Patents by Inventor George Broughton

George Broughton 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: 10527125
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine assembly has a crankcase, a cylinder block connected to the crankcase, the cylinder block defining at least one cylinder, at least one piston disposed in the at least one cylinder, a crankshaft disposed at least in part in the crankcase and operatively connected to the at least one piston, and a flywheel operatively connected to and driven by the crankshaft. The crankshaft rotates in a first direction about a crankshaft axis. The flywheel rotates in a second direction opposite the first direction about the flywheel axis. A clutch selectively operatively connects the crankshaft to the flywheel. A marine outboard engine having the internal combustion engine assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: BRP US INC.
    Inventors: George Broughton, Mark C. Noble, Richard McChesney, Samuel McGinley
  • Publication number: 20190322344
    Abstract: A control assembly for a watercraft is presented comprising a housing defining at least one passage adapted to receive a steering column therethrough, a lever being pivotally connected to the housing about a first axis, the first axis being offset from the at least one passage, the lever being adapted to be disposed between a steering wheel of the watercraft and a dashboard of the watercraft, and an electronic motor control system operatively connected to the lever, the electronic motor control system producing signals operative to control a speed of a motor in response to the lever being rotated about the first axis. A watercraft including a control assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Publication date: October 24, 2019
    Inventors: George BROUGHTON, Richard MCCHESNEY
  • Patent number: 10442515
    Abstract: A propulsion system has an internal combustion engine including an exhaust manifold and an engine air intake, an exhaust port fluidly connected to the exhaust manifold, a fresh air intake fluidly connected to the engine air intake and a filter assembly including adsorbent material and being configurable between a loading configuration allowing for filtration of at least some components of an exhaust gas of the engine, and a purging configuration allowing for removal therefrom of at least some of the components of the exhaust gas. In the loading configuration, the filter assembly is fluidly connected between the exhaust manifold and the exhaust port. In the purging configuration, the filter assembly is fluidly connected between the fresh air intake and the engine air intake. Above a threshold effective engine speed of the engine, the filter assembly is in the purging configuration. A method for treating exhaust gas is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: BRP US INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Wasil, George Broughton
  • Publication number: 20190186592
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine assembly has a crankcase, a cylinder block connected to the crankcase, the cylinder block defining at least one cylinder, at least one piston disposed in the at least one cylinder, a crankshaft disposed at least in part in the crankcase and operatively connected to the at least one piston, and a flywheel operatively connected to and driven by the crankshaft. The crankshaft rotates in a first direction about a crankshaft axis. The flywheel rotates in a second direction opposite the first direction about the flywheel axis. A clutch selectively operatively connects the crankshaft to the flywheel. A marine outboard engine having the internal combustion engine assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Publication date: June 20, 2019
    Inventors: George BROUGHTON, Mark C. NOBLE, Richard MCCHESNEY, Samuel MCGINLEY
  • Patent number: 9926060
    Abstract: A marine outboard engine for a watercraft has a stern bracket for mounting the marine outboard engine to the watercraft, a swivel bracket pivotally connected to the stern bracket about a generally horizontal tilt/trim axis, and a drive unit pivotally connected to the swivel bracket about a steering axis. The steering axis is generally perpendicular to the tilt/trim axis. A hydraulic actuator is operatively connected to the stern bracket and the swivel bracket for pivoting the swivel bracket and the drive unit relative to the stern bracket about the tilt/trim axis. A pump is mounted to the swivel bracket. The pump is pivotable about the tilt/trim axis together with the swivel bracket. The pump is fluidly connected to the hydraulic actuator to supply hydraulic fluid to the hydraulic actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: BRP US INC.
    Inventors: Darrell Wiatrowski, Mark Whiteside, George Broughton, Mark Noble
  • Patent number: 9499247
    Abstract: A marine outboard engine for a watercraft has a stern bracket for mounting the marine outboard engine to the watercraft, a swivel bracket pivotally connected to the stern bracket about a generally horizontal tilt/trim axis, and a drive unit pivotally connected to the swivel bracket about a steering axis. The steering axis is generally perpendicular to the tilt/trim axis. A hydraulic actuator is operatively connected to the stern bracket and the swivel bracket for pivoting the swivel bracket and the drive unit relative to the stern bracket about the tilt/trim axis. A pump is mounted to the swivel bracket. The pump is pivotable about the tilt/trim axis together with the swivel bracket. The pump is fluidly connected to the hydraulic actuator to supply hydraulic fluid to the hydraulic actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: BRP US INC.
    Inventors: Darrell Wiatrowski, Mark Whiteside, George Broughton, Mark Noble
  • Patent number: 9108710
    Abstract: A pontoon boat has left and right pontoons extending longitudinally, a tunnel therebetween, and a deck supported thereon. Bow and stern ends, and a boat length therebetween, are defined by at least one of the pontoons and the deck. An opening of the deck communicating with a tunnel thereunder has an outboard engine mounted therein and a hatch disposed thereover. A longitudinal center plane is vertical and equidistant from the bow and stern ends. A drive unit of the engine has a driveshaft, a propeller shaft operatively connected thereto, and a propeller connected to the propeller shaft. A mounting bracket connects the drive unit to the deck. The engine is disposed forward of the stern end by a distance at least equal to one-fourth of the boat length. The engine is aligned with or rearward of a longitudinal center plane. A method of operating the pontoon boat is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: BRP US INC.
    Inventors: Richard McChesney, George Broughton, Nicolas Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9073616
    Abstract: A marine outboard engine includes an engine having a front, back, top and two lateral sides. A cowling, covering the engine at least partially, includes a central support structure fixedly connected to at least one of the engine, a swivel bracket, and an exhaust system. The central support structure extending across at least a portion of the front, top and back of the engine defines at least partially a space through which at least a portion of at least one of its lateral sides is accessible. The space is selectively covered by at least one side panel which is at least partially selectively connected to the central support structure and at least partially disconnectable therefrom to reveal the portion of the at least one of the lateral sides of the engine while the central support structure extends across at least the portion of the front, top and back thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: BRP US INC.
    Inventors: Dale A. Wiegele, Dave Calamia, George Broughton, Guillaume Longpre, Jeff T. Turner, John Charles Scott, Mark C. Noble, Patrick C. Tetzlaff, Philippe Petit, Roger Raetzman, Vincent Groleau
  • Patent number: 8840438
    Abstract: An independent hydraulic system for operating at least one first system used in the operation of a watercraft and adapted to be fluidly connected to one other independent hydraulic system for operating at least one second system used in the operation of the watercraft, so that actuating a driving actuator part of the independent hydraulic system, causes a flow of fluid to flow from the independent hydraulic system to the other independent hydraulic system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: BRP US Inc.
    Inventors: George Broughton, Darrell Albert Wiatrowski
  • Patent number: 8840439
    Abstract: A marine outboard engine for a watercraft has a stern bracket for mounting the marine outboard engine to the watercraft, a swivel bracket pivotally connected to the stern bracket about a generally horizontal tiltitrim axis, and a drive unit pivotally connected to the swivel bracket about a steering axis. The steering axis is generally perpendicular to the tilt/trim axis. An actuator is operatively connected to the stern bracket and the swivel bracket for pivoting the swivel bracket and the drive unit relative to the stern bracket about the tilt/trim axis. A pump is mounted to the swivel bracket. The pump is pivotable about the tilt/trim axis together with the swivel bracket. The pump is fluidly connected to the actuator to supply hydraulic fluid to the actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: BRP US Inc.
    Inventors: Darrell Wiatrowski, George Broughton, Mark Whiteside, Mark Noble
  • Patent number: 8757028
    Abstract: A crankshaft has a receiving platform for catching lubricant dropping from a main bearing assembly. The receiving platform has at least one wall disposed thereon. The wall has one point that is the furthest from the rotational axis of the crankshaft. One channel is defined in the platform and has an inlet disposed close to the point of the wall that is furthest from the rotational axis of the crankshaft. The channel has an outlet in the vicinity of a connecting rod bearing assembly, so that lubricant dropped on the receiving platform will flow to the connecting rod bearing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: BRP US Inc.
    Inventors: George Broughton, Andrew Findlay, John Valek, James E. Macier
  • Patent number: 8333629
    Abstract: A marine outboard engine is described, having an engine disposed in a cowling. The engine has a cooling system. A first pump is disposed inside the cowling below a water line of the outboard engine. The first pump is continuously driven by the engine during operation of the engine. The first pump is a centrifugal pump having an inlet in fluid communication with an exterior of the marine outboard engine below the water line and an outlet in fluid communication with the cooling system. A second pump is disposed inside the cowling below the water line. The second pump has an inlet in fluid communication with an exterior of the marine outboard engine below the water line and an outlet in fluid communication with the cooling system. An electric motor is operatively connected to the second pump for selectively driving the second pump during operation of the engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: BRP US Inc.
    Inventors: Richard McChesney, George Broughton, Mark Noble
  • Publication number: 20120204776
    Abstract: An independent hydraulic system for operating at least one first system used in the operation of a watercraft and adapted to be fluidly connected to one other independent hydraulic system for operating at least one second system used in the operation of the watercraft, so that actuating a driving actuator part of the independent hydraulic system, causes a flow of fluid to flow from the independent hydraulic system to the other independent hydraulic system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: BRP US INC.
    Inventors: George Broughton, Darrell Wiatrowski
  • Publication number: 20120204848
    Abstract: A crankshaft has a receiving platform for catching lubricant dropping from a main bearing assembly. The receiving platform has at least one wall disposed thereon. The wall has one point that is the furthest from the rotational axis of the crankshaft. One channel is defined in the platform and has an inlet disposed close to the point of the wall that is furthest from the rotational axis of the crankshaft. The channel has an outlet in the vicinity of a connecting rod bearing assembly, so that lubricant dropped on the receiving platform will flow to the connecting rod bearing assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Applicant: BRP US INC.
    Inventors: George BROUGHTON, Andrew FINDLAY, John VALEK, James E. MACIER
  • Patent number: 7927160
    Abstract: A propeller assembly has first and second propeller blades pivotably mounted on a propeller hub. The first and second propeller blades are pivotable with respect to the propeller hub about corresponding first and second pivot axes to vary a pitch of the first and second propeller blades. A support member has a first end at least partially disposed within the first propeller blade and a second end at least partially disposed within the second propeller blade. The first end has a first central longitudinal axis generally coaxial with the first pivot axis. The second end has a second central longitudinal axis generally coaxial with the second pivot axis. A gear case having a propeller and a marine outboard engine having a propeller are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: BRP US Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Noble, Richard McChesney, Laverne Tatge, George Broughton
  • Patent number: 7758393
    Abstract: A marine outboard engine has a cowling, an engine, a driveshaft operatively connected to the crankshaft, a gear case, a transmission disposed in the gear case and connected to the driveshaft, a propeller shaft disposed generally perpendicular to the driveshaft and operatively connected to the transmission, and a bladed rotor connected to the propeller shaft. A pair of engine mounts are operatively connected to the engine. Each engine mount defines an engine mount working axis. A steering shaft is operatively pivotally connected to the engine mounts. The engine mount working axes are generally perpendicular to the steering axis and pass through the steering shaft. A stern bracket is operatively pivotally connected to the steering shaft for mounting the outboard engine to a boat. A marine outboard engine where primary axes of the engine mounts pass through the steering shaft is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: BRP US Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Lucier, Darrell Wiatrowski, George Broughton, Glendon Chesser, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7736206
    Abstract: A marine outboard engine is disclosed which comprises a drive unit, a tilt/trim/steering subsystem and a stern bracket adapted for connection to an associated watercraft. The tilt/trim/steering subsystem connects the drive unit to the stern bracket and comprises a first rotary actuator carrying the drive unit for pivotal movement about a steering axis that extends generally vertically, and a second rotary actuator connected to the first rotary actuator and supporting the first rotary actuator and the drive unit for pivotal movement about a tilt/trim axis that extends generally horizontally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: BRP US INC.
    Inventors: Richard McChesney, Mark Noble, Rudolf Wendler, Matt Leppala, George Broughton, LaVerne Tatge
  • Publication number: 20100112877
    Abstract: A marine outboard engine is described, having an engine disposed in a cowling. The engine has a cooling system. A first pump is disposed inside the cowling below a water line of the outboard engine. The first pump is continuously driven by the engine during operation of the engine. The first pump is a centrifugal pump having an inlet in fluid communication with an exterior of the marine outboard engine below the water line and an outlet in fluid communication with the cooling system. A second pump is disposed inside the cowling below the water line. The second pump has an inlet in fluid communication with an exterior of the marine outboard engine below the water line and an outlet in fluid communication with the cooling system. An electric motor is operatively connected to the second pump for selectively driving the second pump during operation of the engine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Applicant: BRP US INC.
    Inventors: Richard McCHESNEY, George BROUGHTON, Mark NOBLE
  • Publication number: 20090001244
    Abstract: A marine outboard engine has a cowling, an engine, a driveshaft operatively connected to the crankshaft, a gear case, a transmission disposed in the gear case and connected to the driveshaft, a propeller shaft disposed generally perpendicular to the driveshaft and operatively connected to the transmission, and a bladed rotor connected to the propeller shaft. A pair of engine mounts are operatively connected to the engine. Each engine mount defines an engine mount working axis. A steering shaft is operatively pivotally connected to the engine mounts. The engine mount working axes are generally perpendicular to the steering axis and pass through the steering shaft. A stern bracket is operatively pivotally connected to the steering shaft for mounting the outboard engine to a boat. A marine outboard engine where primary axes of the engine mounts pass through the steering shaft is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Applicant: BRP US Inc.
    Inventors: Peter LUCIER, Darrell WIATROWSKI, George BROUGHTON, Glendon CHESSER, JR.
  • Patent number: 5062403
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine comprising an engine block, a spark control member movably mounted on the engine block, means for controlling the spark timing of the engine in response to movement of the spark control member, a first actuating member movably mounted on the engine block, and means for adjustably connecting the first actuating member to the spark control member for common movement therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1991
    Assignee: Outboard Marine Corporation
    Inventors: Paul W. Breckenfeld, James A. Nettles, Duane E. Rogers, George Broughton