Patents Examined by Daniel V. Venne
  • Patent number: 12030594
    Abstract: A truss system may include a plurality of beams. Each beam of the plurality of beams may have various cross-sectional sizes in a same plane. Additionally, the plurality of beams may have a geometric arrangement such that a structural weight at required strength level may be reduced to achieve optimal design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Assignee: Exmar Offshore Company
    Inventors: Zhongwei Li, Aimin Wang, Jonathan Wang, Otto DaSilva
  • Patent number: 12023551
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a swimming assist garment capable of adjusting buoyancy positions. In the embodiments, the swimming assist garment includes a swimsuit, a buoyancy mechanism, and a gas regulating mechanism. The inflatable end of the gas regulating mechanism is connected to first airbags of a first buoyancy assembly and a second airbag of a second buoyancy assembly. The first bidirectional air pumps are connected to each first airbag and each third airbag of the first buoyancy assembly; and a second bidirectional air pump is connected to the second airbag and the fourth airbag of the second buoyancy assembly, to change the buoyancy positions of the swimsuit to adapt to swimming postures or to support the head on the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2024
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Inventor: Mengqi Jiang
  • Patent number: 12024270
    Abstract: Implementations described and claimed herein provide an underwater vehicle includes a vehicle body having a frame enclosed by a fairing. The vehicle body extends between a proximal end and a distal end and defining an interior. A nose is disposed at the proximal end of the vehicle body. The nose has a tow system configured to move between a tow position and a stow position. A propulsion system is disposed at the distal end of the vehicle body. The propulsion system includes a plurality of control fins and a thruster. A power distribution system is housed in the interior of the vehicle body. The power distribution system includes a first power system housed in a first pressure vessel and a second power system housed in a second pressure vessel. The first pressure vessel is isolated from the second pressure vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: ANDURIL INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: William Timothy Lebo, Timothy George Raymond, John Joseph Fisher Junior, Jeffrey Alan Wylie, Hayden Allen Henderson, Samuel John Russo, Jerrold Sgobbo, Noah Michael Bracci, James Gabriel Buescher, Izirlei Guimaraes Filho, Edward Anthony Celkis
  • Patent number: 12024272
    Abstract: A ship propulsion system includes authentication devices that respectively stores different authentication codes. Each of the authentication devices corresponds to one or more ship propulsion devices. Two or more authentication devices among the plurality of authentication devices do not simultaneously correspond to one ship propulsion device. Each of the authentication devices operates as a master authentication device when an authentication code transmitted from a communication device matches an authentication code stored in the authentication devices. The master authentication device recognizes whether a malfunction occurs in the authentication devices; and to select a ship propulsion device disposed in a manner of being bilaterally symmetrical about the center of the ship in the left-right direction from ship propulsion devices corresponding to an authentication device in which no malfunction occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshiya Kataoka
  • Patent number: 12017745
    Abstract: Disclosed is an actuator for a marine steering apparatus with steering shaft. The actuator comprises a housing, a gearmotor disposed within the housing, a worm gear disposed within the housing, and a sector gear disposed within the housing. The gearmotor drives the worm gear and the worm gear drives the sector gear. The sector gear transmits torque to the steering shaft of the marine steering apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: Dometic Marine Canada Inc.
    Inventors: Noam Dean Davidson, Payton Chernoff, Brenden Henriques
  • Patent number: 12019444
    Abstract: A method of automatically moving, by an automatic location placement system, a marine vessel includes receiving, by a central processing unit, from a vision ranging photography system, at least one optical feed including data providing a mapping of an environment surrounding a marine vessel. The method includes displaying, by the central processing unit, on a touch screen monitor, the mapping of the environment. The method includes receiving, by the central processing unit, from the touch screen monitor, target location data. The method includes directing, by the central processing unit, at least one element of a propulsion system of the marine vessel, to move the marine vessel to the targeted location, using the mapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2023
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Assignee: MAID IP Holdings Pty/Ltd
    Inventor: Bradley Tyers
  • Patent number: 12005998
    Abstract: A faired towing cable employed on a ship for towing a submersible body launched at sea is provided. The cable comprises a core and a fairing joined to the core. The fairing is profiled so as to reduce the hydrodynamic drag of the cable. The fairing comprises several leading edges and several trailing edges joined to the leading edges. One trailing edge is held directly on two adjacent leading edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: François Warnan, Jean-Philippe Longuet, Laurent Helias, Frédéric Gregoire, Paul Tanniou
  • Patent number: 12006004
    Abstract: The invention relates to water ski (1) having a buoyant ski body (2), to which, in addition to a binding (3), a propelling drive is assigned, which comprises a rotary drive unit with a rotary drive (4) and a screw drive which can be driven thereby, and having a control device (6) for presetting a drive power. In order to create advantageous drive conditions, it is proposed that the water skis (1) of a pair of water skis each comprise a rotary drive unit with at least one drive sensor (7) each, an associated energy storage device and a communication device, which adjusts the rotary drives (4) of both water skis (1) as a function of drive sensor data and preset data of the control device (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Inventor: Lorenz Roland Peter
  • Patent number: 12005996
    Abstract: A rain-guard device for shipping is provided that can restrain water from seeping from an end part of the lid member. A rain-guard device for shipping 20 includes a rail 19, which is placed on a sliding hatch cover 11, an on-board chute 22, which is provided in the rail 19 in a travelable manner, which covers part of a hatch opening 13, and which, furthermore, supplies cargo from a shiploader 1 into the hold 7, and a lid member 23 to cover the rest of the hatch opening 13. The lid member 23 is formed in an arch shape in cross section. A waterproof seal 92 for restraining water from seeping into the lid member 23 is provided at an end part of the lid member 23 opposite to the ship chute 22 among end parts of the lid member 23.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: IHI TRANSPORT MACHINERY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Otake, Shuhei Kinugawa
  • Patent number: 12007026
    Abstract: The wind-and-rain guard device for shipping is provided that can restrain wind and rain from seeping in from between the sliding hatch cover and the hatch coaming. The wind-and-rain guard device for shipping 30 includes a water-stop member 31 that closes a gap formed between a sliding hatch cover 11 and a hatch coaming 14 when the sliding hatch cover 11 is lifted from the hatch coaming 14.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: IHI TRANSPORT MACHINERY CO., LTD
    Inventors: Yasuhiro Otake, Shuhei Kinugawa, Yasuhiro Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 11999444
    Abstract: A propulsion device for a hydrofoil craft includes: a hydrofoil configured to be disposed in water; and a water jet thruster that is disposed in front of the hydrofoil and ejects a water flow rearward from an ejection port, wherein an upper surface of a rear portion of the hydrofoil is slanted downward toward rear, and the hydrofoil and the water jet thruster are configured such that at least part of the water flow passes above the rear portion of the hydrofoil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2024
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Keiichi Ohiso
  • Patent number: 11993355
    Abstract: Structures designed to mitigate implosion pressure spikes through the use of an external sacrificial confining structure. Such improved structures can, in some embodiments, completely surround the existing structures that are at a high risk of imploding. The improved structures can slow the rate at which the surrounding fluid media volume is consumed by providing resistance to flow into the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: University of Rhode Island Board of Trustees
    Inventors: Dillon Fontaine, Arun Shukla
  • Patent number: 11993350
    Abstract: A system includes a housing and a swim up bar configured to be mounted on a boat. The swim up bar is movable into or out from the housing. In a deployed position, the swim up bar is extended from a bow of the boat. In a storage position, the swim up bar is contained within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: MARGARITAVILLE ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventor: Eric McBride
  • Patent number: 11993347
    Abstract: A pontoon boat is provided that includes a deck and a plurality of pontoons running longitudinally beneath the deck and providing buoyancy to the pontoon boat. The plurality of pontoons include a multi-chine configuration that increases the stability of the pontoon boat and provides handling characteristics similar to that of a hulled boat. The plurality of pontoons may include two outer pontoons and a third pontoon positioned laterally intermediate the outer pontoons. The third pontoon may include a plurality of chines, and each of the outer pontoons may include at least one chine. At least a portion of each of the at least one chines of the outer pontoons may be positioned vertically below the plurality of chines of the third pontoon. The chines on the third pontoon may extend longitudinally further than each of the at least one chines of the outer pontoons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Polaris Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley Roy Fishburn, Gabriel A. Marshall
  • Patent number: 11987335
    Abstract: An engine speed control device for a vessel in which a plurality of outboard motors are mounted on a hull, has a control unit that performs control, on the basis of an operation of one switch, so as to set engines of the outboard motors to a synchronous mode in which the engines have an identical engine speed, wherein the control unit determines in advance an engine to serve as a reference among the engines of the outboard motors, and automatically changes the mode to the synchronous mode in which the engine speeds of engines other than the reference engine become equal to the engine speed of the reference engine when all the engines satisfy a condition to transit to the synchronous mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2024
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Misumi
  • Patent number: 11964746
    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: April 21, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Jeremy L. Alby, Darin C. Uppgard, Wayne M. Jaszewski, Kerry J. Treinen, Randall J. Poirier
  • Patent number: 11964735
    Abstract: A gyroscopic boat roll stabilizer for a boat comprises a gimbal, having a gimbal axis, an enclosure mounted to the gimbal and configured to precess about a gimbal axis, a flywheel assembly rotatably mounted inside the enclosure for generating a torque that is applied to counter a rolling motion of the boat, and a braking system for controlling precession of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Assignee: WAVETAMER LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey Peterson
  • Patent number: 11945564
    Abstract: A steering device allows a ship to travel efficiently. A port side rudder plate has a left front rudder plate fixed to a lower portion of a stern and a left rear rudder plate. A starboard side rudder plate has a right front rudder plate fixed to the lower portion of the stern and a right rear rudder plate. The left rear rudder plate is supported by a rear portion of the left front rudder plate and a left steering shaft fixed to the left rear rudder plate. The right rear rudder plate is supported by a rear portion of the right front rudder plate. A right steering shaft fixed to the right rear rudder plate. In a rear view, lower end portions of the port side rudder plate and the starboard side rudder plate are at a lower end portion of an outer peripheral portion of the propeller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Kay Seven Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Sadatomo Kuribayashi
  • Patent number: 11945556
    Abstract: A posture control system for a hull includes trim tab main bodies as posture control plates attached to a stern of the hull to control the posture of the hull. Trim tab actuators drive the trim tab main bodies. Engines generate a propulsive force on the hull. A controller controls the trim tab actuators. Based on a throttle opening angle of the engines, the controller determines a time when the trim tab main bodies are to be lowered by the trim tab actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Jun Nakatani
  • Patent number: 11939030
    Abstract: A marine information integrated online monitoring buoy system comprises a buoy body. Specifically, a protection apparatus is disposed outside the buoy body. A bearing is disposed outside the buoy body, convex strips are arranged around a bearing outer ring, two floating rings are disposed outside the bearing outer ring with a certain spacing distance from the outer ring and arranged vertically, a protective cylinder is arranged between the upper and lower floating rings in a surrounding manner and is rotatable relative to the floating rings, and then a protective retaining ring is sleeved outside the protective cylinder and is rotatable relative to the protective cylinder. The longest end of a protective retainer is abutted against the bearing outer ring during rotation of the outer side of the protective retaining ring, and a friction block is disposed on the protective retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Marine Environment Monitoring Center Station of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
    Inventors: Chaoxing Ren, Wenlu Lan