Patents Examined by Daniel V. Venne
  • Patent number: 11148760
    Abstract: A boarding apparatus for use on a flotation device, in accordance with various embodiments is disclosed herein. The boarding apparatus comprises a stirrup ladder. The boarding apparatus may be integral to a lifeline assembly of the flotation device. The boarding apparatus may be removably coupled to a loop patch of the flotation device. The boarding apparatus may release from the loop patch and become a boarding configuration for the flotation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy C Haynes, Drew Hartman, Rachel Burt, John Markovic, Eric Folland, Philip E Burbank, Michael Jacob Robb
  • Patent number: 11148770
    Abstract: A life raft may include a base comprising a first side and a second side, and a self-supporting, collapsible spring canopy. The canopy may include a spring wire frame, a first panel circumscribed by the spring wire frame, and a second panel circumscribed by the spring wire frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy C Haynes, Michael A Luzader
  • Patent number: 11148768
    Abstract: An active stabilizing device for a primary damping of rolling movements of a ship or other watercraft including a hull including at least one positioning device having a drive journal and a stabilizing fin with a stabilizing surface and a root, the drive journal being attached to the stabilizing fin at the root, the stabilizing surface having a leading edge and a trailing edge and being configured to be disposed underwater. The positioning device is configured to set an angle of attack of the stabilizing fin by rotating the drive journal about a first axis of rotation and to pivot the drive journal about a second axis of rotation to move the stabilizing fin between a forward position and a rearward position relative to a bow of the watercraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: SKF MARINE GMBH
    Inventor: Holger Spardel
  • Patent number: 11148765
    Abstract: An inflatable platform that is utilized on the ocean or other bodies of water for relaxation, entertainment, or other recreational purposes includes two floating bodies. The larger floating body has a recess with a mesh panel so the user may access water filtered by the mesh panel while relaxing on the larger floating body. The user may place the smaller floating body next to the larger floating body to create more space for another user or may put the smaller floating body into the recess and use the present invention as a swim platform, tanning deck, or other recreational purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Inventors: Frank Pieschel, Francois Gagnon, Eric Gagnon, Chia Hua Lin, Nicholas Pieschel
  • Patent number: 11148766
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for deploying an unmanned marine vehicle into water are disclosed. The unmanned marine vehicle includes a float and a glider connected by a tether. The float is selectively retained in a buoyant frame by a float clamp assembly. A glider retainer assembly is coupled to the buoyant frame and selectively retains the glider. The glider retainer assembly and the float clamp assembly execute a deployment sequence for deploying the unmanned marine vehicle from the apparatus. In some embodiments, the apparatus is self-propelled to permit remote operation and deployment of the unmanned marine vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Jamie Childress
  • Patent number: 11141627
    Abstract: An apparatus for putting on flippers including means for retaining a user's foot inside a shoe of the flipper, the retaining means being mechanically connected to means for connection to the shoe of the flipper, the retaining means also being pivoted to the connection means by a hinge, the apparatus being characterised in that it comprises means for adjusting the mutual position between the retaining means and the connecting means for adapting the apparatus to the foot of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2021
    Inventor: Paolo Piumatti
  • Patent number: 11136099
    Abstract: An underwater scooter includes a scooter body, a duct, a motor, and a propeller. The scooter body includes a body part, a side part defining a first through hole, and a plurality of stopping members disposed on an inner wall of the first through hole. A gap is defined between every two adjacent stopping members. The duct includes a surrounding member defining a second through hole, a supporting member connected to an inner wall of the surrounding member, and a plurality of engaging members disposed on an outer wall of the surrounding member and spaced apart from each other. Each of the plurality of engaging members passes through a corresponding gap between two adjacent stopping members and abuts against two opposite sides of a corresponding one of the plurality of stopping members after rotating with respect to the corresponding one of the plurality of stopping members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Inventors: Minyi Chen, Pingzhi Li, Xihui Jiang, Yufeng Chen
  • Patent number: 11130554
    Abstract: An outboard motor has a powerhead that causes rotation of a driveshaft, a steering housing located below the powerhead, wherein the driveshaft extends from the powerhead into the steering housing; and a lower gearcase located below the steering housing and supporting a propeller shaft that is coupled to the driveshaft so that rotation of the driveshaft causes rotation of the propeller shaft. The lower gearcase is steerable about a steering axis with respect to the steering housing and powerhead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventors: Jeremy L. Alby, Darin C. Uppgard, Wayne M. Jaszewski, Kerry J. Treinen, Randall J. Poirier
  • Patent number: 11124273
    Abstract: A buoy includes a surface unit comprising a sealed tank comprising an inflatable bag, a tubular wall of axis z and a bottom, the tubular wall and the bottom delimiting a volume referred to as the inner volume, the surface unit comprising at least one cartridge enclosing a compressed gas that can be released in such a way as to inflate the inflatable bag such that it functions as a float in an operational configuration of the buoy, and the sealed tank comprises a projecting container protruding from the bottom and extending out from the inner volume, from the bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Florian Prevel, Romain Careric
  • Patent number: 11111002
    Abstract: A boat tower ventilation system for a boat tower to ventilate behind a windshield such as the cockpit area in a tower or the like. Air ventilation units are built into the tower frame and may be opened or closed to the flow of air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Inventors: Scott J. Mills, Richard W. Hord
  • Patent number: 11103075
    Abstract: This application relates to flotation devices generally, and particularly to inflatable flotation devices configured for use by an infant to support the infant at least partially above the water and to at least partially retain the infant therein. In some embodiments, an apparatus is a flotation member having an inner perimeter, a top portion and a bottom portion. The flotation member has a first height between its bottom portion and its top portion at a first location of the flotation member. The flotation member has a second height between the top portion and the bottom portion at a second location of the flotation member, the second height different from the first height. The flotation member includes a support member at least partially disposed within the inner perimeter of the flotation member. The support member has a first portion coupled to the top portion of the flotation member at the first location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: SPIN MASTER, INC.
    Inventors: David A. Arias, Timothy James Clemens, Theresa M. Bannon, Laurel A. Roney, David J. Crowe
  • Patent number: 11097821
    Abstract: A debris protective fitting for a jet inlet of a outboard jet motor with stationary grill bars across the jet intake in front and rear slots with empty front slots provided between the stationary grill bars. Movable grill bars are supported across the jet intake in the empty front slots and a heel plate. The heel plate cups a rear of the jet intake and includes a center mounted stud for attachment of a push-pull cable for rotating the movable grill bars into alignment with the stationary grill bars forming a screen across the jet intake opening. As the movable grill bars are rotated away from the jet intake opening, the spacing between the bars in the screen is doubled causing rocks and other debris to be dislodged and fall out. Cleaning of the screen is thus accomplished without stopping the outboard jet motor or getting out of the jet boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventor: James F. Schultz
  • Patent number: 11097810
    Abstract: A tackle storage and organization system for a boat, such as a bass boat, is disclosed. A set of supports is installed in a deck compartment of the boat. The supports may be rails installed specifically for the tackle storage and organization system, or they may be the upper edges of existing partitions for subcompartments within the deck compartment. A box or tray is installed on the supports so as to be slideable horizontally along the supports, but is also removable from the supports. The box or tray may be subdivided into any number of compartments, and in some cases, the dividers used may be removable and repositionable in order to adapt to different types of items. The box or tray may have engaging structure to mount a number of accessories, including a spool accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: CJBBB, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy L. Trockenbrot, IV
  • Patent number: 11097820
    Abstract: In order to provide a rigid sail or aerofoil sail which has a lower overall weight, is cost-effective to manufacture and does not affect the passing under bridges, power lines or similar structures arranged over busy waters, in the case of a rigid sail for vessels, in particular, for large ships, such as bulk carriers, tankers, car transporters or bulkers, comprising a mast and a first aerofoil wing body mounted on the mast with a base and a head, wherein the mast is inserted through the base into the first aerofoil wing body and is arranged within the first aerofoil wing body, it is proposed that the mast, starting from the base, does not extend beyond a maximum height of the first aerofoil wing body, in particular, less than 75% of the maximum height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Becker Marine Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Henning Kuhlmann
  • Patent number: 11097822
    Abstract: An underwater propulsive device of a watercraft including a flotation unit on which a user rides. The propulsion device includes: a hollow body coupled to the flotation unit through a strut and extending in a propulsive direction of the watercraft, the inside of the hollow body being divided into a first compartment and a second compartment; a motor in the first compartment; a propeller in the second compartment; and a power transfer shaft extending in the propulsive direction and connecting the motor and the propeller to each other. The first compartment has a waterproof structure. The second compartment has a water inlet disposed closer to the bow than the propeller is and extending along a circumference of the power transfer shaft and a water jet outlet disposed at a stern-side end of the second compartment. The propeller is smaller than the first compartment in diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventors: Hideaki Aoki, Takeshi Ouchida
  • Patent number: 11091227
    Abstract: A load-bearing frame structure for a maritime vehicle includes two support plates, a deck plate structure, a front bulkhead structure, and a back bulkhead structure. Each of the support plates has a front edge, a back edge, a top edge, and a bottom edge. The support plates can be angled relative to each other and connected to each other at the top edges thereof forming an inverted V-shape. The support plates can alternately be parallel to each other in a vertical orientation. The support plates each have one or more cut-out sections. The deck plate structure connects the two support plates proximate the bottom edges of the support plates. The front bulkhead structure connects the front edges of the support plates, and the back bulkhead structure connects the back edges of the support plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Inventors: William T. Lebo, Jerrold N. Sgobbo, Samuel J. Russo, Timothy G. Raymond
  • Patent number: 11084557
    Abstract: A closing device configured to close an outer shell opening of a surface ship, including several substantially vertically mounted shutter lamellas and a drive device by means of which the shutter lamellas can be actuated such that they move between a closed position and an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventors: Hans Oesmann, Marko Schulz, Sebastian Halfmann
  • Patent number: 11084562
    Abstract: A traveler control for a boat includes a car that traverses a track. A first sheave is positioned on a first end of the car and a second sheave is positioned on an opposite end of the car. A line is fixed at a first end and is routed through the first sheave. The line is routed through a plurality of turning blocks. An opposite end of the line is fixed after routing the line through the second sheave. The traveler control provides a mechanical advantage for convenient and precise positioning of a mainsail of a sailboat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Inventor: Henry Sanders
  • Patent number: 11077920
    Abstract: A marine array having various embodiments of a modular foil system is disclosed. The modular foil system may be configured to generate lift when towed in a marine environment, and thus used to move, position, and/or depress instrument of the array. The modular foil system may include multiple groups of foil sections, each having an angle of attack that is adjustable relative to other groups of foil sections. For example, each group may be supported by a pair of through cables, and an actuator may adjust a tension in one or both of through cables, thereby alerting the angle of attack. The pair of through cables may converge toward one another at connection points adjacent opposing ends of a given group of foil sections of the modular system. The connection points thus establishing a modular framework to couple the given group to other groups of foils of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: Ion Geophysical Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel George Martin
  • Patent number: 11072406
    Abstract: The present invention involves a system for the release of low relief, self-orienting deployable payloads from a platform such as a submersible vehicle and a mechanism of passive buoyancy compensation of the vehicle. The system secures one or more payloads by a vacuum force without an additional mechanical restraining mechanism and deployment of a payload is accomplished by disengaging the vacuum hold to release the payload for its intended function. Once deployed, the payload may reorient itself to a functional orientation without additional assistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2021
    Inventors: Thomas Austin, Michael Purcell, Robin Littlefield, Frederic Jaffre, Gwyneth Packard, Glenn McDonald