Patents Examined by Sherman D. Basinger
  • Patent number: 5016555
    Abstract: A mechanical interlock system is disclosed having an interlock segment that s mechanically coupled to the breech door, to the slide valve, and to the muzzle door of an associated torpedo tube in such a way that the interlock segment positively prevents opening, or the initiation of the opening sequence, of the breech door if either the corresponding muzzle door or slide valve for a particular torpedo tube is open, and that positively prevents opening, or the initiation of the opening sequences for, either the corresponding slide valve or muzzle door of a particular torpedo tube, if and as soon as the breech door is free to open, is opened or if its opening sequence is once initiated. The interlock segment and mechanical coupling of the interlock system of the present invention exhibits improved breech door stress performance and reduced manufacturing, inventory, repair and other costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1991
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Paul E. Moody
  • Patent number: 5014637
    Abstract: The invetnion proves for flattening a cambered flexible sheet, usually a marine sail, by rolling a supporting edge of the sheet, typically the luff of a sail, on a rotatable support member. Applied to a sail, the invention provides a bolt rope and tape which effectively attaches only an intermediate portion of the luff to a rotatable stay member. A flexible material is also provided and this surrounds the stay member and extends over at least those portions of the luff which are not effectively attached to the stay member by the bolt rope and tape. When the sail is being reefed, that portion of the sail, which the bolt rope is attached to, is first wrapped around the stay member to reef the sail progressively in a flattening fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1991
    Inventor: William H. Stevenson, IV
  • Patent number: 5015208
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved torso wrap member for body surfing. In one embodied form, the unique torso wrap member comprises a plural laterally spaced fin members which are oriented to project outwardly from the front of a body surfer's torso. The fin members extend from a flexible support disposed within the torso wrap member to be worn by the body surfer. The inventive torso wrap provides the surfer with improved buoyancy, stability and control of movement on a wave face. Moreover, the inventive torso wrap member provides the body surfer with the ability to gain maximum maneuverability from large and small waves of varied conditions and further provides for lengthened enjoyable rides of waves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1991
    Inventors: John W. Fox, Rod Rigole, Michael Rubin
  • Patent number: 5013269
    Abstract: A modular navigation vessel having rotating floats includes a forward module ending in a stem, a central module in the form of a caisson and a rear module, all three modules being ridigly assembled by means of removable connection means. The modules are provided with lateral walls which are connected together in an uninterrupted manner to form a regular hull from the stem to the stern, where at least the second and third modules are equipped with axles carrying rotating floats having a size which keeps the hull entirely above the surface of the water. The floats are equipped in the vicinity of their periphery with a plurality of rigid paddles which are spaced at a constant angle from one another and have a concave shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1991
    Assignees: Auguste Legoy, Alain Quibel, Marthe Saillard, Claude Legoy, Philippe Legoy, Annick Legoy, Yvette Hamel, Anne-Sophie Quibel, Pierre Quibel, Vincent Quibel
    Inventors: Auguste Legoy, Alain Quibel
  • Patent number: 5012753
    Abstract: A light weight and collapsible platform and platform support structure usable as the deck and central structure of a folding boat and of a levelable, raised platform tent camper. This collapsible platform support structure is a unique arrangmeent of compression carrying arms radiating out from a central hub and jacking device, with an arrangement of tension carrying cables linking and supporting the radial arms into a rigid geometry. By concept and design the structure maximizes horizontal platform area for a minimum of weight and structure. Light weight allows transportability and collaspsibility allows stowability. The structure is opened from a collapsed state to a rigid erected state by operation of the jack, which moves the cable hub away from the arm hub. This action rotates the arms downward, loading the arms in compression and the cables and platform in tension, eventually locking the the structure into it's rigid erected geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1991
    Inventors: David Grassi, James K. Antrim
  • Patent number: 5013270
    Abstract: A raft comprising a first pontoon, a second pontoon, a framework detachably connected to the first and second pontoons and positioned on the top surface of the first and second pontoons, and a floor connected to the framework so as to define a surface extending on the framework above the first and second pontoons. Each of the pontoons has an upwardly tilted pointed forward and rearward end. The framework comprises a plurality of segmented and connected longitudinal members and crossmembers extending across the pontoon. Each of the longitudinal members and crossmembers is made of a plurality of detachable sections. The floor includes a mesh netting saddle surfaces, and solid decking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1991
    Inventor: H. Wayne Walls
  • Patent number: 5010835
    Abstract: An improvement is made in terms of rolling of a semi-submerged glass boat whose hull is formed of the main hull and float tanks provided on the lateral sides of the upper part of the main hull, and anti-rolling fins each projecting outside of a straight line connecting the outer end part of the bottom of the float tank and the outer end part of the bottom of the main hull are provided on the opposite sides of the main hull respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1991
    Assignee: Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshikuni Kunitake, Yasuhiro Harita
  • Patent number: 5010959
    Abstract: An automatic sprinkler head comprising a body with a passageway for fire-extinguishing fluid, a frame extending from the body having a deflector plate opposite the passageway, a closure assembly (including a closure thimble) for closing the passageway, a thermally responsive glass bulb interposed between the closure assembly and the deflector plate, and a means to minimize lodgement of the closure assembly. The means to minimize lodgement of the closure assembly is interposed between the glass bulb and the closure thimble. The means to minimize lodgement is preferably an underground spiral spring and causes the closure assembly and any glass bulb fragments to tumble away from the axis of the passageway when the glass bulb fractures, thus minimizing the possibility of the closure assembly and glass bulb fragments becoming lodged against the deflector plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1991
    Assignee: Automatic Sprinkler Corporation of America
    Inventor: Douglas A. Lostoski
  • Patent number: 5009620
    Abstract: A propeller guard is provided with replaceable ribs that form a cage is placed around the propeller of an outboard marine propulsion unit. The ribs are suspended from a flat upper plate adapted to be bolted to a cavitation plate above the propeller. The ribs are maintained in spaced relation to each other around the propeller by the support plate and a longitudinally extending bottom bar bolted at one end to the skeg of the propulsion unit. In the event of damage to any of the ribs of the cage, the damaged rib can easily be replaced with a new one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1991
    Inventor: Louis Feranda, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5009182
    Abstract: A three-position submarine torpedo tube shutterway that adapts to one of swimout launch, the ejection launch or the non-launch mode. The shutterway resides within a housing that is located between the muzzleward end of the torpedo tube and an opening in the submarine's hull. The shutterway rotates to accommodate any one of the three modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1991
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Paul E. Moody
  • Patent number: 5009184
    Abstract: A cover for use on a boat or small craft, comprising a cover which is a tension member, hold-down straps which are tension members, tubular framing. The tubular framing comprises a pair of support members for the cover mounted forwardly and rearwardly of the boat, a hinged connection disposed medially of the support members wherefor a center-spanning cover is created which is secured to the framing and the hinged connection and tensioned supports enables the cover to be adjusted for desired peak drainage and width adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1991
    Inventor: Thomas Voldrich
  • Patent number: 5007361
    Abstract: An improved windsurfer apparatus includes a boom-mast connector having a collar portion which has a concave inner surface for receiving the mast of the windsurfer, an arch portion which is adapted for grasping by an operator, and a pair of projections having boom receiving sockets defined therein. The connector is of unitary construction, which makes it simple to use and inexpensive to manufacture. The inner surface of the collar portion is shaped so as to contact a mast at two separate contact areas, in a wedge-type fashion. The inner surface is further shaped so as to include upper and lower outwardly tapered contact surfaces, which permit limited pivotal movement between the connector and the mast, and facilitate a better grip between those two elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1991
    Inventor: Thomas M. Swanstrom
  • Patent number: 5006018
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided for operation periodically to move particulate material from a first level to a higher second level using air entrained to move in a loop. The apparatus includes a pick-up coupled in the loop and positioned in the material at the first level so that the material is entrained in the air loop, and a separator above the second level which is also coupled in the air loop and which is operable to strip the material from the air. The separator has an exit above which the material is collected and an actuator is operable periodically to collect batches of the material in the separator at the exit. A closure is coupled to the exit and operable to release a batch at the second level after each period of operation of the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1991
    Assignee: Filter Queen Ltd.
    Inventor: Llewellyn E. Depew
  • Patent number: 5006082
    Abstract: An actuating device for small inflatable rafts or articles comprising a jaw clip for securing the device to the article, the clip having a top plate with solar cells mounted on the jaw clip upper rim, and a housing mounted to the jaw clip bottom.The solar cell plate produces electric currents via sunshine, and a rechargeable battery in the housing is charged with electricity. The battery serves as a power source for an air pump in the housing to generate air pressure to inflate a raft or other article. The battery also serves as the power source for a motor in the housing which drives propellers on its output shaft thereby providing a means to propel the inflated raft or article in the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1991
    Inventor: Feng-Lin Hwang
  • Patent number: 5003910
    Abstract: A twin-fluke anchor has a shank, a stock, fluke elements mounted upon the stock to pivot as a unit at the inner end of the shank, each element including a fluke surface in a first plane and a rib generally perpendicular to the first plane, the shank disposed between ribs, and a crown including a pair of flat plates having opposed inner surfaces, each plate supported centrally of the flukes and spaced from the flukes plane and sloping upwardly and rearwardly away from the plane to permit bottom material to flow freely between the inner surfaces of the plates and the flukes. The shank inner end has opposite end surfaces to engage upon respective opposed inner surfaces of the crown plates to limit the range of pivoting movement of flukes, at least one end surface of the shank engaging an opposed inner surface of a crown plate along a line of contact whereby holding load is transferred from the shank to the flukes by a long coupled reaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1991
    Assignee: Rule Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce S. Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 5003904
    Abstract: A keel assembly for a water craft. The keel assembly has a body having an aerodynamic cross section with a pair of side faces and a leading edge section. A portion of the leading edge section is movable relative to the body. A pair of vanes are spaced from and connected to the leading edge section to be disposed within a flow of water past the body. A pair of arms join the vanes with the portion. Movements of the vanes pivot the portion toward the direction of flow of the water to offset the effects of a negative pressure region occurring at the leading edge section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1991
    Inventors: William Unger, Lawrence A. Caza
  • Patent number: 5003906
    Abstract: In combination with a water craft (10) having an engine compartment (12), a blower (14) for purging the compartment of noxious vapors, an electrical system (16) for energizing the water craft, a manual blower switch (18), and a speedometer (20) including a tube (22) which provides fluid pressure thereto for sensing the speed of the water craft (10) through ambient water, an improvement comprising a normally closed pressure switch (24) connected to the tube (22). The pressure switch (24) is openable in response to fluid pressure in the tube (22) at speeds above a pre-determined speed of the water craft (10). Electrical connections (26, 28) are provided between the pressure switch (24), the electrical system (16) and the blower (14). The pressure switch (24) bypasses the manual blower switch (18) so that the blower (14) is operated pressure-responsively, irrespective of the manual blower switch (18) when the speed of the water craft (10) is below the predetermined speed, thereby enhancing boating safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1991
    Assignee: Technological Safety Design, Inc.
    Inventor: Phillip R. Sova
  • Patent number: 5001999
    Abstract: A mast brace for a windsurfer which takes the form of a cord which is adjustable in length. The mast brace is to be adjustable to various desired degrees of tautness to decrease the amount of lateral bending of the mast that occurs when wind pressure is applied to the sail body. This mast brace extends between the tip of the mast and the boom which extends between the luff edge and the leech edge of the sail body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1991
    Inventor: Vincent A. Morrelli
  • Patent number: 5002509
    Abstract: An outboard trolling motor mount for use in mounting an outboard trolling motor on the outboard drive unit of a boat equipped with an inboard/outboard type power unit is disclosed. The motor mount includes a mounting block for supporting an outboard trolling motor and a support structure attachable to the outboard drive unit through the drive unit's top cover for supporting the mounting block to one side of the drive unit at a location behind the boat's transom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 26, 1991
    Inventor: Larry Uroszek
  • Patent number: 5000623
    Abstract: A device for handling piece-formed packing material, which incorporates a storage container (4) for the packing material, which at its lower side is equipped with a closable outlet (13), connected to a hose (6) for feeding out material, and at its upper end with an inlet (3) intended for supply of material, and connectable to a hose (6) for supply of material, and where the inlet (3) is provided with structure (11) for injecting a flow of air for lifting and supporting packing material in a direction towards the storage container (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1991
    Assignee: AB Lectrotechnic
    Inventor: Christer Kihlstrom