Boats, Boat Component, Or Attachment Patents (Class 114/343)
  • Patent number: 10850811
    Abstract: A swim platform for attachment to a boat includes a rearwardly tapered inflatable body including a top surface capable of supporting a standing person, an outer perimeter including a forward wall, an aft wall, and a port sidewall and a starboard sidewall extending between the forward wall and aft wall. The forward wall is positionable adjacent the transom. The forward wall is longer than the aft wall and is configured not to extend laterally beyond the starboard and port sides at the transom. The swim platform may be left in the water while the boat is moving and is designed not to interfere with the boat's wake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: Scott Wood
  • Patent number: 10843775
    Abstract: A system for towing watercraft embodying a towable carrier is provided. The towable carrier is adapted to attach to tow components of a towing vehicle, while sandwiching the towable object between netting an arrangement of strapping and padding. The towable carrier provides netting that spans a framework, wherein the framework attaches to the tow components by way of adjustable strapping, sleeves and clamps pivotably connected to the framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: Patricia Lynn Todd
  • Patent number: 10696362
    Abstract: An integrated kayak cooler includes: a hollow cooler body tapering from an end adjacent to a kayak seat to a narrower end adjacent an end of the kayak and shaped to conform to a shape of a hull of the kayak; a cooler recess formed on an upper surface of the cooler body, the cooler recess aligned with a cooler access formed in a deck of the kayak; and an insulating material located in a space between the cooler recess and the cooler body and within the hollow cooler body. The integrated kayak cooler is located within the kayak between the deck and the hull of the kayak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Andreas Stadie
  • Patent number: 10689069
    Abstract: A personal watercraft comprises a body including a deck; and a seat disposed on the deck at a location that is forward of a rear end of the deck. The deck includes a depressed part formed by depressing a portion of the deck which is rearward of the seat. The depressed part includes a bottom wall surface extending in a forward and rearward direction and in a rightward and leftward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Toshio Araki, Hironori Kato, Tadao Minesaki, Minoru Kanamori
  • Patent number: 10646003
    Abstract: The Snap No Mo invention centers around the innovative concept of providing a fast, easy and safe way to connect, install or remove any item. This concept uses or replaces the conventional snap fasteners system for connecting any item with less effort to the installer or damage to the material and with a minimal amount of strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Charles Norman Zanaty, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10647391
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mount for attaching objects, like cameras and bindings to the surfaces of a surfboard. Further disclosed is related methods of fabricating or retrofitting a surfboard with said mount. The more specific details of the disclosed mount and related methods are described in connection with the figures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Byron Rohrer
  • Patent number: 10569841
    Abstract: A multiple position convertible seat assembly for a boat includes three seat frames pivotally coupled to the boat and to each other to move from a first position as a seat, a second position as a lounge seat with leg support, and a third position forming another seat. In the third position, the seat includes a foldout cushion exposing a work surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventors: Linwood Addison Fuller, IV, Daniel Edward Cross, Kenneth Gene Strickland, II
  • Patent number: 10464641
    Abstract: In some aspects of the disclosure, an attachable lighting device has a lighting assembly which includes a light housing, an attaching base, and one or more optical sources. The light housing is attached to the top of the attaching base and contains the one or more optical sources. The attachable lighting device has a receiving base which is attachable to an attachment surface of a boat. The attaching base is attachable to the receiving base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: American Radionic Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert M. Stockman
  • Patent number: 10407136
    Abstract: An autonomous watercraft with a waterproof container that houses a satellite communication terminal. The waterproof container includes a first shell mounted on a deck of the watercraft and that has a sealed first interior space that contains satellite communication circuitry of the terminal. The waterproof container also includes a second shell mounted under the deck of the watercraft and that has a sealed second interior space that contains the processing circuitry of the terminal. The first and second shells include ports configured to receive connectors for communication signaling and/or power. The first shell can also include a pressure port to pressurize the first interior space for use in leak detection. The shells can also include heat sinks to cool the satellite communication terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Anthony Sangsoo Bak, Thomas John Berens, Ernest L. Ferrier, Jr., Carlos M. Montes, Timothy J. Ong, Cameron Alexander Sanders, Terry Allan Smith, Jeffrey Scott Willcox, Youstina Yacoub
  • Patent number: 10343752
    Abstract: The invention relates to an integrated illumination and signalling system for navigation purposes integrating a front illumination assembly for the prow, a rear sternlight assembly, an upper anchor light assembly, an illumination assembly at the base of the transparent mast, a signalling assembly also arranged at the rear for illuminating the stern of the vessel, starboard and port side signalling light assemblies pre-arranged in a central longitudinal portion of the vessel, from the center to the rear, preferably on the top frame or a cover of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Elio José Ferronato
  • Patent number: 10343750
    Abstract: The spilled fuel collection system is configured for use with the fuel vent of a vessel. The fuel vent is designed to release gas and fuel during an event selected from the group consisting of: a) a build-up of gas pressure within the fuel tank; and, b) overfilling the fuel tank with fuel. The spilled fuel collection system is an accessory that captures fuel and fuel vapors that escape through the fuel vent of a vessel during the fueling process. The spilled fuel collection system comprises a transportable fuel container, a hose, and a quick connect fitting. The transportable fuel container captures the fuel and vapor that escape through the fuel vent. The hose transports the escaped fuel and vapor from the fuel vent into the transportable fuel container. The quick connect fitting secures the hose to the fuel vent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventors: Wesley Heinmiller, Alan Stameisen
  • Patent number: 10316990
    Abstract: A method of providing a transportable line pipe and distribution hose supply crossing assembly for use in supplying natural gas fueled drilling rig engines or fracking equipment with natural gas, electricity and pressurized air from mobile storage and vaporization facilities. A skid frame and ramp assembly are transported then assembled in end-to-end configuration for a continuous pipeline with a crossing ramp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Robert Deforest Lofgren, III
  • Patent number: 10266240
    Abstract: A rack for carrying sports equipment alongside a personal watercraft. The rack includes a clamp sized and configured to removeably engage a lip of the watercraft, and a carrier with an engagement surface configured to hold an article of sports equipment such as a surfboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventor: Michael Pin
  • Patent number: 10246167
    Abstract: A boat includes a hull provided with a rear stern hatch located in correspondence with an internal stern compartment of the hull and suitable for opening and closing in correspondence with an aperture of the compartment. The hatch having a body with opposed sides located in correspondence with side walls of the compartment and upper edge and lower edge. The hull having a stern platform that is movable and submersible. The hatch is not provided with any direct connections to the hull, but it is connected to the stern platform to reach, upon opening, a position submersed in the water where the boat is located in the moment when the platform submerges into the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: Andrea Frabetti
  • Patent number: 10220920
    Abstract: A dive door and ladder assembly includes a door positioned on the side of a boat, preferably in a rearward or aft position. The dive door is attached to a horizontally oriented hinge on a bottom portion thereof, and opens by pivoting inwardly and downwardly (vertically). When the door is in an open position, the underside of the door is generally in a horizontal plane with the upper surface of the doorway, forming a platform for divers and snorkelers to stand on. The upper surface of the doorway further includes a small hatch that may be opened to reveal a compartment therebelow. A collapsible ladder may be positioned within the compartment, in a collapsed state, and may be pulled upwardly from the compartment and folded over the side of the boat, through the doorway and extended into the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventors: Hutch Holseberg, Tom Marlowe, Steven O'Connell, Niki O'Connell, Timothy Goings, Michael Marlowe, Ron Inabinett
  • Patent number: 10214270
    Abstract: A personal watercraft has a hull having a bow and a stern. A deck is disposed on the hull and has a rear platform having a top face. The top face defines at least a portion of a generally planar surface. The generally planar surface extends forward from a rear end of the deck. The personal watercraft also has a seat supported on the deck. The seat has a front seat portion and a rear seat portion. The rear seat portion is rearward of the front seat portion. The rear seat portion is removably connected to the deck. The rear platform extends between the rear end of the deck and the front seat portion. The generally planar surface extends to at least the front seat portion, and the rear seat portion is disposed on the top face of the rear platform when connected to the deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER RECREATIONAL PRODUCTS INC.
    Inventors: Charles-Edouard Berche, Guillaume Longpre, Nicolas Roy, Maxime Valence, Kim Ross
  • Patent number: 10189548
    Abstract: A ladder for a boat includes a rail configured to be coupled to the boat and a rung supported by the rail. A light source is coupled to at least one of the rung and the rail. A power source provides electrical power to the light source, and a water sensor controls provision of the electrical power to the light source. The electrical power is provided to the light source and the light source is illuminated in response to the water sensor sensing water. A lighted rung for a boat ladder is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventor: Todd W. Moore
  • Patent number: 10179629
    Abstract: A cockpit covering system for a small boat comprises a tent or cover comprising a plurality of walls portions, each of the plurality of wall portions having a lower portion and wherein the tent is sized to extend over a recessed area of a cockpit and enclose an interior that extends from above deck height to below the height of a base layer. The base layer is attachable to the lower portion of each of the plurality of walls and positionable around the cockpit outer perimeter. A compressible gasket below the base layer rests on a deck of the small boat around the cockpit outer perimeter. A plurality of webbing straps extend from the outer perimeter of the boat to the cockpit outer perimeter and are attached to the tent covering system. Tension applied to the plurality of straps extending from the small boat outer perimeter to the cockpit outer perimeter compresses the compressible water and/or bug proofing layer to form a seal around the cockpit recessed area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventor: William Douglas Henderson, III
  • Patent number: 10065551
    Abstract: A trailer comprising a frame, wheels rotatably attached to the frame, opposing side panels having a lower edge, opposing first and second vertical edges and a top edge. The trailer includes a front panel having a front panel upper edge, the front panel attached at opposite front panel vertical edges to the first edge of the side panels. The trailer includes a floor disposed on top of the trailer frame and a boat removably attached to the top edge of the opposing side panels. The trailer may include bunkers extending along the trailer length, the bunkers retractable from a position above the trailer floor to a position wherein the bunkers are disposed in or below the trailer floor. The trailer may include an upper frame pivotally attached to the front panel upper edge wherein the boat is removably attached to the upper frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Marco A. Zanette
  • Patent number: 10066807
    Abstract: A lamp for arranging in a façade construction having a pot-like housing or a carrier element, in particular a circuit board, having LEDs arranged therein or thereon, an optical unit associated with the LEDs, and a transparent cover, which together with the housing or the carrier element encloses the LEDs, wherein the optical unit is an integral component of the cover and the cover is adhesively bonded to the housing or to the carrier element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: ZUMTOBEL LIGHTING GMBH
    Inventors: Bernd Clauss, Norbert Peter, Stefan Schwarzmann
  • Patent number: 10059410
    Abstract: A fishing kayak is described comprising a body having a bow end and a stern end the body comprising a deck and a hull. The deck defines a top side of the body of the fishing kayak and the hull defines a bottom side of the body of the fishing kayak. The hull comprises a pontoon hull portion extending from the stern end of the body along a longitudinal axis of the body, the pontoon hull portion being comprised of two pontoon members positioned in an opposing relationship, the pontoon hull portion defining a concave recess to form a tunnel structure. The hull also comprises a convex hull portion extending from the bow end of the body along the longitudinal axis, the convex hull portion being comprised of a convex hull member. The two pontoon members converge into the convex hull portion to form at least in part the convex hull member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Pelican International Inc.
    Inventors: Rejean Boyer, Stephanie Gagnon
  • Patent number: 10039270
    Abstract: A fishing device particularly designed for Asian carp fishing, which includes two fishing boats, a collection frame, a fishing net, a display mechanism with a plurality of optical sensors and optical receivers, one support mechanism for one fishing boat and one lifting mechanism for one fishing boat. The lifting mechanism includes a motor, a rotary shaft, a bait holding basket, a plurality of shaft supports and a plurality of rope units. Thus, a selected bait can be used for classification fishing. The quantity of fish catch can be determined timely through the display mechanism. The lifting mechanism allows steading lifting of the fish catch out of the water without introducing any harm to the fish catch. The number and survival rate of the fish catch can be ensured while an effective fishing can be achieved. This fishing device is particularly designed for catching Asian carp fishes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Haibin Ma
  • Patent number: 10017226
    Abstract: A fiberglass pontoon boat, having raised and integrated fiberglass side rails, a flat floor, and a side entry level with the flat floor. Integrated seats are molded in fiberglass. The hull and deck join together by flexing the hull to compensate for opposing draft angles of the hull and deck at the side entry. The deck has a floor and at least one other interior component, and terminates in a deck trim flange. The hull has at least two hollow pontoons and at least two side rails that extend from an outer edge of the pontoons, and the hull terminates in a hull trim flange. When assembled, the hull trim flange operatively engages beneath the deck trim flange to form a unified pontoon boat having a space between the deck and hull and wherein the side rails are integrated as structural parts of the interior component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: Anthony Kalil
  • Patent number: 10004220
    Abstract: An anti-bird cover for a watercraft uses planar sheet of plastic netting with a small, but not micro, aperture to deter birds from perching. The aperture is formed by a plurality of filaments and knots. The filaments are between 0.25? and 2.00? in length, with the illustrated embodiment having filaments of 0.75?. The plastic netting is formed from nylon, polypropylene (“PP”), high-density polyethylene (“HDPE”), and low-density polyethylene (“LDPE”). The perimeter of the netting is encircled by an elastic gather with two free ends. The two free ends of the elastic gather are captured by a bungee cord stop. The surface area of the planar sheet of plastic netting is 1.5 time the surface area of the watercraft to be covered, in order to make the present invention billow in the wind, thus deterring birds from perching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventor: Carol Donohue
  • Patent number: 9821890
    Abstract: The disclosed invention includes a device that receives and supports one or more storage containers mounted to a water craft. The device includes a frame, secured to the water craft, that includes a center frame and one or more outer frames with a width and length equal to the width and length of one or more complimentary storage containers, which provide equal distribution of weight to the frame to balance and contribute to the buoyancy of the water craft. In some embodiments, the frame may be transformed into a table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Wingman Outfitter, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis Drew Arney, Austin Gardner Bousman, Bernard Joe Lipke
  • Patent number: 9725136
    Abstract: A removable cover assembly to provide or extend shading or precipitation coverage that can be mounted to a plurality of locations, including a fence or the rod holders of a boat. The cover assembly is collapsible for portability and ease of storage. The cover assembly further includes a cover unit mounted to the collapsible frame in a manner that creates a high arch to maximize airflow, shade, and clearance underneath the cover assembly. The entire present invention can be stored and transported in a slim storage assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: ESM LLC
    Inventor: Eddy Silva
  • Patent number: 9705176
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing an antenna to a surface by means of an antenna base and stand off with internal cable routing, which prevents any cables showing. With only one drilled hole at time of installation. With a device for holding an antenna vertical yet allowing said antenna to be lowered easily and quickly without tools or clumsy mechanisms attached to the antenna. A unique way to eliminate water penetration by means of clamping into the surface with gaskets and o-rings in a simple, relatively unskilled process. Therefore eliminating troublesome holes and sharp protrusions made by screws. While allowing free movement of the antenna for raising and lowering prepossess. A one hole, one nut installation that can be preformed by a single relatively unskilled person. Simple to manufacture with a minimal number of parts. With a beautiful streamlined appearance, that can be used for mounting any standard antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Barry Booth
  • Patent number: 9694883
    Abstract: The illuminated boat rub rail is adapted for use with a water vessel. The illuminated boat rub rail is a combination rub rail and navigational lighting system that is mounted on the hull of the water vessel. The rub rail of the illuminated boat rub rail has integrated into it a plurality of lights that are used for augmented navigational and transportation purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: Joseph Bonventre
  • Patent number: 9532517
    Abstract: A self-contained hydroponic plant system which can be easily packaged as a kit containing a plurality of plant seeds, at least one plant cube for holding seedlings within, a germination tray to allow the plant cubes having seeds within to germinate, a vertically collapsible reservoir for holding water and nutrients therein having an open top end and a sealed bottom end, a solar powered aerator for circulating oxygen to the water in the reservoir through a flexible hose, and a net pot supported by the top end of the reservoir having a slotted bottom wall for supporting the plant cups with germinated seedlings within, whereby the plant's roots grow and access the plant nutrients within the aerated water-filled reservoir. The kit further includes a media to support/stabilize the plant cup within the net pot, a frame assembly sized to hold the reservoir, and support hangers to suspend the frame assembly and reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Innovations World Wide, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas G. Karbowski
  • Patent number: 9474266
    Abstract: A floating duck blind for use in waterfowl hunting; nature photography; and/or bird watching. A framed platform portion encased in closed cell polyurethane and a polyuria outer coating for buoyancy and durability includes several vertical openings that allow the platform to be staked into a position in the water. A metal wire mesh enclosure enables camouflaging means to be affixed to hide the platform and the occupants. A dog box portion communicates from the enclosed platform to the outside of the duck blind so that hunting dogs can get in and out during retrieval. A transom portion enables attachment of an outboard motor and relocation of the duck blind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventor: Harry Bonfill
  • Patent number: 9452701
    Abstract: A locking cup holder for mounting in a deck surface having a deck opening. The locking cup holder comprises a mounting ring having a vertical lip with a lower edge for extending within the deck opening and a horizontal lip securable to the deck surface over the deck opening. The locking cup holder includes a cup holder having a wall, a bottom portion, a rim extending outwardly from an upper portion of the wall and a plurality of protrusions extending outwardly from the cylindrical wall below the rim, the cup holder protrusions being spaced from the cup holder rim a distance of at least the height of the mounting ring vertical lip, the protrusions engagable with the vertical lip when the cup holder is pushed fully into the mounting ring. The protrusions may be engagable with the lower edge of the vertical lip when the cup holder is pushed fully into the mounting ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: RESEARCH & DESIGN INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Donald Terry Allen
  • Patent number: 9422031
    Abstract: A movable platform structure including a base structure, a platform and an articulated system which connects the platform to the base structure, wherein the platform is movable between a raised position which is horizontally adjacent to the base structure and a lowered position which is horizontally far from the base structure. The platform assembly further includes a latching device switchable into a stable locking position for locking the platform against the base structure when the platform is in the raised position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: OPACMARE S.r.l.
    Inventor: Davide Roncarolo
  • Patent number: 9278731
    Abstract: An inflatable boat platform floatation device having a “T” or “U” shaped opening in the front surface that receives the motor(s) and wraps around the motor(s) and sides of a boat allowing the front surface to engage the transom and side surfaces forming the opening at the front surface to engage the sides of the boat near the stern such that the platform rests against the boat in a manner that shields the propeller(s) from ropes, debris, hands and feet while providing a platform for the passengers outside the boat. The platform has top and bottom surfaces that are connected by stitched polyester fibers (“SPF”) which hold the surfaces together and determine the platform's thickness when inflated and keep the surfaces uniform and rigid when the platform is inflated. The upper surface includes at least one ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Inventor: Ramon Canela
  • Patent number: 9199703
    Abstract: A gunwale sliding section is integrated into a stern portion of a gunwale of a marine vessel. The gunwale sliding section is slideably positioned. The longitudinal motion of the gunwale sliding section is parallel to the gunwale, wherein a sternward motion provides an open configuration and bow-ward motion provides a closed configuration. A rail and slide assembly enables the sliding motion. The stern arrangement of the gunwale sliding section enables a wider span across the opening, thus enhancing embarking and disembarking of the marine vessel. The gunwale sliding section can be manually operated or employ automated mechanisms, such as a hydraulic system, a pneumatic system, a motor driven system, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Inventor: Joel Svendsen
  • Patent number: 9145192
    Abstract: The disclosure describes system for mounting a transducer to a surface of a vessel, and also a method of mounting a transducer to a surface of a vessel. inventive system includes a base having walls that bound an interior void. Flanges extend over the interior void and define a channel, and a slide bracket having a rod passing therethrough such that the slide bracket slides within the channel. The method includes the steps of providing a base with walls and flanges, and mounting a slide bracket to a channel formed within the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Inventor: Jackie Albin
  • Publication number: 20150144044
    Abstract: A system includes a catamaran configured for use in a body of water and having twin hulls, the catamaran comprising an opening between the twin hulls, the opening having a size and shape substantially the same as a payload module. The system also includes the payload module removably coupled to the catamaran in the opening between the twin hulls. The system further includes a common interface coupled to the payload module and the catamaran, the common interface configured to exchange utilities between the payload module and the catamaran.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Erik F. Item
  • Patent number: 9038875
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved height adjustable tower with integrated cargo rack apparatus for wakeboard boats. The inventive apparatus enables the adjustability of the height of the cargo rack/bimini which is accomplished by lowering or raising the lower tower legs with an actuator after releasing a locking mechanism. The apparatus also includes a displacement mechanism which allows the cargo rack to be simultaneously translated and rotated. The benefit to the user is the ability to control the amount of shade/sun for the people in the general cockpit area. It also allows a user to achieve a higher walk-through height for ease of maneuvering in the boat and provides easy access to items stored on top of the cargo rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Raymond L. Jesewitz
  • Patent number: 9032891
    Abstract: A watercraft includes a watercraft body, a watercraft propulsion device, a water protective case, a communication device, and a display device. The watercraft propulsion device propels the watercraft body. The water protective case is arranged on the watercraft body. The communication device communicates with a mobile terminal arranged inside the water protective case. The display device displays content of the mobile terminal based on data received from the mobile terminal through the communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshimasa Kinoshita, Shu Akuzawa, Tatsuya Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9021972
    Abstract: An under deck mid cabin entry system for a mono hull boat including an entry console and exposed top and front surfaces. Front and top openings extend to the top edge of the front surface and collectively define a generally L shaped entryway. The entry console is disposed to the side of a center console and provides access to steps extending beneath the main deck. A top step is within the entry console proximate to the front surface and the steps curve towards a central beam of the boat and descend into the mid cabin such that a bottom step proximate to a floor of the mid cabin directs a user into a central area of the mid cabin and terminates to avoid obstructing movement in the central area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Cigarette Racing Team, LLC
    Inventors: Skip Braver, Hector Rodriguez, Sidney Lanier
  • Publication number: 20150114279
    Abstract: A wakeboard tower having a foldable tower leg having a spring loaded latch assembly mounted to the first section of the leg and a lock pin mounted to the second section of the leg, with the spring loaded latch assembly including a handle rotatably mounted to an exterior portion of the first section of the leg and having a rod including a protruding cam surface located on the rod and a spring operable to bias the cam surface in a direction away from the handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Xtreme Marine Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Blaine Metcalf
  • Patent number: 9016226
    Abstract: A suspension system for passenger modules used with high-speed boats, the suspension system including a shock absorbing assembly, for supporting the passenger module relative to the vessel. The passenger module is attached to the vessel via an assembly of pivoting spars in which the vessel attachment locations are spaced athwart a greater distance than the passenger module attachment locations. The suspension system may include means for resisting relative lateral movement (e.g. a panhard rod or a Watt's linkage) and for attenuating motion associated with pitch and roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: David Alvin Smith
  • Patent number: 9016228
    Abstract: A swim platform for mounting onto the stern of a boat. Generally, the swim platform includes an upper platform, a lower platform, and a central support member for interconnecting the platforms and for mounting the swim platform to the boat. The platforms are sized and configured such that one or more persons could comfortably stand or sit on them. A forward portion of the lower platform is disposed proximate a rearward portion of the upper platform. Also, the lower platform is spaced vertically below the top platform and is ideally positioned at or slightly above the surface of the water. In operation, as the boat accelerates, the lower platform tilts towards the water as the bow tilts upwards. As the lower platform contacts the water, an upward force is exerted onto the lower platform, which forces the bow downwards and simultaneously forces the stern up and out of the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Bryant Boats, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Parker Dorton, John R. Dorton
  • Publication number: 20150101525
    Abstract: A rack for holding water sports equipment includes a substantially upright surface, an arm, a pedal, and a linkage between the pedal and the arm. The arm is configured to hold a piece of water sports equipment between the arm and the substantially upright surface. The arm is movable away from the substantially upright surface, against a force biasing the arm toward the substantially upright surface, to allow the piece of water sports equipment to be inserted or removed from between the arm and the substantially upright surface. The pedal is positioned and configured to be moved from a closed position to an open position by a force applied by a human foot and to return to the closed position when that force is removed. The pedal is directly or indirectly connected to the arm in order to move the arm away from the substantially upright surface when the pedal is moved from the closed position to the open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Chadrick Curts, James Schultz, Gregory Mackall
  • Patent number: 8997679
    Abstract: The present invention refers to a pleasure boat and particularly but not exclusively to a pedal boat. According to the invention, in order to make sea excursions with said pleasure boat more attractive, the boat comprises a jetted tub on board, preferably fed with seawater drawn directly from the surrounding environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Mauro Ricci
  • Patent number: 8973515
    Abstract: A boat tower and methods for making in which the tower is made of one or more composite members, each including a structural member and molded decorative members attached to opposite sides of the structural member, resulting in a tower system that requires substantially less finishing of the surfaces of the structural members as compared to conventional boat towers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Xtreme Marine Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Metcalf
  • Publication number: 20150059634
    Abstract: A device for righting a boat or other water vessel following a capsize. The device has an inflatable body which can be stowed in a collapsed state when uninflated. Compressed gas inflates the body following a capsize. The inflatable body has a flexible skin which forms at least first and second inflatable chambers. A valve arrangement causes the chambers to be inflated in a predetermined sequence. The first chamber securely mounts the valve upon the vessel. The second chamber is coupled to the first, supported by the first chamber when the device is deployed. Due to its buoyancy when submerged, the second chamber applies a righting moment to the vessel. The first chamber transmits this moment to the vessel. The staged inflation of the body alleviates its tendency to “pop up” to the surface before it is adequately inflated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Philip Hilbert, Ben Kerfoot, Andy Phillips, Chris Chadwick
  • Patent number: 8967070
    Abstract: A boat hull configured to create a desired wake shape through a combination of two distinct hull types that interact with the water flow at specified moments. Controlled shaping of the wake shape is achieved through redirection of water flowing across the transom of the main hull, onto a secondary transom of a secondary “diffuser” suction hull that creates a negative pressure that sucks the aft portion of the boat hull into the water, thereby immersing the secondary transom into the water where it can effectively interact with the water and “carve” the desired wake shape desirable for wake surfing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Anthony Kalil
  • Publication number: 20150053128
    Abstract: A boat capture system for slowing and/or stopping a maritime vessel is provided. The system comprises an inflatable barrier, the barrier being movable and deformable upon impact whereby to slow or arrest movement of a vessel by increasing drag thereon. The barrier may further include at least one entanglement means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Nick Williams-Jones, Gren Mercer, Ben Mottram, Kevin Bozowskyj, Jon Dunk, Lewis Griffiths, Jake Rigby
  • Publication number: 20150027360
    Abstract: A boat including a frame and a diving board mounted to the frame. The diving board includes a base and a board coupled to the base at a pivot location. The board extends from the pivot location to a distal end. An axial spring is interconnected between the base and the board for cancelling out forces which are imparted by a user jumping on the board at the distal end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Corey L. Schaub
  • Publication number: 20150000585
    Abstract: The invention is a fm for surfboards with a variable stiffness function. This is accomplished by means of a central disc that can be rotated to give different degrees of mechanical support to the fin when rotated to different angles, thus providing variable flexibility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Adiel SHLINGER, Dekel TABIBI