Fishing Vessel Patents (Class 114/255)
  • Patent number: 10219434
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (10) for dredging a watercourse or body of water, the device includes a watercraft (105) which supports a grinder, the grinder (110) for grinding plants found in the watercourse or body of water comprising an inlet (115) for plants and an outlet (120) for ground plants, and a floating receptacle (125) which is connected to the outlet of the grinder in order to collect the scraps of ground plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: GÉCO INGÉNIERIE
    Inventor: Frédéric Roure
  • Patent number: 10100971
    Abstract: A device for supporting a portable terminal includes a base member fixed to an installing surface, a horizontal rotation member coupled to the base member such that the horizontal rotation member is rotatable in a horizontal direction with respect to the installing surface, wherein a vertical support protrudes from a top surface of the horizontal rotation member, a vertical rotation member coupled to the vertical support such that the vertical rotation member is rotatable in a vertical direction with respect to the installing surface, and a support member formed on one end of the vertical rotation member, wherein the portable terminal is detachably attached to the support member. According to the device, the supporting angel of the portable terminal may be freely controlled and the supporting state may be stably maintained at the controlled angle, so that the convenience in use is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Yang-Jun Yun
  • Patent number: 10058474
    Abstract: An adjustable height foldable arm comprises a lower vertical tube, an inner guide slideably inserted into the lower vertical tube fitting into the lower vertical slot, an inner guide slot, an inner guide hole, a lower vertical tube hole through the lower vertical tube, a first rod inserted through the lower vertical tube hole and the inner guide hole to secure the inner guide in the lower vertical slot, an upper vertical tube with an upper vertical slot in which the inner guide is slideably inserted, an outer tube providing vertical height adjustment and rotational movement, an outer vertical slot on both sides of the outer tube allowing vertical movement with respect to the rod, and two outer horizontal slots on the outer tube allowing for positioned rotational movement of the outer tube when the upper vertical tube is at its lowest vertical displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Inventor: Alexander McEnery Knipper
  • Patent number: 10053198
    Abstract: A lug track system for crawfish boats approximately 8 feet wide and 14-feet long for the use of guiding a boat along a shallow water track system thereby replacing a steel lug wheel on an existing crawfish boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Alcee John Thibodeaux
  • Patent number: 9737063
    Abstract: A device to hold a fishing rod or a similarly-shaped object. The holder has a generally cylindrical shape with a longitudinal upper opening, whereby the edges of the opening can be drawn together and the diameter of the cylindrical holder decreased, so as to hold generally cylindrical-shaped objects, such as a fishing rod, of varying diameters. The holder can have a stem which can be received by a bore in a mounting bracket that allows the holder to rotate. A nub on the stem fits into slots in the bore, so that the holder can be fixed in one position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: Robert Charles Holzer
  • Patent number: 9625087
    Abstract: A mount capable of rotating a body in multiple planes with a single handle. The handle can be disposed in a first position, where rotation of the handle causes the body to rotate in a horizontal plane; or a second position, where rotation of the handle causes the body to rotate in a vertical plane. The body can otherwise be locked and not rotatable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: GEM Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Sarnowski, Matthew Stewart Onorato, Erle Matthew Bridgewater, Benjamin Adam Wilder
  • Patent number: 9567765
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a mast having an elongated arm movable between a deployed position and a service position. The elongated arm is attached by a rotatable hub. A receiver is spaced from the hub and configured to selectively prevent rotation of the mast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: V.I.T. Products, Inc.
    Inventors: George Truett Lowe, David Jesse Gove
  • Patent number: 8826584
    Abstract: A trolling assembly structured to protect at least a portion of a fishing line from water-borne debris while trolling in a body of water from a boat includes a first positioning assembly attached to the boat and being adjustable to facilitate positioning the portion of the fishing line in a first predetermined spaced relation to the boat, and a second positioning assembly interconnected to the first positioning assembly and being positionable to facilitate positioning the portion of the fishing line in a second predetermined spaced relation to the boat. The trolling assembly also includes a shield assembly, interconnected to the second positioning assembly, which is structured to releasably retain the portion of the fishing line below a surface of the body of water while trolling, and to protect at least the portion of the fishing line from water-borne debris while trolling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventors: John M. Hernandez, Adolfo Martinez
  • Patent number: 8783205
    Abstract: A device for converting an otherwise conventional personal watercraft or into a fishing vessel having an assembly unit releasably secured to said personal watercraft. The assembly unit having rod holders, electronics mounts, and interchangeable attachment clamps specifically designed to mount to the hull of a specific personal watercraft. A stabilizing system is also provided to stabilize the personal watercraft when traveling through the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Jason Kocher
  • Patent number: 8656632
    Abstract: A line management system for an outrigger structure is provided for guiding outrigger cords through cord passages to maintain an independent longitudinal displacement in order to prevent entanglement. The system includes a plurality of outrigger cords, cord management units, and retention devices. The plurality of cord management units are coupled to the outrigger structure and are longitudinally spaced one from the other along the outrigger structure. Each of the cord management units defines a plurality of transversely offset cord passages respectively guiding predetermined ones of outrigger cords to maintain an independent longitudinal displacement relative to the outrigger structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Craig Mercier
  • Patent number: 8626392
    Abstract: A vehicle driving control apparatus is provided at least with: a rudder angle varying device capable of changing a relation between a steering angle, which is a rotation angle of a steering input shaft, and a rudder angle, which is a rotation angle of steered wheels; and a trajectory controlling device for controlling the rudder angle varying device such that a trajectory of a vehicle approaches a target driving route of the vehicle. The vehicle driving control apparatus is further provided with a changing device for changing responsiveness of control by the trajectory controlling device when there is a steering input given to the steering input shaft through a steering wheel by a driver of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takahiro Kojo
  • Patent number: 8612095
    Abstract: A vehicle driving control apparatus is provided at least with: a rudder angle varying device capable of changing a relation between a steering angle, which is a rotation angle of a steering input shaft, and a rudder angle, which is a rotation angle of steered wheels; and a trajectory controlling device for determining a control amount and controlling the rudder angle varying device such that a trajectory of a vehicle approaches a target driving route of the vehicle. The vehicle driving control apparatus is further provided with a correcting device for correcting (i) a rate of change in the rudder angle with respect to a steering amount of the steering input or (ii) the determined control amount, in accordance with whether or not a steering direction of the steering input inputted to the steering input shaft through a steering member by a driver of the vehicle is identical with a rudder angle control direction of the control amount determined by the trajectory controlling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takahiro Kojo, Yoshiaki Tsuchiya, Theerawat Limpibunterng
  • Patent number: 8490568
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vessel for handling of contagious or dead fish comprising: a hull with a generally closed deck (5), and an inlet (15) for receiving the fish externally to a fish grinder (11) arranged for grinding the fish through the grinder (11) and arranged for delivering ground fish mass to a closed, internal grinder tank (8) in the vessel, the grinder tank (8) arranged for receiving ensiling liquid from a chemical dosing plant (12) to the ground fish mass. In the vessel according to the invention the dosing plant (12) may be arranged for dosing ensiling liquid into the ground mass proportional to the amount of fish supplied to the grinder tank (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Havsterk AS
    Inventors: Alex Vassbotten, Gunnar Stavøstrand
  • Patent number: 8468736
    Abstract: A twist grip drive handle outrigger device for use on a fishing vessel having a first tubular member for holding of an outrigger pole, which is rotatably journaled to a second tubular member that is mounted to a fixed structure. The second tubular member houses a twist grip drive handle assembly that allows manual rotation of the outrigger pole. The driver assembly constructed and arranged to provide an unlocked condition by the twisting of the handle thereby allowing adjustment of the outrigger pole upon rotation of the first tubular member. The rotation of the first tubular member allows for movement of the outrigger pole from a stowage position to a trolling position and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Rupp Marine, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Blondek, Ronald Karpanty, Scott Rupp
  • Patent number: 8281729
    Abstract: A drainage system is provided for a livewell compartment within a fishing boat. A flexible and reinforced hose is coupled on a first end to a pump assembly associated with the livewell and extends through an aperture in the boat hull to a second end. A seal interfaces the hose and the hull in association with the aperture. Fluid is delivered from the livewell through the hose to the exterior of the boat through the second end of the hose. The hose includes a compression or tension spring which applies a first longitudinal force with respect to the second end of the hose. The hose is effective to extract from the hull in response to a second longitudinal force applied to the hose and greater than the first force, and is retractable toward the hull in the absence of the second force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Inventor: Mickey Beck
  • Patent number: 8186095
    Abstract: An adjustable outrigger for use on a marine vessel for supporting and selectively positioning a fishing outrigger pole includes a rotatable driving device which is coupled to a ball screw mechanism a rotatable member of which is coupled to a piston and to a track pitched in a direction along an axis to concurrently rotate the outrigger pole about the axis and angulate the outrigger pole in a plane perpendicular to that axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Tigress Specialty Metals Products Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Wilcox, Laudelino Baez
  • Publication number: 20120117850
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a multi-hull fishing boat having a bow, a stern opposite the bow and a bottom. The boat includes a pair of spaced-apart pontoons operatively connected together. The boat includes a first gate near the bow of the boat configured to selectively extend across the space between the pair of pontoons. The boat includes a second gate near the stern of the boat configured to selectively extend across the space between the pair of pontoons. The boat includes a third gate configured to selectively extend across the space between the pair of pontoons by the bottom of the boat. The first gate, the second gate, the third gate and the pair of pontoons form an enclosure for trapping fish.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventor: Vlatko Panovic
  • Publication number: 20120048168
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a fishing vessel and a method of menhaden fishing. The fishing vessel comprises catamaran or multi-hulled type boat or ship used as a purse boat. The fishing vessel is outfitted with a jet propulsion drive system and also has various equipment necessary for handling the purse seine, such as with an articulated crane necessary to manipulate the seine or fishing net and partially lift it out of the water, a purse winch, and a tom winch. The fishing vessel can be transported by a steamer boat and once in the fishing area is launched or it can be navigated to the fishing grounds. Once the fish are caught, the fish are unloaded from the seine or fishing net using a vacuum transfer device and stored in a refrigerated storage area on the steamer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: Omega Protein, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael E. Wilson
  • Publication number: 20110192337
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a vessel for handling of contagious or dead fish comprising: a hull with a generally closed deck (5), and an inlet (15) for receiving the fish externally to a fish grinder (11) arranged for grinding the fish through the grinder (11) and arranged for delivering ground fish mass to a closed, internal grinder tank (8) in the vessel, the grinder tank (8) arranged for receiving ensiling liquid from a chemical dosing plant (12) to the ground fish mass. In the vessel according to the invention the dosing plant (12) may be arranged for dosing ensiling liquid into the ground mass proportional to the amount of fish supplied to the grinder tank (8).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Applicant: HAVSTERK AS
    Inventors: Alex Vassbotten, Gunnar Stavøstrand
  • Publication number: 20110083355
    Abstract: An adjustable outrigger for use on a marine vessel for supporting and selectively positioning a fishing outrigger pole includes a rotatable driving device which is coupled to a ball screw mechanism a rotatable member of which is coupled to a piston and to a track pitched in a direction along an axis to concurrently rotate the outrigger pole about the axis and angulate the outrigger pole in a plane perpendicular to that axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventors: Scott A. Wilcox, Laudelino Baez
  • Publication number: 20110083356
    Abstract: A telescopic outrigger for use with fishing vessels. The outrigger of the instant invention has multiple tubes that are circular in shape and each include a means for securing to an adjoining tube and locking in a position relative thereto. The circular shape allowing for ease of sealing the connecting components from the elements. An internal locking mechanism for positive interlocking of adjoining tubes can be accessed externally for ease of servicing. The extension of the adjoining tubes by the locking mechanism allows for movement of the outrigger pole from a stowage position to a deployment position and vice versa.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Inventor: Scott Rupp
  • Publication number: 20100313807
    Abstract: A fish handling and bait rigging island is adapted to be mounted on a deck in the cockpit of a power boat. The island includes a base, sides extending upwardly from the base, and a top. The sides of the island are spaced away from sides of the cockpit sufficiently to permit access to sides of the island from the cockpit around the perimeter of the island. The top includes one or more of a bait cooler, a live well with aeration system for live bait or fish, a salt water sprayer, a fresh water sprayer, a container for fresh water, and a fillet station for cleaning and filleting fish, with the fillet station having a sink with a drain and a fish cleaning platform. The platform is inclined to provide improved fish access. The sides of the island can include a re-spooling center, a fold down seat, and tackle and other compartments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Inventor: Karl Boehler
  • Publication number: 20100205847
    Abstract: A Fishing Rod Holder Extension is for insertion into an existing rod holder mounted high on a T-top. Formed in the shape of an inverted U with one leg of the U bing longer then the other leg. The shorter leg of the U is inserted into a fishing rod holder on the T-top so the longer leg will hang down below the existing rod holder where an additional rod holder may be attached in a lower position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Inventor: Richard Gregory Hawley
  • Publication number: 20100129191
    Abstract: A method for handling fish (42) which are pulled, or fall, off a fishing line (10) when it is hauled on board a fishing boat, is disclosed. The method is characterized in that the fish are forced to drop into a water-filled well (11) inside the vessel, and the water in the well (11), and in that the fish, is forced to flow in the direction towards the transport section (3,4) in conjunction with the well (11), from where fish are transported to further treatment. A device for the implementation of the method is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Inventor: Asbjørn Ingemar Larsen
  • Patent number: 7669361
    Abstract: An adjustable outrigger moves a trolling pole on a fishing vessel to an elevated, outboard position for trolling and inboard to a lowered position when not in use. The outrigger of a preferred embodiment is operated using an operating handle. Rotating the operating handle in one direction rotates a pole held by the outrigger from an inboard position to the outboard, deployed position. Simultaneously with the rotation in the horizontal plane, the pole is elevated in the vertical plane from a near horizontal position to a suitable trolling angle. The operating handle turns a shaft that communicates the rotation of the handle to an internal drive mechanism, which is housed in a drive mechanism housing. The rotational motion is converted to a linear, vertical action using a ball gear mechanism. A track provided by a bayonet coupler converts the linear vertical motion into a combined vertical and rotational motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Tigress Specialty Metal Products Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Laudelino Baez
  • Patent number: 7654214
    Abstract: An outrigger securing assembly for use on a fishing vessel. The securing assembling includes an automatic locking member that is secured to a structural member of the vessel and is capable of latching or releasing a latch member that is secured to an outrigger mast. The automatic locking member is equipped with a latching actuator that can release the latch member. The latching actuator can be operated either manually or hydraulically from a control device removed from the automatic locking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Rupp Marine, Inc.
    Inventor: Herbert Rupp, II
  • Patent number: 7509769
    Abstract: A holder for an outrigger is disclosed which has a housing for mounting the holder on top of a structural part of a boat. The holder can be rotated in a horizontal plane to various fixed positions by means of a rotatable, retractable handle positioned below the structural part of the boat. The weight of the holder is taken by in internal structure of the housing, such that, during rotation to another position, the holder weight is not transferred to the handle; thereby making it easier to rotate the holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Inventors: Roger Wilcox, Scott Wilcox
  • Patent number: 7434529
    Abstract: A sport or pleasure fishing boat having a closed live well for holding a selected volume of water and a live well ventilation vent unit mounted in a top wall overlying well. The live well vent unit is an open ended elongate sleeve that projects through the wall into the well. There is a partition dividing the interior of the sleeve into first and second separate vertical disposed air flow passages. Baffles extend from the upper end of the partition and overlying a portion of the respective passages exposed to atmosphere. The baffles slope upwardly and outwardly away from the partition and terminate in a free outer edge spaced a selected distance from the adjacently disposed end of the sleeve. The space between the baffle and sleeve defines a crescent shaped opening for the flow of air there through. The free outer edge of the baffle is spaced vertically from the upper end of the sleeve to catch and deflect a current of air into the well above the water therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Inventor: Judy L. Tipton
  • Patent number: 7296377
    Abstract: An apparatus is described, combining a portable outrigger holder with a fishing rod holder; so that both can be moved to a plurality of positions in both a horizontal plane and a vertical plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Inventors: Roger Wilcox, Scott A. Wilcox
  • Publication number: 20070251441
    Abstract: A light system that is pivotally attachable to a boat has a body member that floats on the surface of the water and has at least one light received within an opening thereat, the light shining down into the water toward the water body's floor in order to illuminate the contents thereat. A pair of poles, which may be telescoping, are attached to the body member, alone or with a connector, with the opposite ends of the poles pivotally attached to the boat, either by passing a bolt through the poles and the boat's sides, or to brackets attached to the boat, or by having these ends of the poles curled and clipped onto the boat. A wire passes through the poles and is electrically connected to the lights with the ends of the wire attached to the boat's battery via battery clips.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2007
    Publication date: November 1, 2007
    Inventor: David L. Herndon
  • Patent number: 7197845
    Abstract: An outrigger holder for mounting on the top of a T-Top configured boat, has a bearing mechanism mounted above the T-Top designed to relieve most of the weight of the outrigger when turning the holder and outrigger to alternate positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Tigress Trading Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Wilcox, Scott A. Wilcox, Michael J. Gatlin, Roberto M. Suarez, John T. Hall, III
  • Patent number: 7165502
    Abstract: A trawling vessel is provided with a trawl net (5) for catching marine bio-resources, with a trawl sack (3) attached aft on a trawl net (5) for keeping the catch. The vessel comprises lines (51, 61) for towing and hauling the trawl net (5), and trawl drums (6) for hauling the trawl net (5). A lock chamber (1) is provided in a stern (21) of the vessel and has a main portion of its volume arranged below the design water line of the vessel. The lock chamber (1) is arranged for hauling the trawl sack (3) with the catch from the sea through a sluiceway (2) in the stern (21), for discharging the trawl sack (3), and for temporarily keeping the catch. A trunk channel (16, 12) leading up from the lock chamber (1) enables the trawl sack (3), in a generally discharged state, to be hauled up through the trunk channel (16, 12) to a deck (24), thereby leaving the catch in the lock chamber (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignees: Sintef Fiskeri havbruk AS, Fiskerstrand Verft AS, Rolls Royce Marine AS
    Inventors: Roar Pedersen, Håvard Røsvik, Birger Enerhaug, Snorre Angell, Oddmar Saure, Svein Helge Gjøsund
  • Patent number: 7147193
    Abstract: A multi-purpose support plate for use with a boating accessory assembly is disclosed including a first mounting end portion having a first strengthening rib, a center portion having a top layer and a bottom layer, and a second mounting end portion having a second strengthening rib. The first and second mounting end portions include a first or second thickened mounting area, respectively, from which the first or second strengthening rib extends to the top and bottom layers. The center portion of the support plate further includes a center bore. The center bore passes through the top layer and bottom layer to accommodate at least one boating accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Inventor: Stephen O. Slatter
  • Patent number: 7111574
    Abstract: An outrigger assembly for a fishing vessel to extend fishing lines away from the vessel, including a telescopic boom having a plurality of aligned ‘D’ tubes of consecutively smaller diameters that can be individually locked in place when extended and having the smaller tubes telescopically mounted inside larger tubes for storage, first embodiment provides a manually operable locking mechanism using an external shift bullet to lock the tubes in place, and second embodiment combines the locking means of the first embodiment with a cam lever operated eyelet locking system, the eyelets provide support for a fishing rigging, both embodiments protect the locking mechanism from elements found in the environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Taco Metals, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen O. Slatter
  • Patent number: 7104003
    Abstract: A quick-release snag resistant fishing net retainer designed to securely hold a fishing net to a boat. The net retainer includes a compressive retainer and a mounting means. The retainer is formed with a resilient arm that is configured to create a neck between the resilient arm and either the retainer or a mounting means through which a rim of the fishing net may be forced. Once the rim has been forced through the neck, the resilient arm returns to its initial position thereby securing the fishing net. The mounting means releasably attaches the retainer to the boat and may include retainer bands or screws to attach the retainer to a post on the boat, or a flat surface mounting implement to attach the retainer to any flat surface of the boat. An implement guard may be incorporated to improve the snag resistance of the retainer and minimize tripping hazards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Inventor: Nick Wilson
  • Patent number: 7025015
    Abstract: An outrigger has a plurality of telescoping tubes capable of being retracted and extended with respect to one another, and a sleeve between the tubes; and the tubes and sleeve having longitudinal tracking comprising interlocking protrusions and grooves to permit the tubes to be retracted and extended, while preventing substantial relative rotation therebetween. There is a ring attached to the outer tube; by readily detachable screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Inventors: Roger Wilcox, Scott A. Wilcox
  • Patent number: 7007906
    Abstract: An adjustable top mount is disclosed including an adjustable head adapted to receive an arm adapter, the adjustable head having teeth separated by spaces, the arm adapter having a support tube adapted to receive an outrigger boom, a knob assembly operatively engaged to the adjustable head, wherein the knob assembly releasably secures the arm adapter in a position of a plurality of positions, a baseplate operatively engaged to the adjustable head, and a tapered pin slidably positioned within a portion of the baseplate, the tapered pin releasably engaged to the teeth and releasably movably positioned in a space of the spaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: Taco Metals, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen O. Slatter
  • Patent number: 6978570
    Abstract: An adjustable swivel base assembly and track for swivel mounting fishing boat downrigger or planar board masts, including a planar mounting base plate, a pair of stationary riser supports on the base plate, and a planar bottom bearing plate stationarily supported on the upper ends of the supports. Vertically spaced planar bottom and top bearings are stationarily affixed to the bearing plate and a planar swivel top plate is supported on and sandwiched slidably between the bearings, and is adapted to carry and swivel the mast load. An indexable locking system selectively locks the swivel plate in any one of a plurality of angularly spaced positions. A track is mounted on a fishing boat and has side edge flanges with mutually facing in-turned lips that overlap opposite side edges of the base plate when slidably and releasably mounted in the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Tecla Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard N. Clark, Jeffrey L. Clark
  • Patent number: 6928766
    Abstract: An automatic outrigger securing assembly, for use on a fishing boat which has structural support members on the vessel. The securing assembly includes a coupler for releasably securing the outrigger in a fixed position, as well as a collar assembly for interfacing with the coupler. The coupler receives and locks the collar means in a select position, and also includes a release mechanism for the collar. When the outrigger is in a laydown or collapsed configuration, the securing assembly automatically receives and safely retains the outrigger in a desired position, and can also automatically release the outrigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Pipe Welders, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J Goebel, Peter D. Ryan
  • Patent number: 6918203
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a foot operated fishing net tipping apparatus releasably attached to a fishing boat comprising: a boat-attaching portion, a net-holding portion, a lock portion, a foot pedal portion and connecting members. A conventional fishing net is therefore frictionally attached within an opening of the net-attaching portion, which rotably pivots atop the boat-attaching portion. A foot pedal is linked to the net-attaching portion as such to allow the pedal's motion to be transferred to the net-attaching portion. A fisherman can raise and lower the fishing net with one foot, thereby freeing both hands for the fishing rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Inventor: Perry Robichaud
  • Patent number: 6907326
    Abstract: A system and method autonomously clears obstacles and mines from an approach lane. A ship is distantly located from an approach lane spanning a surf zone and beach portion, and the ship has operator control station software in an onboard computer. At least one system delivery vehicle having a storage bay and propulsion system transits from the ship to the approach lane in response to instructions from the operator control station. A line charge is disposed in each bay and has one end coupled to the system delivery vehicle. A line charge delivery vehicle in the bay is connected to another end of the line charge to pull the line charge from the bay and emplace it in a straight path in the approach lane in response to instructions from the operator control station. Explosives in all line charges are detonated to clear the approach lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Daniel P. Kucik
  • Patent number: 6892664
    Abstract: A boat having a hull, a driver seat, an interior wall, a motor, a shifter and a shifter cover is disclosed herein. The shifter cover is positioned at a location between the driver seat and the interior wall. The shifter cover defines a shifter slot. The shifter is coupled to the motor and includes a shifter member that extends from beneath the shifter cover upwardly through the shifter slot. The shifter member includes a handle positioned above the shifter cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Stratos Boats, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan Stinson
  • Patent number: 6851654
    Abstract: A multi-purpose support plate for use with a boating accessory assembly is disclosed including a first mounting end portion having a first strengthening rib, a center portion having a top layer and a bottom layer, and a second mounting end portion having a second strengthening rib. The first and second mounting end portions include a first or second thickened mounting area, respectively, from which the first or second strengthening rib extends to the top and bottom layers. The center portion of the support plate further includes a center bore. The center bore passes through the top layer and bottom layer to accommodate at least one boating accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: Taco Metals, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen O. Slatter
  • Publication number: 20040226499
    Abstract: A boat having a hull, a driver seat, an interior wall, a motor, a shifter and a shifter cover is disclosed herein. The shifter cover is positioned at a location between the driver seat and the interior wall. The shifter cover defines a shifter slot. The shifter is coupled to the motor and includes a shifter member that extends from beneath the shifter cover upwardly through the shifter slot. The shifter member includes a handle positioned above the shifter cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Publication date: November 18, 2004
    Inventor: Alan Stinson
  • Publication number: 20040206288
    Abstract: An outrigger holder for mounting on the top of a T-Top configured boat, has a bearing mechanism mounted above the T-Top designed to relieve most of the weight of the outrigger when turning the holder and outrigger to alternate positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2004
    Publication date: October 21, 2004
    Inventors: Roger Wilcox, Scott A. Wilcox, Michael J. Gatlin, Roberto M. Suarez, John T. Hall
  • Patent number: 6769377
    Abstract: A gear-train driven outrigger device for use on a fishing vessel having a first tubular member for holding of an outrigger pole, which is rotatably journaled to a second tubular member that is mounted to a fixed structure. The second tubular member housing a gear-train driver assembly that allows manual or motor driven rotation of the outrigger pole. The gear-train driver assembly constructed and arranged to provide infinite adjustment of the outrigger pole upon rotation of the first tubular member. The rotation of the first tubular member allows for movement of the outrigger pole from a stowage position to a trolling position and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Inventor: Herbert E. Rupp, II
  • Patent number: 6766757
    Abstract: A remotely controlled outrigger for a fishing boat includes a mounting sleeve extending through the boat roof and a control cartridge rotatably supported by the sleeve. The control cartridge includes a hydraulic actuator operated by a handle below the roof to operate an actuator pumping assembly to extend an elevating piston to incline an outrigger boom pivotally supported at the upper end of the cartridge. The handle is rotated to swing the outrigger boom between detented inboard and outboard positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Inventor: Richard T. Tilley
  • Publication number: 20040016385
    Abstract: An outrigger has a plurality of telescoping tubes capable of being retracted and extended with respect to one another, and a sleeve between the tubes; and said tubes and sleeve having longitudinal tracking means comprising protrusions and grooves to permit the tubes to be retracted and extended, while preventing substantial relative rotation therebetween; and locking means to lock the tubes in an extended position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2003
    Publication date: January 29, 2004
    Inventors: Roger Scott Wilcox, Scott A. Wilcox
  • Patent number: 6678990
    Abstract: Claimed is a trolling device for use on a moving boat. The trolling device utilizes a continuous looped guide groove, which spirals around a driveshaft, and has a connecting loop that joins the first spiral with a second spiral that then travels back down the driveshaft to a second connecting loop. As the driveshaft continuously rotates in one direction, a travel pin with an attached fishing lure moves back and forth along the driveshaft. One or more speed change zones are incorporated into the driveshaft as regions of changed pitch in the spiral guide grove. The speed change zones result in the speed of the lure changing as it passes through the water, so that the lure will have an occasional burst of speed, and then slow down during its travel through the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Inventor: Glen R. Cox
  • Patent number: 6668745
    Abstract: A sport fishing outrigger assembly is disclosed that includes a boom attachment arm having a distal end portion and proximal end portion, a rotating arm having a distal head portion capable of releasable attachment to the proximal end portion and a handle engagement, an adjuster for adjusting the releasable attachment of the distal head portion to the proximal end portion, an indexing sleeve secured to the rotating arm, a rotator operatively engaged to the rotating arm, and a handle operatively engaged to the handle engagement and the rotator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Assignee: Taco Metals, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen O. Slatter