Patents Examined by Lars A. Olson
  • Patent number: 12030591
    Abstract: A recessed and retractable mooring line device includes a housing having a mooring head that is configured for projecting through an opening or recess of a mounting structure so that an upper surface of the mooring head does not project from an outer surface of the mounting structure. A reel assembly is coupled to the housing and positioned below the mooring head to take up a flexible mooring line. The reel assembly includes a rotatable spool for winding the line. A ratchet wheel and spool that is engaged by a pawl prevents rotation of the ratchet wheel and spool when engaged. A moor head assembly that includes a pawl actuator actuates the pawl. An actuator lock of the moor head assembly engages the pawl actuator to keep it engaged with the pawl. A line anchor is used for securing to an end of the mooring line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2024
    Inventor: Damon Jones
  • Patent number: 12024266
    Abstract: A sea hose load analyzer system is disclosed. The sea hose load analyzer system also includes a transceiver interface. The sea hose load analyzer system also includes a memory storage. The sea hose load analyzer system also includes circuitry may include one or more processors configured to: receive load information of one or more sea hoses as node unit data via the transceiver interface, store the load information in the memory storage, and monitor additional node unit data via the transceiver interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2024
    Assignee: Dunlop Oil & Marine Ltd.
    Inventors: Simon Bishop, Paul Staton
  • Patent number: 12017734
    Abstract: A flat catamaran watercraft construction is provided having a bow that defines a “split V” configuration in which the bottom surface of each of the two asymmetrical catamaran hull portions at the forward section of each hull portion slope upward from the inboard side of the hull portion to the outboard side of the hull portion. Such upward slope of the bottom of each hull portion sheds water and waves to the outboard sides of the vessel as it travels through the water in order to minimize the amount of water and spray that is directed upward between the individual hull portions towards the passengers. The rear portions of each such hull portion define an angled slope along both inboard and outboard sides, which angled slopes allow the rear portion of the watercraft to slide and drift sideways along the surface of the water as the watercraft turns. The flat catamaran hull portions and deck of the watercraft are preferably of unibody construction, such that they are formed (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2024
    Inventors: Lyon A. Jantzen, Joseph A. Jantzen
  • Patent number: 12013699
    Abstract: A boat maneuvering control method for a boat includes acquiring target route information and information about an actual position of the boat, setting a target position based on the target route information and the information about the actual position, acquiring, as a deviation amount, a distance between the target position and the boat in a predetermined direction that intersects with a target route, and controlling a magnitude of a propulsion force of a propulsion device so as to reduce the deviation amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Inventors: Makoto Ito, Kohei Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 12012191
    Abstract: A docking device includes a docking station capable of being connected to a carrying vessel by means of a cable, the docking station comprising a guide device which comprises a set of arms which are connected to the body and each comprise a distal end and a proximal end, the set of arms being capable of being in a deployed configuration wherein it defines a space flaring towards the rear so as to enable the underwater vehicle to be guided to the stop, the distal end of each arm being located behind the proximal end of the arm in the deployed configuration, the set of arms being capable of being in a collapsed configuration wherein a distal end of each arm of the set of arms is closer to the longitudinal axis than in the deployed configuration and wherein the distal end is located in front of the position occupied by the distal end in the deployed configuration, such that a length, along the axis x, of a space defined by the set of arms behind the stop is smaller in the collapsed configuration than in the depl
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2024
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: François Cadalen, Olivier Jezequel, Michaël Jourdan
  • Patent number: 12006002
    Abstract: An assembly includes a fin and a fin mounting box for a water sports board. The mounting box is mounted to the board and has an outwardly facing channel formed therein. The fin includes a fin base and a body extending from the base. The fin base is shaped to be received in the channel. The channel includes channel engagement formations, and the fin base includes corresponding fin base engagement formations which engage the channel engagement formations when the fin base is inserted into the channel so as to retain the fin to the mounting box. The assembly includes a locking tab received in the channel to prevent movement of the fin base in the channel and disengagement of the corresponding channel and fin base engagement formations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: DYNAMIK PTY Limited
    Inventor: David Wood
  • Patent number: 12006000
    Abstract: Described is a vessel and device for upending an elongate element from a deck of the vessel using a lifting means. A number of support structures, mutually coupled and running parallel to each other, for supporting an elongate element in lying position can be displaced collectively, parallel to the deck, relative to the position of the lifting means by displacing means provided for this purpose. A support structure of the device includes an upending tool which is connected for pivoting around an axis running parallel to an edge of the vessel to the relevant support structure and is configured to support an elongate element received in the support structure when this element is upended with the lifting means, wherein the upending tool is rotated around the axis. With the device elongate elements can be moved within reach of a lifting means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: DEME Offshore BE NV
    Inventors: Kenneth Gerard Vannieuwenhuyse, Dieter Wim Jan Rabaut
  • Patent number: 12006016
    Abstract: A marine propulsion unit including a rotary casing rotatable about a central axis A, and blades extending axially from the rotary casing for rotation with the rotary casing about the central axis A, wherein each blade is mounted for pivotal movement about blade axes B. A blade shaft portion of each blade is at least partly surrounded by a blade housing and by a blade portion of each blade is outside the blade housing, wherein the blade housing is releasable attached to the rotary casing, and each blade being supported in the blade housing by means of bearings for the pivotal movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: ABB Oy
    Inventors: Aki Maksimainen, Veli-Pekka Peljo, Petri Pellinen
  • Patent number: 12006191
    Abstract: Flat belt apparatuses and methods are provided where one or more cords in the flat belt are tensioned or pre-tensioned to extend the service life of the flat belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2024
    Assignee: Liftwave, Inc.
    Inventor: Blake Sessions
  • Patent number: 11993356
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a nose arrangement (100) for an underwater vehicle (10). The nose arrangement comprises a first separation section (110) comprising a first inflatable structure (113) and a second inflatable structure (114) arranged within the first inflatable structure (113). The first separation section (110) is arranged store the first inflatable structure (113) and the second inflatable structure (114) in a first state, and to inflate the first inflatable structure (113) and the second inflatable structure (114) in a second state. The first inflatable structure (113) is arranged to protrude along the longitudinal axis of the nose arrangement and underwater vehicle in the second state. The disclosure also relates to a method for deploying a nose arrangement (100) of an underwater vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: SAAB AB
    Inventors: Anders Rydell, Torbjörn Green
  • Patent number: 11993349
    Abstract: A jack device, system, and method pulls boat covers taut and protects against water pooling. An inflatable cylinder, when deflated, is positioned under a boat cover which is snapped into place. An inflating line extends from the cylinder to outside the boat. The cylinder is inflated through the line, from outside the boat, with the cover snapped in place. The cover is pulled taut and the inflating stops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Inventors: Joe Manningham, Allison Nielsen
  • Patent number: 11993354
    Abstract: An autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) may include a fuel cell charging system including a power generation subsystem having an air breathing subsystem taking intake air from the external atmosphere, a supply of compressed hydrogen in onboard storage tanks, an air-breathing PEMFC receiving the intake air and hydrogen, the PEMFC operable to produce electric energy and generating waste water, a water removal system for discharging the waste water offboard, and the fuel cell charging system having a power storage subsystem including a chargeable battery subsystem to receive electric energy to charge the chargeable battery subsystem. A system manager of an onboard data processing system may be configured to control the fuel cell charging system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2024
    Assignee: Terradepth, Inc.
    Inventors: Josef Wolfel, Judson A. Kauffman, Andrew Resnick, Kenneth L. Childress, David L. Pearson
  • Patent number: 11981404
    Abstract: Inflatables can have one or more flat segments that are configured to form one or more bends. The flat segments of the inflatables could be formed using any technique such as drop stitch. One or more bends may be maintained in one or more flat segments of an inflatable such as to create a ladder and a slide. A variety of bend maintaining components can be used to maintain the one or more bends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: Lakesurf, LLC
    Inventors: Troy Tegeder, Stephen Hale
  • Patent number: 11975807
    Abstract: An aquatic rescue vehicle formed by adding directional and speed controls to a watercraft along with an autonomous control system to guide the vehicle to specified waypoints is disclosed. The rescue vehicle includes search devices such as a radio direction finder (RDF) and an infrared sensor (or camera) to be used to narrow the search for an isolated person (IP). The rescue vehicle may be discharged from a larger watercraft or an airplane and autonomously set out on its rescue mission. The vehicle may first navigate to a designated waypoint near an IP, and then use signals gathered from the RDF and infrared sensor to finally locate, assist, and retrieve the IP. The vehicle also includes a self-righting mechanism so that the vehicle can complete its mission even under the most adverse conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Air Force
    Inventors: Hayk Azatyan, William Erwin, Anthony Ligouri, Travis Rennich, David Shald, Adam Warren
  • Patent number: 11975808
    Abstract: Disclosed are an automatic stable posture seabed base and a releasing method, belonging to the technical field of ocean observation. The automatic stable posture seabed base includes an accommodating body with an inner cavity for accommodating the first observation device and a seawater, and the accommodating body has first through holes for the seawater to enter and outflow the inner cavity; plugging members blocked at the first through holes to close or semi-close the first through holes; and a buoyancy body installed at a transducer of the first observation device, and a buoyancy of the buoyancy body is larger than a mass of the first observation device, so that the first observation device may float in the cover body after the cover body is filled with water, and a posture of the transducer in the cover body always keeps vertically to the sea surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2024
    Assignee: College of Ocean Science and Engineering, Shandong University of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Yong Liu, Yongzhi Wang, Honghua Shi, Weimin Zheng
  • Patent number: 11970244
    Abstract: An extendable and retractable boat awning device that is mountable on at least one side of a boat to a boat roof top so that when the awning device is opened it allows people in the water to swim or float in shade outside the boat and is retractable when it is no longer needed, or the boat is preparing to move wherein it generally includes a canopy assembly and a support base that is mountable to the roof of a boat wherein the canopy assembly is pivotally attached at one end to the support base by a plurality of pivoting support rods that support and extend a flexible canopy and the support base includes an encasement, encasement cover, a plurality of base mounting assemblies each having a mounting beam extending from a ceiling mounting plate wherein the ceiling mounting plate is mountable to a boat roof for supporting the boat awning device on the boat and that may be easily removed from the boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Inventors: Ramon Canela, Fernando E. Volante
  • Patent number: 11970249
    Abstract: Provided is a floating-type on-water support apparatus including: a ball; a floating unit including a floating part, wherein the floating part has an upper plate supporting the ball so that the ball is rotatable, an interior formed to be hollow, and a lower plate provided with a spherical surface portion and floats on water; a support rod coupled to the ball and having one end exposed above the water so that a structure is installable thereon and the other end heavier than the one end so as to stand vertically to be accommodated in the floating part; and a base unit having one end installed on a lower portion of the support rod to support the support rod and the other end in roll contact with the spherical surface portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2024
    Inventor: Su Hwan Kim
  • Patent number: 11964739
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a marine component or structure having a surface to be exposed to a marine environment during use. A photocatalyst coating is secured to the surface of the marine structure, wherein the photocatalyst coating includes titanium oxide. The marine component or structure is preferably selected from a boat hull, dock post, dock piling, pier, and buoy. A method may be provided for reducing or preventing barnacle attachment to a marine component or structure, including forming a transparent photocatalyst coating on an external surface of the marine structure, wherein the transparent photocatalyst coating includes a titanium oxide, and placing the marine component or structure in service within a marine environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Inventor: Roger K. Young
  • Patent number: 11964742
    Abstract: A hull behavior control system includes a memory and at least one controller coupled to the memory. The at least one controller is configured or programmed to control a propulsion force of the marine vessel using a propeller of the marine vessel, obtain a water surface shape around the marine vessel, estimate movement of a wave based on the water surface shape, and reduce the propulsion force by controlling the propeller when it is determined that an impact force equal to or greater than a threshold value will act on the hull after the hull travels over the wave whose movement has been estimated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Inventors: Ritsu Kadota, Tomoyoshi Koyanagi, Shuichi Moromi, Sadao Miyano
  • Patent number: 11964734
    Abstract: A transom lift for boats that can be used for loading and transporting objects such as a dinghy or large coolers. The transom lift has generally parallel and vertical members that fit inside of generally vertical and parallel sides of transom mount ladders. Hooks extend from the generally parallel, spaced apart, elongated, and vertical members, and are constructed and arranged to fit over steps of the transom mount ladder. A supported planar member or platform extends from a lower portion of the generally vertical, spaced apart, elongated, and parallel members. The transom lift is raised and lowered by pulling on an upper end of the transom lift using the transom mount ladder as a guide for vertical movement of the transom lift. The hooks position and hold the planar member or platform in the desired vertical position, either above or below the water line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2024
    Inventor: William A. Scott