Patents Examined by Stephen P. Avila
  • Patent number: 11325007
    Abstract: A training aid to correct arm position during the pulling phase of butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, or crawl also referred to as freestyle, when swimming. The disclosed tool provides physical pressure to correct a common swimming error. Said tool prevents medial rotation of the glenohumeral joint of the shoulder rotator cuff during the catch and pull portion of swimming.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Inventor: Patricia Anne Rohner
  • Patent number: 11329353
    Abstract: An electrochemical-type power supply source for use in marine environment, is provided with: an electrochemical stack, which generates electric power in the presence, internally, of an electrolytic fluid; a first tank, designed to contain electrolytic fluid at a first temperature; a second tank, designed to contain electrolytic fluid at a second temperature, lower than the first temperature; a thermostatic valve, that mixes electrolytic fluid at a lower temperature with electrolytic fluid at a higher temperature, for generating a mixed electrolytic fluid to be introduced into the electrochemical stack at a controlled temperature for generating a desired electric power. The electrochemical power supply is further provided with an auxiliary tank, adapted to contain electrolytic fluid at a third temperature, higher than the first temperature; and the thermostatic valve is connected to the auxiliary tank and receives, at an input, the electrolytic fluid at the third temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: LEONARDO S.P.A.
    Inventor: Yuri Gassani
  • Patent number: 11319032
    Abstract: The objective of the present invention is to provide an accommodation ladder fixing device, which more firmly and safely fixes, to an exterior wall of a ship, an accommodation ladder temporally provided so as to allow pilots to safely board and disembark the ship. That is, the present invention comprises: a housing (10), which has a fixing plate (13) formed at the rear end thereof to be mounted on the accommodation ladder (100), has a fixing box (11), of which the front side is opened, formed on the fixing plate (13), and has hinge shafts (15) formed at both sides of a through-hole (14) of the fixing box (11); an attachment/detachment means (20), which has a movable block (21) insertively provided so as to be movable forward and rearward to/from the fixing box (11), and a magnetic member (22) attached/detached to/from the exterior wall of a hull (200) and provided at the front end of the movable block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: KOREA OCEAN TECH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ki Seng Kwon, Kang Min Kwon, Kwang Hyun Cheong
  • Patent number: 11312460
    Abstract: A method of controlling a plurality of marine drives on a multi-hull marine vessel includes determining, based on steering information, that the multi-hull marine vessel is entering a turn and then receiving a running trim position for each marine drive. A trim position of at least a portion of the plurality of marine drives is then adjusted from each respective running trim position so as to induce roll of the multi-hull marine vessel during the turn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Brad E. Taylor, David W. Dochterman, Bret A. Martin
  • Patent number: 11313093
    Abstract: A boat dock structure includes an upper deck, sides extending downward from the upper deck, and a wheel bumper having a substantially round shape. The wheel bumper has a first portion and a second portion, the first portion being positioned under the upper deck, the second portion extending outward from the cutout portion of at least one of the sides to protect the boat dock and a boat from damage when the boat is docking at the boat dock adjacent to the wheel bumper. At least one of the sides may have a cutout portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventor: Steven Edward DeMay
  • Patent number: 11312455
    Abstract: A Method and Apparatus for Wake Enlargement System have been disclosed. By using water pick-ups that are mounted on a boat, controlled filling of ballast tanks is possible without the use of pumps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventor: Michael Murphy
  • Patent number: 11312453
    Abstract: A boat anchoring system may include a first section and a second section. The first section may include a first proximal end region and a first distal end region. The second section may include a second proximal end region and a second distal end region. The first section may at least partially surround the second section. A geologic anchoring system may include a body section, a boring section and a lock. The body section may include a first proximal end region and a first distal end region. The boring section may include a second proximal end region and a second distal end region. The first section may least partially surround the second section. A lock may be included on the second section. The lock may engage the first section at an infinite number of positions of the second section relative to the first section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventor: Curtis Wilson Boyd
  • Patent number: 11312461
    Abstract: A controller of a boat maneuvering control system for a boat is configured or programmed to perform a control to switch from controlling a propulsion device based on a first operation signal that includes error information, to controlling a propulsive force of the propulsion device based on a second operation signal different from the first operation signal upon acquiring the error information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Makoto Ito
  • Patent number: 11312462
    Abstract: A cowling is for a marine drive. The cowling has first and second cowl portions for enclosing a powerhead, and a latching device which is movable into a latched position in which the powerhead is enclosed by the first cowl and second cowl portions and an unlatched position in which the second cowl portion is movable with respect to the first cowl portion so that the powerhead is accessible. The latching device has an electric actuator configured to automatically move the latching device from the latched position to the unlatched position and a manually-operable input device which is accessible from outside of the cowling and is configured to actuate the electric actuator to thereby automatically move the latching device from the latched position to the unlatched position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Devan R. Faust, Brad J. VanRuiswyk, Steven J. Amerling
  • Patent number: 11305857
    Abstract: A marine drive is provided. The marine drive includes a propulsion unit, a supporting cradle that couples the propulsion unit to a transom bracket for attachment to a marine vessel, and a cowling system that at least partially covers a portion of the propulsion unit and a portion of the supporting cradle. The cowling system includes upper, middle, and lower cowling components, and the middle and lower cowling components are separated by a dynamic gap. The marine drive further includes a sound blanket positioned between the supporting cradle and the middle and lower cowling components. The sound blanket is configured to span the dynamic gap and block sound that would otherwise emanate from the propulsion unit via the dynamic gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew W. Jaeger, Timothy D. Krupp, Kevin C. Kottke
  • Patent number: 11305852
    Abstract: A folding inflation-free breaststroke float comprises a U-shaped main body and a supporting pad arranged in the main body. The supporting pad is arranged around an inner ring of the main body; the main body is also provided with back sheets, shoulder straps, buckles and a crotch; the main body is combined by at least two connecting parts; the joined connecting parts can be turned or disassembled and then overlapped; and a detachable connecting piece is arranged between the joined connecting parts. Compared with the prior art, by turning a first connecting part and second connecting parts, the first connecting part and the second connecting parts are overlapped, thereby reducing the overall volume during transportation and reducing transportation cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Zhejiang Mambobaby Baby Products Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Weixin Zhou
  • Patent number: 11305855
    Abstract: The trolling motor releasable mounting bracket system is for trolling motors (e.g., GPS guided trolling motors), includes its own power plug within the assembly, and is configured to mount a trolling motor to a vessel deck. The system includes a motor bracket and a vessel bracket. The motor bracket includes a receiving section to slidably receive the vessel bracket therein. The motor bracket further includes a motor power cord section including a motor power cord channel configured to route a motor power cord and secure an associated motor power connector therein. The vessel bracket includes a vessel power cord section including a vessel power cord channel configured to route a vessel power cord and secure an associated vessel power connector therein, And, the motor power cord channel and the vessel power cord channel are configured to align the respective motor power connector and the vessel power connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: POWER PUX, LLC
    Inventor: Paul E Payne
  • Patent number: 11305856
    Abstract: A steering apparatus for an outboard motor is provided, which stabilizes a steering load of the outboard motor to realize good steering performance, and further is excellent in durability even when a load acts on a steering handle from above. Between a steering bracket (15) and a swivel bracket (14), a steering load adjustment device (20) that adjusts a loaded load to a steering operation following steering of a steering handle (18), and a suspension portion (40) that allows the steering load adjustment device to be supported by the steering bracket are included, and load absorbing portions (44, 22b) that absorb a load applied to the steering bracket from above are provided respectively at the suspension portion and the steering load adjustment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shouhei Tejima
  • Patent number: 11299248
    Abstract: A control system includes an outboard motor, a sway sensor, and a controller. The outboard motor includes a power source and a propeller shaft. The power source includes a rotating shaft. The propeller shaft is connected to the rotating shaft. The sway sensor outputs a signal indicative of the sway of the boat. The controller is communicatively connected to the sway sensor. The controller receives the signal indicative of the sway of the boat. The controller controls at least one of a moment of inertia of the rotating shaft around the rotating shaft, a rotation speed of the rotating shaft, or a tilt angle of the rotating shaft according to the sway of the boat to generate an inertial force against the sway of the boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yoshiyuki Kadobayashi, Takeshi Ito
  • Patent number: 11292567
    Abstract: A steering load adjustment device for an outboard motor is provided, which stabilizes a steering load of the outboard motor, and obtains good steering performance. In a steering load adjustment device (20) for an outboard motor that is disposed between a steering bracket (15) and a swivel bracket (14), and adjusts a loaded load to a steering operation following steering a steering handle (18), adjustment of the loaded load to the steering operation is performed by a change in frictional force of friction pads (24b, 25b) contacting a friction plate (22), and a shape of a portion above the swivel bracket, of the friction plate is formed into a U-shape (22b, 22f) that protrudes toward the outboard motor side as viewed from a lateral side of an outboard motor (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Satoru Fukuchi
  • Patent number: 11286022
    Abstract: A configurable seating system for a marine vehicle includes a pivot arm and a base support coupled to the pivot arm. A first position of the pivot arm and the base support faces forwardly, a second position of the pivot arm and the base support faces backwardly, and movement of the pivot arm causes the base support to slide between the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel S. Freer, Kristin M. McGinnis, J. Andrew Campbell
  • Patent number: 11279457
    Abstract: Stabilizer is provided for joining parallel shafts in a marine environment and including a split bushing to permit one shaft to move rotationally and longitudinally relative to the stabilizer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Boatlogix, LLC
    Inventors: David A. Craft, Ronald J. Speicher
  • Patent number: 11279448
    Abstract: A watercraft boarding apparatus is herein presented, the watercraft boarding apparatus including a frame adapted to be secured to an object, a pivotable platform pivotably secured to the frame about a pivot axis thereof, the pivotable platform being configured to pivot between an extended configuration for securing a watercraft on water and a boarded configuration supporting the watercraft thereon and a pair of connecting members secured to the pivotable platform to secure the watercraft, wherein pivotal of the platform is adapted to progressively board the watercraft on the platform by sharing a weight of the watercraft between the pivot and water. A method of use and a kit thereof are also contemplated and remain within the scope of the present specification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: 9365-1461 QUEBEC INC.
    Inventor: Francois Goupil
  • Patent number: 11273890
    Abstract: A life jacket vest including a life jacket member having a pair of arm openings and a lining having a pair of sleeve members and a perimeter. The lining is positioned in mating relationship with at least a portion of the life jacket member and is attached along at least a portion of the perimeter of the life jacket member. The sleeve members are received and extend through the openings of the life jacket member and are not attached to the life jacket member. The life jacket member may include a fastener member and a size adjustment member. The lining may include a neck portion and a collar portion. By attaching the lining to the life jacket member in places other than the arm openings, the present life jacket vest allows for a greater range of motion and less constraints in the arm openings of the life jacket member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: The Coleman Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Yiyun Culp
  • Patent number: 11274920
    Abstract: A system for measuring angular misalignment between marine propulsion devices. The system includes first and second members with mounting ends and distal ends. Attachment features are positioned at the mounting ends to attach the members to first and second propulsion shafts of the marine propulsion devices. Emitters configured to emit light are coupled to the first and second members. When the first and second member are attached to the propulsion shafts, a first emitter emits the light towards a target on the second member and a second emitter emits the light towards a target on the first member. The angular misalignment between the propulsion shafts is measurable based on a first offset between the target and where the light from the first emitter shines on the second member, and based on a second offset between the target and where the light from the second emitter shines on the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Andres Perdomo Tornbaum, Michael S. Makus, Brad E. Taylor, Michael R. Schlichting