Patents Examined by Anthony D Wiest
  • Patent number: 10703444
    Abstract: The present invention relates broadly to an unmanned surface vessel (10) comprising a hull (12), an underwater appendage (14), a winch (16), and a cable or rope (18). The cable or rope (18) is at its distal end attached to a remote device (20) with the cable or rope (18) arranged to cooperate with the winch (16) to be deployed and retrieved from the vessel (10) via operation of the winch (16). The underwater appendage is in the form of a keel including a cavity (22) designed to partly locate the winch (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: SOLAR SAILOR PTY LTD
    Inventor: Robert Dane
  • Patent number: 10696362
    Abstract: An integrated kayak cooler includes: a hollow cooler body tapering from an end adjacent to a kayak seat to a narrower end adjacent an end of the kayak and shaped to conform to a shape of a hull of the kayak; a cooler recess formed on an upper surface of the cooler body, the cooler recess aligned with a cooler access formed in a deck of the kayak; and an insulating material located in a space between the cooler recess and the cooler body and within the hollow cooler body. The integrated kayak cooler is located within the kayak between the deck and the hull of the kayak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Andreas Stadie
  • Patent number: 10689081
    Abstract: Systems and methods for mounting and controlling a motor on a kayak are disclosed. A motor may be mounted to a kayak by a single interface on the kayak and rotated using foot pegs. The control system provides for responsive input and automatic directional stabilization of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventor: Michael Craig Shields
  • Patent number: 10689068
    Abstract: A holding hole structure on ship side comprising: an inner ring, wherein there is a first outer flange on the top; wherein the said first outer flange is set in the middle area of an external surface of a ship; and a cylindrical through hull fitting, of which the top and the said inner ring are knocked together; wherein the external surface of a ship-and the cylindrical through hull fitting are connected by the inner ring, wherein the cylindrical through hull fitting is made of material like stainless steel for improving strength of the cylindrical through hull fitting as well as increasing the linking force between the inner ring and the external surface of a ship, thus the load bearing of the cylindrical through hull fitting is improved, Thereby it is achieved that a fix buckle, a light stand buckle, a flagpole or a fishing rod can be held on the ship side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: MLRB SDN, BHD
    Inventor: Ting-Wei Chang
  • Patent number: 10683065
    Abstract: Stabilization system (1) for a system subjected to external stresses, in particular for a floating support structure, the stabilization system comprising at least three liquid reserves (2) and at least three connecting tubes (3). The liquid reserves are spatially distributed. Furthermore, the connecting tubes provide circulation of the liquid between all the liquid reserves. The invention further relates to a floating support structure comprising such a stabilization system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: IFP ENERGIES NOUVELLES
    Inventors: Olivier Lepreux, Christophe Coudurier
  • Patent number: 10683060
    Abstract: A watercraft includes a hull having inner and outer surfaces and at least one collapsible strake coupled to the hull. The collapsible strake includes a movable skin hingedly coupled to the hull. The collapsible strake also includes a dampening element and a negative stiffness element each extending from an inner surface of the movable skin to the outer surface of the hull. The movable skin is configured to rotate between an uncollapsed configuration having a first stiffness and a collapsed configuration having a second stiffness greater than the first stiffness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Christopher P. Henry, Sloan P. Smith, David W. Shahan, Joseph Creecy, Jeffrey Bowles, Christopher Swanhart, Robert Walling
  • Patent number: 10676161
    Abstract: A boat tethering and launching system and device including a first longitudinally extending length of tethering material having a first modulus of elasticity, the first length of tethering material having a first end and a second end; a second longitudinally extending length of tethering material having a second modulus of elasticity, the second length of tethering material having a first section, a second section, and a third section, the second end of the first length of tethering material being coupled to the first section of the second length of tethering material; a biasing member having a length that is shorter than that of the second section of the second longitudinally extending length of tethering material, the biasing member having a third modulus of elasticity; and wherein each of the first, second, and third moduli of elasticity have different values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Inventor: Steve Loehrig
  • Patent number: 10676167
    Abstract: A boat lift includes four posts and four linear actuators, each attached to one of the posts. Each linear actuator includes an extendable and retractable member oriented for extension and retraction substantially parallel to the post. Ends of a first pair of the extendable and retractable members are connected to a first carrier and ends of a second pair of the extendable and retractable members are connected to a second carrier. A cradle or platform is supported by the first and second carriers. The boat lift may be supported by the ground, by a structure, for example, a dock, a sea wall or a wall of a boat house, or by pontoons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: LIPPERT COMPONENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Robert L. Tiedge, Mark Kinder, Nicholas Cornett
  • Patent number: 10676164
    Abstract: A marine apparatus for collecting waste, including a vessel frame; at least one float or ballast tank mounted on the vessel frame; a removable frame configured to receive a waste collector; at least one guide mounted on either the vessel frame or the removable frame; and at least one slide mounted on the other of the vessel frame or the removable frame, said at least one slide including a channel closed at one end and open at an opposite end, the open end forming a receiving end for receiving a respective guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: IADYS
    Inventor: Nicolas Carl├ęsi
  • Patent number: 10668996
    Abstract: A structural block is fabricated with necessary components and structure for LNG storage and/or process. The structural block may be an LNG tank with the same configuration as that in an LNG carrier. The structural block may also be a regasification plant or a liquefaction plant to be used for LNG process. An existing vessel, e.g. an LNG carrier, is cut apart to form a forward section and an aft section. The forward section and the aft section are moved away from each other to form a space therebetween. The structural block is then placed into the space and jointed to the forward and aft sections, by welding for example, to form an integrated new vessel. The structural block provides the new vessel with increased LNG storage and transportation capabilities as well as regasification and/or liquefaction process facilities to meet the increased demand for LNG storage, transportation and processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Keppel Offshore & Marine Technology Centre Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Asok Kumar Nedumaran, Wen Sin Chong, Kok Seng Foo
  • Patent number: 10668994
    Abstract: A mast for a rig for a surfboard is characterized among others by the following features: a mast with a profiled cross-section in the longitudinal direction, said cross-section being formed transversely to the mast longitudinal direction and deviating from a circular shape; the profiled cross-section has the shape of a droplet or has a droplet-like design in the manner of a droplet profile; the mast has a fork tree head securing section which can be rotated or pivoted about the fork tree head securing section; the fork tree head securing section is provided with a cross-section which deviates from the droplet profile; and the mast lower part and the mast upper part of the mast consist of plastic or comprise plastic optionally with the addition of a reinforcement consisting of metal, glass fibers, and/or carbon fibers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: ROBERT FRANK GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Robert Frank
  • Patent number: 10661870
    Abstract: A rowing oar is described. The rowing oar can have a plurality of flow disrupters arranged on a shaft of the oar. In one embodiment, the flow disrupters can be circular bumps arranged in lines along the shaft of the oar. The flow disrupters can cause the air flow over the oar to be more turbulent so that the flow separation on a backside of the oar is reduced. The reduction in flow separation can reduce aerodynamic drag on the oar when it travels through the air. Thus, a rower can expend less energy during rowing using the oar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Allan J. Cameron, Robert D. Gregg, III, James Long-Lerno
  • Patent number: 10647397
    Abstract: A robotic jellyfish comprises a torque reaction engine and a jellyfish body, wherein the torque reaction engine cyclically oscillates and causes a wave to propagate across the jellyfish body, accelerating thrust fluid and propelling the robotic jellyfish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Fishboat Incorporated
    Inventor: Martin Spencer Garthwaite
  • Patent number: 10633058
    Abstract: Technologies are described herein for sailing wing for a vehicle such as a sailboat. As described herein, a sailing wing includes a main sail and a control surface. The control surface is rotatable around a hinge. When deflected, the control surface using force imparted on the control surface by the wind causes the main sail to rotate about a pivot axis, creating thrust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Blaine Knight Rawdon
  • Patent number: 10633057
    Abstract: Technologies are described herein for sailing wing for a vehicle such as a sailboat. As described herein, a sailing wing includes a main sail and a control surface. The control surface is rotatable around a hinge. When deflected, the control surface using force imparted on the control surface by the wind causes the main sail to rotate about a pivot axis, creating thrust.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Inventor: Blaine Knight Rawdon
  • Patent number: 10625838
    Abstract: A marine propulsion unit includes a propeller that rotates around a rotation axis of a propeller shaft, a case in which the propeller shaft is disposed, and a skeg that extends downward from the case. The skeg includes a reinforcer with a mechanical strength greater than that of a base material of the skeg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Hikaru Yasukawa, Atsushi Kumita
  • Patent number: 10619610
    Abstract: An outboard motor includes a vapor separator tank, a downstream fuel supply path, a fuel pump that discharges a fuel in the vapor separator tank into the downstream fuel supply path, a downstream bypass path, and a downstream relief valve provided in the downstream bypass path. A first end of the downstream bypass path is connected to a downstream portion that is closer to the fuel injector than is the downstream check valve in the downstream fuel supply path, and a second end of the downstream bypass path is connected to an upstream portion between the downstream check valve and the vapor separator tank in the downstream fuel supply path. The downstream relief valve opens the downstream bypass path when a fuel pressure in a downstream region that is closer to the fuel injector than is the downstream check valve in the downstream fuel supply path exceeds a first predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yuta Miyagi, Yoshiyuki Kadobayashi
  • Patent number: 10611100
    Abstract: Buoyancy modules (200) are made from a foam composition that includes a combination of a thermally fusable powder and glass microspheres heated in a manner that provides a hardened syntactic foam having both low density and a high degree of compressive strength. An outer barrier (220) may enclose the buoyancy module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Yong K. Wu, Siegmund Papp, Andrew J. Peterson
  • Patent number: 10611442
    Abstract: An inflatable board for water sports such as surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing uses at least one cord for stiffening. The cord is arranged to be placed in tension upon inflation of the board, and acts to brace the board in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Starboard Co. Ltd
    Inventors: Svein Rasmussen, Albert Pijuan Monne, Nimit Promjan
  • Patent number: 10597118
    Abstract: A method and system for providing a watercraft device are disclosed. The watercraft device comprises a board, a throttle coupled to a top surface of the board, a hydrofoil coupled to a bottom surface of the board, and an electric propeller system coupled to the hydrofoil. The electric propeller system powers the watercraft device using information generated from the throttle. A center of buoyancy in a non-foiling mode of the watercraft device and a center of lift in a foiling mode of the watercraft device are aligned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: KAI CONCEPTS, LLC
    Inventors: Donald Lewis Montague, Joseph Andrew Brock, Jamieson Edward Schulte, Daniel Elliot Schabb