Patents Examined by D. W. Keen
  • Patent number: 4398484
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and an assembly for a equipping vessel propelled by nuclear power. In accordance with the invention, a vessel is made in two prefabricated parts (2,3) and a chamber (5) is provided in the part (2). A nuclear reactor block (6) is placed in said chamber before assembling the two parts. The invention applies to building diverse nuclear powered vessels such as ice-breakers for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1983
    Assignee: Ateliers et Chantiers de Bretagne-ACB
    Inventor: Robert Pierart
  • Patent number: 4394841
    Abstract: A vessel to recover material in the form of oil and timber from the surface or bottom of the sea comprises a conveyor, which projects down below the water level and is mounted to the vessel in an elevatable manner in order to enable variation of the level of the lower portion of the conveyor in dependence upon the level on which the material to be recovered is present. The conveyor is pivotably mounted to the vessel about an axis extending generally horizontally and transversely to the longitudinal direction of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1983
    Inventor: Per B. Lundback
  • Patent number: 4392768
    Abstract: Storage method, in particular intermediate storage method for baking tins, whereby the baking tins are disposed in racks wherein the baking tins are positioned story-wise in rows behind each other and always one type of baking tin per each rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1983
    Assignee: Gebr. van Capelleveen B.V.
    Inventor: Pieter Van Capelleveen
  • Patent number: 4391592
    Abstract: A hydraulic trim-tilt system 15 for an outboard motor 10 includes a hydraulic trim-tilt piston-cylinder unit 16 pivotally connected to both the transom bracket 11 and the swivel bracket 12. Hydraulic trim piston-cylinder units 22 are mounted in the transom bracket 11. A pilot operated check valve 43 mounted in the piston 38 of one of the trim piston-cylinder units 22 serves to limit the maximum pressure in the system when the trim piston-cylinder units 22 have reached the end of their stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1983
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventor: James M. Hundertmark
  • Patent number: 4389200
    Abstract: A novel water ski binding clamps tongue, heel, and reinforcing strips to a sole plate with screws normal to the edges of the plate. Thus the strips initially extend substantially vertically from the edges rather than substantially horizontal (parallel to the mounting plate) as in the prior art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1983
    Inventor: Herbert J. O'Brien
  • Patent number: 4385579
    Abstract: A sailing craft of the type which includes a floating hull, a mast secured to the hull, a sail mounted on the mast and rudder means, wherein the mast is pivotally mounted with an articulation near but spaced from the base thereof with respect to a substantially horizontal axis, and a pair of mobile fins having variable lift movably mounted, each on a respective one of the port and starboard sides of the hull, and a linkage interconnecting the mast and the mobile fins for actuating the fins such that they act in the water in a manner so as to tend to right the hull under the dynamic action of water on the fins in a direction opposite to the direction in which the mast pivots, and in which the craft would normally heel under the action of the wind to which it is exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1983
    Inventor: Gerard Baulard-Caugan
  • Patent number: 4385582
    Abstract: A portable device for closing a breach in a boat hull from the inside or the outside which includes an inflatable shallow dome sortable in a cylindrical form and automatically inflatable by the use of a self-contained cartridge to cause expansion into a non-buoyant shallow dome which can seal against a hull breach and enable a damaged boat to reach port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1981
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1983
    Inventor: Erwin J. Fuerst
  • Patent number: 4384542
    Abstract: An outrigger device attachable to a flying bridge or a tower leg, comprising a hollow tubular member which is connected to the flying bridge or tower support member. The hollow tubular member has its proximal end connected to a system of brackets which allows pivotal movement of the tubular member about multiple axes. The system of brackets is connected to the flying bridge or tower support member, and includes a collapsible brace member connected between the support member and the tubular member. The system of brackets also includes a singular brace member connected between the flying bridge beneath the support member and the tubular member. When not in use, the outrigger device may be folded compactly against the flying bridge or tower leg adjacent the support member and held in place by a spring locking clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1983
    Inventor: Gerald H. Wilson
  • Patent number: 4383492
    Abstract: A triangular sail is provided with vertical seams and panels at the leech and foot to protect the sail upon furling around the luff, the foot panel also serving to impart shape to the sail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1981
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1983
    Inventors: Gerald W. Harris, John K. Marshall
  • Patent number: 4380208
    Abstract: A portable seat for suspension between spaced supports is provided comprising a flexible seating member having rigid side edge members and rigid suspension members spaced outwardly from and generally parallel thereto, the suspension members and the rigid side edge members having securing means adjacent the ends thereof, each side edge member being adjustably secured to its associated suspension member by a length of rope slidably threaded through the securing means so that the spacing between the side edge members and the suspension members can be adjusted by varying the effective rope length, which effective length is maintained by preventing movement of the rope back through the securing means after the desired distance between side edge members and suspension means is achieved. For sway prevention each rope length may be threaded through the securing means to provide both parallel legs and diagonally crossed legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1983
    Inventor: Dean L. Goserud
  • Patent number: 4380441
    Abstract: Foam buoyancy sections carried in the front of a flotation vest are formed in four separate pieces that are cut from rectangular sheets of buoyancy material without any waste material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1983
    Assignee: America's Cup, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert G. Harr, Gaylord T. Soli
  • Patent number: 4380207
    Abstract: An anchoring apparatus includes a resiliently urged cam assembly. Flukes of the apparatus are automatically set in a sea bed engaging position and are releasable for permitting removal from the sea bed. The flukes are then automatically reset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1983
    Assignee: Sperry Corporation
    Inventor: Edwin B. Nolt
  • Patent number: 4379701
    Abstract: A buoyant apparatus propelled by a human operator has a pair of side by side annular floats and a pontoon rotatably mounted at the corners of a triangular frame. A pair of platforms are each mounted on the upperside of one of the annular floats. A plurality of paddles are mounted on the undersides of the floats at circumferentially spaced locations. The rotational axes of the floats converge upwardly, and the buoyancy of the floats is such that a person can be buoyantly supported in the water by the apparatus with the outboard portions of the floats raised out of the water sufficiently to result in forward propulsion when the person rotates the adjacent inboard portions of the floats rearwardly. This rotation may be done by the person engaging and rearwardly pushing the inboard portions of the platforms with his or her feet while sitting or standing. Alternatively, the floats may be rotated through a pedal drive operated by the person in a sitting position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1983
    Inventor: Constant V. David
  • Patent number: 4378749
    Abstract: A rotatable energy-absorbing sleeve unit for ship bumpers including a rim-free vehicle rubber-containing tire carcass filled with elastomeric foam. The elastomeric foam may be either polyurethane or rubber foam. The tire may be an auto or truck new, used, retreaded or blemished tire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1983
    Assignee: Teledyne Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond F. Leblanc, William T. Cummins
  • Patent number: 4378747
    Abstract: An aquatic recreation vehicle susceptible to use by one or a group of passengers or crew has an integrally formed hull having a plurality of surfaces. The hull is symmetrical about a central vertical symmetry plane which essentially divides the hull longitudinally in half. The surfaces include at least three longitudinally extending sections and at least two longitudinally extending pressure ridges. The pressure ridges are symmetrically located on the bottom of the hull and are inwardly directed toward the vertical symmetry plane. At least two longitudinally extending runners are located on the hull to provide high speed planing lift. The hull surfaces are curved upward at the bow to provide smooth entry into the water. A superstructure is located on the hull and extends longitudinally along a portion of the length of the hull. The combined centers of gravity and buoyancy of the hull and superstructure normally lie essentially in the same vertical symmetry plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1983
    Inventors: Theodore D. Beatty, James J. Beatty
  • Patent number: 4377124
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sailboat with a keel board that is inclinable sideways. A single keel board is resiliently inclinable due to the effect of the water which rotates it about an axis disposed substantially in the vertical plane of longitudinal symmetry of the boat and inclined with respect to the horizontal, rising towards the bows of the boat, so as to provide hydrodynamic lift of the inclined keel board compatible with a movement of the boat along its longitudinal axis. In the case of a boat with two inclinable keel boards, the axes of inclination can converge towards the bows of the boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1980
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1983
    Inventor: Franck Guigan
  • Patent number: 4374504
    Abstract: The invention relates to a suction dredge barge in which the air chambers (8,9) on either side of the hold (2) can be filled with mud via an overflow (14) at the top edge of the hold (2) said air chambers (8,9) having inclined bottoms (10,11) and discharge openings (12,13) towards the hold at the lower edge of said inclined bottoms (10,11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 22, 1983
    Assignee: IHC Holland N.V.
    Inventor: Rudolf H. Loevendie
  • Patent number: 4373921
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a marine propulsion device comprising a transom bracket adapted to be connected to a boat transom, a stern bracket having an upper end, a first pivot connecting the upper end of the stern bracket to the transom bracket for pivotal movement of the stern bracket relative to the transom bracket about a first pivot axis which is horizontal when the transom bracket is boat mounted, a swivel bracket, a second pivot connecting the swivel bracket to the stern bracket below the first pivot for pivotal movement of the swivel bracket relative to the stern bracket about a second pivot axis parallel to the first pivot axis, a propulsion unit including, at the lower end thereof, a rotatably mounted propeller, a third pivot connecting the propulsion unit to the swivel bracket for steering movement of the propulsion unit relative to the swivel bracket about a generally vertical axis and for common pivotal movement with the swivel bracket in a vertical plane about the first and second horizontal axes, and
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 15, 1983
    Assignee: Outboard Marine Corporation
    Inventors: Charles B. Hall, Edward D. McBride, Robert F. Young
  • Patent number: 4373919
    Abstract: A variable inlet for a marine jet propulsion system comprising a movable lip, a center splitter serving to divide said inlet into upper and lower passages and coupled for movement proportional to that of said lip to assure equality of the areas of said upper and lower passages, and apparatus for varying the outward projection of said splitter to vary the diffusion ratio of said upper and lower passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 15, 1983
    Assignee: Rockwell International Corporation
    Inventor: Maynard L. Stangeland
  • Patent number: 4372242
    Abstract: An assembly for cleaning ships' hulls of such marine growth as seaweed, shell etc. is disclosed. The assembly has a frame with rotating brushes, the frame being reciprocally pivotal over the hull in an arcuate direction by being connected to one end of an arm or the like. The other end of the arm is pivotally connected to a joint which forms a stationary point for the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 8, 1983
    Assignee: Marinkonsult Hans Lundberg AG
    Inventor: Hans G. Lundberg