Protective Cover Or Shield Patents (Class 114/361)
  • Patent number: 11566391
    Abstract: A device for holding a boat fender in place at an installation site, such as a dock. The device including a main fabric body that is foldable and has a first end, an opposing second end, a first side, and an opposing second side. The device further includes first and second adjustable fasteners configured to attach the second end to the first end for allowing the main fabric body to cradle and hold the boat fender. A boat fender strap has a first end that is attached to the main fabric body and an opposing second end that is detachably attached to the main fabric body. The boat fender strap is configured to pass through a center hole of the boat fender for securely attaching the boat fender to the main fabric body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: FENDER HOLSTER LLC
    Inventor: Nicola Iozzo, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11518480
    Abstract: An articulating top having a frame, a cover attached to the frame and a mounting bracket to attach the frame to a vehicle can be moved between a deployed position to provide shelter to an area below the top and a stowed position. The frame having main and secondary frame members in addition to one or more struts between a frame member and the vehicle to provide additional support to the frame such that the top can be used while the vehicle is in motion or in windy conditions. The top may also use one or more braces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2022
    Assignee: Dowco, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Ritchel, David Baird, Bhavana Singh, Randy Michael, Caleb Stith, Cory Halsted, Mark McSorley, Ron Raby, Gary Gasteiger
  • Patent number: 11498646
    Abstract: The invention relates to a bimini-style boat cover frame having electronically actuated worm gear drive units, the worm gear drive unit mounted on a boat and connected to a front frame assembly and a back frame assembly that supports a canopy covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Inventor: Gary Hager
  • Patent number: 11472512
    Abstract: An articulating top having a frame, a cover attached to the frame and a mounting bracket to attach the frame to a vehicle can be moved between a deployed position to provide shelter to an area below the top and a stowed position. The frame having main and secondary frame members in addition to one or more struts between a frame member and the vehicle to provide additional support to the frame such that the top can be used while the vehicle is in motion or in windy conditions. The top may also use one or more braces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Dowco, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Ritchel, David Baird, Bhavana Singh, Randy Michael, Caleb Stith, Cory Halsted, Mark McSorley, Ron Raby, Gary Gasteiger
  • Patent number: 11465714
    Abstract: A bimini system for use with a support structure includes a bimini assembly transformable between an open configuration and a closed configuration. The bimini assembly includes a frame and a cover affixed to the frame. A gathering system includes a gathering mechanism associated with the cover. The gathering mechanism is movable to at least one of fold and gather the cover as the bimini assembly transforms from the open configuration to the closed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: COMMERCIAL SEWING, INC.
    Inventors: David Mazzarelli, Sam Mazzarelli
  • Patent number: 11377173
    Abstract: The invention relates to devices, systems, and methods that involve automatically lifting a boat cover above an interior of the boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Inventor: Christopher T. Stanton
  • Patent number: 11358681
    Abstract: A rigid weather guard for a center console of a power boat includes a rapidly deployable protective shield. The shield has a top edge, a bottom edge, a first side edge that is pivotably connectable with a portion of the boat, and a second side edge that is configured for connection with a gunwale of the power boat. The pivotable connection of the first side edge provides movement between an open and closed position. When in the open position, the second side edge is connected with the gunwale securing the shield in place to block adverse weather. Preferably, the protective shield has a transparent portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventors: Alan E. Becke, Jesse A. Becke
  • Patent number: 11351909
    Abstract: A resilient clip can be used for covers for equipment. The resilient clip has a portion that can be inserted into a channel on the equipment, a portion that can be attached to a cover, and a portion that can be used to remove the clip from the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Dowco, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Alexander, Justin Hough
  • Patent number: 11345445
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for a pontoon covering system are described herein. In an example, a pontoon cover on a spindle is mounted to the rear of the pontoon using a one or more mounting brackets, the mounting bracket including a first portion configured to translate longitudinally with respect to second portion. The cover can be positioned over a support structure connected to the pontoon. The support structure may allow the cover, including a cover securing member support to be aligned with a cover securing member attached to the side of the pontoon. The cover may be secured in the front by a front securing member, and pulled taut over the support structure by turning a handle connected to the spindle while the cover securing member is secured or engaged at least partially within the cover securing member support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: B&W Holding, LLC
    Inventors: William A. Lisiecki, Wayne R. Smith
  • Patent number: 11345446
    Abstract: A boat having a windscreen attached to the boat without the use of tools. The boat has a T-top including a canopy supported in an elevated position by an upright support fixed to the boat. A rigid boat windscreen having a plurality of clamps is mounted to the rigid boat windscreen and also mounted to the upright support. The clamps are mounted to the support manually without the use of tools and the clamps each include a mount secured to the rigid screen and a C-shaped, flexible portion connected to the mount and positioned about the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2022
    Assignee: Great Lakes Boat Top LLC
    Inventors: Jim Wilson, Melvin W. McInerney
  • Patent number: 11338889
    Abstract: A drive mechanism for a bimini top with a pair of bimini arms supporting the bimini top includes a motor, a worm screw coupled with the motor for rotation by the motor, and a driven gear coupled with the worm screw. One of the pair of bimini arms is connected to the driven gear, and the driven gear is configured for displacement between a stowed position and an extended position by operation of the motor. A pivot hub engages the driven gear via an intermediate hub, and the other of the pair of bimini arms is connected to the pivot hub. The pivot hub and intermediate hub are configured for displacement between a down position and an up position by operation of the motor through the driven gear and the intermediate hub. A first arc spanned by the driven gear between the stowed position and the extended position is greater than a second arc spanned by the pivot hub between the down position and the up position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: Lippert Components, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert R. Shearer, Dominic Layne, Samuel Evans, Mark Kinder
  • Patent number: 11338888
    Abstract: A cover assembly for a watercraft comprising a cover body having a front end, an air dam, and two lateral sides, wherein a non-uniform arch is formed at one of the lateral sides longitudinal to a direction of air flow. In addition, the non-uniform arch has a front portion having a radius between 400 inches to 300 inches, a back having a radius between 100 inches to 50 inches, and a central portion having a radius at least greater than 1000 inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2022
    Assignee: COMMERCIAL SEWING, INC.
    Inventor: David Mazzarelli
  • Patent number: 11279445
    Abstract: Described herein are examples of a watercraft with a hull defining a hull cavity. A canopy may be removably coupled to the hull via a canopy interface. The canopy interface includes a first portion fixed to the hull and a second portion fixed to the canopy. The first portion defines an opening through the hull into the hull cavity. The second portion is configured to be removably coupled to the first portion to enclose and seal the opening whereby the canopy interface is configured to interchangeably couple any one of a plurality of different canopies including the canopy to the hull. Each canopy of the plurality of different canopies may include a different configuration that provides a different access opening into the hull cavity or reconfigures the hull with a different outer profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: Ockerman Automation Consulting, Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer Michaeli, Robert Walling, Alden Nelson
  • Patent number: 11247751
    Abstract: An inflatable boat comprises a body and a tube. The tube is located adjacent to the body. A tensioning member is located between the body and the tube. The tensioning member couples the body to the tube such that a top surface of the body and a top surface of the tube are coplanar. The body can define at least one footrest groove to allow a user to lean and rest their feet on the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignee: BESTWAY INFLATABLES MATERIAL CORP.
    Inventors: Shuiyong Huang, Hongxing Zhang, Yanxing Zhang, Xingdi Wu
  • Patent number: 11226618
    Abstract: Techniques for implementing and/or operating a deployment system that includes a vehicle frame of a deployment vehicle, a drive sub-system, which includes wheels secured to the vehicle frame, a swage machine, and a fluid power sub-system. The swage machine includes a grab plate, which interlocks with a grab notch on a pipe fitting to be secured to a pipe segment, which includes tubing that defines a pipe bore and a fluid conduit implemented in an annulus of the tubing, a die plate including a die, and a fluid actuator that actuates the grab plate toward the die plate to facilitate conformally deforming a fitting jacket of the pipe fitting around the tubing of the pipe segment. The fluid power sub-system selectively powers the drive sub-system or the swage machine based on a target operation to be performed by the deployment vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Trinity Bay Equipment Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: John Paul Leger
  • Patent number: 11104403
    Abstract: An adjustable shade system for adding a shade to a boat includes a pair of adjustable shade supports, each of the pair of adjustable shade supports having a base configured to be securely installed in the gimbal connection of a rod holder, the base comprising a groove configured to connect to the gimbal connection of the rod holder and an outer diameter that is configured to fit tightly within a conventional rod holder. A rod extends from the base, and an adjuster having a connector is adjustably connected to the rod to allow vertical adjustment along a length of rod. A shade is connectable to the connectors of the pair of adjustable shade supports and also connectable to a structure of the boat or one or more additional adjustable shade support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Atlantic Coast Canvas Company
    Inventors: Timothy Van Newhouse, Deborah Van Newhouse, Stephen W. Lowder
  • Patent number: 11046394
    Abstract: An articulating top having a frame, a cover attached to the frame and a mounting bracket to attach the frame to a vehicle can be moved between a deployed position to provide shelter to an area below the top and a stowed position. The frame having main and secondary frame members in addition to one or more struts between a frame member and the vehicle to provide additional support to the frame such that the top can be used while the vehicle is in motion or in windy conditions. The top may also use one or more braces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Dowco, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Ritchel, David Baird, Bhavana Singh, Randy Michael, Caleb Stith, Cory Halsted
  • Patent number: 10994809
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a bendable elongated assembly extendable over a watercraft. A coupler assembly is configured to couple the bendable elongated assembly to the watercraft. An engagement assembly configured to engage the bendable elongated assembly. This is done in such a way that the engagement assembly, in use, urges the bendable elongated assembly to bend and form an arched structure positioned over the watercraft once the bendable elongated assembly is extended over the watercraft and is coupled to the watercraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Leo Henri Desautels
  • Patent number: 10974799
    Abstract: An audio system in a marine vessel may be created or enhanced using existing parts of the marine vessel. One or more audio transducers may be secured directly to the windshield, and once connected with an audio input, the windshield acts as a transparent speaker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GROUP, LLC
    Inventor: Philip A. Oakes
  • Patent number: 10946935
    Abstract: A shade canopy configured for use on all model Personal Watercrafts (PWC) is described. A Bimini Top provides shade from the sun to occupants of the PWC. The bimini top provides the ability to board and unboard from the sides of the PWC. This apparatus also folds and stores on the rear of the PWC and is contained in a zippered boot with straps. The bimini top supports a permanent or non-permanent mounting system to the hull to avoid hull modification. Two variants, a folding or telescoping support structure are available which facilitate accessories such as racks and coolers that attach to the rear of the PWC. Straps positioned around the PWC tension to the apparatus, ensuring the Bimini Top remains taut, and that the Bimini Top does not angle fore, aft, left or right. The straps are affixed to the PWC using existing mooring points on the PWC or via an add-on kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventors: Judi Fraser, Edward C. Lewis
  • Patent number: 10933951
    Abstract: A windshield assembly includes a windshield with a starboard side section, a port side section, and a center section between the starboard side section and the port side section. Transition areas of the windshield between the starboard side section and the center section and between the port side section and the center section, respectively, each include a transition radius. A bottom trim member is securable to a deck or frame with a profile including a starboard corner radius and a port corner radius. The bottom trim member supports the windshield and includes a pair of transition members disposed at the transition areas of the windshield. The transition members are configured to adapt the transition areas of the windshield to the deck profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GROUP, LLC
    Inventor: Philip A. Oakes
  • Patent number: 10900252
    Abstract: A canopy assembly for a barrier defined by at least two sides, wherein the canopy assembly including a cover assembly; and a bracket assembly, coupled to the cover assembly, wherein the bracket assembly includes at least a first bracket for coupling the cover assembly to the first side of the barrier and at least a second bracket for coupling the cover assembly to the second side of the barrier, wherein each of the at least first and second brackets have a cavity dimensioned to receive a plurality of differently dimensioned barrier top rails or wall surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: ShelterLogic Corp.
    Inventors: George LeMoine, Christian M. Otis
  • Patent number: 10883266
    Abstract: An acoustic panel is provided. The acoustic panel may include a hidden mounting structure formed on the rear surface of the acoustic panel. The hidden mounting structure allows the acoustic panel to be used with substrates of any density, including substrates with a medium density of greater than 2 lbs. per cubic foot (pcf) and less than 6 lbs. pcf. In one particular embodiment, the acoustic panel may be used with substrates having a density of approximately 3 lbs. pcf. The acoustic panel may also include a cover formed from two or more materials having different acoustical and/or physical properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: GeerFab LLC
    Inventor: Eric Geer
  • Patent number: 10800493
    Abstract: A bimini top for a boat. The bimini top includes a cover and a frame supporting the cover. The frame may include a first support pivotally connected to an inboard side of a first leg of a tower. The first support has a profile in a stowed position that, when viewed from the port side in the stowed position, is hidden behind the portion of the first leg with the first profile. The frame may also include a second support pivotally connected to an inboard side of a second leg of the tower. The second support has a profile in the stowed position that, when viewed from the starboard side in the stowed position, is hidden behind the portion of the second leg with the second profile. The bimini top may also include a line including a plurality of hangers is integrally formed in the line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: MasterCraft Boat Company, LLC
    Inventors: Darren S. Sheedy, Ryan D. Lake, David F. Ekern
  • Patent number: 10800494
    Abstract: An exemplary windshield assembly for a marine vessel includes a plurality of first extrusions arranged vertically; a plurality of second extrusions, wherein each second extrusion is a crossbar arranged between a pair of first extrusions; and an opening formed between each pair of second extrusions connected between a common pair of first extrusions, wherein each opening includes a plurality of receivers formed for framing a panel, the plurality of receivers formed on a surface of each first extrusion and each second extrusion of a respective opening, and wherein a front opening includes an upper second extrusion and movable front panel, the movable front panel being connected to rotate about the upper second extrusion for venting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: MAVERICK BOAT GROUP, INC.
    Inventor: Douglas Scott Deal
  • Patent number: 10604214
    Abstract: An Extendable/Retractable Shade Apparatus for attachment to a boat tower or boat top or boat cargo rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Raymond L. Jesewitz
  • Patent number: 10562595
    Abstract: A top mountable on a boat. The top includes a tower having an upper tower portion pivotally connected to a lower tower portion, and a cover connected to the upper tower portion and having a plurality of rigid panels hingedly connected to one another. The top is pivotable and foldable from an erected orientation in which the upper rigid tower portion is positioned directly above the lower rigid tower portion and the rigid panels are oriented in a parallel planar relationship above the upper rigid tower portion to a storage orientation. In the storage orientation the upper rigid tower portion is pivoted relative to the to the lower rigid tower portion and the rigid panels are oriented in a folded orientation relative to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Xtreme Marine Corporation
    Inventors: Anthony Duane Williams, Bradley Michael Nemeth
  • Patent number: 10549821
    Abstract: A transparent modulatable kayak with shading system includes two pairs of fitting devices, reversibly connecting multiple kayaks. The tubular body of the paddle is reversibly divisible at the center. The inner volume of the hull has a container housing a cloth adapted to shade the user on the seat. The upper surface of the hull has a plurality of recesses, of which at least one pair is positioned at the bow and at least one pair is positioned at the stern, each housing a portion of the tubular body of the paddle. The tubular body includes, at each end, at least one coupling device adapted to reversibly connect at least one of the corresponding coupling devices of the cloth. The hull is made of any natural or synthetic polymer adapted to ensure the floating of the kayak and its total transparency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: MAIONE S.R.L.
    Inventors: Roberto Maione, Antonio Maione
  • Patent number: 10532642
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of a convertible sliding top assembly for use with a vehicle. The convertible sliding top assembly can create an opening on the top of the vehicle by rotating a plurality of arms and folding over a soft cover. The assembly can be designed and shaped to improve aerodynamics when the vehicle is moving and prevent the buildup of water on the soft cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Lund Motion Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Nicholas Smith, Carlos Gutierrez, Chris Schumacher, Scott Cover
  • Patent number: 10513314
    Abstract: A self-supporting bimini top frame is independently supportable on four contact points. A main bow defines a first support member for a bimini top connectable to the bimini top frame. The main bow defines first and second contact points. A pair of stanchions are pivotably connected to the main bow and define third and fourth contact points. A primary tension bow is pivotably and slidably connected to the main bow and defines a second support member for the bimini top. A bimini top may also be secured on the bimini top frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis J. Parniske, Robert R. Shearer
  • Patent number: 10450036
    Abstract: A portable canopy for use with a boat having a covered helm and at least two fishing rod holders mounted thereto. The portable canopy employs a first tubular shaped support member having a proximal end securable to a rod holder found on a fishing boat. A second tubular shaped support member having a proximal end is secured to a second rod holder, adjacent to, but spaced apart from, the first support member. The first and second support members are secured to the rod holders by use of locking pins. A spreader bar is attached to the distal end of each said support member, forming a rigid frame between the support members and the rod holders. A fabric cover extends between the support members, providing shade to the occupants beneath the canopy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventor: Kevin Killian
  • Patent number: 10427756
    Abstract: A shading device of a water vehicle, having a roller blind web, a winding unit, onto which the roller blind web can be wound or unwound and which, in relation to a longitudinal center plane of the roller blind web, is borne on both sides so as to be rotatable, and comprising, in relation to the longitudinal center plane of the roller blind web on each of its two sides, a telescopic tube arrangement having a bearing tube that is fixed relative to the vehicle and having at least one first pull-out tube and one second pull-out tube, which are displaceable between a slid-in position, the roller blind web having been wound up onto the winding unit when being in said position, and a pulled-out position, the roller blind web having been unwound from the winding unit when being in said position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: WEBASTO SE
    Inventors: Martin De Waal, Remco Koning, Patrick De Reus
  • Patent number: 10422154
    Abstract: Aspects are directed to a collapsible privacy structure that has a low profile when in an un-deployed state to preserve the sight lines of observers. The collapsible privacy structure may then be deployed causing a canopy structure to extend upwardly forming an internal volume that provides privacy and seclusion to the user of the structure. The internal volume may be used for a bathroom, a shower, a medical evaluation/treatment space, and/or a changing space. Upon the departure of the user from the internal volume, the collapsible privacy structure may return to the low-profile nature provided by the un-deployed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan N. Farris, Tinker L. Hatfield, William M. Dieter
  • Patent number: 10363997
    Abstract: A pontoon boat includes at least two pontoon tubes, a platform supported on the at least two pontoon tubes, and an occupancy compartment capable of containing at least one occupant, the occupancy compartment having a length, a width, an upper portion extending vertically above the platform that includes a ceiling, and a lower portion extending vertically below the platform and into one of the at least two pontoon tubes, the lower portion including a floor surface for supporting the occupant. An entrance to the occupancy compartment is provided in the upper portion that permits the occupant to enter and exit the occupancy compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Corey G. Duke, Robert A. Fieldhouse, Donald F. Mason, Jr., Rachel Parteko, Matthew R. Gardenour, Gary W. Rose
  • Patent number: 10351040
    Abstract: A trailer for transporting a vehicle may include a supporting structure adapted to carry the vehicle. A bracket structure including a tail light assembly may be attached to a section of the supporting structure. The tail light assembly may include tail lights for the trailer. The bracket structure may be movable between a first position in which the tail lights are positioned at the rear of the trailer in a driving position, and a second position in which the tail lights are positioned away from the rear of the trailer in a loading position. The bracket structure may be adapted to fixate the vehicle to the supporting structure when placed in the first position. A method may also be provided for placing a vehicle for transport on a trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: North Grade AB
    Inventor: Jörgen Fundin
  • Patent number: 10344498
    Abstract: A sun guard to protect a mobile device mounted attached to a mobile phone mounting device attached to a surface, the sun guard including a tubing to form a perimeter of a particular structural shape having a front portion, a rear portion, a top portion, a bottom portion, and side portions, such that the mobile device is disposed within the particular structural shape of the tubing, a protective covering to cover the rear portion, the top portion, and the side portions of the particular structural shape, such that the mobile device is shielded from the sun, and a rubber coating to coat bottom edges of the tubing to prevent the sun guard from slipping off the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Inventor: Suhas Hanumanthaiah
  • Patent number: 10336406
    Abstract: A cover for a vehicle, such as a boat, including a ratchet and straps. The straps are connected to a plate for evenly distributing the load placed on the straps when the straps are tightened by the ratchet. The straps, when tightened, provide form to the cover such that water will run off the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Dowco, Inc.
    Inventor: Jon Alexander
  • Patent number: 10246164
    Abstract: A sliding windshield (1) for boats having at least two side panels (2, 3) and a center panel (4). The center panel is mounted to a header (15) having two curved channels (17, 18) that allow the center panel to slide forward or outward from two stationary side panels and then sideward in front of one of the two side panels into an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: R.J. DOUGHERTY ASSOCIATES LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Flota
  • Patent number: 10246163
    Abstract: A boat windshield with a walk-through door includes a fixed panel framework attachable to a boat and a sliding door panel coupled to and cooperable with the fixed panel framework. The sliding door panel is displaceable between an open position and a closed position. The sliding door panel is provided with top and bottom traveler cars mounted for displacement on tracks secured to the fixed panel framework frame. A roller post may be positioned adjacent a bottom edge of the fixed panel framework that supports the sliding door panel during displacement between the open and closed positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Edward J. Erskine, Michael Trajlinek
  • Patent number: 10225490
    Abstract: A mobile studio and a method for using the mobile studio are disclosed. The mobile studio is provided with lower and upper frameworks. A lower framework includes a planar upper-tier frame and a planar lower-tier frame, the planar upper-tier frame has a connecting tab to secure the mobile studio to a vehicle. An upper framework is secured to the lower framework. The upper framework supports at least a production area. Preferably, the upper framework supports a storage area including a rack assembly. Preferably, the rack assembly faces a rear door, at least part of the rack assembly having a sound insulating material. The method for using the mobile studio is provided with securing a bracket onto the chassis of the vehicle, loading the mobile studio onto the bracket, and securing the mobile studio to the vehicle using the connecting tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC, INC.
    Inventors: Ahmet Üstün, Kiyoshi Funada, Shinichi Miyazaki
  • Patent number: 10173754
    Abstract: A cover system for a boat includes a bimini frame securable to the boat and displaceable among an open position, a storage position, and a cover position. A flexible top is coupled with the bimini frame, and a cover is positionable over the bimini frame with the bimini frame in the cover position. The bimini frame thus functions as a support structure for a mooring or trailering cover. With the described bimini frame, one cover size can fit multiple seating and deck configurations without the need for a separate cover design for the various configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis J. Parniske, Robert R. Shearer
  • Patent number: 10167058
    Abstract: A retractable roof includes a pair of tracks oriented lengthwise along opposite sides of an opening, a plurality of traveler cars displaceable on the tracks manually or by motor, and a plurality of bows coupled with the traveler cars and extending between the tracks and across the opening. The bows are displaceable with the traveler cars between a closed position and an opened position. A roof material sized to cover the opening is secured to the bows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: TAYLOR MADE GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Robert R. Shearer, Donald A. Zirkelbach, Charles Robert Withers
  • Patent number: 10145140
    Abstract: A bed top having a canopy frame with left and right rear telescopic supports mounted in a bed of a recreational vehicle. The canopy frame may be covered with a canopy or tarp to provide cover for the bed, and the canopy frame and canopy can be rotated 180 degrees forming a shade off the bed of the vehicle, or the canopy frame can be removed from the vehicle and left and right front telescopic supports placed under a left front corner and a right front corner, respectively, and the canopy frame covered with a tarp forming an enclosure that can be used as a hunting blind. A length adjusting means and a width adjusting means may be integrated in the canopy frame to adapt to varying bed sizes. The bed top may also include left and right leg mounts for the left and right rear telescopic supports, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Anthony Glenn Woodard
  • Patent number: 10141885
    Abstract: A floating solar system having a peripheral buoyant pontoon within which is suspended an array of individual photovoltaic panels each equipped with a float. A stabilizing skirt drops down into the water underneath the pontoon and creates a more placid “moon pool” within the pontoon to reduce turbulence from wave action and therefore enhance the efficiency of the array of photovoltaic panels. A plurality of the floating solar systems may be aggregated to form an island of units. The individual panels or rows or columns thereof may be flat (horizontal) or tilted so that they can be oriented more normally with regard to the sun's rays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Inventors: Liliane Smadja, Paul Isaac Smadja
  • Patent number: 10124861
    Abstract: There is described a hinge for detachably connecting a door or window to a wall or a frame such as a windshield. The hinge comprising a shaft extending longitudinally, further comprising a blocker which is extendable about the shaft. A first socketed member is fixed to the shaft, and a second socketed member comprises a lumen for sliding the shaft therein. The lumen comprises a cavity larger than a remainder of the lumen and which defines an inward edge on which the blocker abuts, thereby retaining the shaft in the lumen. The shaft comprises an inner recess which can house the blocker therein if the inner recess is aligned with the blocker, thereby retracting the blocker from the cavity and releasing the shaft from the second socketed member and allowing the first socketed member and the second socketed member to be separated. This can be useful for detaching a door of a boat windshield, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: VERALEX INC.
    Inventor: Simon Dubé
  • Patent number: 10053192
    Abstract: An improved mounting device and assembled configuration for deploying a manually operated pullout shade system of the type having a tensioned roller member carrying a flexible canvas sheet and parallel tubular actuators therefor. In one embodiment of the present invention, a mounting device is disclosed for securing the manual pullout shade system onto an arching tubular overhead structure onboard a boat so that the pullout shade may be adjusted in its working attitude and maintained in proper position for deployment. The mounting device includes a set of clamp members each constructed in the form of a figure “8” with associated circular sections on each clamp member being rotatably coupled together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: RODAN ENTERPRISES, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald K. Russikoff
  • Patent number: 10035565
    Abstract: A detachable curtain coupled to a cover of a boat includes a pliable netting panel, a first sheet member coupled to the top edge of the netting panel and having a first pouch, a second sheet member coupled to the top edge of the netting panel and having a second pouch, a first set of fasteners coupled to the first sheet member and embedded within the first pouch, and a second set of fasteners coupled to the second sheet member and embedded within the second pouch. The netting panel is maneuvered to permit both the first and second sheet members to surround a portion of the boat's cover, thereby permitting the first set of fasteners to engage with the second set of fasteners to support the netting panel in an upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Inventor: Mary Ellen Kirwan-Waterson
  • Patent number: 10011326
    Abstract: A boat lift with hydraulically or mechanically actuated arms which self-installs a fitted three-dimensional boat cover on a powerboat. The control logic of the system allows for cover operation only when the lift is raised. A spring-tensioned roller keeps the cover tight and self-rolls the cover on the roller when the actuated arms are pivoted forward. The roller is hidden behind the boat in ‘cover-on’ position. A slip clutch prevents the torsion spring from being over tightened. The forward position of the roller is adjusted by adjusting the hydraulic cylinder length. The rearward position of the roller is adjusted by limiting the retracted position of the hydraulic cylinder. A non-hydraulic embodiment actuates the cover when the lift is operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Sunstream Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth Edwards Hey, Dean Allen Stanford, Loern Halverson
  • Patent number: 9891018
    Abstract: A device that can hold a firearm can be used to prevent the firearm from being damaged, make the firearm aesthetically appealing, absorb the heat generated during use of the firearm, and reduce kick-back generated by the firearm. The device can include an inner portion, an outer portion, and magnets between the inner portion and the outer portion. The outer portion of the device can be made of a friction resistant material, which enhances durability to endure contact with items such as a gun rack or a stabilizing object. The inner portion of the device can be made of a soft material that can be used to cushion the firearm, and optionally clean the firearm. Related methods and products are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Pro Shooter Gear Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Dale, Dennis Gerasimenko
  • Patent number: 9855998
    Abstract: A swing arm for a stowable bimini frame associable with a tower structure of watercraft is provided including a body associated with the bimini frame. The body is rotatable relative to the tower structure between a first position and a second position. An engagement mechanism selectively engages the body to retain the body in at least one of the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: COMMERCIAL SEWING, INC.
    Inventors: Gregory Perosino, Joseph Hamilton, III, Timothy Hamilton, David Mazzarelli, Michael Hissong, Brian DeLisle