Patents by Inventor Arthur R. Ferguson

Arthur R. Ferguson has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 7128627
    Abstract: A steering apparatus for a marine craft has a first bracket connectable to the stern of the marine craft. There is a second bracket connectable to the propulsion unit of the marine craft. The second bracket is rotatably connected to the first bracket for relative rotation about an axis of rotation. The propulsion unit can be rotated about the axis of rotation relative to the stern of the craft. The second bracket has a cylindrical bore extending therethrough. A piston is reciprocatingly received within the bore. The piston slidingly engages the bore and has a piston rod connected thereto. The piston rod is operatively connected to the propulsion unit. In an alternative embodiment a cable replaces the piston and is slidably received by a cable tube extending through end fittings in the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: Teleflex Canada Incorporated
    Inventor: Arthur R. Ferguson
  • Publication number: 20040237866
    Abstract: A steering apparatus for a marine craft has a first bracket connectable to the stern of the marine craft. There is a second bracket connectable to the propulsion unit of the marine craft. The second bracket is rotatably connected to the first bracket for relative rotation about an axis of rotation. The propulsion unit can be rotated about the axis of rotation relative to the stern of the craft. The second bracket has a cylindrical bore extending therethrough. A piston is reciprocatingly received within the bore. The piston slidingly engages the bore and has a piston rod connected thereto. The piston rod is operatively connected to the propulsion unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2004
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Inventor: Arthur R. Ferguson
  • Publication number: 20040154517
    Abstract: A steering apparatus for a marine craft has a first bracket connectable to the stern of the marine craft. There is a second bracket connectable to the propulsion unit of the marine craft. The second bracket is rotatably connected to the first bracket for relative rotation about an axis of rotation. The propulsion unit can be rotated about the axis of rotation relative to the stem of the craft. The second bracket has a cylindrical bore extending therethrough. A piston is reciprocatingly received within the bore. The piston slidingly engages the bore and has a piston rod connected thereto. The piston rod is operatively connected to the propulsion unit. In an alternative embodiment a cable replaces the piston and is slidably received by a cable tube extending through end fittings in the bore.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2003
    Publication date: August 12, 2004
    Inventor: Arthur R. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 6761599
    Abstract: A steering apparatus for a marine craft has a first bracket connectable to the stern of the marine craft. There is a second bracket connectable to the propulsion unit of the marine craft. The second bracket is rotatably connected to the first bracket for relative rotation about an axis of rotation. The propulsion unit can be rotated about the axis of rotation relative to the stern of the craft. The second bracket has a cylindrical bore extending therethrough. A piston is reciprocatingly received within the bore. The piston slidingly engages the bore and has a piston rod connected thereto. The piston rod is operatively connected to the propulsion unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Assignee: Teleflex Canada Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Arthur R. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 6679741
    Abstract: A propulsion system and method for driving one or more accessories in an outdrive of a boat having an engine coupled to a drive shaft to supply torque thereto are provided. The torque received by the drive shaft is principally used to propel the boat. The propulsion system includes a driven shaft dedicated to drive the one or more accessories, and further includes a gear assembly for passing a portion of the torque received by the drive shaft to the driven shaft so that each of the one or more accessories coupled to the driven shaft receives driving torque therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Assignee: Bombardier Motor Corporation of America
    Inventors: Gerald Francis Bland, Arthur R. Ferguson, Stephen R. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20030232549
    Abstract: A propulsion system and method for driving one or more accessories in an outdrive of a boat having an engine coupled to a drive shaft to supply torque thereto are provided. The torque received by the drive shaft is principally used to propel the boat. The propulsion system includes a driven shaft dedicated to drive the one or more accessories, and further includes a gear assembly for passing a portion of the torque received by the drive shaft to the driven shaft so that each of the one or more accessories coupled to the driven shaft receives driving torque therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2000
    Publication date: December 18, 2003
    Inventors: Gerald Francis Bland, Arthur R. Ferguson
  • Publication number: 20030200909
    Abstract: A steering apparatus for a marine craft has a first bracket connectable to the stern of the marine craft. There is a second bracket connectable to the propulsion unit of the marine craft. The second bracket is rotatably connected to the first bracket for relative rotation about an axis of rotation. The propulsion unit can be rotated about the axis of rotation relative to the stern of the craft. The second bracket has a cylindrical bore extending therethrough. A piston is reciprocatingly received within the bore. The piston slidingly engages the bore and has a piston rod connected thereto. The piston rod is operatively connected to the propulsion unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2002
    Publication date: October 30, 2003
    Inventor: Arthur R. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 6435923
    Abstract: A two-speed transmission (30) with reverse gearing for a watercraft (10). The transmission is disposed in the gimbal housing (25) passing through the transom (14) of the watercraft. A pair of planetary gears (46,80) share a common ring gear (40) to provide both forward-reverse and first-second gearing in a very compact package. The transmission housing may be formed in two portions, a first housing (32) containing the forward-reverse gear mechanisms and a second housing (62) containing the first-second gear mechanism. The transmission output shaft (64) is connected to the drive shaft (122) of a vertical drive unit (24) by a double universal joint (74) that may be replaced without disassembling the transmission components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: Bombardier Motor Corporation of America
    Inventor: Arthur R. Ferguson
  • Publication number: 20020098747
    Abstract: A common fluid pressure supply apparatus (40) for a watercraft (10). A fluid interconnection apparatus interconnects the hydraulic fluid circuits operating the hydraulic transmission (18), power steering (30), and tilt-trim function (34) for an inboard/outboard stem drive (20) watercraft. A single fill vessel (104), oil cooler (82), and filter (126) are utilized for the common fluid pressure supply apparatus. The fluid interconnection apparatus may include the transmission housing reservoir (42).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2000
    Publication date: July 25, 2002
    Inventors: Gerald Francis Bland, Arthur R. Ferguson, Stephen R. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6416370
    Abstract: A common fluid pressure supply apparatus (40) for a watercraft (10). A fluid interconnection apparatus interconnects the hydraulic fluid circuits operating the hydraulic transmission (18), power steering (30), and tilt-trim function (34) for an inboard/outboard stem drive (20) watercraft. A single fill vessel (104), oil cooler (82), and filter (126) are utilized for the common fluid pressure supply apparatus. The fluid interconnection apparatus may include the transmission housing reservoir (42).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Assignee: Bombardier Motor Corporation of America
    Inventors: Gerald Francis Bland, Arthur R. Ferguson, Stephen R. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6305997
    Abstract: An assembly and techniques for facilitating assemblage of a drive unit to a gimbal housing in a boat are provided. The assembly uses a universal joint (U-joint) in the gimbal housing for pivotally engaging the drive unit to the gimbal housing. The U-joint includes an input shaft that receives driving power and an output shaft connectable to the drive unit. The assembly further uses an alignment subassembly configured to support the U-joint in an alignment position while its output shaft is being connected to the drive unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Assignee: Bombardier Motor Corporation of America
    Inventors: Mark Whiteside, Stephen R. Johnson, Arthur R. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 6302755
    Abstract: A transom seal assembly for sealing an opening in a boat transom is provided. A propulsion system has a part thereof extending through the transom opening and the seal assembly is positioned between the part and the transom opening to provide respective individually secure dual watertight seals relative to the interior of the boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Assignee: Bombardier Motor Corporation of America
    Inventors: Arthur R. Ferguson, Stephen R. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5660502
    Abstract: An improved adjustment mechanism for a scuba second state air flow regulator comprising a water sealed balance shaft having a cross-sectional area approximately equal to the area of contact between the poppet valve seat and the orifice of the second stage air hose coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Assignee: American Underwater Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Arthur R. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 5457284
    Abstract: An interactive apparatus for use by a scuba diver to provide for diver control of a specified dive-related parameter. The diver enters into the apparatus a desired parameter value, such as air reserve available at the completion of a dive, and the apparatus, based on the desired parameter and current dive conditions, determines the length of time the diver may remain at the current depth and still safely ascend to the surface. In the preferred embodiment, the apparatus also includes audible and visible alarms to alert the diver to the expiration of the determined length of safe dive time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1995
    Assignee: Dacor Corporation
    Inventor: Arthur R. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 5265591
    Abstract: A combination snorkel breathing tube and mask strap retainer clip includes a snorkel breathing tube having an externally threaded portion, a tubular barrel configured to circumscribe the threaded breathing tube, a tooth disposed on the tubular barrel for engaging the threads of the breathing tube to adjust the vertical position of the barrel relative to the breathing tube, a mask strap retainer and a retaining stud disposed on the tubular barrel and configured for swivelingly accommodating the mask strap retainer thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1993
    Assignee: Dacor Corporation
    Inventor: Arthur R. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 5233976
    Abstract: A built-in regulator cone adjusting tool for a second stage regulator having a housing, an inlet port in the housing, and a cone having a front end and being disposed in the inlet port for reciprocal axial movement, the tool including a tubular body configured for axial rotation in the inlet port of the housing and having a first end and a second end, the second end having at least one tab for releasably engaging the front end of the cone for adjusting the relative position of the cone in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1993
    Assignee: Dacor Corporation
    Inventor: Arthur R. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 5188548
    Abstract: A boat comprising a hull including a transom having laminations, a support plate fixed between a pair of laminations, a pair of horizontally spaced apart pivot pin supports each extending rearwardly from the support plate and each including an outer end projecting outwardly from the transom, a tilt pivot pin having a generally horizontal longitudinal axis, and extending between the outer ends, a mounting apparatus adapted to support an outboard motor on the tilt pivot pin, the mounting apparatus including a mounting bracket having an apparatus for supporting the outboard motor for pivotal movement about a generally vertical steering axis, and a semi-cylindrical surface, a pivot cap including a semi-cylindrical surface which cooperates with the semi-cylindrical surface of the mounting bracket to define a passage pivotally receiving the tilt pivot pin, a screw for releaseably fastening the pivot cap on the mounting bracket, and a mechanism for pivoting the mounting bracket about the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1993
    Assignee: Outboard Marine Corporation
    Inventors: Arthur R. Ferguson, Edgar Rose
  • Patent number: 5176169
    Abstract: A first stage SCUBA diving regulator has a removable cartridge containing the pressure regulating mechanism and a plurality of intermediate pressure outlet ports extending at acute angles from the body of the regulator. A plurality of rotatable intermediate pressure outlet ports are provided in one embodiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1993
    Assignee: Dacor Corporation
    Inventor: Arthur R. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 5097860
    Abstract: The first stage regulator of a two-stage underwater breathing apparatus utilizes an imperforate force transfer mechanism to automatically increase the rate at which breathing air is delivered from a high pressure supply to the second stage regulator as the diver descends in the water. The first stage regulator is sealed from the ambient by the imperforate force transfer mechanism which increases the resistance of the regulator to icing and corrosion and prevents particulates entrained in the ambient water from entering the regulator mechanism and interfering with its operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1992
    Assignee: Dacor Corporation
    Inventors: Arthur R. Ferguson, Raymond Fundora
  • Patent number: 5032095
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a stern drive unit comprising an engine including a coolant jacket and an exhaust port, an exhaust gas discharge system including an exhaust gas manifold communicating with the exhaust port, a high-rise elbow communicating with the exhaust gas manifold, and an exhaust pipe communicating with the high-rise elbow and adapted to convey exhaust gas to an overboard discharge, a high-rise elbow and exhaust gas manifold coolant jacket surrounding the exhaust gas manifold and at least partially surrounding the high-rise elbow and communicating with the exhaust pipe for discharge of coolant from the high-rise elbow and exhaust gas manifold coolant jacket and through the exhaust pipe to an overboard discharge, which high-rise elbow and exhaust gas manifold coolant jacket includes a coolant discharge surface over which coolant is discharged from the high-rise elbow and exhaust gas manifold coolant jacket for flow to the exhaust pipe, a coolant conduit communicating between the engine coolant jacket a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1991
    Assignee: Outboard Marine Corporation
    Inventors: Arthur R. Ferguson, Edgar Rose