With Means Limited To Vertical Movement Within Hull Cavity Patents (Class 440/54)
  • Patent number: 10144494
    Abstract: An arrangement and a method for installing a propulsion unit to a hull of a ship. The propulsion unit comprises an upper part of the propulsion unit attachable to the hull of the ship and a lower part of the propulsion unit where to a propeller shaft is rotatably supported, and the upper part of the propulsion unit having flanges to attach the flanges tightly to the hull, and wherein there is an aperture in the bottom of the hull where to the propulsion unit is to be installed. The arrangement comprises a plurality of watertight covers covering openings in the bottom of the hull and a plurality of watertight covers covering openings in the top of the upper part of the propulsion unit, wherein the arrangement comprises a removable hull-side cover covering at least the opening under it, and at least one removable propulsion unit side cover covering the opening under it and facing the opening, and the removable covers are bolted from the hull-side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: ABB Schweiz AG
    Inventors: Jani Hakala, Kimmo Kokkila, Petri Säkkinen
  • Patent number: 10065723
    Abstract: A propulsion system for a boat includes a motor, a connecting arm, a fairing portion intended for being mounted on the boat, at least one propeller, a belt for transmitting the torque from the motor to the at least one propeller, the belt forming two belt sections between the motor and the propeller. The propulsion system further includes a first rotary assembly with the belt passing therethrough and capable of pivoting relative to the fairing portion about a geometrical axis directed towards the top, so as to orient the at least one propeller relative to the boat in order to turn the latter, and a second assembly capable of being translated relative to the first rotary assembly in order to retract the at least one propeller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: Charles Baumberger
  • Patent number: 9796466
    Abstract: The inventive technology described herein generally relates to the field of power transmission, more particularly power transmission through a mechanical drive system. More specifically, in certain embodiments the inventive technology includes methods and apparatus for a variable coupler drive utilizing, in one embodiment a dynamic drive-ratio gearing system to transmit a drive input for application with a variety of output uses. In a preferred embodiment, such a variable coupler drive may be used to transmit a rotational drive input to a drive shaft to power, for example, a variety of commercial and industrial applications, and may be particularity suited to power rotational propeller based propulsion systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Airgenesis, LLC
    Inventors: Danny J. Smith, Jerry D. Casteel
  • Patent number: 9796462
    Abstract: An assembly for a retractable thruster suitable for attachment to the hull of a maritime vessel. The assembly comprises a thruster accommodating structure from which the thruster may be deployed into and retracted from the water. The thruster accommodating structure is provided with a drive assembly that suspends the thruster and further comprises a thruster deploying and retracting device, a thruster rotating device, a motor assembly, and a switching device. The same drive assembly is used for deploying, retracting, and rotating the thruster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Rolls-Royce Marine AS
    Inventor: Xavier Conesa Gracia
  • Patent number: 9701367
    Abstract: A watercraft system is provided. The watercraft system includes a hull and a plurality of removable pods. Each pod has a different operational characteristic to alter the configuration of the watercraft depending on which pod is inserted. The hull has a pod opening for receiving a selected one of the removable pods. A method and apparatus for transitioning various ones of the pods between different positions is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Johnson Outdoors Inc.
    Inventors: Robert J. McDonough, Geoffrey Michael Bergmark, Mathew Sewell Cardinali, Geoffrey P. King, Steven J. Zajicek
  • Patent number: 9403587
    Abstract: A jack plate for vertically raising and lowering an outboard motor mounted on a boat. The jack plate comprises a motor lift and a jack plate mounting assembly. The jack plate mounting assembly has a transom plate and a pair of spacing brackets with jack plate rails. The motor lift has a pair of bearings that are interlocked to a lift plate. The motor lift is slidably situated within the jack plate rails. Complementary geometries of the outer side edges of the lift plate and inner edges of channels in the bearings, as well as the spacing between the jack plate rails, provide a pressure fit that secures the lift plate between the bearings once the bearings are inserted into the jack plate rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: POWRTRAN INC
    Inventor: Alan D. Witte
  • Patent number: 9376191
    Abstract: An outboard motor to be coupled to a transom of a marine vessel includes a midsection housing having a front side configured to face the transom, a back side opposite the front side, a left side, and an opposite right side. An engine having an engine block is mounted directly to and supported by the midsection housing. A driveshaft is coupled in torque transmitting relation with a crankshaft of the engine, and a portion of the driveshaft is located exterior to the midsection housing. An exhaust pipe that conveys exhaust gas from an exhaust gas outlet of the engine downwardly away from the engine is also located exterior to the midsection housing. In one example, the midsection housing serves as a sump for engine oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventor: Wayne M. Jaszewski
  • Patent number: 9376195
    Abstract: An outboard motor comprises an engine having an exhaust gas discharge opening, a midsection housing coupled below and supporting the engine, and an exhaust pipe having an exhaust inlet in fluid communication with the exhaust gas discharge opening. The exhaust pipe extends downwardly to a primary exhaust outlet. An idle relief port in the exhaust pipe is located in a fluid path between the exhaust inlet and the primary exhaust outlet. A sound-attenuating plenum chamber has an interior that is in fluid communication with an interior of the exhaust pipe by way of the idle relief port. The plenum chamber is a separate component that is exterior to the midsection housing, and exhaust gas flows from the interior of the exhaust pipe to the interior of the plenum chamber without first flowing through the midsection housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Wayne M. Jaszewski, Charles H. Eichinger, Brent C. Frost
  • Patent number: 8939806
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a propulsion container (1) comprising space for a propeller driver, the propulsion container having a first end (3) and a second end (4), said second end (4) having a surface; a trunk (5) inside which the propulsion container (1) is moveably mounted, allowing the propulsion container (1) to be moved between a first position and a second position; a first sealing arrangement (6, 7) arranged to seal, in the first position of the propulsion container, a first gap between the propulsion container (1) and the trunk (5) to define a first watertight space on a second side of the first sealing arrangement, and a second sealing arranged essentially at the second end (4) of the propulsion container (1) and arrangement (8) arranged to seal, in the second position of the propulsion container, a second gap between the propulsion container (1) and the trunk (5) to define a second watertight space on a second side of the second sealing arrangement, said second sealing arrangement (8) compris
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Beacon Finland Ltd Oy
    Inventors: Tuija Horkko, Timo Rintala, Juhani Suutari
  • Patent number: 8926382
    Abstract: A method for maintenance of a unit which is arranged in a watertight hoisting chamber and closes an opening in a vessel hull is described. The method includes clamping of the unit in its mounted position by a clamping member so that fixing member of the unit can be removed while the unit is held clamped in position. After the hoisting chamber is flooded to a desired level, the clamping of the unit can be completely released and no unintentional movement of the unit will occur. Guide member may be provided together with the apparatus and an automatic design of the clamping member can also be provided. Preferably, the clamping member are hydraulic cylinders which press the unit into its mounted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Wartsila Finland Oy
    Inventors: Aad Van Der Kam, Arnoud De Kruijf
  • Patent number: 8845370
    Abstract: A vessel with a retractable thruster assembly, the vessel comprising a hull, a vertical thruster well (20) within the hull, said thruster well having a bottom opening in a bottom plane of the hull. The vessel further comprises a retractable thruster assembly. This thruster assembly comprises: a thruster head (2) with a propeller (3), a casing structure (10) vertically guided in the thruster well, the casing structure having a lower end portion (10b) to which the thruster head is mounted so as to extend below the casing structure, the casing structure including a watertight compartment (12), an electric propeller drive motor being housed in said compartment. The thruster assembly is vertically displaceable between an operative extended position, in which the thruster head projects downward beyond the bottom plane of the hull, and a retracted position, in which the thruster as assembly is raised and the thruster head is received with the thruster well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: ITREC B.V.
    Inventors: Joop Roodenburg, Pieter Dirk Melis van Duivendijk
  • Patent number: 8715021
    Abstract: The invention relates to a service space of a retractable propulsion device or corresponding system in a vessel or corresponding floating structure, which service space (11) comprises a closed or closable space limited by walls, a top structure and a bottom in which an access has been arranged for the crew (C) from the other parts of the vessel or corresponding floating structure. The service space (11) is constructed into connection with the bottom (2) of the vessel or corresponding floating structure so that the propulsion device (4) or corresponding system is retractable from an operating position into a service/storage position within the service space (11) and correspondingly lowerable from the service space (11) down into the operating position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Beacon Finland Ltd Oy
    Inventors: Tuija Horkko, Timo Rintala, Tommi Korte, Juhani Suutari
  • Patent number: 8517784
    Abstract: A system for lifting thrusters of vessels enabling for maintenance to be safely provided on the thrusters, wherein the system can include a lifting means with a line and a connector to engage thrusters or portions of thrusters. A transport device can be connected to the lifting means for transporting the thrusters or the portions of the thrusters. Clamps can secure thruster mounting flanges to thruster well bottom flanges. A conduit with a controller and a pump can allow water to flow into and out of the thruster wells. Seals adjacent the thruster mounting flanges can provide a connection between the flanges. A plurality of alignment guide plates can be disposed concentrically around the thrusters in the thruster wells and for a rough alignment of the thrusters to the thruster mounting flanges. Fasteners can secure the thruster mounting flanges to the thruster well bottom flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Inventors: Joannes Raymond Mari Bekker, Sammy Russell Moore
  • Patent number: 8327789
    Abstract: A sectional barge assembly and a hydraulic thruster apparatus for maneuvering the sectional barge assembly. The hydraulic thruster apparatus includes a hydraulic power unit and a thruster unit. The hydraulic power unit includes an engine and a hydraulic pump connected to the engine. The thruster unit includes a hydraulic motor and a propeller drivingly connected to the hydraulic motor to provide a thrust force that acts to move the sectional barge assembly. The sectional barge assembly includes a plurality of barges interconnected by connector devices that are also used to interconnect the thruster unit to the sectional barge assembly. Further, a hydraulic connection panel is mounted on the thruster unit and includes a plurality of hydraulic connectors which allow a plurality of hydraulic lines to be removably connectable thereto, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Mid-America Foundation Supply Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey J. Emch
  • Publication number: 20120231682
    Abstract: A vessel with a retractable thruster assembly, the vessel comprising a hull, a vertical thruster well (20) within the hull, said thruster well having a bottom opening in a bottom plane of the hull. The vessel further comprises a retractable thruster assembly. This thruster assembly comprises: a thruster head (2) with a propeller (3), a casing structure (10) vertically guided in the thruster well, the casing structure having a lower end portion (10b) to which the thruster head is mounted so as to extend below the casing structure, the casing structure including a watertight compartment (12), an electric propeller drive motor being housed in said compartment. The thruster assembly is vertically displaceable between an operative extended position, in which the thruster head projects downward beyond the bottom plane of the hull, and a retracted position, in which the thruster as asssembly is raised and the thruster head is received with the thruster well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: ITREC B.V.
    Inventors: Joop Roodenburg, Pieter Dirk Melis van Duivendijk
  • Patent number: 7992275
    Abstract: A method is disclosed herein for lifting thrusters on vessels enabling for on vessel maintenance at sea. The method can include engaging a thruster mounting flange with a thruster well bottom flange; installing alignment guide plates to provide a rough alignment; positioning a seal to provide a connection; installing fasteners to secure the flanges; actuating clamps to secure the flanges while compressing the seal; raising the thruster out of the thruster well; transporting the thruster to a deck of the floating vessel; actuating clamps to hold the flanges; removing the fasteners; flowing water into the thruster well; disengaging the clamps; and lifting the thruster with the lifting means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc.
    Inventors: Joannes Raymond Mari Bekker, Sammy Russell Moore
  • Publication number: 20100175603
    Abstract: An icebreaking additional propulsion system includes at least one retractable thruster capable of vertically moving into and out of a hull of a ship. The retractable thruster includes a pair of guide rods vertically installed within the hull, a column vertically movable along the guide rods, a drive unit mounted to an upper end of the column for vertically moving and swiveling the column, and a propeller attached to a lower end of the column for generating propelling power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicant: SAMSUNG HEAVY IND. CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hyun Chae Jung
  • Patent number: 7641526
    Abstract: A floating marine vessel, an azimuthing thruster assembly, and an underwater mountable azimuthing thruster, having a movable and removable canister and a double mechanical seal and bearings enabling atmospheric pressure lubricating fluid to lubricate the thruster and seal assembly. The moveable and removable canister support the azimuthing thrusters with a propeller shaft axis oriented downwards at an angle 95 degrees to 110 degrees from a rotatable thruster input shaft axis, for reducing thrusts losses due to friction between the propeller wash and the bottom hull of the vessel and reduces thruster to thruster interference when multiple thrusters are operating on the same vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc.
    Inventor: Joannes Raymond Mari Bekker
  • Patent number: 7371140
    Abstract: A marine vessel and drive combination includes port and starboard tunnels formed in a marine vessel hull raising port and starboard steerable marine propulsion devices to protective positions relative to the keel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventor: Richard A. Davis
  • Patent number: 7146921
    Abstract: A retractable thruster for a surface or submersible vessel, having thruster a propulsion assembly with a rigid structure secured to a cylindrical turbine. The rigid structure contains a motor suitable for rotating at lease one propeller inside the turbine via at least one rotary shaft positioned between the motor and the propeller. The thruster preferably further has a plate for closing the hull placed beneath the turbine and secured thereto, the propulsion assembly being displaceable between a retracted position in which it is at rest inside the hull and a deployed position for providing propulsion in which the propeller is immersed beneath the hull. The propulsion assembly is movable between the retracted and deployed positions by the propulsion assembly moving in a uniformly circular direction about an axis of rotation situated substantially no higher than the level of the hull.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Max Power
    Inventors: Guy Fontanille, Yan Turner, Patrick Delalandre
  • Patent number: 6902448
    Abstract: A marine propulsion unit utilizing a turbine engine is provided as a drop-in module. The propulsion unit includes a base which forms a part of the hull. The propulsion unit includes a drive unit which is mounted to the engine. Both the engine and the drive unit are moved with respect to the hull to change the angle of the propeller with respect to the hull. A hydraulic resistance system is provided to provide resistance to a turbine engine when in an idle condition. An auxiliary power transfer is provided to power an auxiliary genset and power unit. A main electrical power unit having an auxiliary engine is also connected to the power transfer unit. The auxiliary engine may be used to drive the vessel at low speeds and maneuvering conditions. One of the main engines may be used to drive both of the shafts through the power transfer unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Inventor: Jim Wilson
  • Patent number: 6866553
    Abstract: A retractable propulsion system for s vessel has an engine (2) mounted within the hull (1; 101) with a drive shaft connected through a universal joint (6) to a propeller shaft (3; 103), supported so that it can rotate and slide in a bearing (7; 105) at a point close to the propeller (4; 104). The bearing (7; 105) is articulated at one end of an extension-retraction mechanism (8, 9; 110, 115, 116, 118) through which the propeller shaft can be placed in a first operating position outside the hull or a second retracted position in a housing (11, 12; 102, 111) in the hull with a door (13, 13?; 15). A device for actuating, guiding and locking this system has a pair of upper arms (118, 118?) and a pair of lower arms (110, 110?) forming an articulated parallelogram (118, 118?; 110, 110?).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Inventor: Javier Escacena Perez
  • Patent number: 6769372
    Abstract: The present invention provides a large transport ship in which the shape of a ship bottom 1a from a bow 1h to a stern 1t, when viewed on a cross-section perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the ship bottom 1a, is tapered towards the center CL of the ship bottom in the widthwise direction. Consequently, it is possible to resolve problems associated with changes in the draft corresponding to the state of the load, without using ballast water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: Shipbuilding Research Centre of Japan
    Inventors: Kazunori Sato, Katsuyoshi Takekuma, Takehito Tomoi, Kenichi Inoue, Shigeo Ohnishi
  • Patent number: 6682378
    Abstract: An inboard propeller drive system for shallow water boats comprising a stern tunnel and a propeller drive shaft sub-assembly. The tunnel protrudes upwardly from the floor of the boat, and has an S-shaped bottom plate immersed in water. The sub-assembly includes a housed drive shaft, a propeller, a cavitation plate, and a steering mechanism. The forward end of the sub-assembly is pivotally mounted on opposing inner walls of the tunnel. A universal joint connects the forward end of the drive shaft to the output shaft of an inboard engine. A control shaft extends from the forward end of the sub-assembly to the exterior of the tunnel. The control shaft may be rotated by a user-controlled actuator to raise and lower the sub-assembly, thereby pre-determining the depth of the propeller. Encounters with submerged objects may also cause the sub-assembly to rotate upwardly to prevent propeller damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Inventor: Daniel A. Day
  • Patent number: 6458004
    Abstract: An electric propulsion system includes a first tube fixedly secured to a hull of a boat and having an upper end adjacent an opening in a surface of the boat and a lower end adjacent an opening in the hull. A second tube is concentrically disposed in the first tube and is withdrawable from the first tube via the upper end. An electric drive motor is disposed within the second tube and is longitudinally movable therein between upper and lower positions. The drive motor has a rotatable output shaft coupled with a propulsion unit that is longitudinally movable with the drive motor between extended and retracted positions. When the drive motor is in the upper position, the propulsion unit is in a retracted position within the second tube. When the drive motor is in the lower position, the propulsion unit is disposed externally of the hull and the lower end of the first tube. The propulsion unit includes a blade assembly rotatably driven by the drive motor to provide propulsion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Inventor: Martinus Van Breems
  • Patent number: 6439936
    Abstract: A floating marine structure, such as a drillship (10 ) includes at least one thruster (14, e.g.) which includes a thruster head (22) having a propeller (102) which is adjustable to vary the angular relation to the drillship hull (11) of the horizontal direction of thrust produced by operation of the thruster. The thruster includes an enclosure (23) above the propeller for a propeller drive motor (49). The thruster has a deployed position in which the propeller (102) is submerged below adjacent exterior surfaces of the hull. The thruster is retractable vertically into the hull to retracted position where the propeller is below the floating waterline (50) of the hull. Further, the thruster has a more elevated service position to which the thruster is movable vertically from its retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Assignee: Global Marine, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark William Dreith, Darryl Scott Brittin
  • Patent number: 6383043
    Abstract: A vertical trim system for a marine inboard-outboard outdrive includes a transom plate (12) and arms (18, 20) having first ends attached to the transom plate and second ends attached to a gibal ring (76) of the outdrive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Inventor: Scott J. Heston
  • Patent number: 6375524
    Abstract: A retractable thruster (5) is connected to a lifting device for retracting the thruster in two stages, the lifting device in the first stage lifting the thruster to a level at or near the keel (7) of the vessel, the second stage including lifting the thruster to an access level (13), located above the first level. The lifting device may be formed by a rack (3,3′) which can be constructed on deck level, or by hydraulic cylinders. Preferably the frame (6) which carries the thruster is formed by a closed container having buoyancy, the drive motor, gearbox and rotational drive unit being placed in the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Assignee: IHC Gusto Engineering B.V.
    Inventors: Johan Albert Commandeur, Wilhelmus Coenradus Johannes Jozephus Woldring
  • Patent number: 6361386
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and apparatus for installing a propeller assembly (1) in an opening (9) in the bottom (8) of a swimming vessel and for removing the propeller assembly (1) from the opening (9). The propeller assembly (1) comprises an underwater section (2) including the actual propeller and a top section (3) inside the vessel, between which is fitted a flange element (4) for tightly sealing the opening (9). The apparatus comprises a hoisting chamber (7), which is fitted in the opening (9) in the bottom of a vessel, extends inside the vessel to above waterline and surrounds the top section (3) of the propeller assembly. The apparatus further includes guide elements for guiding the propeller assembly (1) during the course of lifting or lowering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: Kamewa Finland Oy
    Inventors: Jarmo Savikurki, Chris Gale
  • Publication number: 20010029133
    Abstract: An electric propulsion system includes a first tube fixedly secured to a hull of a boat and having an upper end adjacent an opening in a surface of the boat and a lower end adjacent an opening in the hull. A second tube is concentrically disposed in the first tube and is withdrawable from the first tube via the upper end. An electric drive motor is disposed within the second tube and is longitudinally movable therein between upper and lower positions. The drive motor has a rotatable output shaft coupled with a propulsion unit that is longitudinally movable with the drive motor between extended and retracted positions. When the drive motor is in the upper position, the propulsion unit is in a retracted position within the second tube. When the drive motor is in the lower position, the propulsion unit is disposed externally of the hull and the lower end of the first tube. The propulsion unit includes a blade assembly rotatably driven by the drive motor to provide propulsion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2001
    Publication date: October 11, 2001
    Inventor: Martinus Van Breems
  • Patent number: 6067697
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and apparatus for installing a propeller assembly in an opening in the bottom of a swimming vessel and for removing the propeller assembly from the opening. The propeller assembly comprises an underwater section including the actual propeller and a top section inside the vessel, between which is fitted a flange element for tightly sealing the opening. The apparatus comprises a hoisting chamber, which is fitted in the opening in the bottom of a vessel, extends inside the vessel to above waterline and surrounds the top section of the propeller assembly. The apparatus further includes guide elements for guiding the propeller assembly during the course of lifting or lowering. In the method, the propeller assembly is lifted away by way of the top of the hoisting chamber after clampings of the propeller assembly to the hull of a vessel are unfastened and hoisting means are secured to the propeller assembly. Installation proceeds in a reversed order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: Kamewa Finland Oy
    Inventors: Jarmo Savikurki, Chris Gale
  • Patent number: 6056610
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a transverse or longitudinal thruster made for a floating or submersible vessel. The thruster includes a male part extending transversely to the axis ZZ' and of shape complementary to a female shape of a well having a longitudinal shape. The male part is attached to a maneuvering support arm of a cylindrical shape, and is arranged to slide longitudinally inside the well along its axis. The support arm passes through a guide bearing to the well with a clearance .DELTA..sub.1 between their respective complementary shapes. The clearance .DELTA..sub.1 is compatible with a clearance .DELTA..sub.2, obtained between the transverse male part and the edge of the well, where it joins the hull when the thruster is in the extended position. The clearances .DELTA..sub.1 and .DELTA..sub.2 are arranged to enable the male part to bear against the edge of the well to transmit thrust forces created by the thruster to the hull of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Assignees: Guy Fontanille, Klara Skaaltveit
    Inventor: Guy Fontanille
  • Patent number: 5904601
    Abstract: A ship propulsion unit includes a propeller pod (14) provided with a propulsion propeller (15) and a turnable shaft (2) attached to the propulsion pod. The turnable shaft is journalled in the hull (1) of the ship by a rotation bearing (4) mounted in the hull and a rotation mechanism (3) mounted in the hull is coupled to the turnable shaft for turning the shaft. A seal (5) is provided in an annular space (9) between the turnable shaft and the hull for protecting the rotation bearing and the rotation mechanism. The propulsion unit is releasably attached to the hull by an attachment mechanism (6) which holds the propulsion unit in an operative position relative to the hull. A support arrangement (7, 8; 11, 12, 13) supports the propulsion unit at a position below its operative position when the attachment mechanism is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Assignee: Abb Azipod Oy
    Inventors: Martti Palokangas, Rurik Nyman, Kari Laukia
  • Patent number: 5848921
    Abstract: A power driven vessel is able to accommodate various types of power drive. The power driven vessel includes a vessel main body, power drive having an engine and a driving unit, an attachment member for mounting the power drive thereon, an insert recess portion formed within the rear portion of vessel main body, and a bottom plate disposed on the insert recess portion. The attachment member is movable between an upper position and a lower position in the vessel, and is directly placed on the bottom plate and inserted in the insert recess portion when the attachment member is held in the lower position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1998
    Inventor: Kenji Mochida
  • Patent number: 5836794
    Abstract: A motor boat having a retractable trolling motor which motor is surrounded by a housing. The housing includes a top wall, two side walls and a bottom wall with openings at the front and rear of the housing to allow water to be pumped through the housing as if it were a tunnel. The housing is rotatable through 360 degrees and is simple, easy to used and reliable. The housing has a bottom surface which is shaped to be a continuation of the bottom surface of the boat so as not to interfere with the handling or performance of the boat or even the appearance of the boat. The retracted housing is unobtrusive and provides protection for the propeller against weeds and debris.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: Outboard Marine Corporation
    Inventor: William R. Krueger
  • Patent number: 5833502
    Abstract: A boat construction incorporating unique structural features for improved performance at a variety of speeds and water depths. The hull of the boat incorporates a deep-V forward section and a rear tunnel section extending longitudinally rearward from a midpoint of the boat. A vertically adjustable outboard is positioned at the forward end of the tunnel section of the hull. The outboard engine may be vertically adjusted to accommodate different water depths and operational requirements. The engine is positioned within a console above the midpoint for convenient maintenance access and insulation against engine noise. Steering may be accomplished by rotating the engine itself or separately through rudders mounted to the hull. The center mounting of the engine in conjunction with the tunnel section of the hull reduces planing upon acceleration, improves center of gravity and reduces the risk to swimmers and water skiers from a rear mounted propeller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Inventor: Carl J. Anderson
  • Patent number: 5671691
    Abstract: A rudder device for water-going craft or aircraft, where there is provided in the vessel a cavity (21) which is open to the outside of the vessel. In the cavity there is provided a body (2) which can rotate about an axis (3), which extends in the cavity (21) and out through the opening (22). The body (2) supports a rudder blade (7) which is fixed or movable in relation to the body (2) substantially in the direction of the axis of rotation (3) through the opening (22) and arranged to be secured by the body (2) after having been moved. The vessel is steered by turning the body (2) by the vessel's steering device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1997
    Assignee: Kvaerner A.S.
    Inventor: Kullmann Birger
  • Patent number: 5522744
    Abstract: An auxiliary marine propeller drive, primarily for sail boats. The propeller drive is retactable into a water tight cavity formed in the hull of the boat when not in use, thus not distracting from the symmetry of the hull design. Means are provided within the cavity in the form of vertical guides over which the propeller assembly is reciprocally removed into and out of the water tight cavity. There is also included a cam member which will effect rotation of the blades of the propeller into a set position whereby they can be moved through the smallest possible area into and out of the water tight cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1996
    Inventor: Richard Schlogel
  • Patent number: 5435762
    Abstract: Propulsion unit for watercraft, with a drive shafting (3) between a drive motor (2) and a propulsive device (1), wherein this propulsion unit with vertical drive shafting is arranged in the shaft-like housing (12) of the hull (14) such that the distance between the motor and the propulsive device is adjustable. The motor (2) acts on the drive shafting (3) via a disengaging coupling (19), and is adjustable in the horizontal plane between two end positions when the coupling (19) is disengaged, wherein the motor (2) and the drive shafting (3) can be coupled with one another in one end position, and the drive shafting (3) with the propulsive device (1) associated with it can be moved past the motor in the other end position of the motor (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1995
    Assignee: Schottel-Werft, Josef Becker GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Reinhold Reuter
  • Patent number: 5409409
    Abstract: Marine apparatus comprising a boat hull including opposed walls extending generally in the fore and aft direction, and a mounting bracket connected to the walls for supporting a propulsion unit for pivotal movement relative to the boat about a generally horizontal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1995
    Assignee: Outboard Marine Corporation
    Inventors: Clarence E. Blanchard, Charles D. Strang, Charles L. Granie
  • Patent number: 5397255
    Abstract: A boat propulsion unit has a propeller which can be withdrawn into a sleeve to a position above the plane of the boat's bottom and enclosed by a cover plate. The water in the closed sleeve can be pumped out, so that the emptied sleeve is accessible for inspection and maintenance operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 14, 1995
    Assignee: Schottel-Werft Josef Becker GmbH & Co., KG
    Inventor: Manfred Heer
  • Patent number: 5315950
    Abstract: An amphibious vehicle has a watertight vehicle body and at least two elongate buoyancy tanks, with a mechanism for displacing the buoyancy tanks between operative positions, in which the buoyancy tanks extend parallel to opposite sides of the vehicle body, and inoperative positions, in which the buoyancy tanks extend parallel to one another along the top of the roof of the vehicle body. A pair of propulsion units can be lowered from the vehicle body for supporting the vehicle during travel into a body of water and for propelling the vehicle through the water. Each propulsion unit comprises an elongate body, propellers in a duct extending longitudinally through the body and side openings from the duct to permit steering by rotation of the propellers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1994
    Inventor: Gunther Abel
  • Patent number: 5125858
    Abstract: The propulsor comprises a main engine, a fixed tubular part, a main transmission which ends with a substantially vertical shaft which operates a bevel gear on the substantially vertical shaft which operates a bevel gear pair on the substantially horizontal outlet of which a propeller is placed, an auxiliary transmission which carries out the rotation around a vertical axis of the bottom end of the propeller, a moveable assembly which moves vertically with respect to the fixed structure of the boat and is integral in this direction with the bevel gear pair and with the propeller. It is characterized by the fact that said moveable group is made of an inner part which can rotate with respect to a vertical axis which rests vertically, on a moveable carriage, the lower end of which extends downwards at least to the level of a fixed support integral with the structure of the boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1992
    Inventor: Mauro Salvetti
  • Patent number: 5123614
    Abstract: An anti-deployment device and method for preventing inadvertent deployment of a ram air turbine of an aircraft during servicing or repair of turbine employ an anti-deployment pin which can be manually inserted in a support arrangement for the pin on the aircraft when the ram air turbine is in the stowed position for preventing deployment of the turbine upon release of a lock mechanism which locks the turbine in the stowed position. The pin has an elongated body with an outer, flat contact surface portion which extends in a plane that is inclined with respect to a longitudinal center axis of the pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1992
    Assignee: Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventor: John W. Whitehouse
  • Patent number: 5030146
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mounting structure of a propulsion device for an inflatable boat, including a propulsion assembly, which comprises a power device and a driven propeller; a sleeve body, whose internal diameter is larger than the longitudinal length of the propeller of the propulsion assembly so as to allow the easy passage of the propeller of the propulsion device through the sleeve body; a mounting hole securely devised in the hull, the hole being provided near the stern of the inflatable boat in accordance with the habitual practice as well as for convenience sake, and the internal diameter being larger than the external diameter of the sleeve body; a power device supporting element, which is secured to the sleeve body so that when the propeller of the propulsion assembly passes through the sleeve body it can maintain the power device of the propulsion assembly above the flange of the cover of the sleeve body; and a set of direction control levers to turn the propeller of the propulsion assembly so as to cont
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 9, 1991
    Assignee: Team Worldwide Corporation
    Inventor: Wang C. Chung
  • Patent number: 4913079
    Abstract: The invention relates to a yacht. The yacht has a body, and this body comprises at least outer and inner skins formed of a resin material incorporating reinforcement fibers therein, and a formed styrol material as a foamed synthetic resin member filled between the skin layers. Therefore, the body is resistant to compression force, tensile force, and bending force, and well withstands the impact force of waves. By use of these materials, the yacht is inexpensive to construct and is lightweight so that good improvement in speed can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1990
    Assignee: Nippon Basic Technology Laboratory Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yoshinori Nishino
  • Patent number: 4781633
    Abstract: Disclosed is a drive assembly for mounting on a marine vessel, movable between first and second configurations. In the first configuration, the drive assembly, which may include a propeller, is at least partially withdrawn from the water. In the second configuration, the drive assembly is linked to a power source carried by the vessel whereby the drive assembly may be operated to drive the vessel relative to the water. A steering linkage to a steering mechanism may also be provided whereby, with the drive assembly in the second configuration, the drive assembly is linked to the steering mechanism so that the propeller is oriented by operation of the steering mechanism to at least assist in steering the vessel through the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1988
    Inventor: Milby N. Hunt
  • Patent number: 4734066
    Abstract: An electric trolling motor is journalled by a rotatable shaft into the hull and deck of a fishing boat and a foot control disk on the shaft is positioned on the deck for control of the steering of the boat by a fisherman with both hands employed with a fishing pole. The motor control assembly is simply a motor housing with a shaft extending therefrom for rotatably mounting through the hull of a fishing boat and a disc on the shaft for mounting at deck level for foot control of the shaft rotation by a fisherman in his regular fishing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1988
    Inventor: Dennis F. Burgess
  • Patent number: 4668195
    Abstract: A boat is equipped with a motor assembly mounted on a housing in the bow of the boat. The housing has a compartment with a bottom opening accommodating a motor and propeller assembly. A mechanism is used to selectively move the motor and propeller assembly out of the compartment below the boat and retract the motor and propeller assembly back into the compartment. A pair of doors hinged to the bow and connected to the motor and propeller assembly are moved to closed positions when the motor and propeller assembly is located in the compartment and located in open positions when the motor and propeller assembly is moved to its down position below the boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1987
    Inventor: David N. Smith
  • Patent number: 4668197
    Abstract: Retractable auxiliary and emergency propulsion device for small craft comprising a hydraulic motor with its own propellor, powered by a hydraulic pump applied either to a motor installed on the craft just for this purpose and of considerably reduced power compared to the principle motor or to other motors already on the boat for other purposes, such as, for generators, refrigerators, compressors and the like the hydraulic motor sliding on inclined guides placed in the stern of the craft so as to be dropped into the sea when necessary, or raised up and placed in a suitable storage space in the boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1987
    Inventor: Salvatore Proto