a second leg on a second end. The first leg and the second leg project from the curved central section. The first leg and the second leg angle inwardly to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Joanne Drew Zucchelli, Debra Ehrlich May
  • Patent number: 10293907
    Abstract: An outboard motor includes an engine including a crankshaft that extends in a horizontal or substantially horizontal direction and perpendicular or substantially perpendicular to a direction of a thrust force, a cylinder, a first gear provided on a balance shaft disposed in a direction that intersects with a direction in which the cylinder extends, a second gear, a drive shaft, and a propeller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Kazuyuki Kitajima, Shinichi Hoshiya, Masayuki Aritou
  • Patent number: 10279874
    Abstract: A fin system for releasibly securing a fin to a water craft the system including: a fin box with at least one elongated slot open at a first surface of the fin box and extending a depth inward towards a closed base opposite the first surface; one or more fixed securing features in the fin box, below the first surface and adjacent and open to the at least one elongated slot; one or more vertical access slots in the fin box, open at one end to the first surface, adjacent and open to the at least one elongated slot and extending the depth inwards towards the closed base; and, a fin with a fin base dimensioned to be slideably received by the at least one elongated slot of the fin box, wherein the fin base includes one or more fixed fin attachment mechanisms each having at least one tab or recess dimensioned to be received first by the one or more vertical access slots and received subsequently by the fixed securing features, wherein an engagement of the at least one fin tab or fin recess with the securing feature
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: John Field
  • Patent number: 10279880
    Abstract: Disclosed is an control device of an outboard motor, including: a computation unit configured to set, as a starting point, a timing before a gearshift mechanism is shifted from forward to neutral after an accelerator opening level is fully closed in a case where an operator's manipulation is performed from forward to neutral, and compute a time-series change of an engine rotation speed as a simulated ship speed on the basis of the engine rotation speed detected by an engine rotation speed detector at the starting point; and a control unit configured to control an actuator such that, in a case where the operator's manipulation is performed from forward to reverse through neutral, the gearshift mechanism is maintained in the neutral position until the simulated ship speed estimated by the computation unit becomes a predetermined threshold value or lower, and is then shifted to reverse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: Masahiro Namba, Saharu Watanabe, Kohei Yamamoto, Nobuyuki Shomura
  • Patent number: 10279872
    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: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: VERSABAR, INC.
    Inventor: Jon Khachaturian
  • Patent number: 10279878
    Abstract: An underwater docking system for an autonomous underwater vehicle, the underwater docking system including: an underwater station including a base mount fixed to a seabed and a circular frame member supported by the base mount and parallel to a horizontal plane; and an autonomous underwater vehicle configured to dock with the underwater station while sailing through an upper side of the frame member, wherein: the autonomous underwater vehicle includes an underwater vehicle main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: Hiroshi Sakaue, Minehiko Mukaida, Noriyuki Okaya, Takashi Okada, Fumitaka Tachinami
  • Patent number: 10259549
    Abstract: The invention relates to a launch apparatus for an Unmanned Underwater Vehicle—in particular, for an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle or for a Remotely Operated Vehicle—with a launching tube having an inner wall and an outlet, and the Unmanned Underwater Vehicle contained within the launching tube, whereby the Unmanned Underwater Vehicle has a vehicle casing with a vehicle casing inhomogeneity, such that an ejection of the Unmanned Underwater Vehicle causes different contact loads between the vehicle casing and the inner wall, whereby the Unmanned Underwater Vehicle has a detachable compensating form, which is designed in such a way that the vehicle inhomogeneity is compensated, such that the result is a combination of the Unmanned Underwater Vehicle and the detachable compensating form, the combination whereof, when ejected, causes a substantially more uniform contact load to occur between the combination and the inner wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Detlef Lambertus
  • Patent number: 10259537
    Abstract: A bridle block is for a deflector, and has a stem and a rocker arm attached to each other on a pivot axis. The stem has an attachment for a vessel towline, a forward portion of the rocker arm has an attachment for fore bridle lines of the deflector, and an aft portion of the rocker arm has an attachment for aft bridle lines of the deflector. A hydraulic cylinder has a valve, and is attached to the stem and the rocker arm to hold the stem and the rocker arm in a relative position. The valve is operated by a signal from a control unit. The valve takes an open position when a signal is missing, so there is an open fluid connection between a piston side of a piston and a reservoir or an open fluid connection between the piston-rod side of the piston and the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Mørenot Offshore AS
    Inventors: Stig Hurlen, Terje Søvik
  • Patent number: 10246175
    Abstract: A steering control system for a watercraft includes a device locking a steering tiller, which can be activated or deactivated for maintaining the tiller in, or moving it from, a predetermined angular position. The locking device includes a hydraulic cylinder having a rod fastened to the transom of the watercraft and a cylindrical body movable along the rod and connected to a steering arm of the motor or of the rudder member. A closed circuit, opened or closed by a valve, flows oil between the two chambers of the hydraulic cylinder and the locking device can be activated or deactivated by an actuator that opens or closes the valve. An interposition element between the steering tiller and a watercraft direction changing member is pivotably articulated to the tiller, and a member transforms the pivoting movement of the tiller relative to the interposition element into commands actuating the valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventors: Marcella Gai, Andrea Milanese
  • Patent number: 10247150
    Abstract: An outboard motor engine has a cylinder block including vertically stacked cylinders divided into two cylinder banks arranged in a V-shape. Two cylinder heads define intake passages, each intake passage corresponding to a respective cylinder. Air intake manifolds include air intake runners that extend from an opposite end of the engine, around outer sides of the cylinder block, and respectively connect to the intake passages. Two vertically extending fuel rails are respectively located between the first cylinder head and the first air intake manifold and between the second cylinder head and the second air intake manifold. The fuel rails are integral with either the respective cylinder heads, or the respective air intake manifolds. Fuel injectors are coupled to the fuel rails and vertically spaced from one another with respect to each fuel rail such that each fuel injector is associated with a respective cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Wesley D. Koplitz, Jody A. Peterson, Michael A. Torgerud
  • Patent number: 10239593
    Abstract: A boat fender includes a vinyl fender core that is sized and shaped for suspension adjacent a boat exterior to protect the boat exterior from damage resulting from impact with an obstacle. An integrated cover is secured to the fender core, such as by flocking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventor: David S. Karpinski
  • Patent number: 10239585
    Abstract: A rope tender for a recreational watercraft is removably attached to the top of an outboard motor or a transom of the watercraft. The rope tender has a partial labyrinth slot which captively receive one or more anchor or mooring ropes to prevent entanglement of the ropes with the motor or propellers associated therewith. The rope tender may be conveniently removed and stowed when the watercraft is configured in an operational condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventors: James Stanly Styke, Terrence Robert Sobo