Carrier Attached To Aquatic Vessel Patents (Class 224/406)
  • Patent number: 10829137
    Abstract: A beach wagon for transporting water sport boards and smaller objects. The wagon includes a front wall and the rear wall extending vertically from a floor and engaged to side walls; the wagon is carried on a plurality of wheels. The front wall and the rear wall each include a retaining slot. The retaining slots are in substantial alignment to hold a water sport board in the retaining slots spanning between the front wall and the rear wall. The walls of the wagon retain the smaller objects in the wagon. The slotted front and rear walls can be configured to retrofit existing wagons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventor: Curt Adam Kramer
  • Patent number: 10368671
    Abstract: Attachment mechanisms that enhance and broaden the usefulness of a basic gimbaled beverage container holder are needed. The mechanisms developed are configured to form a rigid attachment to an external object, such as luggage handles; stroller handles; bicycle handles; boat railings; car/truck air vents etc. in order to give the user a sense of stability for the combined unit. Three basic attachment enhancements are added to the outer ring of the gimbaled cup holder. They are: 1) A set of rigid ‘Arms’ (*removable and exchangeable for different size luggage handles) that grab around vertical luggage handles and hold the gimbaled cup holder secure. 2) a ‘Slide’ mechanism on one of the handles that hold the gimbaled cup holder secure to one handled luggage. 3) A ‘T-Bar Clip’ on the outer ring of the gimbaled cup holder that securely locks a variety of attachment devices (*such as a vertical and horizontal bar attachment mechanisms; a car/truck air vent attachment mechanism, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Donald Joseph Berg
  • Patent number: 10278527
    Abstract: Embodiments provide a portable beverage holder and carrier system. The system may be worn on a user's waist or belt in a hands-free manner. An interior space of a beverage holding portion of the portable beverage holder features at least one prong for secure positioning of a beverage container. The system features an adjustable rotator that allows movement and then locking of the beverage holding portion. The system may also include a removable canister for holding additional items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Carl Hayward
  • Patent number: 10112545
    Abstract: A vehicle-mounting apparatus for carrying loads includes a receptacle having an interior volume defined by a front wall, a rear wall, two side walls, and a bottom surface. A mounting surface is integrally formed from the rear wall with a clearance distance from the rear wall. The mounting surface includes a plurality of mounting holes dimensioned to align to spare tire mounting holes on the rear side of a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Adam C. Gaskins
  • Patent number: 9663271
    Abstract: One embodiment relates to a bistable hold open mechanism including first and second flexible flat, strip like members positioned relative to each other. The members include opposing first and second ends; an inner mating surface; and an opposing outer bonding surface. One or more pivot members and/or hinges is integrated into the second member separating it into a side seal portion and an operable portion, the side seal portion coupled to the operable portion. Embodiments include flexures which allow the pivot members or hinges to be biased in open or closed configurations. Applying a slight pressure to the members opens the mechanism. When the mechanism reaches a predetermined point, the pivot or hinges lock, maintaining an open configuration. Closing the mechanism only requires a slight pressure be applied to the external surface of the members, resulting in the pivot members or hinges unlocking and rotating towards a closed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: ProAmpac Intermediate, Inc.
    Inventor: Vishaal B. Verma
  • Patent number: 9055826
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignees: MASTERCRAFT BOAT COMPANY, LLC, GERE MARIE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Chadrick Curts, James Schultz, Gregory Mackall
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150048130
    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: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Raymond L. Jesewitz
  • Patent number: 8936182
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to an adaptable rack for aquatic transport of articles. More specifically, embodiments of the present invention relate to an adaptable rack for aquatic transport of articles to increase storage capacity of a boat and to prevent scuffing and damaging of the deck of the boat. In one embodiment of the present invention, an adaptable rack for aquatic transport of an article comprises a mounting post for fitting inside a rocket launcher on a boat, a support bar positioned on a top surface of the mounting post, and a plurality of support arms extending from the support bar, the support arms for supporting the article during aquatic transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventors: Michael Grasso, Jonathan Fallon
  • Publication number: 20150014379
    Abstract: A height adjustable cargo rack apparatus and tower and for wakeboard boats and the like, the apparatus including: a tower base rigidly attached to a boat gunwale, vertical supports extending from the tower base and pivotally operable; a pivotally adjustable cargo rack apparatus supported by the vertical supports; and, a height adjustable upper tower section which is pivotally supported by the vertical supports and which adjustably supports the cargo rack apparatus. The multiplicity of adjustable and pivotal features work in conjunction with each other to maximize the unique functionality of the instant apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Raymond L. Jesewitz
  • Patent number: 8905281
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved cargo rack apparatus for wakeboard boats positioned above the boat tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Raymond L. Jesewitz
  • Publication number: 20140197213
    Abstract: A removable, portable, carrier system for the transportation of a human powered vehicle on the exterior of a motorized vehicle, said carrier system comprises: a first independent means for releasably securing the handles of the human powered vehicle to the exterior of said motorized vehicle, and a second, independent means for releasably securing the seat of the human powered vehicle to the exterior of said motorized vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventors: Joshua Shearer, Eric Perrine, Schuyler Putt
  • Patent number: 8757459
    Abstract: An accessory platform for fishing rods, light bars, flag masts and similar accessories often used on small boats and watercraft is secured to a mooring cleat by means of an underslung clamping bar having a transversely positioned anchor finger or fork. The anchor finger is positioned to penetrate the arch between cleat legs. The clamping bar is then raised against the cleat arch bight by rotation of a suspension screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventors: Steven Mark Crawford, Donald Vinton Blake, Sr.
  • Publication number: 20140144962
    Abstract: A shelf including a mounting bracket having two arms is provided. The length of the arms and the distance between the arms are adjustable so the shelf may be attached to and project outwardly from various support structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: ANCHOR MFG., INC.
    Inventor: Keith VonDeLinde
  • Publication number: 20140103169
    Abstract: A magnetic clamp for attaching to a ferromagnetic mounting surface to provide a securement location on the mounting surface is disclosed. The magnetic clamp includes a base member formed of substantially non-ferrous material, wherein the base member is operable to flex to accommodate for changes in curvature or irregularities of the mounting surface and at least one of magnet element arranged on the flexible base member for attaching the base member to the mounting surface. The magnetic clamp further includes a securement means as well as manually actuated release means to remove the magnetic clamp from the mounting surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Serpent and Dove - Applied Magnetics Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Ian Godfrey Heard, Adrian Edward Heard
  • Publication number: 20140054341
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improved cargo rack apparatus for wakeboard boats positioned above the boat tower.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventor: Raymond L. Jesewitz
  • Patent number: 8640377
    Abstract: A combined fishing rod and beverage holder for insertion into and removal from an opening in a marine vessel is disclosed. The combined fishing rod and beverage holder includes a substantially tubular hollow cylindrical member which is formed with an upper portion and a lower portion. The upper portion has a diameter which is larger than the diameter of the lower portion. The diameter of the upper portion enables a beverage container with or without an insulating jacket to be placed within and retained within the upper portion of the combined rod and beverage holder. The upper portion includes an outwardly projecting flange which includes apertures through which fasteners can be placed to secure the combined rod and beverage holder to a surface, such as a gunwale of a marine vessel. Other types or secure devices can also be employed to secure the combined rod and beverage holder to any surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: MTB Designs, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Baltes
  • Patent number: 8567651
    Abstract: A cargo rack apparatus for removable attachment removably attachment to the vertical supports of a boat tower. The boat tower including at least one port vertical support and at least one starboard vertical support, each vertical support including an upper end and a lower end, the apparatus including a cargo rack member providing storage. The boat tower also including a plurality of connectors releasably suspending cargo rack member within the vertical supports of the boat tower, wherein the cargo rack member is removably and pivotally attached to each port and starboard vertical supports at a location between the upper and lower ends thereof, and wherein the cargo rack member can tilt down within the said vertical supports of the boat tower for access to stored equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Raymond L. Jesewitz
  • Patent number: 8434654
    Abstract: A BOAT HITCHING DEVICE AND CARRYING SYSTEM used for a carrying device for boats. This device is used in and around diving deck of the boat. The device is comprised essentially of two main parts: 1. A case which features a way to fasten the device to the boat; a way to rotate a receptor from a stored position and then securely retain the receptor in an essentially horizontal “use” position; a manner to pivot and securely retain the receptor in the use position; and features to provide a safe, flat deck when the device is in storage and 2. a receptor with a hub to pivotally yet securely connect to the case; a receiver structure to receive the various carrying accessories; and a way to securely retain the accessories. These devices are designed for Original Equipment or After Market offerings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Inventors: Ronald D. Smith, Mark A. Noffsinger, Robert J. Cline
  • Publication number: 20130056509
    Abstract: Provided is a paddle retaining device which may be easily mounted to a stand-up paddle board, wherein the paddle retaining device is specifically configured and adapted to allow a user to quickly and easily securing the paddle to the board. The paddle retaining device may be attached to the board without significantly interfering with the structure and integrity of the paddle surfboard. Along these lines, the paddle retaining device may be secured to the board without drilling holes or making other material modifications to the structure of the paddle surfboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventor: Justin Fuller
  • Patent number: 8371548
    Abstract: A holding device is attachable to a rail, cleat, etc., of a boat or other object such that the holding device holds a cooler or similar objects without using up passenger space. The holding device is a generally rectangular shaped basket member that has a top rail and a first series of straps extending between opposing sides of the rail and a second series of straps extending between opposing ends of the rail, the first straps and the second straps crossing generally normal to one another. One or more straps secure the basket member to an appropriate point on the boat. One or more bumpers buffer the device against the side of the boat. The basket member may have a netting therein to hold small objects safely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventor: Jerry W. Bishop
  • Publication number: 20120280012
    Abstract: An accessory platform for fishing rods, light bars, flag masts and similar accessories often used on small boats and watercraft is secured to a mooring cleat by means of an underslung clamping bar having a transversely positioned anchor finger or fork. The anchor finger is positioned to penetrate the arch between cleat legs. The clamping bar is then raised against the cleat arch bight by rotation of a suspension screw.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventors: Steven Mark Crawford, Donald Vinton Blake, SR.
  • Publication number: 20120273537
    Abstract: A symmetrical, balanced receptacle for storing, displaying or transporting goods, materials, people, plants or animals is suspended from a double-axis gimbal mounted on a supporting framework. The receptacle is attached to the gimbal by adjustable bearings and a locking mechanism holds the receptacle in various positions, tilted forward or back, and swiveled to one side or the other. When the receptacle is unlocked, gravity holds it level, which is especially useful when the device is used to hold or transport cargo on sloping ground, turbulent water or shifting air currents. The framework may be stationary or attached to a wheeled vehicle, water craft, aircraft, or other means of transport.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventor: Alfred Thomas Newman
  • Patent number: 8297484
    Abstract: A height adjustable tower and cargo rack apparatus for wakeboard boats and the like, the apparatus including: a tower base rigidly attached to a boat gunwale, the tower base having a powered actuator; vertical supports extending from the tower base and pivotally operated by the powered actuator; a pivotally adjustable cargo rack apparatus supported by the vertical supports; and, a height adjustable upper tower section which is pivotally supported by the vertical supports and which adjustably supports the cargo rack apparatus. The multiplicity of adjustable and pivotal features work in conjunction with each other to maximize the unique functionality of the instant apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventors: Raymond L. Jesewitz, Derek Drew Geary
  • Publication number: 20120168478
    Abstract: This adapter joins together a pool noodle/water log to a beverage can container with an insulated cover. This adapter also joins together a pool noodle/water log to a beverage bottle container with an insulated cover. This adapter also joins together a pool noodle/water log to an insulated beverage cup container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventor: Timothy L. Urban
  • Publication number: 20120067933
    Abstract: A cargo rack apparatus for removable attachment removably attachment to the vertical supports of a boat tower. The boat tower including at least one port vertical support and at least one starboard vertical support, each vertical support including an upper end and a lower end, the apparatus including a cargo rack member providing storage. The boat tower also including a plurality of connectors releasably suspending cargo rack member within the vertical supports of the boat tower, wherein the cargo rack member is removably and pivotally attached to each port and starboard vertical supports at a location between the upper and lower ends thereof, and wherein the cargo rack member can tilt down within the said vertical supports of the boat tower for access to stored equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventor: Raymond L. Jesewitz
  • Publication number: 20110303713
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to an adaptable rack for aquatic transport of articles. More specifically, embodiments of the present invention relate to an adaptable rack for aquatic transport of articles to increase storage capacity of a boat and to prevent scuffing and damaging of the deck of the boat. In one embodiment of the present invention, an adaptable rack for aquatic transport of an article comprises a mounting post for fitting inside a rocket launcher on a boat, a support bar positioned on a top surface of the mounting post, and a plurality of support arms extending from the support bar, the support arms for supporting the article during aquatic transport.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventors: Michael Grasso, Jonathan Fallon
  • Publication number: 20110278335
    Abstract: A height adjustable tower and cargo rack apparatus for wakeboard boats and the like, the apparatus including: a tower base rigidly attached to a boat gunwale, the tower base having a powered actuator; vertical supports extending from the tower base and pivotally operated by the powered actuator; a pivotally adjustable cargo rack apparatus supported by the vertical supports; and, a height adjustable upper tower section which is pivotally supported by the vertical supports and which adjustably supports the cargo rack apparatus. The multiplicity of adjustable and pivotal features work in conjunction with each other to maximize the unique functionality of the instant apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventors: Raymond L. Jesewitz, Derek Drew Geary
  • Publication number: 20110259932
    Abstract: A problem on all sail boats is the winch handle holders being occupied by beverage cans or other small items. A combination boat winch handle holder and beverage holder is made of a first housing adapted to hold the winch handle and mountable to a conventional winch handle holder position. A second housing, shorter and wider than the first, is adapted to hold a beverage can and is attachable in a manner that permits attachment and release of the second housing. The combination holder is preferably made of flexible, stretchable materials that are UV resistant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventor: Michael J. Okoniewski
  • Patent number: 8025194
    Abstract: A cargo rack apparatus for removable attachment to a boat, such as to the vertical supports of a wakeboard boat tower. One embodiment includes one or more peripheral rails defining front, back, and side walls, and an interior volume, and one or more crossmembers between walls to provide a support surface for stored items. The apparatus can be attached to the vertical supports of the boat tower by releasable connectors or mounts at a plurality of points, and can subsequently be easily and completely removed from the tower. Upon release of only some of the connectors, the rack pivots relative to the tower to enable the storage area of the rack to be brought closer to the user, making it easier to load and unload cargo. The entire rack can also pivot and fold down with the boat tower for storage, towing, and areas of limited clearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Inventor: Raymond L. Jesewitz
  • Publication number: 20110017792
    Abstract: A tie down assembly including a cup, a cross-shaped crossbar that is fastened removably to and positioned within a recess of the cup, and a disc-shaped plate that is fastened removably to the cup and/or the crossbar. The crossbar is fastened to the cup by a plurality of fasteners, while the plate is fastened to the cup and/or the crossbar by at least one fastener. The cup is installed within a hole formed within a first surface of a structure, and the plate is positioned against an opposite surface of the structure. When the plate is attached, a compressive load is introduced and squeezes the first and second surfaces of the structure together, such that most of the load is borne down the center of the fastener attaching the plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Inventors: Eric M. Stull, James T. Burg, Franklin David Silvio, Robert J. Speer
  • Publication number: 20110006093
    Abstract: A support structure for a prismatic or upright cylindrical tank in a hold of a ship or other movable transport unit or storage unit, comprises a prismatic or upright cylindrical tank having a base, a base support on which the tank base is supported to carry the weight of the tank, a tank support surface provided on the tank, and a hold support surface provided on the hold and arranged to co-operate with the tank support surface, the support surfaces extending in a direction of thermal movement of the tank and the support surfaces extending at an angle which is intermediate to a horizontal and vertical direction so as to restrict lateral movement of the tank relative to the hold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Publication date: January 13, 2011
    Applicant: JAHRE GROUP AS
    Inventor: Jorn Magnus Jonas
  • Publication number: 20090159625
    Abstract: The equipment rack for boats is adapted for mounting to a lower surface of the roof of a boat. A conventional equipment housing may be suspended from the rack. The equipment rack allows for the lowering of the equipment housing to a height that is easily accessible by the user. The equipment rack includes a plurality of openings for the removable reception and support of chart storage tubes and other marine related equipment. The equipment rack may have a substantially rectangular shape and may be formed from any suitable material, such as teak, plastic or the like. Preferably, the equipment rack has a height between six and ten inches, allowing for the lowering of the equipment housing by six to ten inches from its conventional position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Inventor: Arthur P. Pearce
  • Patent number: 7527012
    Abstract: A paddle clip for a human powered watercraft, comprising a first flexible resilient portion with an opening to fit around the gunwale or cockpit rim of the watercraft. A second portion of the paddle clip includes a flexible portion for removably receiving a cylindrical shaft of an oar or a paddle used for propelling the watercraft. The paddle clip may further comprise at least one accessory clip for receiving an additional cylindrical shaft or an accessory. The paddle clip is configured to be quickly installed, repositioned or removed from the watercraft without tools or hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Inventor: Deborah Kutny Splaine
  • Publication number: 20080067206
    Abstract: The invention is a storage system that can be easily stowed inside a vehicle or securely, and removably, mounted to a surface of the vehicle. The storage system includes a means for securing the storage system to the vehicle surface and a low profile which enables the storage system to be deployed while presenting a minimum inconvenience or hazard for the user who may be preoccupied with other activities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2006
    Publication date: March 20, 2008
    Inventor: Todd Kuhn
  • Patent number: 7290690
    Abstract: A mounting bracket for securing one or a pair of article holders to a land or sea craft to facilitate the carrying of articles on the craft; the mounting bracket comprising a non-circular body with opposing flat surfaces and threaded holes extending centrally through the body; a V-notch at one end of the body extending into one flat face and holes through the body at opposite sides of the V-notch and a threaded bore in the end of the body remote from the V-notch; the threaded bores being adapted to reserve a shank of an article holder; and a channel member to fit co-operably over the non-circular body and to hold a pair of spaced apart article holders, while being secured to the body member by a bolt threaded into the body member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2007
    Assignee: Stearns, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis H. Hancock
  • Patent number: 7165703
    Abstract: A convenient and useful holder for elongated implements, such as fishing rods, baseball bats, golf clubs, or other tools. The holder comprises a series of elongated parallel compartments with a vertical wall between and separating adjacent compartments. The top of each wall has a horizontal ribbed member, so that each wall has a T-shaped cross section. The tops of the walls thus cooperate to provide a platform (with or without slots) that one can step or walk upon or use as a utility surface. The compartments have a flat bottom that extends beyond the ends of the walls. A series of short dividers corresponding to the vertical walls extend up from the bottom, thereby forming spaces for the reels of fishing rods, or heads of gold clubs, etc. The holder may be made of two aligned and separated subholders and can be padded on one end to protect the reels of fishing rods. It is especially suitable for use on a deck of a boat, a dock, the ground, or another platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Inventor: Robert H. Howe
  • Patent number: 6994050
    Abstract: Various embodiments of storage devices for a boat are provided. One embodiment is a storage device for removably attaching to a t-top on a boat and for storing items. One such storage device comprises: a frame comprising marine fabric having an opening to a storage area defined by the frame for receiving an item; an access flap for enabling a user to access the storage area, the access flap comprising marine fabric attached to a top portion of the frame and extending over the opening to a bottom portion of the frame for securing the access flap to the bottom portion of the frame; and a plurality of straps attached to the bottom portion of the frame for providing support from underneath the frame when it is attached to a t-top on a boat, each of the plurality of straps having a first end for attaching to a first horizontal structure of the t-top and a second end for attaching to a second horizontal structure of the t-top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Inventors: Cathy Johnson, Russ Jacob Post
  • Patent number: 6793106
    Abstract: A removable, storage box for use within a canoe or other small boat. The shape of the box is such that it fits securely within the tapered bow or stem of a canoe or any watercraft having adequately shaped bow and/or stern regions, without degrading the watercraft's stability or seaworthiness. The key to the utility of the box is that because of its overall shaped it can be wedged in between the watercraft's floor and the underside of its gunwale flanges. Once the box is so situated, its wedged fit holds it in place both for water travel; during portaging, it can be removed for carrying on one's back or it can be left in place to be carried along with the canoe. Also, because of the wedge fit, the lid of the box is held firmly closed during travel by the gunwale flanges. Because of the thermal insulation of the box, this tight closure of the lid allows either hot or cold items to be transported without their undergoing undesired temperature chages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Inventor: Parker Kerry
  • Patent number: 6783040
    Abstract: Systems for mounting and using portable electronic devices (PEDs) on vehicles make PEDs easier to secure to, transport on, and protect from the elements while mounted on the vehicle. One embodiment of a mounting system includes a PED cabinet having a hard, weatherproofed outer shell with the PED mounted therein, a harness system which detachably mounts the PED cabinet, and an anchor system which detachably mounts the harness system to the vehicle. The harness system may include a strap which wraps around the top of the PED cabinet to firmly hold the PED cabinet in place on a harness pad part of the harness system. The anchor system may include straps which connect to the motorcycle rearward of a motorcycle's gas tank and additional straps which connect to the motorcycle forward of the motorcycle's gas tank. The PED cabinet may include adjustable speakers mounted thereon. An accessory bar can be mounted to the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Inventor: Jeffrey Lyle Batchelor
  • Patent number: 6681968
    Abstract: A kayak portage harness includes: a draw cord in a hem of the harness that is used to secure the hem of the harness under the lip of a kayak cockpit coaming and a pair of opposed hooks that are also secured to the lip of the kayak cockpit coaming at the front and rear of the coaming. In addition, the harness may include a pair of hull straps that extend from the harness about the hull of the kayak and carry paddle clips for securing a paddle to a side of the kayak. The harness is secured to the back of the kayaker in a substantially vertical position for portaging by shoulder straps and an equipment gear bag of the harness fits down through the kayak cockpit into the hull.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Inventor: Peter L. Zwagerman
  • Patent number: 6574911
    Abstract: A tackle management system and organizer that fits within inboard storage locations of a boat. The system includes two tracks and a plurality clips that define compartments for tackle or utility boxes. The clips and tracks are adapted to securely store a variety of sized tackle boxes. The system may be used in original equipment installations or as a retrofit installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: Genmar IP LLC
    Inventors: Rick Hurst, Mark Zwicker
  • Patent number: 6554170
    Abstract: A universal boat accessory rack that provides a first support, a second support, a cross-bar connecting the first support to the second support, and a plurality of fasteners, which connect the first support and second support to a boat hull. More specifically, the first support, the second support and the cross-bar are all adjustable in length. Therefore, the boat accessory rack has an adjustable height, width and depth. In addition, the fasteners are capable of being attached in a vertical, horizontal or angular position with respect to the boat hull. In this manner, a boat owner may quickly and easily install the boat accessory rack on boats embodying a number of different sizes and designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: Marine Accessories Corporation
    Inventors: Richard C. Correll, Darryl Todd Box
  • Patent number: 6550414
    Abstract: A universal boat accessory rack that provides a lighted hitch, a first support, a second support, a cross-bar connecting the first support to the second support, and a plurality of fasteners, which connect the first support and second support to a boat hull. More specifically, the lighted hitch may be attached to one of the supports, and the first support, the second support and the cross-bar are all adjustable in length. Therefore, the boat accessory rack has a light located at the highest point on the boat accessory rack and an adjustable height, width and depth. In addition, the fasteners are capable of being attached in a vertical, horizontal or angular position with respect to the boat hull. In this manner, a boat owner may quickly and easily install the boat accessory rack on boats embodying a number of different sizes and designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: Marine Accessories Corporation
    Inventors: Richard C. Correll, Darryl Todd Box
  • Patent number: 6530488
    Abstract: A fishing lure storage and display apparatus is provided which features transparent storage receptacles releasably suspended from a hanging rod allowing the lures to be easily viewed and readily accessed. The storage receptacles retain the lure in isolation from the outer environment thus sustaining the shape, color and scent of the lure and protecting it from crushing damage or entanglement. The receptacles can take on a variety of forms such as a flexible polypropylene pouch or a tubular member constructed from a semi-rigid plastic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Inventor: Gary L. Krammes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6467740
    Abstract: A cupholder for use on a boat having a pedestal guard pipe having a generally inverted U-shape with first and second mutually parallel vertical legs. The cupholder includes a first generally planar member having at least one recess defined therein that is dimensioning configured for receiving at least a first cup, a second generally planar member, and spacer means separating the first and second generally planar members and holding them in substantially mutually parallel relationship. The apparatus also includes first and second recesses on the first generally planar member dimensioned and configured for respectively engaging the first and second mutually parallel vertical legs; and first and second recesses on the second generally planar member dimensioned and configured for respectively engaging the first and second parallel vertical legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Inventor: Johannes Derr
  • Patent number: 6327993
    Abstract: An overhead storage system for a boat bimini top comprising an elongated unitized backing material. The backing material has a front end, a rear end, a left and right side, a top surface, and bottom surface. Attached to the bottom surface of the backing material is a series of storage pockets. The storage pockets are of varying sizes and are generally rectangular in shape and have a hinged lid. Along the bottom left and right side of the backing material is an edge channel housing a telescoping pole. The telescoping poles provide support and structure to the backing material and storage pockets. At the bow end of each telescoping pole is a V-shaped bend, which generally conforms to the contour of a bimini shade cover. Mounted perpendicular to the telescoping poles and below the backing material, are several spreader bars. On the top side of the backing material are a series of support battens and batten sleeves which keep the backing material from sagging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Inventor: David A. Richens, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6302052
    Abstract: A horizontal shotgun and/or rifle rack assembly for hunting boats includes first and second racks to be mounted forward and aft of each other on a side of a boat. The first and second racks each have upper and lower, upwardly opening, U-shaped gun cradles for receiving, supporting and removably retaining barrels and/or butt stocks of two shotguns and/or rifles and supporting the two shotguns and/or rifles horizontally one above the other. Preferably, the gun cradles each have mechanisms for closing the upper opening in the cradle to prevent a gun from falling out of the racks should a boat overturn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Inventor: Randy J. Sauerwein
  • Patent number: 6302051
    Abstract: A container and container mounting apparatus for releasably securable mounting of the container onto a generally horizontal rigid platform on a boat, where the platform is adjacent and aft of a transom on the boat, includes a container sized to stably rest, adjacent the transom on the generally horizontal rigid platform, a female receiver rail mountable to the platform, and a male coupling rail. The male coupling rail is mounted or mountable to a lower surface of the container along a rail axis. The male coupling rail is for sliding interlocking into along the female receiver rail when the female receive rail is mounted to the platform and the male coupling rail is mounted to the lower surface of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Inventor: Rick H. Hemmingson
  • Patent number: 6257261
    Abstract: A canopy top for use with a vehicle having an open passenger compartment and carrying equipment. The canopy top has a frame adaptable for being secured to the vehicle and supported above the passenger compartment. A canopy overlies the frame. Means formed integral with the frame for securing equipment to the top is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventor: Mitchel B. Johnson