Having Outrigger Patents (Class 440/105)
  • Patent number: 9428253
    Abstract: A rowing device conversion kit for a stand up paddleboard (SUP) includes a frame assembly with seat tracks; a seat assembly with a rolling seat; and a rigger assembly. The frame assembly is attached to the SUP with four attachment clamps that each engage a portion of a rail of the stand up paddleboard. Universal attachment clamps are metal coated in non-slip plastic or rubber, so that the clamps conform to the profile of the rails. The clamps are strapped to the frame assembly by wrapping straps around the frame; tightening the straps; and buckling the straps. A locking mechanism keeps the seat in place as the user is climbing on or off the SUP. The rowing mechanism folds up into a bag the size of a golf club bag. The rigger detaches from the framework and breaks down into two pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventors: Dean Morgan, Jeanna Jette
  • Patent number: 9004965
    Abstract: A Forward Facing Rowing Apparatus and the associated vessel. The apparatus has a single attachment point and pivot assembly for supporting the oars. A built-in set of leaf spring elements reduce user effort by providing lifting force to raise the oar members. The apparatus is deployable on vessel hulls of virtually unlimited configuration, while still offering proper rowing leverage between the user's hands and the blades without the need for supplemental mounting systems or outriggers. The apparatus is stowable within the center area of the vessel hull. The positioning of the central pivot point for the oars can be adjusted along the axis of the vessel hull so that it can accommodate a wide variety of user preferences. An alternate design includes a foot-assisted sliding trolley mounting assembly that enables the user to add leg/foot power to the stroking motion. Furthermore, the apparatus is removable from the hull for transport or storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Ron Anderson
  • Publication number: 20140227919
    Abstract: This invention relates to an apparatus and method for rowing by generating stored energy in stretchable, retracting members and using that stored energy to pull oars back to a neutral position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: Adel Radwan
  • Patent number: 7708610
    Abstract: An improved oar that has an oarlock assembly, which holds the main oar shaft and parallel link in line with each other while allowing them to pivot fore and aft and up and down; an oar shaft; a parallel link; and a knuckle. The knuckle positions the handle via a sleeve, and the parallel link that is positioned by a pivot on the end of an arm. Additionally, there is a universal joint between the oar shaft and the handle, in line with the parallel link pivot, that allows the blade to be feathered while keeping the handle perpendicular to the rowing shell at every point in the stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Inventors: Richard Horan, Joel Miller
  • Patent number: 7670201
    Abstract: An adjustable rigging system for a boat including a bracket adapted to connect to an outboard end portion of a stay mechanism for a boat, the bracket including a top hole and a bottom hole, wherein an axis is defined between a center of the top hole and a center of the bottom hole, a pin extending along the axis including two ends, each end removably connected to the bracket adjacent to one of the top and bottom holes, and wherein the location of at least one of the top and the bottom holes is adjustable to change a pitch of the axis and the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Inventor: Jonathan Winter
  • Patent number: 7517267
    Abstract: A frame assembly forming a portion of a rowing accessory is to be mounted within a watercraft, to which frame assembly is attached a seat and oars. The frame assembly comprises first and second frame members each having the general shape of a winged U. First and second wing portions of each frame member extend outwardly from upper ends of the frame members. A track assembly has a beam attached to lower portions of the frame members at spaced apart connection points along the length of the beam. A seat assembly attaches to and slides along the beam. First and second hinge plates each have a first end attached at an outboard end of one wing portion of the first frame member, and a second end attached at an outboard end of one wing portion of the second frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Inventor: Michael J. Nesseth
  • Publication number: 20090088035
    Abstract: A rowing system in which a handlebar is attached to an axis that rotates when the handlebar is moved back and forth. This axis is attached to an arm loom fixed to a housing immersed in the water, at the other end. This housing supports shafts with oar blades hinged on them, and gates connected to them in parallel position. These shafts are attached with levers joined by a plate. A spring keeps the gates in the closed position, and stops the oar blades when they are pushed up by water's resistance. A cable connects these levers on the housing to one lever located on the handlebar; when this lever is pulled by the rower, the cable drags the housing's levers and opens the gates. The whole mechanism is supported by a block attached to the axis, and fixed at the boat by clamps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Inventor: Gustavo Gonzalez
  • Publication number: 20080214071
    Abstract: An adjustable rigging system for a boat including a bracket adapted to connect to an outboard end portion of a stay mechanism for a boat, the bracket including a top hole and a bottom hole, wherein an axis is defined between a center of the top hole and a center of the bottom hole, a pin extending along the axis including two ends, each end removably connected to the bracket adjacent to one of the top and bottom holes, and wherein the location of at least one of the top and the bottom holes is adjustable to change a pitch of the axis and the pin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2008
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Inventor: Jonathan Winter
  • Patent number: 7396267
    Abstract: A rowboat roving fin system that includes two rotating fin assemblies mounted on the watercraft's opposite sidewalls. Each fin assembly includes a rotating vertical post held on the outside surface of the sidewall by a mounting bracket. When held by the mounting bracket, the upper end of the post extends above the gunwale while the lower end of the post extends below the mounting bracket. In a first embodiment, a pivoting fin arm with a flexible fin attached thereto is pivotally attached to the lower end of each post via a stop hinge. The stop hinge acts to limit the rotating of the fin arm along a vertical arc around the lower end of the post. The fin is perpendicularly aligned and attached to the fin arm. Attached to the upper end of each post that extends near the gunwale is a perpendicularly aligned handle bracket. The handle bracket is perpendicularly aligned with the post and with the rotation arc of the fin arm. A rowing handle is pivotally attached at one end to the handle hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Inventor: Jack W. Parker
  • Publication number: 20070178781
    Abstract: A rowboat is disclosed. The rowboat includes a first hull extending in a longitudinal direction and a second hull extending parallel to the first hull. The first hull is fixedly connected to the second hull. A seat is disposed between the first and second hulls. A first oar is pivotally connected to the first hull and a second oar is pivotally connected to the second hull. A method of operating the rowboat is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2007
    Publication date: August 2, 2007
    Inventor: Bradley E. Layton
  • Patent number: 7217164
    Abstract: A real time visual self-monitoring system for a user includes a camera adapted for fixed monitoring in selectable relativity to the user, a monitoring device for receiving camera output adapted for viewing by the user and a power supply for the camera and monitoring device as required in which the monitoring device allows the user to selectively and/or simultaneously view their own real time motion from a remote vantage point in conjunction with their own peripheral vision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Inventor: Andrew Liam Brendan Short
  • Patent number: 7070470
    Abstract: A rowing device with articulating oars FIG. 4 that are connected to outriggers FIG. 1 at the point of articulation. While the rower sits on a fixed seat 6, said outriggers 4 are foot operated 2 and function in the opposite direction as the feet through a system of cables 12 and sheaves 11.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Inventor: Eric Vaughn Bleicken
  • Patent number: 6878023
    Abstract: A telescoping topstay for a rigger that includes a length adjustable tubular member with a diagonally aligned tubular housing attached at its distal end. Attached to one end of the tubular housing is a pin connector that attaches by a bolt to the top end of the oarlock pin. Attached to the proximal end of the tubular member is a transversely aligned pivot connector that connects to a base bracket attached to the sides of the boat hull. The pin connector is able to selectively rotate and lock in a desired position on the tubular housing. The pivot connector is able to axially rotate over the proximal end of the tubular member. During use, the orientations of the pin and the pivot connectors are selectively adjusted so that they match the respective mating surfaces on the oarlock pin and boat hulls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Inventor: Christoph Muser
  • Patent number: 6821172
    Abstract: A pivotable outrigger assembly securable to a water vessel gunwale includes a support bracket connected to a receptor extending downwardly from a top planar member of the support bracket. The receptor member preferably includes a stop for receiving a selected inboard and outboard pivot edge rigidly connected to a lower portion of a pivot member. The pivot member includes first and second pivot portions with the former portion being insertable into the receptor from a top planar member opening and the latter extending laterally from the first pivot portion for securing to an oar. A pushpin is insertable from the outer face of the side planar member through the receptor and first pivot portion to secure the pivot member at a selected inboard and outboard position. The receptor includes stationary and movable portions with the former attached to the side planar member of the support bracket and a first receiving portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Inventor: William J. Larson
  • Patent number: 6817913
    Abstract: A device for facilitating direct arm-and-leg-tandem production of forward-facing rowing is disclosed. It comprises, briefly and generally, as thrust abutment and reclined back rest (30) and seat (40) tilted back to accommodate a convenient placement of handle-and-pedal assembly (50) for one rowing the device. Handle-and-pedal assembly (50) components are attached to oars for one to use in directly powering a watercraft forward by rowing. Oars (70) pivot by means of pair of connected pivotal axes (60). Pair of connected pivotal axes (60)—one pair to each oar—facilitate moving oars (70) through arcs originating with two axes, one longitudinally positioned and the other vertically positioned. The axes (60) are designed to be strong enough to prevent torquing when pedal (58) and pedal bar (56) are attached to the oars as part of handle-and-pedal assembly (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Inventor: Tracy Don Witham
  • Publication number: 20010029135
    Abstract: An oar or scull is attached to the racing shell with an assembly that assures all motions required for rowing and restricts others. Over squaring and over feathering of the blade is prevented using stops which also provide positive feedback of blade orientation to the athlete and eliminate oarlock slap and rattle. Pulling on the oar handle inboard approximately 0.2 inches prior to squaring or feathering the blade moves the oarshaft outboard or inboard respectively, changing the leverage or load, at the completion of squaring or feathering. Normal rowing at the selected load is maintained with a steady outboard force of the oar handle. The oarlock is situated on the bow side of the vertical pin pulling the pin toward the bow during the propulsive phase of the rowing stroke. The vertical pin is supported by rigging which extends from the top and bottom of the vertical pin toward the stern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2000
    Publication date: October 11, 2001
    Inventor: Andrew S. Zolnay
  • Patent number: 6183325
    Abstract: An oarlock (26) for a rowing shell (42) is threaded onto an adjusting tube (10) longer than the oarlock and just shorter than an oarlock pin (16). This oarlock/tube assembly is slipped over the pin and secured so that it is free to pivot. The pin is attached to a sill (28) of a rigger (32). Manual turning of the tube will raise or lower the oarlock without disassembly to make adjustment for height and weight of rowers or changing water conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Inventor: William Ray Purser
  • Patent number: 6095878
    Abstract: An oarlock for a rowing shell has an elongated housing with a screw member secured therewithin for rotational movement, but not axial movement therewithin. At least one guide member is secured within an elongated slot member and is threadedly secured to the screw member, such that rotation of the screw will cause responsive movement of the guide member or members within the slot or slots. By rotatably securing the oarlock either below a sole guide member or between the guide members around the exterior of the housing, rotation of the screw will effect translational movement of the oarlock pin to facilitate desired adjustment thereof. A manually rotatable adjustment element permits rotation of the screw while the rowing shell is in the water to thereby permit adjustment to the rowing conditions, such as the weight and size of the rower and water conditions. A rigging has struts securing the rigger to the rowing shell and the oarlock rotatably secured to the oarlock pin of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: 7v2 Corporation
    Inventor: Gary Van Balen
  • Patent number: 5899780
    Abstract: A rowing apparatus having support tubing that extends over the gunnels of the canoe, and to which the oars are mounted, is angled upwardly to provide added clearance in choppy waters. The elongated track support to which the seat and the support tubing are mounted is provided with repositionable mounting brackets that enable the height from the floor of the elongated support member to be adjusted within a range of several inches to maintain a suitable center of gravity for a wide range of weather conditions. In this manner the rower is capable of maximizing the transfer of power through the rowing apparatus, and still maintain the stability of the canoe. Since wilderness rowing is a physically demanding activity, the rowing apparatus is easily adaptable for use as a training device, permitting the user of the apparatus to use the same device in their home for exercise and training purposes that they can also use in their canoe on an actual wilderness rowing expedition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Inventor: Gerald Mark Robbins
  • Patent number: 5873757
    Abstract: An oarlock for a rowing shell has an elongated housing with a screw member secured therewithin for rotational movement, but not axial movement therewithin. At least one guide member is secured within an elongated slot member and is threadedly secured to the screw member, such that rotation of the screw will cause responsive movement of the guide member or members within the slot or slots. By rotatably securing the oarlock either below a sole guide member or between the guide members around the exterior of the housing, rotation of the screw will effect translational movement of the oarlock pin to facilitate desired adjustment thereof. A manually rotatable adjustment element permits rotation of the screw while the rowing shell is in the water to thereby permit adjustment to the rowing conditions, such as the weight and size of the rower and water conditions. A rigging has struts securing the rigger to the rowing shell and the oarlock rotatably secured to the oarlock pin of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Inventor: Gary L. Van Balen
  • Patent number: 5248272
    Abstract: A forwards facing rowing apparatus wherein the usual pair of sweep hinges is replaced by a single, common axis, sweep hinge system mounted to and rockable with the oarlock mainframe and wherein a blade feathering mechanism including a coupling device such as a pair of swing gears is employed at the oarset including a handle loom and a blade loom, one of the gears being driven from a rotating handle at the in-board end of the handle loom while the mating gear drives or rotates the blade at the outer end of the blade loom. Each gear may be affixed to a rotatable member such as a torque shaft extending along the handle and blade looms and connected at opposite ends to both the handle and blade, respectively. Alternatively, the handle and blade looms may be rotatable members and one of the pair of gears may be attached to each member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1993
    Inventor: Stephen duPont
  • Patent number: 4889509
    Abstract: On a rowboat with fixed installed rowing seats (4) and outriggers which can move in relation to them in the longitudinal direction of the boat, the outriggers are designed as slideable outriggers (1) which can slide on a single linear guide (11) like sleds, without tipping, forward or backward. In one particular configuration, there are connection devices (17, 18) located between the outboard segments of the sliding outriggers (1). These connection devices can also be located inside the hull of the boat. The linear guidance mechanism (11) consists essentially of a shaft (12) running parallel to the longitudinal axis of the boat inside or outside the hull of the boat (11a). One or more suspension elements (13) connected with one or more sliding outriggers (1) are guided in a sliding or rolling manner on this shaft (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 26, 1989
    Inventor: Gunther Pohlus
  • Patent number: 4649852
    Abstract: A rowing attachment for a canoe or similar boat having, in combination, a seat-carrying longitudinal support extending a substantial distance along the longitudinal axis of the canoe; foot means disposed near the ends of the support and depending below the same for resting the support at its ends above the bottom of the canoe; outrigger wings extending symmetrically transversely of the support from an intermediate region thereof over the gunnels of the canoe and laterally to the sides thereof, said wings supporting oarlocks near their free ends and being provided in the region where they pass over the gunnels with depending adjustable clamps for securing the wings to the gunnels, thereby securing the attachment within the canoe resting upon said foot means at the ends of the longitudinal support and providing additional structural integrity to the wings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1987
    Inventor: Gary G. Piantedosi
  • Patent number: 4623314
    Abstract: A bow facing rowing arrangement for a boat (1) comprises an outrigger support (8) having a first pivotal connection (6) for connection of a respective oar (5) or oar support (51) to the outrigger support at or in proximity to an inboard end (16) of the oar (5). The outrigger support (8) is mounted on a base support (15) so as to be reciprocably displacable longitudinally of a boat with simultaneous pivotal movement about a generally vertical axis (10) spaced substantially from the inboard end of the outrigger support in the direction away from that in which the outrigger extends outboard of the base support (15). A foot engagement (13) connectable to the outrigger support (8) via a drive transmission (11) formed and arranged so that the effective pivotal axis P of the outrigger support (8) is substantially inboard of the actual pivotal connection (10) therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1986
    Inventor: George B. Waugh
  • Patent number: 4516941
    Abstract: A portable, lightweight outrigger for canoes and the like includes adjustable clamps for varying the disposition or reach of oarlock pivots with respect to the centerline of the canoe, self energizing clamps for resisting rowing torque and stabilizing the outrigger under operating conditions and reversible oar lock sockets to compensate for wear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1983
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1985
    Inventor: Norman C. Reid
  • Patent number: 4411214
    Abstract: A rowing scull with a hull, a cockpit, and a deck fully peripherally interconnecting the cockpit and the hull. A frame extends beneath the cockpit, inside the hull, and is reinforcingly joined to the deck at each side of the cockpit. Outriggers for oarlocks are mounted to the deck. The oarlocks are adjustable as to position and angularity, the stretcher is adjustably mounted, and the rower's seat is uniquely mounted to rails in the cockpit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1983
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kotaro Horiuchi
  • Patent number: 4383830
    Abstract: A rowing boat 10 has a fixed seat 14 and a movable foot stretcher 16 slidably mounted in guides 15. A swinging outrigger arm 17 is provided to support an oar by means of row lock 22 at its outer end. The inner end of outrigger 17 is pivotally mounted on a vertical axis 21. A coupling link 24 connects the stretcher to the outrigger 17, whereby as the stretcher is moved fore-and-aft during rowing the outrigger 17 is pivoted about axis 21. The link 24 is connected to the outrigger 17 at a point which is adjustable, and is always inboard of the rowlock. In an alternative embodiment the outrigger 17 is provided with a lifting member 33 which assists in raising the blade of the oar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1983
    Inventor: Andrew S. Cartwright
  • Patent number: 4352667
    Abstract: A rigger for a rowing or sculling boat, the rigger comprising at least two stays the inner ends of which are securable to the saxboard of a boat and the outer ends of which converge towards one another and are secured together, a rowlock, and mounting element for the rowlock, the mounting element comprising a hollow tubular member secured to the outer end of at least one the stay so that its longitudinal axis extends laterally of the boat when the rigger is in use, a bracket member, an element mounting the bracket member on the tubular member so that the bracket member can be adjusted relative to the tubular member longitudinally of the tubular member, angularly about the longitudinal axis of the tubular member and angularly about an axis at right angles to the longitudinal axis of the tubular member, and a vertically extending pin carried by the bracket member, the rowlock being mounted on the pin and being adjustable relative to the bracket member in the longitudinal direction of the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1981
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1982
    Inventor: Leonard H. Neville