Angularly Adjustable Patents (Class 248/514)
  • Patent number: 5310155
    Abstract: A golf cart umbrella holder comprising a mounting device fastened to the frame of a golf cart by a screw, a clamping device fastened to the mounting device by a screw to hold a socket for holding an umbrella. The clamping device has teeth on a contact wall to the mounting device around a circle respectively meshed with teeth on the mounting device. By changing the meshing order between the teeth on the mounting device and the teeth on the clamping device, the angular position of the umbrella relative to the golf cart is adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1994
    Inventor: Ching-Tsang Wu
  • Patent number: 5299773
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mounting assembly for a pole, such as a pole light conventionally carried by a stern of boat hulls. The mounting assembly provides for the use of a ratchet mechanism having a pair of cooperating members, with the pole being secured to one of the ratchet members. A bracket secures the ratchet mechanism to a stable body, such as the hull of a ship, or the housing of a motor. The pole can be positioned in any of a plurality of selected positions by rotating the pole against the engagement of the ratchet teeth between the two members. A spring continuously pulls one ratchet member against the second ratchet member, preventing disengagement thereof, while allowing a limited lateral movement between the ratchet members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1994
    Inventor: Ruston Bertrand
  • Patent number: 5259612
    Abstract: A portable water-filled device for supporting a basketball system including a base configured to hold a ballast material for supporting the basketball system in a substantially rigid position during us of the system to play the game of basketball. A pole is pivotally mounted to the base such that the pole may move between a generally vertical position and a tilted position with the base configured with a beveled hole for restraining the pole from pivotal movement substantially beyond the tilted position. A contractible sleeve is utilized to pivotally attach support arms to the pole. The sleeve includes an adjustment wheel for securing the sleeve to the pole and a bubble level for vertically positioning the pole. The base is configured with an orifice through which water may be inserted into the base. A plug for closing the orifice includes an anchor for loosely connecting the plug to the base when the plug is disengaged from the orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1993
    Assignee: Lifetime Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Lonny R. Matherne, Elmo V. Rhoton, Barry D. Mower
  • Patent number: 5243927
    Abstract: A tubular housing is mounted to an outside bulkhead of a vessel with a tubular outrigger pole socket mounted at a first end to the tubular housing. An outrigger pole is mounted to the pole socket at a second end. A connecting strut, attached to a movable bracket at a first end, moves at one end within a slot in the tubular housing. The connecting strut, attached to a slidable bracket at a second end, moves at a second end within a slot in the pole socket. A collapsible strut supports the pole socket. A piston is hydraulically driven upwards within the tubular housing to retrieve the outrigger. The outrigger is deployed by pumping hydraulic fluid back to a pump reservoir. The pump is controlled electrically by a switch mounted on the vessel's steering panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1993
    Assignee: Talbott Pratt
    Inventor: Jeffery J. Messick
  • Patent number: 5210971
    Abstract: Fishing rod holder apparatus includes a support member having an upstanding wall with a pin-receiving aperture formed therein. A tubular holder member includes a mounting clevis with a pair of spaced legs. A pin extending between the spaced legs is received in the aperture of the support member. The support member includes a convex edge surface with flat portions for different positions of the tubular holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1993
    Inventor: John Efantis
  • Patent number: 5207406
    Abstract: An umbrella stand designed to be used principally in conjunction with a beach umbrella with the stand to be located on sand. The umbrella shaft is to be optionally mounted either in a vertical position or inclined position on the stand. The stand is to include a container to which is to be added a quantity of a weighty substance such as the sand to provide a heavy enough base to prevent tipping over of the umbrella during usage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1993
    Inventors: Janice M. Stine, Karen J. Soleri
  • Patent number: 5163244
    Abstract: An improved striking fishing rod holder for permanent installation on the cockpit gunnel or other location of a fishing boat is disclosed that enables hook-setting movement of the rod upon a fish strike of the bait trolled from the rod without removal of the rod from the holder. The new holders include a mounting plate assembly, a depending tubular member hinged to the plate assembly that swings from a troll position to a hit position and a detent assembly to releasably hold the tubular member alternatively in the troll or hit position. Advantageously, the holder also has an adjustment unit to vary the force required to override the detent assembly to release the tubular member for movement between its troll and hit positions. When a fish hits the bait being trolled from the rod held in the improved holder, movement of the rod in the new holder from the troll position to the hit position, alerts the fisherman that a fish strike has been made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1992
    Inventor: Herbert E. Rupp
  • Patent number: 5152494
    Abstract: Apparatus for protecting a plurality of fishing rods to be selectively used while fishing from a boat in different locations, as in tournament fishing. The apparatus has a rod holding plate, a support arm pivotally interconnected with the rod holding plate and the rod holding plate having a series of longitudinally spaced slots extending transversely of the rod holding plate. A tongue extends from the support arm and penetrates a selected slot to support the rod holding plate at a selected angle, and a keeper engages the tongue to keep the tongue in the selected slot. The fishing rods are releasably held on said rod holding plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1992
    Inventor: John Frunzar
  • Patent number: 5150874
    Abstract: An improved apparatus for mounting artificial tree branches to an artificial tree trunk. A series of bracket guideways, each bridged by a horizontal pin, are adapted for pivotal engagement each with a branch member for movement between stowed and operative positions. Each branch mounts a hinge piece adjacent to one end adapted for pivotal engagement with the horizontal pin as the branch moves between stowed and operative positions, the hinge piece suspending the branch radially from the tree trunk when in an operative position. Snaps secure the branch in a groove on the hinge piece to restrict movement of the branch about the bracket when in either a stowed or an operative position. Extended bracket guideways and a hinge piece back stop also assist in securing the branch to the hinge piece and restricting radial movement of the branch about the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1992
    Assignee: Hudson Valley Tree, Inc.
    Inventors: Si Spiegel, Sherman Smith
  • Patent number: 5142809
    Abstract: A fishing rod holder (10) has a tube member (20), a support (22), a spacer (24), and a clamp (26). The clamp (26) has a base (100), a first platen (102) attached to the base (100) at a first hinge (134), and a second platen (104) attached to the base (100) at a hinge (134), and a second platen (104) attached to the base (100) at a second hinge (136). The clamp (26) attaches to a gunwale (12) or like surface by setting the base (100) upon the gunwale (12) and collapsing the first platen (102) and the second platen (104) about the sides (16, 18) of the gunwale (12) by folding at the hinges (134, 136) and inserting a bolt (158) through a hole (120) in the base (100) and a hole (142) in the first platen (102) to secure the first platen (102). Likewise, the second platen (104) is secured by inserting a bolt (160) through a hole (122) in the base (100) and a hole (152) in the second platen (104).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1992
    Inventors: James R. O'Brien, Mohomed B. Agha, Roberet E. Luce, Paul S. Renard, Mark G. Sellers
  • Patent number: 5140928
    Abstract: A control system for outrigger sport fishing includes a highly maneuverable outrigger mounting mechanism attached to a portion of a boat on both the starboard and port sides. The movements of either outrigger mounting mechanisms are controlled through joysticks near a control console. The joysticks provide independent control for movement of each outrigger mechanism. The mechanisms are powered and operated by an electro-hydraulic control system which among other components includes an n-port solenoid operated manifold, a motor, pump and a reservoir for storage of the fluid. The operator controlled joystick providing an input signal representing the desired position of the pole. The controlled movement of the outrigger poles includes raising and lowering from positions parallel to the longitudinal axis of the keel and in directions pointing vertically perpendicular to the keel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1992
    Inventor: David D. Frick
  • Patent number: 5137246
    Abstract: A stand for Christmas trees comprised of a base plate with a pair of spaced-apart upright brackets mounted thereon. The tree holder receptacle is pivotally mounted between the upright brackets so that is can move about a horizontal axis in order to orient the tree trunk to a generally vertical position. A pair of locking levers are associated with the upright brackets so that they can be releasably clamped to orient the tree holder receptacle in any desired position. A set screw is provided to accept the tree into the tree holder receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1992
    Inventor: Donald Idso
  • Patent number: 5060907
    Abstract: A base for an umbrella and the like includes four legs set at substantially ninety degree angles with respect to one another and a tiltable umbrella pole receptacle. The four legs are restable upon a planar surface such as the ground or pavement. The legs are interconnected by tension rods whereby a first pair of adjacent legs are adjoined by a first tension rod, a second pair of adjacent legs are adjoined by a second tension rod, a third pair of adjacent legs are adjoined by a third tension rod, and a fourth pair of adjacent legs are adjoined by a fourth tension rod. The receptacle is pivotably mounted to the legs whereby the angle of the umbrella pole may be altered relative to the surface upon which the base is set at rest. The receptacle may be locked into a selected angle by a pair of adjustment rods fixed to two of the legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 29, 1991
    Assignee: Unistrut Corporation
    Inventor: Francisco Castano
  • Patent number: 5029799
    Abstract: A mechanical bracket for mounting a telecommunication antenna on a metallic tower comprises a pipe section to secure the bracket to the tower. The angular position of the pipe section about its longitudinal axis is selected to appropriately orient the bracket. A transversal pivot bridges a pair of spaced apart parallel plates of the bracket. The antenna comprises a pole member with a free end pivotally mounted on the pivot between the two plates. A bolt and nut assembly traverses the pole member and two arcuate slots respectively made in the parallel plates. In operation, the pole member is rotated about the pivot with the bolt sliding in the two arcuate slots, and the bolt and nut assembly is tightened when a desired position for the pole member, and therefore for the antenna, is reached to thereby lock the pole member and the antenna in this position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1991
    Assignee: Roy Telecommunications Lt'ee
    Inventor: Marc Bernier
  • Patent number: 4976410
    Abstract: An aid to locating vehicles in crowded parking areas comprises a bracket which engages a vehicle side window and a flagstaff which is supported in the bracket. The angular orientation of the flagstaff relative to the bracket is adjustable without the aid of tools to place the flagstaff in a vertical orientation regardless of the vehicle body style and corresponding side window configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 11, 1990
    Inventor: Theodore Tomaiuolo
  • Patent number: 4948083
    Abstract: A swivel base for a downrigger which can be easily unlocked, rotated to a new angle and relocked. The base comprises a swivel plate rotatably mounted over a fixed plate. The plates have toothed locking rings which are engaged or disengaged by the cam action of an adjusting ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 14, 1990
    Assignee: Penn Fishing and Tackle Mfg. Co.
    Inventors: Thomas F. McNaney, Jr., Rudolph Effinger
  • Patent number: 4920681
    Abstract: A fishing pole holder apparatus is set forth wherein a spring biased fishing pole holder is secured in a lowered first position with a hook link and is biased to a second position upon release of the hook link on tensioning of the holder by a fish getting caught by an associated hook of the fishing pole arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1990
    Inventors: Joseph Toliver, Jr., John T. Crank
  • Patent number: 4901970
    Abstract: There is disclosed a fishing pole holder having a tubular sleeve to receive the butt end of a fishing pole and a mounting bracket secured to the sleeve with an adjustable directional plate. The sleeve has a stud with at least one flatted surface which is received in a central, multi-flatted aperture of a mounting clamp, thereby permitting the clamp to be indexed to any of a plurality of orientations on the mounting stud. The directional block is removably secured to the mounting block which is one member of a clamp formed of two blocks. Each of the blocks of the clamp has a central V-groove and these V-grooves are opposed to define a clamp passage therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1990
    Inventors: Douglas M. Moss, Stanley W. Levashef
  • Patent number: 4827654
    Abstract: A fishing rod holder for casting and spinning reels includes a holster portion for receiving a rod with a rigid clamp rotatably mounted on one end of the holster portion for retaining a reel within the holster portion. The rigid clamp includes an integral appendage which locks into said holster portion a spinning reel depending from a rod outside of the holster. The fishing rod holder further includes a support post rotatably attached to the holster portion and a mount which is attachable to a base structure, the mount including a barrel portion for receiving the support post. Shoulders on the post and on the holster portion limit the forward pivot of the holster. The support post includes a protrusion on one end with the barrel including a groove in its inner surface for receiving the protrusion, whereby the post can be partially inserted into and rotated within the barrel with the protrusion preventing removal of the post from the barrel unless the protrusion is aligned with the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1989
    Inventor: Joseph M. Roberts
  • Patent number: 4819006
    Abstract: A mount for connecting a satellite television antenna to a pipe mast. The mount includes a support assembly of a linear upright member and a cross member which are adapted for attachment to a peripheral portion of a parabolic dish antenna and a fitting attached to a lower end of the upright member which connects with a pipe mast so as to enable or prevent rotation of the support assembly with respect to the mast axis and to enable or prevent varying the angle of inclination of the upright member with respect to vertical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1989
    Assignee: Aluminum Company of America
    Inventors: Robert B. Whitesides, Lyle W. Hovland, Robert F. Crean
  • Patent number: 4809724
    Abstract: A sunshade holder which has a U-shaped rod fastened to the tubular structure (A) of the deck chair or baby carriage, by means of devices (2), fastened on its free ends, while on the rod (1) a device is slidingly assembled, which fastens the sunshade, consisting of a pin (12) around which a spacer sleeve (15) is assembled, and on the latter, an assembly of parts duly secured to each other by rivet (17).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1989
    Inventor: Anacleto Fuser
  • Patent number: 4755830
    Abstract: In accordance with an illustrative embodiment of the present invention, an antenna pole mounting assembly for a dish antenna or the like includes an elongated base bracket, a pivot bracket, scissor arms for connecting the base and pivot brackets to one another in various offset positions, and a pole clamp ring secured to the pivot bracket in a manner that allows full rotation orientation, whereby the base bracket can be secured to a wall in other than a horizontal position with the clamp ring in the vertical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1985
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1988
    Inventor: Richard L. Plunk
  • Patent number: 4731947
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding a fishing rod. The apparatus comprises a body member having a top surface for supporting the rod thereon, at least one shoulder member formed at one end of the body member to define a first channel, and a clasp member mountable to said body member at an opposite end to define a second channel. The first channel has an open side substantially parallel to the body member's top surface, and the second channel has an open side substantially perpendicular to the top surface. The second channel is configured to resist certain forces imposed on the rod tip. The rod is placed in the rod holder to extend between the first and second channels with the butt of the rod extending beyond the second channel. The body member may be pivotally mounted at one end thereof, with an arm mounted at this one end. Means may be connected between the arm and a point spaced from the pivotally mounted end of the body member for dampening movement of the body member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 22, 1988
    Inventors: Charles W. Hart, deceased, by Margaret B. Hart, executor, Harry Stewart
  • Patent number: 4720074
    Abstract: A receptacle for releasably attaching an umbrella having a bulb type handle to an article such as a golf buggy. The receptacle has several upstanding forked petals capable of resilient radial deflection and a locking ring capable of maintaining the petals in a closed position about the bulb of an umbrella handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1988
    Inventors: Ronald C. Gard, Raymond P. St. Ledger
  • Patent number: 4671476
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a soldering iron stand (10) comprising a base unit (11) a body unit (12) and a sleeve unit (13); wherein said body unit (12) and sleeve unit (13) are mounted for relative motion with respect to one another and said base unit (11), and the base unit (11) is further provided with a body receiving portion (15) whereby the body unit (12) may be disposed at a variety of angles with respect to said base unit (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1987
    Inventor: Euisub Yim
  • Patent number: 4650146
    Abstract: A device for supporting at least one surf fishing rod at an appropriate angle for fishing to alleviate the need for the person fishing to hold the fishing rod while fishing. The device is adjustable to allow the fisherman to adjust the direction of the rod or rods. The height of the device is adjustable for the convenience of the person fishing. An additional rod support means is provided to facilitate rod preparation. The entire device is constructed to be water-tight and contains a flotation insert to prevent the device from sinking in water. In an additional embodiment, the fishing rod holder may be used as a handle for a bait bucket fitted with wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1987
    Inventor: Ned E. Duke
  • Patent number: 4641395
    Abstract: A hinge for pivoting down rigger booms from a horizontal to a vertical position and vice versa. The hinge comprises two elements, one stationary and adapted to removably attach to conventional fishing down rigger bases, the other rotatable about a pivot having removable connection to a down rigger boom. The hinge is designed so that the stationary element has a "U" shaped member adapted for mating with an insert member of the rotatable element, the two elements being apertured so that a pin or bolt rotatably connects them together. Interlocking lips formed from the two hinge elements provide automatic holding of the boom in a horizontal position. A circularly curved surface on the stationary element and a circularly curved surface on the insert member of the rotatable element, in concert with the pivot point, form a guide for rotating the boom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1987
    Inventor: Adam J. Banks
  • Patent number: 4637156
    Abstract: An improved fishing rod holder uses a spring loaded tubular receptacle within which the rod is placed. A fixed locking element extends within the tubular receptacle and provides a fulcrum on which the rod pivots such that force applied to the rod tip increases the gripping force applied to the rod. Removal and insertion of the rod is accomplished by pivoting the tubular receptacle relative to the locking element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1987
    Assignee: Nancy B. Crews
    Inventor: Billy R. Simmons
  • Patent number: 4624069
    Abstract: A fishing rod holder includes a mount for attachment to an inflatable, floatable tube. A cylindrical rod holder is pivotally attached to the mount with a locking arrangement for securing the selected position of the cylinder rod holder; a flexible strap is attached over the cylindrical rod holder to secure the rod inserted therein from accidental dislodgment during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1986
    Inventor: John D. Schneider
  • Patent number: 4603500
    Abstract: A fishing pole holder comprises an articulated support and three adjustable elongate pole pins pivotally mounted in upright angularly spaced positions on the support each for receipt in an elongate blind bore formed in a fishing pole from its butt end, so as to support the poles in angularly displaced positions. The pins can be pivoted to adjust the vertical orientation of the poles, and the holder can be attached on any suitable support surface such as the rail or transom of a fishing boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1986
    Inventor: James A. Harrison, Sr.
  • Patent number: 4546949
    Abstract: A mount for a tubular supporting rail of a marine vessel for securing an antenna to the mount by means of an antenna ferrule. The mount includes clamping elements adapted to be secured to the supporting rail and carrying a threaded securing post, one clamping element has a cylindrical end to rotatably mount an L-shaped hollow rotary member that is mounted to the cylindrical end of the one clamping element and is rotatably positioned thereto. The L-shaped member includes an outwardly extending mounting post for securing objects thereto and thereby the supporting rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1984
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1985
    Assignee: ROI Development Corp.
    Inventors: Robert A. Millett, James A. Millett
  • Patent number: 4537339
    Abstract: An umbrella support includes a planar support having upper and lower pockets thereon to receive a curved or straight handle of a short or long umbrella shaft, respectively, of an umbrella to be supported. The support is mounted on the front or back of a user's body. When mounted on the back, the angle of the planar support to the user's body can be varied by a pivotally mounted plate at the bottom of the planar support engaging the user's body at various angles. The upper end of the planar support has guide passages to receive a portion of the umbrella shaft and retain it therein. Leather straps secure the umbrella shaft to the planar support between the upper or lower pocket in which the handle end of the shaft is supported and the passages in the guides. The upper end of the planar support has a pivotally mounted plate with slots therein to receive the umbrella shaft when the plate is in a horizontal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1985
    Inventor: Beverly Pearson
  • Patent number: 4528768
    Abstract: A fishing rod holder comprising a mounting bracket for attachment to a structural member of a boat, a tubular body member having open ends for receiving a rod handle inserted through one end and having a slot longitudinally disposed in the side thereof, mounting means for mounting the tubular body member on the mounting bracket to provide limited pivotal vertical movement with respect to the mounting bracket, a lever block mounted for limited pivotal movement with respect to the tubular member and carrying therethrough a threaded rod having a handle and a camming head with the camming head and the end of the rod projecting into the body member slot, and a tongue member having a generally semicircular cross-section disposed inside the body member and meeting and fastened at one end to the interior of the body member and covering the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 16, 1985
    Inventor: Joe C. Anderson
  • Patent number: 4482122
    Abstract: A ball and socket-type antenna mount includes a base, and an upright support plate extending from the socket. An antenna support is receivable in the socket and has a planar surface portion engageable with the plate to be pivotable in an upright plane. A plurality of V-shape teeth are arranged on the planar surface of the antenna support, and disposed annularly about the pivot axis. The teeth define radially extending recesses. A radially extending, V-shaped projection is formed on the plate and arranged to be received in the recesses between the teeth on the antenna support, to lock the antenna support at a selected angular position relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 13, 1984
    Assignee: Quick-Mount Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph Grashow
  • Patent number: 4478169
    Abstract: A marking device for aiding in locating a fire hydrant or the like, in the event that it is covered by snow, or underbrush, or some similar concealing environment. The marking device comprises a mounting bracket adapted for attachment to the fire hydrant and an elongated stem projecting upwardly from the mounting bracket so as to extend for a predetermined height above the hydrant to which it is attached. The stem preferably has a flag mounted thereon for enhancing the visibility of the marking device. The mounting device and the stem are so constructed and arranged that the stem can be swung from its generally upright position to a downwardly angled position, and thus out of any interfering relationship with the conventional operating nut on the hydrant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1984
    Inventor: Kenneth D. Shrefler
  • Patent number: 4471873
    Abstract: A kit for motorists in distress comprises a container which includes one or more furled distress signal flags, a flag staff, including one or more suction cups, journalled on a terminal portion of the staff, and rotatable from an inwardly-directed storage position to an outwardly-directed position for attachment to an external vehicle surface. An instruction sheet is enclosed to show how the flags are assembled; and an identification tag and writing instrument are enclosed for attachment to the flag in use. Each of the distress flags bears a different insignia, indicating that the car is disabled or out-of-gas, or that medical assistance is needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 18, 1984
    Assignee: Thomas-Pond Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Cole G. Thomas
  • Patent number: 4313104
    Abstract: A breakawy fender guide for a vehicle has an upright elongated tube member yieldably mounted to the vehicle bumper by means of a breakaway hinge member attached to the lower portion of the guide. Upon mounting the hinge provides for a selected displacement of the guide from the side of the vehicle to provide a visual marker to the vehicle operator indicating the outboard side thereof. A hinge pin threaded at the ends thereof engages a nut/washer combination in an adjustable bearing relationship against the barrel sections of the respective leaves of the hinge for variously adjusting the force needed to urge the hinge into breakaway movement so as to move the guide from the selected position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1982
    Inventor: Edward J. Phillips
  • Patent number: 4261128
    Abstract: A fishing rod holder is provided comprised of a support member having a lower end adapted to be driven into a supporting surface, e.g. sand on a beach. The upper end of the support member is adapted to be pivotally secured to a fishing rod. The fishing rod holder is further comprised of a variable angle retaining means attached to the support member. The variable angle retaining means functions to vary and retain a support angle between the fishing rod and support member and enables the support member to freely close upon the handle of the fishing rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1981
    Inventor: Albert L. Dobbins
  • Patent number: 4213413
    Abstract: A water ski tow assembly consisting of a semi-circular rail connected at its ends to a boat and extending rearwardly therefrom at variable angles of inclination from horizontal, a rolling carriage movable along the track, and a special rope hitch mounted on the carriage, the hitch permitting the attachment thereto of a plurality of tow ropes, and having provisions permitting quick attachment and detachment of ropes, locking the ropes against accidental detachment, and preventing entanglement of the ropes. The rail encircles the motor of the boat to prevent the ropes from becoming fouled in the propellor, protects the propellor from growing brush in the water, and insures the most desirable line of pull of the ropes relative to the boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1980
    Inventor: Albert L. Courtney
  • Patent number: 4181284
    Abstract: An improved antenna bracket for mounting masts for antennas to the exterior wall of buildings having various roof and overhang dimensions. The mounting bracket can be made of parts having standard dimensions and can support an antenna, mast, and rotor, without guy wires or additional support against the roof of the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1980
    Inventor: Merle N. Seppelfrick
  • Patent number: 4081115
    Abstract: A support belt for engaging the handle end of a fishing rod. The support belt includes a waist-engaging member manufactured of a self-supportive resilient material, with the belt having a front surface and arms coupled thereto for engaging the waist of the wearer. Each of the arms includes at a distended end thereof a section which is bowed against the small of the back of the wearer. The releasable support belt assumes a flexible C-shape for engaging the waist of the wearer. The support belt also includes a coupler releasably attached to the front surface of the belt for receiving and restraining therein the handle end of a fishing rod. In a specific embodiment this coupling device includes a ball and socket assembly including nodes and channels therein for prohibiting the rotation of the fishing rod about a longitudinal axis thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1976
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1978
    Assignees: Billy H. White, William R. Griffin, Stanley R. Andrews
    Inventors: Billy H. White, William R. Griffin
  • Patent number: 4017998
    Abstract: A frame carries a tubular socket which receives the handle of a fishing rod. Camming means secure the handle within the socket. The socket is retained in a vertical position by a detent and pivotal therefrom to the inclined position against a stop. Mounting means is provided for securing the device to a boat or other selected surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1976
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1977
    Inventor: Donald C. Dumler
  • Patent number: 3977637
    Abstract: A holder device is provided for supporting a utility implement such as a fishing rod and a lantern, comprising a base member adapted to be mounted on a side of a boat and the like, having an elongated socket formed therein, a removable coupling member for removably carrying the fishing rod or lantern including an arm element having a cam portion formed adjacent an outer end thereof which is slideably engaged in said elongated socket, and a resilient biasing means carried by the base member providing a biasing force against a surface of the arm element cooperating with the cam portion so as to hold the arm element in the elongated socket. Thus, the coupling member is effectively prevented from being removed from the base member unless the coupling member and its associated implement is tilted angularly backwards and simultaneously pulled outwardly from the base member to overcome the resilient biasing means and release the cam portion from the socket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1974
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1976
    Assignee: Thomas M. Hughes
    Inventor: Tommy J. Newton
  • Patent number: D311129
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 9, 1990
    Assignee: 911 Inc.
    Inventor: George T. Barnhill, III