Floats Patents (Class 114/123)
  • Patent number: 10661861
    Abstract: Described herein is an apparatus for coupling a flotation device to a boat. The apparatus includes a clamping device with a clamp base, a fixed clamp portion extending from the clamp base, and an extensible clamp portion extendably coupled to the clamp base. Extension of the extensible clamp portion changes a distance between the extensible clamp portion and the fixed clamp portion so as to permit clamping of a portion of the boat there between. A tether member extends downwardly from the base. A retention device is associated with the tether member and operates to couple the flotation device to the boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Chad Daniel, Carl Allen Beeler
  • Patent number: 10577044
    Abstract: Safe, three-wheeled tilting scooter or motorcycle frames with two front steerable, non-tilting wheels are described herein, as well as three-wheeled tilting vehicles with various propulsion systems mounted on such frames are also disclosed. Said vehicles are preferably non-polluting, such as electric or fueled by hydrogen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: H2 HYBRID SCOTTERS LLC
    Inventor: Joseph B. Kejha
  • Patent number: 10556650
    Abstract: A suspension system for a water craft, the water craft including a chassis which is at least partially suspended above or relative to at least a first hull and a second hull. The suspension system includes a first hull locating arrangement for at least partially constraining the first hull in a lateral, a yaw, a roll and a longitudinal direction relative to the chassis, the first hull locating arrangement comprising a first, a second, a third and a fourth link arranged to directly or indirectly connect between the hull and the chassis. The first, second and third links each extend in at least a lateral direction relative to the chassis and contribute to a lateral constraint on the first hull relative to the chassis. The second link is longitudinally spaced from the first link relative to the chassis to contribute to a hull yaw constraint on the first hull relative to the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Nauti-Craft Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Michael James Longman, Richard Monk
  • Patent number: 10415204
    Abstract: According to certain embodiments, a method is performed using a self-elevating vessel having at least one preload tank and a plurality of movable support legs each with a spudcan affixed at the base. The method comprises locating the self-elevating vessel at a first ocean environment, lowering the legs to a surface of a seafloor with a first bearing pressure requirement, and filling the at least one preload tank to a first volume that is sufficient to drive the footings into the seafloor. The first volume is different than a second volume that is a volume sufficient to drive the footings into a seafloor of a second ocean environment that has a different bearing pressure requirement than the seafloor of the first ocean environment. The preload tank is sized to have a volume capacity based on the greater bearing pressure requirement between the first and the second ocean environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: NORTHERN OFFSHORE LTD.
    Inventor: Anthony James Beebe
  • Patent number: 10351217
    Abstract: A method is described for attenuating the oscillation of a ship, which includes a controller of a drive adapted to move at least one fin to allow stabilizing the ship, when the ship is at zero speed, anchored, wherein the motion of such at least one fin comprises an initial acceleration step, an intermediate step at constant speed and a final deceleration step. In the initial acceleration step, such at least one fin can start from a first angular position, while in the final deceleration step, such at least one fin can reach a second angular position corresponding to minimum or null values of effects opposite to those of the acceleration and constant speed steps of such at least one fin to allow maximizing the useful roll moment generated by such at least one fin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: P.S.C. ENGINEERING
    Inventor: Santino Crupi
  • Patent number: 10220922
    Abstract: A system for converting a paddleboard into a gigging vessel includes a standard stand-up paddleboard outfitted with a conversion system. The conversion system includes a pair of opposing pontoons, a pair of opposing guards each adjacent to one pontoon, and retaining arms and retaining straps for securing pontoons and guards to the stand-up paddleboard. The system includes a pair of wheels that can be lowered for transportation across land, and raised for use in aquatic environments; lights; and a storage compartment for items and captured fish. In one embodiment the pontoons and guards can be folded up for transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: John Clark Dorman
  • Patent number: 10040523
    Abstract: A compressed air tank for sinking prevention comprises a compressed air tank having a valve; and an air pocket coupled to the compressed air tank and being filled with air discharged from the compressed air tank when the valve is opened, wherein buoyancy is provided to a cabin that is being flooded through the air pocket to prevent a ship from foundering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Jeong Yong Lee
  • Patent number: 10023276
    Abstract: A canoe outrigger with built-in, covered, storage capacity. Unlike a typical pontoon type outrigger, this device is a miniature canoe form that has an open interior. The top of the outrigger has three doors allowing for storage and access within the form that holds many supplies, such as camping and fishing gear, food, water and other items. The outrigger is connected to a canoe, or other small boat, by a pair of telescoping arms. Each arm has clamps that secure the arms the gunwales of the vessel. The other end of each arm is bolted into position on the outrigger. In this way, the outrigger is securely attached for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Inventor: Nicholas Carl Sharrer
  • Patent number: 10000258
    Abstract: A vessel is provided herein which comprises a primary hull and at least two hull members capable of being deployed from or retracted into tunnels or underneath overhangs in the primary hull. In various embodiments, the vessel comprises a means for controllably deploying and retracting the hull members. These members may further comprise a propulsion means capable of propelling the vessel. In other embodiments the vessel comprises a failsafe mode allowing the hull members to fully retract into the vessel during times of destress. In various embodiments, the vessel is a landing craft capable of loading and unloading cargo without the burden of an overhang cross beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Birdon (UK) Limited
    Inventor: Timothy Curtis
  • Patent number: 9963202
    Abstract: A multi-hull vessel having a first hull and a second hull. The multi-hull vessel has a connecting structure, via which the first hull is connected to the second hull. The connecting structure has a displacement bearing for partially guiding a change of a position of the first hull relative to the second hull. The connecting structure is configured so that the displacement bearing is connected to the first hull via a compensating connection. The compensating connection has one or more degrees of freedom for reducing a bearing load of the displacement bearing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: FUTURA Yacht Systems EuB GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Ernst Bullmer, Gerhard Euchenhofer
  • Patent number: 9944371
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards a fixed positively buoyant manned submersible that includes a plurality of vertical thrusters and a sealed enclosure(s) that can support one or more human passengers. The vertical thrusters can include vertically aligned propellers that are coupled to motors that control the rotational velocity of the propellers. The vertical thrusters to generate a negative vertical thrust to allow the submersible to dive within a body of water. Horizontal movement can be achieved through horizontal thrusters or directing the thrust vectoring of the vertical thrusters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: DEEPFLIGHT
    Inventor: Graham Hawkes
  • Patent number: 9908590
    Abstract: A watercraft configured for use in a body of water is provided including a deck and at least one propulsion mechanism mounted at a first end of the deck. The at least one propulsion mechanism is configured to move the watercraft within the body of water. A man lift movable between a lowered position and a raised position is mounted to the deck. The man lift is configured to raise a person a vertical distance above the deck. Mounting brackets are arranged adjacent a first and second side of the deck. The mounting brackets are translatable between a retracted position and a deployed position. In the deployed position, the mounting brackets extend perpendicularly from the first side and the second side, respectively. An inflatable pontoon is removably coupled to each of the mounting brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: NORTHEAST AQUA LIFT LLC
    Inventors: William Foster, Thomas Blake Powell, John Casey
  • Patent number: 9873487
    Abstract: In one embodiment of the invention, a boat is provided which includes a deck; a plurality of pontoons extending in a direction parallel to a longitudinal axis of the deck, the deck being attached to the pontoons; and a hull portion attached to and extending from one of the pontoons. The hull portion extends outwardly to a distance wider than the pontoon to which it is attached, and the hull portion extends farther rearwardly than any of the pontoons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Pontoon Boat LLC
    Inventors: Trent Allan Eekhoff, Brad Roy Fishburn, Jacob Steven Vogel, Anthony Duane Williams
  • Patent number: 9845135
    Abstract: An extendable hull system movable between a mono-hull to a multi-hull configuration is provided so as to take advantage of both types of hull designs depending on the boating conditions. The extendable hull system provides a center hull portion and two side hull portions, each with separate planing surfaces in an expanded multi-hull configuration, and providing a shared planing surface in the contracted mono-hull configuration. The extendable hull system provides a pivotably connected railing system along a periphery of the side hull portions for moving to a deployed configuration providing additional walking surface. The extendable hull system provides a retractable awning movable between positions for covering the mono-hull and the multi-hull configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Inventor: Ian Matthew Handley
  • Patent number: 9828074
    Abstract: An internal canoe frame acts as a mount for retractable outriggers, foldable panels, and pontoons. With the outriggers, panels, and pontoons, the canoe can be adapted to provide a stable multi-purpose waterborne platform. In some embodiments, the platform may also include a support frame for a tent, to provide a waterborne camping site for an intrepid canoer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventor: Thomas Joseph Witkowski
  • Patent number: 9738359
    Abstract: This invention relates to a naval rescue vessel, comprising a propulsion unit (1) powered by a water jet and a hull unit (200), wherein said hull unit is at least partly flexible and wherein said propulsion unit (100) is arranged to form a rigid unit, and wherein the two units (100, 200) are interconnected to form a naval rescue vessel intended to be handled/maneuvered by a single rescuer, wherein the interconnection (130, 205) between the two units (100, 200) is arranged to provide a releasable connection of the units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: SAFE AT SEA AKTIEBOLAG
    Inventor: Fredrik Falkman
  • Patent number: 9714070
    Abstract: A recreational water flotation device includes a central body defining an upper surface and a bottom surface and having a front end and a rear end. A left lateral element extends from a left end of the central body and defines a left canted surface canted toward the central body and further defines a left end of the flotation device. A right lateral element extends from a right end of the central body and defines a left canted surface canted toward the central body and further defining a right end of the flotation device. The device is buoyant in water. A propeller can be mounted to the bottom surface of the central body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: WATERBLADE, LLC
    Inventor: Gameli E. Cruz Ricardez
  • Patent number: 9688357
    Abstract: A foldable boat includes a boat hull, left and right wing members, two forward buoyant bodies, and two rearward buoyant bodies. When the foldable boat is in a folded position, flat bodies of the left and right wing members are substantially perpendicular to a bottom wall of the boat hull, and the forward and rearward buoyant bodies can be packed in an accommodation space of the boat hull. When the foldable boat is in an unfolded position, the flat bodies are substantially parallel to the bottom wall, and each of the forward buoyant bodies and a corresponding one the rearward buoyant bodies are fastened to a corresponding one of the left and right wing members so as to provide a buoyant force to the boat hull.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Chih-Yung Chen
  • Patent number: 9663189
    Abstract: A three hulled T configuration displacement power boat that reduces weight by minimizing the structural without sacrificing boat length. The weight is evenly distributed between three hulls and is aligned in a T formation so that the overall boat length would be about three times the hull length. The structure, cargo and passenger(s) are supported above the water as shown in FIG. 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: Svetislav Mitrovich
  • Patent number: 9643691
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer program product for capturing a target object from a body of water. A first bulkhead may be proximate to a second bulkhead. An opening may be formed between at least a portion of the first and second bulkhead. The opening, via the first and second bulkhead, may be configured to align and receive at least a portion of the target object as a distance between the opening and at least the portion of the target object decreases, wherein the opening may be further configured to align and receive at least the portion of the target object while the target object is in the body of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Aeplog, Inc.
    Inventors: William M. Teppig, Jr., James S. Whang
  • Patent number: 9623937
    Abstract: A variety of multi-use, configurable watercraft is disclosed. A first type of watercraft used in a first water-based activity may be used as a component in a second type of watercraft used in a second water-based activity. For example, a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) may be used for paddle boarding, and then converted into a kayak, sailboat, catamaran, motorboat, or other type of vessel by adding one or more components to the SUP. In one embodiment, two paddleboards are used to construct a variety of multi-hull watercraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventors: John David Moffat, III, Kasey Campbell
  • Patent number: 9616975
    Abstract: System for mooring a large vessel for production of hydrocarbons, such vessel for example being a FPSO vessel, the mooring system comprising at least two floating bodies of the hang-off type, moored by means of differentiated compliance spread anchoring system to the sea bed, allowing partly weathervaning of the large vessel; a riser system extending from the sea bed to each the floating bodies, and means for transfer of fluids from the two floating bodies to the large vessel, the floating bodies and the large vessel being provided with locking means, locking floating bodies to the large vessel at the bow and the stern of the vessel in a mechanically rigid manner, thus providing a integrated, rigidly fixed unit comprising the large vessel and the floating bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: STATOIL PETROLEUM AS
    Inventors: Trond Stokka Meling, Arnt Olufsen
  • Patent number: 9555865
    Abstract: A watercraft with outboard stabilizing members on a hull with a bow wrap and port and starboard side sheets with one or more longitudinal channels. The port and starboard stabilizing members comprise buoyant members in a sheath having one or more longitudinal keepers that are configured to be received into the side sheet channels. Tension members extend through the keepers, and are attachable near the aft end of the watercraft, and releasably engage tensioning mechanisms in the bow wrap, for releasably attaching the stabilizing members to the side sheet. Deck access plates through the side walls provide access to the tensioning mechanisms, which may be, for example, crank or electric winch mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventor: William M. Hansen
  • Patent number: 9469387
    Abstract: An inflatable bag is selectively usable as one of a buoy and a punching bag. The inflatable bag is inflated depending on the selected use, and the inflating is practiced differently depending on the use decision. When it is decided to use the bag as a punching bag, the bag is suspended, and the bag is inflated with water. An inflatable bag member and kit includes components suitable for the selected use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Jason Pajonk-Taylor, Edwin Rivera
  • Patent number: 9399502
    Abstract: A recreational water flotation device includes a central body defining an upper surface and a bottom surface and having a front end and a rear end. A left lateral element extends from a left end of the central body and defines a left canted surface canted toward the central body and further defines a left end of the flotation device. A right lateral element extends from a right end of the central body and defines a left canted surface canted toward the central body and further defining a right end of the flotation device. The device is buoyant in water. A propeller can be mounted to the bottom surface of the central body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: WATERBLADE, LLC
    Inventor: Gameli E. Cruz Ricardez
  • Patent number: 9308973
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer program product for capturing a target object from a body of water. A first rail is proximate to a second rail. A first gap portion is formed between at least a portion of the first and second rail. The first gap portion is configured to align and receive at least a portion of the target object as a distance between the first gap portion and at least the portion of the target object decreases. A second gap portion is formed between at least the portion of the first and second rail. The first and second rail are further configured to align and receive at least the portion of the target object with the second gap portion as a distance between the second gap portion and at least the portion of the target object decreases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Aeplog, Inc.
    Inventor: William M. Teppig, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9290144
    Abstract: A sensor based vehicle flotation device is suitable for floating a vehicle immersed in sufficient water to activate a protected water sensor and, if desired, to confirm through auxiliary sensors whether a hazardous condition is presented. When such a device detects and verifies that the vehicle is becoming immersed in water, one or more expansible chambers, affording sufficient buoyancy to allow the vehicle to float, automatically and rapidly inflate by means of compressed, pumped or pressurized gas. Upon the successful deployment of the expansible chamber, the land vehicle will begin to float, limiting water damage to the vehicle and/or bodily harm to its occupants, and reducing the risk of the vehicle overturning. The expansible chamber will remain inflated until the land vehicle is returned to safety, and the device is detached from the land vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventors: Matthew John Cox, Rohit Anant Narayanan, Alexander Zhang Yu, Angela Mingjia Wei
  • Patent number: 9156526
    Abstract: An extendable pontoon system is provided. The extendable pontoon system may include a center pontoon, two side pontoons, an adjustable frame and a plurality of actuator arms. The adjustable frame may include a plurality of fixed frame elements and a plurality of slidable elements. The plurality of fixed frame elements may be supported in a traverse relationship to and along the length of the center pontoon. Each elongated slidable element may have a received end and a hinged end. Each fixed frame element may be tubular having two opposing ends, wherein each opposing end may be adapted to slidably receive one received end. The plurality of hinged ends may be pivotably connected to either one of the two side pontoons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Inventor: Ian Matthew Handley
  • Patent number: 9061735
    Abstract: A multi-hulled water craft is disclosed. The water craft has a body, one left hull and one right hull, each hull connected to the body by respective locating means which permits at least substantially vertical and pitch motion of the respective hull relative to the body. The multi-hulled water craft also has a suspension system including at least a front left modal support means and a back left modal support means for providing at least partial support of the body with respect to the left hull, and at least a front right modal support means and a back right modal support means for providing at least partial support of the body with respect to the right hull. The suspension system further includes interconnection means connected to the modal support means to provide different stiffness between motions in at least two of roll, pitch, heave and warp suspension modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Nauti-Craft Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Christopher Brian Heyring, John Gerard Catoni, Richard Monk
  • Patent number: 9021973
    Abstract: A flotation system for a recreational board such as a stand up paddleboard includes an elongated substrate that is sized and shaped to releaseably wrap around the perimeter of a recreational board. The elongated substrate is constructed of a buoyant material such as foam, and defines a plurality of apertures that can be used to store items such as beverages and personal belongings. The elongated substrate is releaseably attached to the board by a variety of fastening means, and serves to increase stability and buoyancy of the board, and to protect the board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Fraser Smith
  • Patent number: 8943986
    Abstract: A user floatation system for boating safety. There is included in the system a boat, having a seat for a user, and a rear and forward section located behind and in front of the user respectively. There is also a flotation system, including float device, designed to be placed in the water on at least one side of the boat; and frame system, coupled to the boat at one end and to the float device at an opposite end, designed to hold the float device in a 1) deployed position where the float device is held in the water when a user is in the seat, and 2) partially deployed position where the float device is held a distance above the water level when a user is in the seat sufficient to enable the user to tip the boat a certain angle from a level position but to assist in preventing the boat from tipping completely over.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventor: Brian Mauer
  • Patent number: 8939103
    Abstract: This embodiment relates generally to the deployable assembly (30) for a suspended device (38), that may lead to the stabilization of a watercraft (32), such as kayaks and canoes, which allows an operator (134) to stand or move in the watercraft (32) without it rocking or rolling over. The deployable assembly with an example pontoon (112) connected to a folding and rotate-able arm (80) that enable pivotal and rotate-able movement of each pontoon between storage (128) and deployed positions. A locking housing (102) secures the pontoon (112) from substantial movement when at or in between operating and storable positions (128). The deployable assembly (30) is mounted to a watercraft (32) which allows for extending a stabilizing pontoon individually on each side of the watercraft from a rest position (128) to an operative position, by solo means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Barnitus Alban Wong
  • Patent number: 8932095
    Abstract: An outrigger system for a paddle board uses an outrigger that is connected to the board via a pair of spaced apart extension arms that are angled upwardly above the water. A pair of plates is positioned onto opposing deck surfaces of the board and strapped together at either end and tightened so that boards of various sizes can be accommodated. The upper plate receives one end of the extension arm. Two such plate systems are provided with the lower plate spaced apart from the board surface via a riser system to help prevent plate twisting during board travel. One or two kick bars run between the two extension arms and provide a basis of side support for a rider who may be fishing and provide a rectangular frame for installing a deck between board and outrigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Lee Francis Hudson
  • Publication number: 20140261129
    Abstract: A human-powered watercraft comprises a fin, a displacement body, and an outrigger, wherein the outrigger floats separately from the watercraft within a vertically oriented tube, which tube allows the outrigger to rise up and down relative to the watercraft while maintaining the relative orientation of the watercraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Martin Spencer Garthwaite
  • Publication number: 20140230709
    Abstract: An outrigger deployment mechanism is provided. The outrigger deployment mechanism may include, one or more outrigger adjustment plates; one or more outriggers; one or more outrigger arms operably coupling the one or more outriggers to the one or more outrigger adjustment plates; one or more locking mechanisms operably engaged with at least one of the one or more outrigger adjustment plates and at least one of a corresponding one or more outrigger arms, wherein the one or more locking mechanisms are configured to lock the outriggers in various positions; and one or more adjustment mechanisms operably engaged with one or more of the one or more locking mechanisms and the one or more outrigger arms, wherein the one or more adjustment mechanisms are configured to position the outriggers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: James Reynolds, JR.
  • Patent number: 8789484
    Abstract: A personal watercraft has a saddle with a seating surface, first and second opposite sides, and front and back ends. A pair of footing surfaces proceed from proximate lower edges of first and second opposite sides. A front recess is defined in the front end and has upper and lower portions that extend further away from the saddle than a medial portion. A back recess is defined in the back end and has upper and lower portions that extend further away from the saddle than a medial portion. The front and back recesses are configured to secure an inflatable body that substantially surrounds the saddle with the footing surfaces at least partially exposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Boat in a Box, LLC
    Inventors: Clint Donaldson, David Yonce
  • Patent number: 8770126
    Abstract: A method of moving a floating wind turbine relative to a body of water, the floating wind turbine having a buoyant body with a nacelle at the upper end thereof, including the steps of floating the floating wind turbine in the body of water, and towing the floating wind turbine while holding the buoyant body in an inclined position, whereby the nacelle is held clear of the water. As the wind turbine is held in an inclined position, it can be towed through regions of shallower water than if it were in a vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Statoil ASA
    Inventor: Finn Gunnar Nielsen
  • Patent number: 8733264
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for varying the buoyancy of a floating structure are provided. The method can include securing a plurality of floatation modules to at least a portion of the floating structure at various locations thereabout, while the floating structure is at sea such that the operational flexibility of the floating structure is modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Kellogg Brown & Root LLC
    Inventors: Drew Linden Krehbiel, Richard D'Souza
  • Patent number: 8695521
    Abstract: The vehicle flotation system is adaptable to a conventional land motor vehicle to provide sufficient buoyancy for the vehicle should it become immersed in water. A plurality of permanently inflated pneumatic elements and/or solid closed-cell (e.g., foam, cork, etc.) elements is installed throughout the bodywork of the vehicle. Such permanently inflated and solid flotation elements do not require a pneumatic inflation system, thus providing benefits in reliability and economy. Optionally, a pneumatic inflation monitoring system may be provided for the pneumatic elements. As an additional option, a plurality of collapsed, inflatable elements may be installed within the vehicle fenders for deployment and inflation in the event of water immersion of the vehicle. These inflatable elements are automatically ejected laterally from slots or openings in the vehicle fenders and are automatically inflated by an on-board container of compressed gas, in the event of water immersion of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventors: Memhet Dondurur, Ahmet Z. Sahin
  • Publication number: 20130305977
    Abstract: The vehicle flotation system is adaptable to a conventional land motor vehicle to provide sufficient buoyancy for the vehicle should it become immersed in water. A plurality of permanently inflated pneumatic elements and/or solid closed-cell (e.g., foam, cork, etc.) elements is installed throughout the bodywork of the vehicle. Such permanently inflated and solid flotation elements do not require a pneumatic inflation system, thus providing benefits in reliability and economy. Optionally, a pneumatic inflation monitoring system may be provided for the pneumatic elements. As an additional option, a plurality of collapsed, inflatable elements may be installed within the vehicle fenders for deployment and inflation in the event of water immersion of the vehicle. These inflatable elements are automatically ejected laterally from slots or openings in the vehicle fenders and are automatically inflated by an on-board container of compressed gas, in the event of water immersion of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: KING FAHD UNIVERSITY OF PETROLEUM AND MINERALS
    Inventors: MEHMET DONDURUR, AHMET Z. SAHIN
  • Publication number: 20130112130
    Abstract: A hull structure, especially for recreational vessels, includes at least one insulated bottom element section or moveable bottom element displaceable laterally by means of projecting actuators from a position adhering to the hull and preferably recessed into a respective shape, to at least one position projecting outside of the hull, with respect to which members for widening the deck project therewith in synchronism with the at least one displaced hull section or displaced moveable bottom element and vice versa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventor: Attilio Antonelli
  • Publication number: 20130047906
    Abstract: This invention relates to a car device for preventing flood damage, it uses the material of better ductility, wear resistant and waterproof to manufacture the cover which divided into upper and lower parts corresponded each other, wherein several airbag rooms are formed by gluing on each side edge with machine; before gluing with machine, an airbag is set in each airbag room, and each airbag room is dense impervious, an air inlet of each airbag is protruding out of the cover, so thus the joint of the air inlet and the cover is also dense impervious; for example, put the cover under a car and set the air through the air inlet to the airbag to inflate the cover and keep the car in high location, thus when the flood comes, the car can float on the water and avoid flood damage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventor: Wen-Ching Kuo
  • Publication number: 20130028046
    Abstract: Depth triggers for marine geophysical survey cable retriever systems. At least some of the illustrative embodiments include causing a submerged geophysical survey cable to surface. In some cases, the causing the cable to surface may include: fracturing a frangible link wherein the frangible link, before the fracturing, affixes position of a piston within a cylinder bore of a housing coupled to the geophysical survey cable, and the fracturing of the frangible link responsive to pressure exerted on a face of the piston as the geophysical survey cable reaches or exceeds a predetermined depth; moving the piston within the cylinder bore; and deploying a mechanism that makes the geophysical survey cable more positively buoyant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: PGS GEOPHYSICAL AS
    Inventors: Andre Stenzel, Youlin Hu
  • Patent number: 8230800
    Abstract: A sponson comprises a floatable tubular section (110) with longitudinal, attached guideways or channels (105, 115) that house drawstrings (106, 116). The sponson is secured to the gunwale (130) of a personal watercraft by positioning a first guideway or channel above the gunwale and a second guideway or channel below the gunwale then pulling the drawstrings tight and securing them with knots (107, 117) or other means. The sponson has been filled with air, a foam material, or a combination in order to provide flotation. It also acts as a bumper to prevent damage to the craft in case of a collision with another object. The sponson is positioned above the water line and so does not cause drag when the craft is in normal use. The design is usable without modification for a variety of craft. An alternative embodiment includes an extra guideway or channel (120) for attachment to a fixture (125) previously installed on a craft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Wing Inflatables, Inc.
    Inventors: William W. Wing, Jess E. Walls, Michael Kroemer
  • Publication number: 20120060737
    Abstract: This embodiment relates generally to the deployable assembly (30) for a suspended device (38), that may lead to the stabilization of a watercraft (32), such as kayaks and canoes, which allows an operator (134) to stand or move in the watercraft (32) without it rocking or rolling over. The deployable assembly with an example pontoon (112) connected to a folding and rotate-able arm (80) that enable pivotal and rotate-able movement of each pontoon between storage (128) and deployed positions. A locking housing (102) secures the pontoon (112) from substantial movement when at or in between operating and storable positions (128). The deployable assembly (30) is mounted to a watercraft (32) which allows for extending a stabilizing pontoon individually on each side of the watercraft from a rest position (128) to an operative position, by solo means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventor: Barnitus Wong
  • Patent number: 8123579
    Abstract: For protecting surface floating wave energy converters (WEC's) against surface turbulence, the WEC's are removed from the water surface. For reducing the force required, the WEC's include a hollow member having an apertured outer wall. In the case where the WEC is to be lifted out of the water, the hollow member is normally submerged and full of water, and, during its lifting, water drains through the wall apertures thereby reducing the weight of the member and reducing the force required to lift it. In the case where the WEC is to be submerged, the hollow member is normally empty of water but fills with water through the wall apertures as the member is pulled beneath the surface. The weight of the water reduces the force required to submerge the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Ocean Power Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: James S. Gerber
  • Patent number: 7832347
    Abstract: A floatation apparatus attachable to an outrigger extending from a side of a boat such as a shell for rowing includes a buoyant member, and at least one releasably attachable member operably attachable to the buoyant member for releasably attaching the floatation apparatus to the outrigger so that the buoyant member is spaced-apart from the surface of the water when the boat is orientated upright. In one embodiment, the buoyant member is a generally triangular-shaped planar member receivable between a triangular-shaped opening defined by a plurality of elongated members of the outrigger and the side of the boat. Also disclosed are methods for aiding a rower of a boat in the event that the boat capsizes, and methods for inhibiting capsizing of a rowing boat having at least one outrigger extending from each side of the rowing boat for supporting a plurality of oarlocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventor: Ralph A. Pascucci
  • Patent number: 7775172
    Abstract: A watercraft (100) is disclosed having a rigid hull (110) and outboard stabilizing members (112) attached to the hull sides (116). The hull preferably has a V-shaped bottom (118) and comprises a planing hull. The stabilizing members are preferably foam stabilizers, but may alternatively be inflatable bladder members. The stabilizing members cover a portion of the hull sides, extending part way to the chine (120) defined between the hull sides and the hull bottom. The stabilizing members each include an elongate fin (130) that extends from a bottom surface of the stabilizing member, and disposed in a front portion of the stabilizing member and in the region of the greatest hull dead rise angle. The fins may be formed integrally with the stabilizing members or may attach to the stabilizing members. The fins define a channel between the hull sides and the fins, that is hydrodynamically pressurized during certain watercraft operations, an in particular during low speed maneuvering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Safe Boats International L.L.C.
    Inventor: William M. Hansen
  • Publication number: 20100024702
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to the stabilization of watercraft, such as kayaks and canoes, and especially to the stabilization of a kayak to allow an individual to stand or move in a kayak without the kayak rocking or rolling over. The pontoon assembly is mounted to a kayak which allows for extending a stabilizing pontoon individually on each side of the watercraft and locking the pontoon at an operative position. Each pontoon can be rapidly raised to a rest position for paddling the kayak or canoe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventors: Aaron D. Wicks, Frederic Wicks
  • Patent number: 7650847
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to the stabilization of watercraft, such as kayaks and canoes, and especially to the stabilization of a kayak to allow an individual to stand or move in a kayak without the kayak rocking or rolling over. The pontoon assembly is mounted to a kayak which allows for extending a stabilizing pontoon individually on each side of the watercraft and locking the pontoon at an operative position. Each pontoon can be rapidly raised to a rest position for paddling the kayak or canoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Inventors: Aaron D. Wicks, Frederic Wicks